Here is the kind of authentically detailed epic novel that is Louis L'Amour's hallmark. It is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker, the Yakut native Alekhin, who knows every square foot of the icy frontier - and who knows that to trap his quarry he must think like a Sioux.
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I read this book years ago and have been hoping it would show up on Audible. I've read many of Louis Lamour's books and like the previous reviewer I think this may be his best. It's hard not to think of all the Rambo movies you've seen when reading this book but the main character has less attitude and uses his brains more often than his muscles. Lamour's personal knowledge of survival and tracking techniques as well as history give this book the same feel of authenticity that you'll find in his westerns. If you like adventure I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I have listened and read many of Louis L'Aour's books. In my opinion this is the best of his books. However I must say the ending was written for a sequel that was never written. Be prepared for an amazing ending.
As a L'Amour die-hard I had my doubts about purchasing this book, but my fears were soon alleviated as Louis wove his magic at intertwining the past with the present. Although not a western, this book has much about the Souix Indians, adventure, living off the land in extreme conditions, as the main character Joe Mack treks through Siberia, to escape the Russian military and KGB. No one but Louis L'Amour could write this book, and as usual very good narration by David Stratharin. As said by in a reveiw by another Audible listener this book ends as if there is to be a sequel, I wait "impatiently" for that sequel!
I have not read a great deal of Louis L'Amour, but from what I understand, this book has his typical resolution, but not his typical subject (Russians and Indians instead of cowboys and Indians). The book will not cause you to rethink your worldview by any means, but it is enjoyable light entertainment.
Strathairn has the ability to vary his vocals so you usually know which character is speaking even before the narration informs you. He has been in a number of movies (notably, "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "The Bourne Ultimatum", so when you first hear his voice, it may cause you to scratch your head and wonder where you've heard that voice before.
L'Amour's writing style is easy to listen to, and Strathairn does an excellent job of narration, so all in all, it is an excellent package.
I definitely would listen to this book again. Louis L'Amour is a great writer telling a wonderful story. This isn't a western per se but is a timeless story.
Joe Mack's escape was a very memorable moment in the book. The vastness of the country he escaped into makes you wonder if he truly escaped or if he is just in another type of prison.
Mr. Strathairn has a wonderful voice and uses it to the fullest giving accents to the characters who need it and each one is slightly different. Listening to him tell the story takes you further into the story than if you read it yourself.
Near the end of the story Joe Mack asks a native at the coast to leave his kayak and says in a round about way that he will be taking it. His respectful tone to the native requesting the favor and the fact that he is following the trip of his ancestors was very moving.
This is second time, great for a hot Texas summer listen. Siberian cold survival is great contrast.
Brules. Wilderness survival
An entertaining story even if the main character is a native American version of Superman. Well told and unpredictable with a good reader. I recommend this rather unusual tale of adventure.
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This is one of my all time favorite works of fiction. I own this book in paperback and have read it several times. I was quite impressed by the skill of the narrator, who brought the story to life. This gets 5 stars and I will be listening to this audio book again in the future :)
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