Friday, May 29, 2015

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo (Adult Fiction)
Reviewed by Cassandra, Teen Librarian at Mary Jacobs

If you couldn’t get enough of Nesbo’s Harry Hole series and the crime and winter landscape of Oslo, Nesbo is now writing great stand-alone suspense stories. The Son came out in 2014 and was a great suspense/revenge story.  Blood on Snow is his latest. You step in 1970s Oslo and follow the work of a “fixer” who works for one of Oslo’s crime lords. It is a fairly short story so it is a good audio choice too. An intense mystery filled with assassins, criminals and a seedy underworld. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

What would you do if you were a woman and an invading army took over and moved into your town and your home?  What if you had children?  What if you were single?  Even if you feel you would be incapable of putting up any resistance do you think you may surprise even yourself?

French sisters Vianne and Isabelle couldn’t be more different.  Vianne is the calm and obedient one, married with a daughter.  Isabelle was always running away from boarding schools and getting into trouble.  When the Nazis invade France Vianne tries to shelter her daughter and maintain normality in her home.  Yet Vianne cannot simply stand by and let things happen, despite herself she becomes involved in helping others even though she is putting her family in danger.  Isabelle returns to Paris and becomes the Nightingale helping the Resistance by walking American and British downed pilots over the mountains to Spain.  Every day she puts herself at risk ferrying messages and people under the enemy’s noses.

It seems like I just read a really great WWII era book (All the Light We Cannot See) and I didn’t think I was ready to read another.  I was pleasantly surprised.  This is a wonderful book giving insight into the trials of the women left behind in France when the Nazis moved in.  While Isabelle’s story is thrilling I found myself drawn to Vianne: a strong woman who doesn’t see herself as a hero, but who truly is.  Be prepared to get teary eyed at the end if, like me, you tend to cry at happy yet bittersweet endings.

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

Two stories that begin in Brooklyn come together outside the Viking Museum in the remote northern reaches of Norway above the Arctic Circle.  Yasha came to Brooklyn from Russia ten years ago with his father.  In Brighton Beach they started a successful bakery and had a good life, but his father never stopped missing his wife that stayed behind in their home country.  When Yasha and his father return to Russia tragedy strikes and Yasha must journey to the end of the world.  Frances has broken up with her boyfriend, finds out her parents are getting a divorce and her sister is getting married.  Needing to get away from it all she takes an art internship in Lofoten Norway to apprentice to Nils who is painting an entire barn, inside and out, with murals all done in shades of yellow to represent the land and the midnight sun.  When Frances and Yasha meet on the Norwegian islands stories meld and reveal themselves.

This is a coming of age and fish out of water story.  It is also a family drama and a young romance.  I enjoyed the way the author wove the story and made the strange circumstances realistic.  The two young adults from Brooklyn are lost, charmed and found by the locals and the land they find that summer in a stark land where the sun never really sets. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Crime Scene Cleaner (German Television Comedy Series)

Crime Scene Cleaner (German Television Comedy Series)

Schotty has a job many wouldn’t want to do.  I'm sure you're already guessed, he is a crime scene cleaner.  He’s an average guy just trying to do his job.  But besides being a crime scene cleaner he is a sounding board for the people he meets when all he’s trying to do is clean up gore.  He encounters a murderer returning to the scene of the crime, a hooker not realizing her appointment was cancelled, even a National Socialist Party member (basically a modern Nazi) wanting to discuss politics as Schotty tries to clean up the aftermath of a grisly accidental death.

By turns my mouth was gaping open with the absurdity of it all or I was laughing out loud.  There isn’t a lot of action, let’s face it the true action already occurred, but there is a lot of witty and truly odd dialogue as people love talking to Schotty.  They tell him everything and bring him into philosophical, ethical and political discussions as he goes about his work.

