First published in 1974,Blood Sport: A Journey up the Hassayampa by Robert F. Jones, with appropriately gritty narration by Jack Marshall, is both a family story about the origins of masculinity, and a psychedelic book that is one of the earliest examples of American magical realism. This cult classic takes the listener into the deep heart of the wilderness, with suspense and beautiful detail. Marshall’s articulation of this trippy book hits all the right notes, keeping the listener's ears glued to the story.
If outdoor literature has its cult novel, Blood Sport is it. Robert Jones has created a new world, in which a mythical river and wilderness become the setting for a father and son journey like no other. In one of the earliest examples of magical realism in an American novel, Jones takes readers deep into the heart of darkness. The intensity, the suspense, and the mind-bending adventure still place Blood Sport in a category all its own.