Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father. Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father, Jack, a hard-drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: They are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before - and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, and only Mike believes that his tormented father might not be guilty. Now, alienated from the woman he loves, shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand Jack's brutality, but is the man capable of murder? Desperate and alone, Mike strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the two men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a runaway fugitive. There they meet a beautiful woman who claims to be Jack's mistress but who seems to be guarding a more dangerous secret. The only way for Mike to save his father now is to find the real killer - which could mean putting everyone he loves in the line of fire. The Poacher's Son is a sterling debut of literary suspense. Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.
©2010 Paul Doiron (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
I hesitated to buy this book, but I like series and have a home in Maine, so I gave it a try - I am glad I did. Mr. Doiron is an very good writer, which I appreciate. The lead character is interesting and someone you care about. There are a few flaws in the story, but easily ignored. The narrator does a C minus Maine accent but few performers could do a Maine accent. Overall, a good read. I just bought the second in the series.
I'm from Arkansas and not many readers do southern like a true southerner. The accent isn't the story, just a part of it. I don't understand people who get hung up on narrators and lose the thrust of the story! I liked this one. I like Mike and I was just as hurt as he was when he was trying to defend his father and others were running him down. I like the warden pilot and his wife too. Nicely done author and narrator. I will continue with these stories and couldn't care less if the narrator sounds like he is from 'Maine'. I applaud narrators for the ability to read out loud for a living!! What could be better than that?!
Under ten hours of listening, narrated by Henry Leyva.
There are several reviews of the audiobook that are critical of accents. Guess I’m just not that picky, because it didn’t bother me. The main character has a bland midwestern ‘accent’. The other Maine characters sound fine to me, a pretty good effort on the part of the narrator to make the characters unique. Besides, everybody in the northeast US talks funny, don’t they? So I guess unless you are actually from that area, you’re not going to have a problem with narration … Henry Leyva is pretty good, in my opinion … and I’ve listened to thousands of audiobooks. There. Shoot me.
The story is that of a Maine wildlife warden, son of a worthless, narcassistic man who is an abusive, backwoods, poaching drunk. But, hey … he’s ‘dad’, and accused of murder. Faithful son, the wildlife warden who hasn’t heard from dad in years, is compelled to believe in dad’s innocence. Thus is the thrust of The Poacher’s Son.
There are a few spots that caused my eyes to glaze, flashbacks to childhood, etc., areas that didn’t move the story forward, in my opinion. But, for the most part, this is an interesting who-done-it. Learned a bit about Maine and there are nice passages about the backwoods and beauty of the area. According to Doiron, the weather is very warm/hot … huh, would ‘a thought snowy.
A nice listen, worth the listen. Enjoy!
First time for both this author and narrator. Always risky to try new authors, but definitely will listen to more! Loved the narrator too. My kind of story which is a good balance of characters and suspense.
Quality narration by Henry Leyva and characters/story line with a lot of potential drew me into this book, but with a little less than 4 hours to go, I'm already sick of asking myself why the author didn't do better here or there - or there or there... I'll finish the book because I'm always hopeful, and I'll likely give the second book in the series a chance in hopes that the author outgrows these mistakes with experience, but this is frustrating
The not so-run-of-the mill tale was as much about difficult family relationships and the life's decisions we make as well as the who-done-it storyline. The reader was excellent, I shall hear his voice in my mind for some time to come. The location of the story was far from the big cities of many, and I could see, hear, and smell the lushness of the vast wilderness.
Exceptional intro to the Mike Bowditch mystery series. Suspenseful. Memorable but flawed characters. Rural Maine setting was a character in itself. Plentiful plot twists. And the game warden sleuth was likeable although a bit naive about life and love.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I liked this one quite a lot! I saw some reviews that dissed it based on the perception that the narrator's Maine accent was flawed. Perhaps, but my major complaint was that the story line stalled every so often during flashbacks of childhood memories. These didn't move the story along, which I wanted very much! But back to basics. . .it is a very good story about a Maine Animal Warden and his very dysfunctional father/family/marriage/life. I enjoyed the telling of the day-to-day Warden activities and the main character's wrestling with his past and the present-day issues his father's reputation and flight from justice introduced. Just enjoy it for what it is. . . a good story about a son's ability to overcome, forgive and make amends.
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