You need a quirky sense of humor to enjoy this series, I freely admit that, but I think anyone will enjoy the first episode.  It was probably the best of them all.  I it an elderly woman kills a home invader and can’t stop lamenting the loss of a couch the intruder slashed.  Many famous people sat on that couch and she grieves for it at length.  Too bad the intruder fell down the stairs and died.  Or did he?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

I’ve only read short stories by Oates and I thought I was getting a novel this time, but this seemed more like a novella; it was quite short.  One day I will read a novel by the award-winning New Jersey native, but not yet.  And hopefully when I do read a novel length story it will catch me as much as this story did.

Andrew J. Rush is a famous, but not Stephen King famous, novelist.  He writes suspenseful mysteries that aren’t too gory but are well-constructed.  Andrew J. Rush has a secret.  He also writes as Jack of Spades.  Jack of Spades writes gritty gory noir books and no one knows his identity, no one.  As a reader we know that something is wrong immediately as Rush has internal conversations with Jack of Spades.  When a woman threatens a lawsuit of plagiarism Rush is thrown for a loop even though the suit is unfounded and the woman is clearly mentally ill.  That event is the tipping point in an author’s spiral downwards when his worlds start to collide.

King is referenced a lot in the book, you have to wonder if Oates is jealous, and really, what writer wouldn’t be jealous of King’s success.  Maybe that’s where the idea for this book came from?  In which case what pseudonym is Oates writing under?  

Revival by Stephen King

Revival by Stephen King

On a sunny day in Maine six-year old Jamie meets Reverend Charles Jacobs for the first time.  Jacob’s becomes Jamie’s Fifth Business – the person that you aren’t related to or even friends with that keeps showing up in your life again and again and again.  Unfortunately for Jamie Jacobs is his Fifth Business and not someone, anyone, else.  Reverend Jacobs is an inventor obsessed with electricity, not normal electricity mind you, but what he calls Special Electricity.  With Special Electricity Jacobs is able to heal, and more.  What exactly is Jacobs’ ultimate goal?  Jamie knows he will find out, but he also knows he really doesn’t want to know the answer.

King plays with the word of his title throughout the book.  Think of all the ways revive and revival can be defined.  That’s the only clue I’ll give you about the novel.  Well, okay, I’ll give you one more.  Lovecraft fans will be thrilled, Uncle Stevie finally “went there” in this one.  I can’t say anything else without giving away major plot points but I can say that the Necronomicon is mentioned in this novel. 

The novel starts off slow and you have to wonder why King is telling you so much but as the plot starts moving faster and faster it all comes together.  All those “extraneous details” surrounding Jamie’s life are important once again.  On audio the beginning was particularly slow, but King keeps it entertaining and the dread builds slowly as the plot moves faster.  It worked really well.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Apparently I was in the mood for an epic fantasy book because once I read the first chapter I was completely hooked.

Yarvi was not cut out to be royalty.  He was born with a deformed hand in a kingdom where warriors are kings.  He has been preparing for the tests to become a minister, the wise advisors to the king, a position he is well suited to assume.  But when his father and brother are murdered Yarvi must reluctantly sit in the Black Chair and reign over his kingdom.  First he must avenge his family and that is when the king, or as he calls himself “half a king” since he cannot wield a weapon, begins a journey beyond his wildest dreams.

This is a gasping book.  I gasped often at the things that happened to Yarvi that seemed to keep coming at him left and right.  You’d think things were finally looking up and *gasp* they weren’t quite.  In some books coincidences feel contrived and predictable, that is not the case here because the plot is woven together so well.  And the characters!  They are all so real, something often not found in fantasy epics depicting journeys from far off lands. 

I wish I could say more about the book but I want readers to discover the twists and turns for themselves and they start pretty must straight away.  If you aren’t a fan of fantasy I think you may still enjoy this book.  A lot of people get annoyed by strange names and races in fantasy books which you don’t have here.  The gods even have normal names like Mother War and Father Peace.  (The female deities are not the genders you expect.  Besides war and peace being what we would consider opposites, the sun is female and the moon is male as well.)  The Gettlanders, the peoples Yarvi rules over, remind me of a cross between Vikings and the people of Medieval Britain.  Another thing some people hate about fantasy epics are that they are so long.  Not so with this one, coming in at a svelte 336 pages.  Try it, you’ll like it!

I borrowed this one as an eBook from the library and I have the second on hold.  I loved it and hope the next book is as great as the first.

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon, accomplished art restorer and retired Israeli spy, retreats to Cornwall with his wife to recuperate following a disastrous mission in Russia.  Naturally he doesn’t get to simply relax.  An old friend, a well-respected art dealer named Isherwood, has a big problem.  He brokered a deal with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. to sell them a heretofore unknown Rembrandt on behalf of a client.  In preparation of the sale he entrusted the painting to a professional for restoration.   The restorer is murdered and the painting is gone.  Isherwood didn’t mention the painting to his insurers to forego paying the extra premiums so if the painting is not found he’s out $45 million.  That’s why he’s extremely desperate to have the painting found and asks Allon for his help.

Follows is a trip around the world establishing where the painting has been in hopes that it will lead to clues to where the painting is now.  Nazi war criminals, Swiss bank accounts and shady philanthropists all come together to explain the hidden life of the painting.  Allon travels from the British countryside to Argentina, London and Switzerland to track down the painting and assembles a team of Israeli agents after the investigation leads to information that seems to show Iran is getting ready to make nuclear weapons.

If you haven’t read any of the fifteen Gabriel Allon thrillers this is one that can be read as a standalone so you can try the series out.  It is tenth in the series, and events from past books are alluded to, but I never felt like I didn’t know what was going on.  A longtime fan may have been happy to see characters from past books appear in this one, but the characters were well-described and I was fine being introduced to them here.  I’m not a huge fan of spy novels, but this one was more art heist and backroom double dealing than true full on spycraft.  It was fast paced and adhered often to the tenants of Murphy’s Law, things that could go wrong often did, but the good guys prevailed in the end.  Overall a very enjoyable quick read.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Grand Piano (Film – Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack)

Grand Piano (Film – Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack)

I was intrigued after seeing a preview of this movie and for once the film lived up to the trailer. 

Elijah Wood plays Tom Selznick, a piano prodigy who left the stage five years ago after freezing during a performance.  He is making his widely anticipated return in Chicago with his successful movie star wife in the audience.  As he sits down to play and turns the pages of his music he notices terrifying messages scrawled on the score in red marker.  Basically if he plays a wrong note his wife will be murdered.  Naturally he doesn’t believe a word until the red laser light starts tracking across the score.

This is an edge of your seat thriller.  I got anxious every time Selznick left the stage during a piece, yes there was a lull in the music and he wasn’t needed, but how often does the star of the show leave his bench during the middle of a piece?  Then again I don’t think I’ve ever been at a performance where a member of the orchestra’s life was threatened.  At least I hope not!  The pacing of the movie is great, there is never a dull moment, which is amazing in and of itself since the action all takes place in a music hall during the performance. 

Why is it so important that Selznick doesn’t play a wrong note?  How can he get help while trapped on stage?  You’ll need to watch to find out.

The Blondes by Emily Schultz

The Blondes by Emily Schultz

Blondes may have more fun, and have the most jokes written about them, but now they are also the most feared women on earth.  Scandinavia has all but fallen, outbreaks are occurring around the world and people are fleeing to Africa and India where "blondeness" is rare.  Blonde women, whether natural or from a bottle, are going crazy.  They act like they have rabies and bite and kill those around them and themselves.  No one is sure how it is transmitted, or why it only affects those with a lack of hair pigment, but everyone knows the world will never be the same.

Hazel Hayes is our narrator, a natural redhead.  Apparently one case of a redhead going mad has been documented so she is considered suspect along with peroxide blondes.  Hazel has managed to find the absolute worst time in the world to become pregnant with a child she doesn't really want by a man she can’t get in contact with because he’s married to someone else and a country away.  Hazel wants to get from New York back to Toronto to decide what to do about the baby and just to get back home but this is a time of panic and quarantine.  Going home is going to be really hard.

This is one of the weirder pandemic tales I’ve read.  It was a little annoying not knowing how the disease worked, but the author got around it by cutting Hazel off from media in the later months of her pregnancy (and therefore the later part of the narrative).  The book is told in current time (Hazel about eight months pregnant) and from the beginning of the outbreak (Hazel about a month pregnant) and eventually the two storylines become one.

