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Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He's found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It's hard work, and totally solitary--perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he's so desperately sought is suddenly at risk. More bears are killed on the preserve and Rice's obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rice's employers. Partnering with his predecessor, a scientist who hopes to continue her research on the preserve, Rice puts into motion a plan that could expose the poachers but risks revealing his own whereabouts to the dangerous people he was running from in the first place.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062864390
Characteristics: 466 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Mar 03, 2021

Certainly not the best book I've ever read. It was average. Set in the Appalachian wilderness Rice is hiding out as a caretaker of a forest reserve. He needs not to be found by a Mexican drug cartel, all goes well until someone starts poaching bears from the reserve.
Rice was a strange kind of man, inconsistent & likely to go off into a fugue with the odd hallucination thrown in also. He was hard to understand, I think.

Aug 03, 2020

A good outdoors action read. Hero's a bit bigger than life but that's ok.

Feb 27, 2020

Book was engrossing to the end. I almost didn’t it pick up due to the overly violent comment made previously, but decided to give it a try because of the good comments. I didn't find it overly done at all. It was the nature of the storyline, but never extremely graphic for gore purposes. I enjoyed reading it.

CCPL_Carly Jan 09, 2020

This engrossing debut captures the remote wilderness of Appalachian life in stunning detail. Moore's character is surprising, if unreliable, and he seems willing to stop at nothing to defend both the places and the people that need his protection. With a mix of nature writing, gritty violence, and surreal scenes of extended sleep and food deprivation, this unusual literary thriller makes for an intense and unforgettable ride.

Nov 13, 2019

Combine a cast that includes tree-hugging biologists, a man escaping from Mexican drug cartels, and red-neck hunters from Virginia, this well-deserves the 2019 Edgar Award for First Novel. Its tense up to nearly the last minute as a caretake for a private reserve tries to track down who is hunting bear for the paws and gall bladders. I thought I had the resolution figured out but I was very wrong.

Sep 19, 2019

This book is depressing, brutal, grim and violent. I never got to the point of caring about the characters. This book focuses on violence, torture, drugs, murder, rape—with practically nothing in between to redeem it.

The part I liked best was when the main characters went into the part of the nature preserve that had not been touched by people for a long time. But that part was too short and the rest was depressing and violent. I do not enjoy reading about torture and violence. I did not really like any of the characters. It is really not my kind of book.

I think this book is written well, but its subject and its events are stomach-turning. Great descriptions of awful things are still awful.

Aug 17, 2019

I just finished reading Bearskin. I enjoyed it immensely. Rice is a delightful character. It is nice to have a hero that gets whacked and bleeds; a man both tough and gentle. His views on life and nature. Loved the fugue descriptions. Truly enjoyable. Why did it have to end?

Jun 24, 2019

Like liked this, especially as an audiobook.

May 15, 2019

A different kind of story that kept me interested from start to finish. (I only put it down twice.) The author does a fine job of describing the weird mental states that can occur when living in an isolated wilderness location. For example, the main character's first instinct when he sees someone coming to his remote abode is to hide, even though he is otherwise a brave unafraid person. This is spot on what people do in those circumstances, in my experience.

The story is an interesting mix of introspection and action, often violent action. Not a perfect book, but an enjoyable read, and a very promising debut for this author.

Apr 26, 2019

Underneath all the plots, this book is about a man who is passionate about science, and the kinds of science tech jobs that are necessary for good science fieldwork. This book has it all though, good story, great tension lines, and great writing. I hope the author continues with more stories like this. No matter what he does, I will be reading his next book. Without question, one of the better mysteries published last year, and a well deserved Edgar award for first novel.

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