Up front I need to say that I fly fish for trout with a bamboo rod on smaller streams in the northeastern part of America. Oh yes--and I am a woman a..Show More »nd I tie my own flies. My favorite aspects of fly fishing involve walking and reading the stream, wading out into the rushing water and really just being part of the complex wild ecosystem that fishing requires.
I really enjoy complex and well thought out mysteries set in distinct locations. Often it is difficult for me to read a mystery about a subject I know well because many times writers take on themes they don't really know inside out. This can ruin a story. Thankfully this is not this case with this book. McCafferty, the survival and outdoor skills editor for Field and Stream magazine, knows his subject well.
This is the first book in a mystery series set in Montana and I thought it was good. Some reviewers found that the book focused too much on "the fishing". I disagree--in fact I would have enjoyed a bit more detail on that subject. I mean, the plot and story are really about fly fishing in Montana. So, I don't understand how there can be too much fishing??
McCafferty's writing captures the beauty and wildness of nature and Montana. The story was engaging and the characters were unusual and interesting. I thought there was a good balance between the mystery, the background information and the atmosphere and sense of place the author established.
At times, I thought the narrator became monotone and sounded bored by the reading. But, for the most part Holmes did a good job reading the book.
Recommended if you like mysteries with quirky characters, some rough talk, a few gruesome scenes, a bit of violence and lots of the great outdoors. Oh, and yes, there is the fishing too.
I've had such a difficult time recently with mystery series that have great first books and then lousy, often rushed follow up books. Thank goodness ..Show More »that isn't the case with this series set in wild Montana. I enjoyed book one and to me book two may even be better.
Be aware, this second entry in the series is more focused on hunting, ammunition and guns--but it still has some fly fishing, streams and fly tying too--so not to worry. The characters are more fully developed, the dialogue good and the descriptions of wild Montana beauty excellent.
This is becoming a series that I am beginning to look forward to. Engaging, some gruesome detail of violence and rough talk. However, overall consistent and well written. Looking forward to book three.
Like most of my favorite authors, I stumbled upon Keith McCafferty. A gold nugget amongst a lot of gravel, his Sean Stranahan series has been mesmeriz..Show More »ing so far. Three down in four days- what does that say about his writing, and characters? Plus, Rick Holmes does a superb job of narrating such a diverse cast of characters. These are the narration gigs that make you wonder how on earth the job can be done so flawlessly. I'm hooked, pun entirely intended & believe most anyone who gives the first book a read will be, too. As for my subject line, you'll have to read or listen to understand. Tight lines!
Keith McCafferty has quickly become one of my new favorite authors. He's like the metaphorical love child that would materialize if Richard Russo, Adr..Show More »ian McKinty & Louis L Amour could merge. But he is distinctly his own man, and an excellent writer.
Can't believe how attached I've become to Sean, Martha and Sam, especially, but also Harold, Katie, Walt & the docs. Even when events break your heart. Sad to be starting the final book (so far) of the series...These are "can't- put- downers".
Additional props must be given to Rick Holmes, who does an amazing job with all characters. And to the publisher for sticking with a great narrator throughout the series.
For the most part, I just star review. But Keith McCafferty has pulled me in so thoroughly, I feel an obligation to take a moment to give thanks. Rar..Show More »ely have I been so invested in characters. I could throttle Martha, while at the same time I just want to wrap her in a bear hug and learn from her. Sam. I know Sam. Several Sams! Harold. Katy. And of course, Sean. Kemosabe. And all the ancillary characters, too. It's strange to be so completely enveloped by people who are fictional, the product of McCafferty's mind. I would sincerely love to spend a day on a river with him, sharing the sport/peace/art that is fly fishing. Also, I can't say enough about the narration talent of Rick Holmes- amazing.
I came to the party late, and so was able to devour all five novels at once (6 days- might be my record). I'm sad it'll mean waiting for the next one, and I hope there will be many more. In the meantime, I've started seriously researching the trip to Montana I've always dreamt of.