The Blondes is being compared to Stephen King, but I don’t really see it.  It’s probably just me but not having a plausible, or any actually, reason why this was happening really bothered me. I did like the way the author proposed that governments would handle the situation; Canada was much stricter than I would have given them credit for which makes me think fleeing north in case of a situation may not be the best solution.   The other thing I really liked were the relationships made and left behind in a time of crisis, the last people you would think you could lean on are sometimes exactly who you need.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason

Inspector Erlendur keeps thinking about Hannibal the homeless man he sometimes chatted with who was found drowned months ago.  It was ruled an accidental death, but was it?  Between night shifts working traffic, responding to domestic disturbance calls and foiling burglaries Erlendur begins an off the record investigation of his own, one that leads him to believe Hannibal’s death was anything but an accident.

If you’re thinking of visiting Iceland this is probably not the best series to read since it shows the dark underbelly of the city.  That said, what is detailed here, a small homeless population, the lack of services for victims of domestic violence, drug trafficking and a high preponderance of drink driving (as they call it) are truly the ills of the city and country.  Murders are extremely rare, hence why Hannibal’s death would be considered accidental and not investigated too thoroughly. 

A short, quick police procedural highlighting everyday life of a police officer in Reykjavik with a tight plot and construction.

Normal by Graeme Cameron

Normal by Graeme Cameron

Waiting for the next (and last!) Dexter book?  Or have a burning need to read something darkly comic yet pretty sick?  Look no further!

A man breaks into a house and accidently kills a girl in her kitchen.  She wasn’t supposed to die that soon.  He cleans up the crime scene and bags up the body methodically, these things happen.  He pulls his van up to the yard and discovers something unfortunate.  He locked his keys in the car.  So begins the journey of small mistakes that plague our anti-hero as he kidnaps women, kills and gets away with it until the unexpected seems to happen all at once.  He meets a kindred spirit, saves a life, makes a friend and quite possibly falls in love.  But one thing to always remember, he is not normal.

The author uses humor to make you like his serial killer.  You can’t justify him being a good guy like with Dexter who only kills other killers.  This guy (who is never named or described to reinforce that he could be anyone) kills woman randomly because he likes to play games with them and kill them.  There is nothing redeeming about him, but you find yourself liking him and wanting him to get away with all the horrible things he’s done.  Then you remember what he’s done and feel wrong for rooting for him.  This is an author with talent.  Can’t wait to see what he does next.

The Last Five Years (Film / Musical – Starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan)

The Last Five Years (Film / Musical – Starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan)

This is a musical about the birth, life and death of a relationship set in New York City.  Jamie is an author that makes it big with his first novel getting a book deal with Random House and now he’s dealing with all that success brings.  Cathy is a struggling actor forced to work summer stock in Ohio when all her auditions don’t pan out in the city. 

What makes this film so amazing isn’t the fact that the story is almost told entirely in song, it’s the way it’s constructed.  The first song of the movie is Cathy lamenting the end of their marriage; the next song is Jamie singing about how happy he is to meet such a wonderful woman.  The two characters alternate songs: Cathy’s storyline starts at the end of their marriage and ends with them falling in love while Jamie’s starts at the beginning and goes to the end with him moving out of their apartment.  Both stories meet in the middle at their wedding.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one since the construction is so different and it’s a musical.  I can’t see it working any other way.  By having the happiness of one character sharply contrast with the despair of the other the songs are more balanced – it’s not all slow depressing ballads all at once at the end.  They came interspersed throughout.  It works, and works really well.

Must see musical number: Anna Kendrick singing about being stuck doing summer stock in Ohio with a snake named Wayne; laugh out loud funny.

Friday, May 8, 2015

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Maddie, a well-heeled, na├»ve, recently married woman from Philadelphia, is dragged by her husband Ellis and his best friend across the Atlantic to save the family name.  Too bad there is a war going on and travel is restricted, but by greasing the right palms they arrive in Drumnadrochit.  Yes, Ellis is on the search for the monster of Loch Ness, his father took a famous picture years before which has been ridiculed as a forgery.  Ellis is going to prove the world wrong and find the monster. 

