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Forty and facing a midlife crisis, Stu Stark has lost his mojo. He simply gave up after being fired from his prestigious job as a prosecuting attorney for losing the biggest case of his career. So when Stu's best friend gifts him a one-week trip into the Alaskan wilderness to rediscover his manhood, Stu thinks it just might do him some good. But after a horrible week, Stu is crushed when he realizes no one is coming back for him.
Dying, Stu is found by a grizzled, old hunter who informs him that winter has set in, and they're not going anywhere for a while. So begins Stu's training to become the man he never was...and to get revenge on those who betrayed him.
This adult debut by the internationally best-selling YA author is a modern-day take on The Count of Monte Cristo.
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By Jacqueline on 03-16-15
Suspense, Murder, Revenge, and FUN too!
This was really an enjoyable listen. A clever storyline with characters I cared about and great narration! What more could you ask for?
What I really liked was seeing the main character, Stu, go through changes as he left his mild mannered, follow the rules kind of guy to the man he becomes. How he gets there is part of the fun. What he does with what he learns is a great revenge story. I also learned a lot from this book- how to snare small game, the many uses of tampons (really), and many other tools for how to survive in the wilderness.
There were a few scenes that I thought were not necessary to the overall plan of this book-but not enough to make a real difference.
This was a new author for me--glad I didn't pass this one by.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
By Trudy Owens on 05-01-15
You know Hatchet, the teen story of Brian who survives in the Canadian wilderness for months? I expected this to be sort of like that, but funny. I don't know why I expected funny, maybe the cover art. It's not funny.
But this is another coming-of-age, growing up story, except the main guy is 40. That's okay, some people take longer to decide what and how they want to be. While our guy is lost in the Alaskan wilderness, we get to see what happens at home, and how others are growing up and determining their personas.
We get to see this mental, physical and personal development process in both places, the fast world of high dealing business, accounting and law, as well as the unforgiving emptiness. Actually, both places seem to be pretty unforgiving.
An allegory is made here to wolves. Just as there are wolves on Wall Street, there are wolves in Alaska. The two species have much in common, but also vary significantly. This plays out at the end, a bit ridiculously, unbelievably, but then you remember it must be parallel. Some of the characters act unbelievably, but then I guess real people do to. I wouldn't put up with some of the behavior the one woman did, but it played into how she decided to redesign herself.
I wasn't expecting soft porn, but there you go. Depending on your imagination, it might be hard porn.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful