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1.0 out of 5 starsA total and complete tease. Shameful!
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2018
No way was I prepared for a story to end mid sentence, mid thought! I guess it was a complete tease intended to lure me to the authors future works. Well, I hate to disappoint but it has done exactly the opposite. I will never read another word written by him.
With this book you get two stories....both cliffhangers! ( I hate that..don't you?). Bad part is that these are real good stories. First one....Bear Trap..is about a Maine game warden on the lookout for a hermit who's been stealing from the locals. But these stories go back 20 years....can't be the same guy! Story two...Local Maine game warden is lying in wait to nail feral hogs deep in the backwoods. The hunt is successful but takes a turn for the worst when something turns up that no one ever suspected and our game warden wants answers. I gave only four stars because nither story actualy had a " finish"......But they were both real interesting. Guess I'll make up the ending myself...hope it's good! 😉
This story took me back to being a kid and seeing the world through eyes full of excitement and hope. There is nothing like being deep in the woods reminiscing about past adventures over a campfire on a cool Maine night, or so I've been led to believe. This story is well written with good attention to detail (I could feel the cold rain penetrating my clothes and the resulting chill all the way to my bones and turned up the heat). Although I enjoyed the short story, I thought it was going to be a novella, but most of the book was a teaser into a full length story. Not good!
I was surprised that the ending was anticlimactic and left me without resolution to any part of the storyline. The writing was good which didn't match the ending. I wonder if this was just a teaser to get me to buy the entire book.
3.0 out of 5 starsGlad Maine has produced a successful author but this did not meet my need.
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2018
Doiron's series is based on Maine, a real plus for me. His Maine is a far cry from that of Murder She Wrote, and that is great. However, I was looking for something to listen to while on a trip beyond the Piscataqua bridge. Unfortunately, this one's opening was a little too grisly for me. It was very truthful about how the meat we eat gets to the plate. Not very light for a long drive.
4.0 out of 5 starsA darkly humorous campfire story that's 22% of the download
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2017
I didn't realize it was a short story, I think if it was marketed as such there would be fewer negative reviews. The number of pages is deceptive to the length of the actual title. The story was complete with no cliffhanger. I didn't read the sample book afterward. It's the type of tale that you would hear while sitting around a campfire at night. Some of the cultural references would be difficult for younger readers; I was a teenager in the 1970s which proved helpful.
It's short and sweet, delving a little into Charley's past as a Warden. Well written, interesting and clever. Just a simple story Charley tells Mike while fishing leaves a big impact and is testament to Paul Doiron's wonderful character writing.
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2017
I first started following Paul Doiron when he was the editor of Down East Magazine- the only editor whom made me actually look forward to the Editor's Note as part of the publication. He's a skilled writer with an easy going style. This short story did not disappoint. I always look forward to what he will write next, and highly recommend anything he has authored.