There's a certain fascination with those who dare to live away from bright lights and big cities. Those who exist in the few geographical pockets without cell phone reception, computers, or modern ties to "civilization" command a unique respect and admiration from their plugged-in urban brethren. Whether it runs in the blood of those born unto its quietude or is sought by those who seek it's solitude and escape, there is
something eerily seductive about those who opt for backcountry over backyard.
Author Paul Doiron wastes no time pulling us into such a world; in this case the deep, wildly mysterious heart of Maine's North Woods. With only its pocked, calloused logging roads for access, the untamed environs of northern Maine provide the perfect backdrop for Doiron's heart-racing thriller.
With many miles to run and endless places to hide,...
Beyond the Book
"The woods. The state. Everything. More and more people keep coming up here, up to Maine, and they don't understand what's special about this place... They have these distorted ideas about nature... and I didn't want to live that way. I thought that if I joined the Warden Service maybe I wouldn't have to, and maybe I could help a few people see things differently."
Mike Bowditch's profession as a Maine game warden figures prominently in The Poacher's Son.
Other than conjuring up images of khakis, boots, and badges, the job of game warden is a relatively obscure and likely misunderstood one. Essentially, game wardens are wilderness police officers, and enforcing the law in an outdoor environment requires great physical endurance and intelligence, not to...