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I was excited to listen to this book but the problems started almost immediately. I was born and raised in Alaska and when Grieve writes that he had to get back to camp by early evening because he didn't want to be caught out in the dark I started to realize things were fishy. In late spring, when he claims to be here, the sun doesn't set until almost midnight and doesn't set at all for a few months the farther north you go. He's vague on a lot of facts in this book, facts that could be verified. It feels like he's glossing over details. I'm not saying the story isn't true. I'm saying I have A LOT of doubts about its authenticity. I'd skip this one.
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Would you try another book from Guy Grieve and/or Steve West?
NO, NO a thousand times no!!
Has Call of the American Wild turned you off from other books in this genre?
How could the performance have been better?
If it had not happened
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Anger, disappoointment and utter frustration at both the author and reader
Any additional comments?
Even fiction must be plausible to be believable, so when a work of non-fiction isn't plausible, that work is pretty much worthless! I was so annoyed by the character of guy, that I found myself rooting for the bears, wolves, beaver, anything, to win out over this nitwit. He makes claims that even a person with a passing knowledge of bear behaviour knows is BS, and that is when he claims as fact, that black bears are far more dangerous than brown bears. A black bear will go completely out of its way to avoid a human encounter and will only become agressive when cornered. Unlike a grizzly, a bllack bear will not defend its cubs, nor is there any record of a black bear, as stated by Greive, tracking and eating a human. Total BS. The narrator ofter sounds like James Mason in the Desert Fox and his other characters, especially Don sound like thugs! The prose is awful. Example: a shot gun, " a cumbersome cannon", river snags as "gnarled fingers of portending doom" and my favorite, "the lethal nonchalance of a gun leaning against the wall"!! His "argument with his dog Fuzzy in the early chapter of the book where he first ventures down river to his "portage" had me laughing so hard I teared up! Totally unbelievable! Where does he find room to haul cases of whiskey to his cabin site? Speaking of which, he constructs said cabin in under 45 days with little or no help in sub-zero weather! Why he decides to slaughter an entire beaver colony toward the end of his stay when he obviously has access to plentiful food suplies is a mystery. Why this guy would, on the spur of the moment, with little time left before winter, up and decide to venture into one of the most forbidding places on Earth, and his wife is OK with it is an even larger mystery. I kept hoping that during one of hs infrequent satellite calls home, his son Oscar woould tell him about mummy's new friend and his new uncle, the milkman! An how about the weekly columns he was suppose to write for his newspaper as an excuse for them to fund his adventure? I think he mentions them once in the book. My conclusion is what a lot of reviewers suspect. And that is that most of this book never happened. There are far too many unexplained issues for this book to be believable. If the book is true, then get his pals in Galena, AK to come out of the woods and vouch for him. They can't be contacted because never is one surname mentioned in the book. Would I reccomentd this book? Surprisingly yes because it is so bad it's good! You will laaugh your butt off! If you can handle his Don's ego and the narrater's stupid affectations, it's really funny!
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