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At a young age in the Maine woods, Diana Jackman learned to move freely in the wilderness, to sense a world invisible to most. A natural tracker from a long line of shamans, healers, and hunters - an estranged wife and mother - she has returned to the woods to find again a place of magic...and death.

Eight hunters have gathered on an isolated estate in Bristish Columbia to track record book whitetail deer. But someone else is watching the hunting party - an insane and violent force of nature, hiding in the blinding whiteness of the Canadian winter. And now the hunters themselves have become the game.

For the first time in her life, Diana Jackman will know what it is to be prey.

To survive she will have to rely on her father's teachings, and set out alone to hunt the hunter.

©1998 Mark T Sullivan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Amazingly rich multi-layered story

I have listened to it dozens of times. there seems to be a wealth of hinting details, that expand in your mind far beyond the words of the narrative. one of those books that feels much longer than it is, in a way that you wish would go on even longer. I originally listen to it on cassette tape, an abridged version, with a different narrator, very pleased with the unabridged.

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Average with a side of disappointment

The story is pretty good. Being a woman who hunts, I appreciate the accurate detail of whitetails, tracking them, and their habits. The story held my attention from start to finish, and I listened in one day. The inclusion of the true story of a woman tragically killed by a hunter in her backyard in Maine isn't well disguised by changing the state, and it's unfortunate that tragedy was used here as entertainment. It's been used in other outdoors-oriented novels so the idea wasn't unique. The narrator reads well but her ability to mangle the name of a city multiple times is disappointing. The accent used occasionally and inappropriately is distracting.

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Excellent again!

This is the 2nd Sullivan book I’ve read. What an imagination! Brilliantly written. I’ll be reading more of his books.