Many reviews said that they didn’t like Maddie and had a hard time enjoying the tale because of it.  I don’t understand.  Yes, Maddie starts off an entitled snob but she grows into an independent minded woman and her character growth is extremely apparent when contrasted with her husband who seems to be growing younger and brattier as time goes on.  The place is a character itself.  The rationing, the scarcity and the little joys are all described in detail so the reader feels like they are in wartime Scotland.  I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t know Inverness and areas surrounding it were bombed by the Germans, I wasn’t aware they traveled that far north. 

I didn’t think I would enjoy this book even though I am fond of the idea of a sea monster living in Loch Ness.  However I really enjoyed it and I think those who enjoy watching a woman grow into her own will enjoy it as well.

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Peggy’s mom, Ute, is a famous concert pianist.  Her father is a survivalist.  He doesn’t seem to have a real job, but regular meetings happen at their home with other North London men about how to survive when the world ends.  He constantly makes lists and builds and stocks a fallout shelter under their home.  When Ute leaves for a trip to Germany, father packs up eight-year old Peggy so they can go on an adventure.  They cross into mainland Europe and hike through the wilderness to a cabin on a small area of land bordered by mountains and a river.  After they arrive father breaks the sad news.  Ute is dead.  The world has ended.  The Great Divide has formed at the edge of their view.  On the other side nothing is left.  All they have now is each other.

Right from the beginning you know that Peggy returns to London eight years later.  And you know that her father does not.  For a survivalist he is woefully unprepared but they manage not to starve the first winter and eke out an existence together.  Things start to change in their world with the arrival of Rueben, a man who also survived the end of the world.

I was disappointed in the ending because I guessed how things were going with the few clues the author provided: but thinking about it now it really couldn’t end any other way.  (For once the cover actually has a LOT to do with the story.)  There were still a few surprises that helped fill in the blanks, like the reason her father dragged her away into the wilderness.  Fans of survival and apocalyptic fiction may enjoy it, but overall the tone is very dark and bleak.  Yes, usually this type of fiction is dark and bleak but while reading this you know that there is warmth and food and shelter and shoes just a day’s hike away.  That’s what makes it such sad read.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pelican Dreams (Documentary)

Pelican Dreams (Documentary)

A young pelican backs up traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge, wandering down the right hand lane.  A police officer and tow truck driver safely catch her and place her in back of the cruiser.  She is brought to a pelican rehabilitation center where she is examined and determined to be extremely dehydrated and underweight.  As her time recovering begins so does the documentary. 

The director has always been intrigued by pelicans, so graceful in the air and clumsy on land, and follows the rescued bird (which she nicknamed Gigi) through her rehabilitation and release.  The director also visits Morro, another recovering pelican suffering from a wing injury and living with a wildlife specialist and convalescing in their large backyard with other bird species.  Interspersed with visits to both birds to monitor and record their progress the film also covers pelican breeding grounds, threats old and new to the species and just how amazing it is that any pelican grows up to reach adulthood.

A great wildlife documentary that brings you nose to beak with these creatures, birds which always make me smile and think of flying dinosaurs whenever I see them.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Years ago I worked for a non-profit that built awareness of the issues surrounding and provided support for the victims of sexual assault.  I was rather depressed after reading this book that things haven’t changed as much as I would have hoped since my days of volunteering.

Krakauer follows a number of acquaintance rape cases from the time of the assault throughout the ensuing legal proceedings.  He details the actions of the victims shortly after the crimes and into the following years to illustrate how these young women all acted differently and suffered the after effects of the crime differently; this one short instance of violence at the hands of a man they trusted changed their lives forever.  Not all of the women brought their cases to the legal system, some kept silent and suffered in silence but some were extremely brave and stepped forward.  It was depressing to read how law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office denied taking cases to trial again and again despite a large amount of evidence in many cases.  In many cases these women felt they were not believed and that the officials they went to seemed to side with their attackers.  Thankfully change was brought to Missoula, and in a small part to campuses across the country, in the past years.  But I have to wonder if it is enough.  

