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Winslow: The Lost Hunters (Winslow Doyle Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 2 in Winslow Doyle Mysteries
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Winslow: The Lost Hunters by David Francis Curran is a mystery that follows Winslow Doyle, a retired wilderness guide who has removed himself from public life following the death of his beloved wife, Lomahongva. His self-imposed exile and existence off the grid end when a father and his young daughter, both hunters, disappear into the thin wilderness air and he is called upon to help find them, whatever the outcome...and from the onset, the outcome doesn't look good. Written from the point of view of multiple characters, Winslow is a multifaceted murder mystery and suspenseful thriller, featuring a realistic main character, that takes place well off the beaten path.
David Francis Curran has done a magnificent job in bringing Winslow Doyle to life in Winslow: The Lost Hunters. There's no question this is the start of a string of mystery books featuring the namesake in a refreshing and wholly welcome new series. Winslow is so authentic and human, and my goodness, that Callie is one heck of a young woman. I loved how even the ancillary characters came to life, and the scenery and descriptions are really well done. Curran holds nothing back with a devastating introduction, but redemption for all - all right, redemption for most - comes with a set of twists and turns that will keep a dedicated reader returning for more. I'd recommend this book to any readers who enjoy quality murder mysteries with a protagonist that has all of the positive characteristics we always look for in a worthy lead.
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- File size : 3080 KB
- Publication date : December 8, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Publisher : D F Curran Productions; 2nd edition (December 8, 2017)
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0763DZQPB
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,668 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have also read a book of six very good Sherlock Holmes pastiches by the same author. I am, so far, impressed with his ability. Except for the small, nagging fact that he is apparently a Richard Brautigan fan. Oh well, none of us are without flaws.
I read quite a bit but I’ve left many books I’ve bought unfinished because at some point, early or later on, I’ve lost interest in the story, or trust in the author. But from the first sentence of David F. Curran’s book I knew he was a good writer.
“In the firelight from the wood stove the dogs rose, alerted by a sound at the door.”
Drawn in immediately, by page 3 I couldn’t put it down.
A month later, I read it again. Reading more slowly, enjoying it even more.
Even after reading it twice, I can’t make up my mind as to whether this book is a mystery, a thriller, or pure suspense. For me, I’ll say it’s all three including horrific crime. Still, that doesn’t completely capture the essence of this story, nor the depth of the main character, Winslow Doyle. Who I won’t be forgetting anytime soon, and only wish the next book in the series were available now.
Not only did the story engage me right away but there is something about the voice and mind of the main character Winslow that I found unusually appealing. He’s calm, intelligent, very knowledgeable of the wilderness he lives in (helped by the author having done the same himself), introspective, philosophical, reminding of the tenderness and toughness of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe without Marlowe's cynicism, and still deeply in love with his wife who died several years before saving her nephew from a bear. Doyle is also good with children, has two dogs, and has adopted a lost kitten, but at this time in his life he is still heavily burdened by grief and just getting by each day emotionally.
The story takes off when a woman and her 9 year old boy show up at Winslow’s remote cabin asking for help. Her husband and the boy’s father left several days ago to take his 15 year old daughter into the wilderness for the day to hunt her first deer, but after several days they haven’t returned.
Given how many hours have passed, and that Winslow’s instincts tell him this is a loving family, the prospects can only be grim. Deputized, Winslow begins his search for them and soon finds a trail of blood.
The colorful characters, no stereotypes here, range in age from 9 years to what I’m guessing is someone 8o something. The two 9 year olds play key roles in the story, the 15 year old Cassie is bright and resourceful, 20 somethings enable the hunt with tech, and the oldest member of the cast is as resourceful and able as anyone else, and also wise, stubborn, armed, and actively contributes to the compelling ending. The bad guys are a mix of evil, stupid, and lost. All unforgettable. Differing in backgrounds, intelligence, and emotional complexity that continues to develop throughout the story. The landscape is a strong character as well, with Winslow’s keen and detailed observations made me feel I was there every step of the way. And given that I love forest I enjoyed that quite a bit. The details in the story made me feel l was reading a true story at times with all the unexpected twists and turns life can take in the hands of a skilled author.
If you like stories like David Morrell’s First Blood, and James Dickey’s Deliverance, I believe you’ll find David Curran’s The Lost Hunters – A Winslow Doyle Mystery a great read.
year old daughter on her first hunt. While they are looking for Bucks, their truck is hit by another driven by two drunk convicts and the younger brother of one of them. The truck with the man and his daughter goes off the highway and into the forest. This novel is the story of what happens afterwards. It is sometimes very violent as are most survival stories. Winslow is hired by the local Sheriff to be a part time deputy assigned to finding the father and daughter, which he does by using his tracking abilities. He is a fascinating character and one whose past life has greatly influenced what he has become. Hopefully there are more novels to come. Thanks to the author and publisher for an e-galley for an honest review.
He accepts the job and isn't able to quickly find them. This novel is full of twists, turns, and surprises and several murders. It has some sexual overtones to some of the murders but not graphic sex, that goes on for page after page-what is written in helps explain the background to the murders.
David Curren's style of writing is similar to James Patterson and others like him. If you like a good suspenseful murder mystery you'll love this one. I want to read more of his novels
The book is well written. The book is written from several different characters’ perspective. The plot twists and turns and the suspense builds throughout the story. Curran does a good job with descriptions of the Montana wilderness. The author uses backwoods knowledge to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the father and daughter hunters. The protagonist, Winslow Doyle, turns out to be an interesting character, and I want to know more about him. I enjoyed the story.
I read this on my Kindle app for my iPad. I downloaded the e-book from Amazon. The book is 357 pages and was published on December 8, 2017.