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Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father. Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father, Jack, a hard-drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: They are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before - and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, and only Mike believes that his tormented father might not be guilty. Now, alienated from the woman he loves, shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand Jack's brutality, but is the man capable of murder? Desperate and alone, Mike strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the two men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a runaway fugitive. There they meet a beautiful woman who claims to be Jack's mistress but who seems to be guarding a more dangerous secret. The only way for Mike to save his father now is to find the real killer - which could mean putting everyone he loves in the line of fire. The Poacher's Son is a sterling debut of literary suspense. Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.

©2010 Paul Doiron (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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  • 10-02-15

Very good writer -

I hesitated to buy this book, but I like series and have a home in Maine, so I gave it a try - I am glad I did. Mr. Doiron is an very good writer, which I appreciate. The lead character is interesting and someone you care about. There are a few flaws in the story, but easily ignored. The narrator does a C minus Maine accent but few performers could do a Maine accent. Overall, a good read. I just bought the second in the series.

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Under ten hours of listening, narrated by Henry Leyva.<br/><br/>There are several reviews of the audiobook that are critical of accents. Guess I’m just not that picky, because it didn’t bother me. The main character has a bland midwestern ‘accent’. The other Maine characters sound fine to me, a pretty good effort on the part of the narrator to make the characters unique. Besides, everybody in the northeast US talks funny, don’t they? So I guess unless you are actually from that area, you’re not going to have a problem with narration … Henry Leyva is pretty good, in my opinion … and I’ve listened to thousands of audiobooks. There. Shoot me.<br/><br/>The story is that of a Maine wildlife warden, son of a worthless, narcassistic man who is an abusive, backwoods, poaching drunk. But, hey … he’s ‘dad’, and accused of murder. Faithful son, the wildlife warden who hasn’t heard from dad in years, is compelled to believe in dad’s innocence. Thus is the thrust of The Poacher’s Son.<br/><br/>There are a few spots that caused my eyes to glaze, flashbacks to childhood, etc., areas that didn’t move the story forward, in my opinion. But, for the most part, this is an interesting who-done-it. Learned a bit about Maine and there are nice passages about the backwoods and beauty of the area. According to Doiron, the weather is very warm/hot … huh, would ‘a thought snowy.<br/><br/>A nice listen, worth the listen. Enjoy!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great read

First time for both this author and narrator. Always risky to try new authors, but definitely will listen to more! Loved the narrator too. My kind of story which is a good balance of characters and suspense.

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  • Janet
  • Westlake, OH, United States
  • 09-22-15

A great find

I love finding an author new to me whom I love. I want to read all his books.

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What is a Maine accent!

I'm from Arkansas and not many readers do southern like a true southerner. The accent isn't the story, just a part of it. I don't understand people who get hung up on narrators and lose the thrust of the story! I liked this one. I like Mike and I was just as hurt as he was when he was trying to defend his father and others were running him down. I like the warden pilot and his wife too. Nicely done author and narrator. I will continue with these stories and couldn't care less if the narrator sounds like he is from 'Maine'. I applaud narrators for the ability to read out loud for a living!! What could be better than that?!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Gripping Suspense!

Exceptional intro to the Mike Bowditch mystery series. Suspenseful. Memorable but flawed characters. Rural Maine setting was a character in itself. Plentiful plot twists. And the game warden sleuth was likeable although a bit naive about life and love.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 02-02-17

Good start.

When a State Game Warden in Maine is called about a man hunt for his father, he is both befuddled and unaware of how far down the rabbit hole he will be dragged. A fast paced story with many twists and turns, as well as, well rounded believable characters. The main character really drove the plot and was easy to like and sympathize with. Not much gore so it is an easy book to recommend as an action thriller to many who like suspense.

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Loved Every Bit of this Book

If you could sum up Poacher's Son in three words, what would they be?

I would say COMPELLING descriptions of the Maine Woods, GREAT narration, and REMARKABLE character development

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, twists, turns and danger without a huge amount of gore and killing.

Have you listened to any of Henry Leyva’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to him before and I really liked his work. Will look up other performances.

Any additional comments?

I am going to purchase the next book in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not a run-of-the-mill tale.

The not so-run-of-the mill tale was as much about difficult family relationships and the life's decisions we make as well as the who-done-it storyline. The reader was excellent, I shall hear his voice in my mind for some time to come. The location of the story was far from the big cities of many, and I could see, hear, and smell the lushness of the vast wilderness.

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interesting

Different. Listened to it while working, so didn't catch everything. Had I paid more attention to the beginning I could have figured the story line out.

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