While this is an important book for anyone to read, it is a difficult book to read.  The sexual assaults in this book are described in detail and the suffering of the victims at the hands of their assailant and then at the hands of the justice system are hard to bear witness to even passively through reading.  

Monday, May 4, 2015

American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest by Hannah Nordhaus

A ghost has been sighted by many in an elegant hotel in Santa Fe.  The ghost is believed to be that of Julia the author’s great-great grandmother.  Why is Julia a ghost?  The author sets out to find the truth behind the legends and maybe meet her long dead relative herself.

Those with an interest in genealogy will find this book, and the author’s research, fascinating.  Nordhaus tracks down distant relatives who have created vast family trees and even written micro-histories of the family.  She also visits archives and goes back to Germany to see where Julia, a young German-Jewish woman was from before she was brought as a newlywed across the prairie into Santa Fe.  The author also learns about the fates of relatives left behind in Germany when Hilter came to power.  Since Julia is believed to be the ghost haunting La Posada the author consults with psychics, all practicing their art in different ways, to try to find answers from that realm as well.  No one seems to agree why Julia is still around, but theories, proven and hypothesized abound.

This book is an interesting look at a haunting as well as proof that all families have secrets and interesting stories at their core.

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

I was reluctant to pick this one up, but the buzz about it was really good and (I cringe to admit this was a reason) it was short.  I shouldn’t have doubted the buzz this time; this is a new twist on an often told story and one that should be read.

Jake is different.  He’s quiet, shy, a typical introvert.  He gets along great with his sister and most of his friends are good kids according to his father.  Doug is the doubtful friend.  The one dad doesn’t like and can’t quite put his finger on why.  But he always told his son to be nice to everyone, so he can’t really squash the budding friendship.

Simon is Jake and Laney’s dad.  He’s also an introvert, cringing at the thought of playdates, and he’s a stay at home dad.  His wife is a successful lawyer so the role reversal made fiscal sense but he still struggles with it even after more than a decade of raising the kids and working from home.  He wonders if he’s doing a good job as a dad. 

One morning the call comes in.  Simon races to the school to find utter chaos and SWAT teams.  He, his wife and daughter and other family members of children at the school are asked to wait in a nearby church.  As people leave in relief or grief Simon remains.  Witnesses saw two boys enter the school, one was Doug and one is believed to be Jake.  Doug is dead and Jake is missing.  Simon knows that to find the truth, to prove to himself and everyone else that Jake truly is a good kid the only thing that matters now is finding Jake. 

I’m not going to tell you what happens, even though you’ll have inklings throughout the book.  It’s the character studies and the reactions of people that are so interesting.  Would you doubt your own kid?  Are introverts prejudiced against?  How would you react to what the media was feeding you?  All interesting questions that the author tackles while everyone tries to find Jake and the truth. 

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

Wolf wakes up on the anniversary of his best friend’s tragic accident on the mountain they loved and decides it is the day he will end it all at their favorite wilderness retreat.  He consciously chooses to leave his well-stocked backpack behind when he leaves his apartment that day.  That moment, that choice, will haunt him for the five days to come while he and three others are stuck on the mountain.  They can see the lights of Palm Springs in the distance, but stuck on a ridge off-trail rescue seems unlikely.  These four will need to conserve their meager resources, use their wits and do whatever it takes to save themselves.

This novel is a study in what can go wrong in an instant despite knowing the risks and challenges of a hostile environment.  Sometimes things go very wrong.  The unlikely quartet stranded together on the mountain perfectly illustrates the differing ways people handles crises and how anyone has it in them to be a selfless hero.  The story will hold the record for most amazing rescue ever in my book for years to come.

Fans of Into the Wild and unprepared survivor stories will find a lot to enjoy.  Anyone who enjoys walking in the woods should read this book to remind them that being close to civilization doesn’t mean a thing when you are lost and to prepare accordingly every time you take to the trail.  This book is released on May 7th – so place your holds now!