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"Mine might have been a simple, pretty story if not for the wolves. In late July they emerged from the foothills...."

In this gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, and their parallel lives and ultimate collision, Bryce Andrews describes life on the remote, windswept Sun Ranch in Southwest Montana. The Sun's 20,000 acres of rangeland occupy a still-wild corner of Southwest Montana - a high valley surrounded by mountain ranges and steep creeks with portentous names like Grizzly, Dead Man, and Bad Luck. Just over the border from Yellowstone National Park, the Sun holds giant herds of cattle and elk amid many predators - bears, mountain lions, and wolves. In lyrical, haunting language, Andrews recounts marathon days and nights of building fences, riding, roping, and otherwise learning the hard business of caring for cattle, an initiation that changes him from an idealistic city kid into a skilled ranch hand. But when wolves suddenly begin killing the ranch's cattle, Andrews has to shoulder a rifle, chase the pack, and do what he'd hoped he would never have to do.

Badluck Way is about transformation and complications, about living with dirty hands every day. It is about the hard choices that wake us at night and take a lifetime to reconcile. Above all Badluck Way celebrates the breathtaking beauty of wilderness and the satisfaction of hard work on some of the harshest, most beautiful land in the world. Called "an important meditation on what it means to share space and breathe the same air as truly wild animals" (Tom Groneberg, author of The Secret Life of Cowboys), Badluck Way is the memorable story of one young man's rebirth in the crucible of the West's timeless landscape, a place at the center of the heart's geography, savage and gorgeous in equal measure.

©2014 Bryce Andrews. All rights reserved (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Like the story. Good escape.

The story was good. If your in to ranchers, alpine wilderness and wild life it is a nice distraction from every day life.

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He is great and has a great voice. It just wish he would pronounce the word wolf as if there is a "L" in it because there is one. Other than that he is great for and book.

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It was ok

The narrator mispronounced ‘Ennis’. As a Montana resident, that was disappointing and distracting. The detail of the story was awesome; but the killings were too descriptive for my taste.

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A beautifully written account of the painstaking, and often heartbreaking, work of balancing the business of cattle ranching and wildlife preservation. Andrews tells his story of becoming a hardened ranch hand while remaining true to his own convictions.

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Thoughtful and vivid storytelling

For those curious about the interplay between ranching and the reintroduction of wolves, this book is a must read. Thoughtfully written in a style reminiscent of Norman McLain. It will leave you with a deeper understanding of the challenges ranchers face, a deeper sense of the wildness personified by wolves.