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The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch, Bk 1)
The Poacher's Son - Mike Bowditch, Bk 1
Author: Paul Doiron
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 e...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312671143
ISBN-10: 0312671148
Publication Date: 4/12/2011
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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I just thought this book was "ok" but then mystery/thriller books are not my favorite. This was a suspenseful "who done it" which delved into the complicated relationship between father and son. I read it because my mom said she loved it. I'm shocked she liked it even - to me it was just too moody and sad. Satisfying ending overall -- yet haunting and terrible at the same time. Still wonder what mom wanted me to get from this book. I suspect it had something to do with a message the book seems to contain: "if someone is untrustworthy don't expect them to change" but I will ask her now that I've read it. It does contain some accurate northeast descriptive settings which took me back to when I was young - and overall hope was restored for the main character but other than that - it put a damper on me for 3 days while reading it. It did however, keep me guessing and I guessed wrong.
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What a ride this author took me on! My picking up this first in a series meant my family was eating chicken salad for 2 meals in a row & I found myself slipping into bed long after I knew I should of been there. I just couldn't close the cover until I reached the end.

Paul Doiron weaves a mystery murder that is one of the best I've read in awhile. Before I was halfway thru I had to grab the putter and get in line for the following in the series. This first book could stand alone but I NEEEEED (whinny voice) to read them all.

Mike decided to become a Game Warden to try to give back for some of the wrongs his hard drinking father & friends had dealt the world, but when a murder is committed and Mike's father turns into a wanted man, Mike who has been alienated from his father for a few years, goes back to Rum Pond to see if he can help. He knew his father lived off the land and was a poacher. He also knew his father did not have it in him to commit murder. The problem is his dad is now on the run. Now Mike puts his job as a Ranger on the line to help prove his father innocent & to bring him home safely. This proves to be more dangerous than tracking down an injured bear.

This isn't just another murder story, it offers so much more. It's written with depth that sets the stage by letting you feel Mike's heart as he grew up with an alcoholic womanizing father who had little time for Mike. The characters are easy to follow & each plays a perfect part in this woven story of suspense. As usual some of the characters you will love some not so much. In a small community in which his father lives, deep in the forest... Rum Pond is the remote shabby Hunting & Fishing Camp that makes for a perfect colorful setting for this story.

Personally I can't wait to delve into Mike's life again and see what happens next. Due to the easy flow of words I sailed thru these 324 pages way to fast & although I am left with a quite unexpected but satisfying ending I am already craving more.
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Very hard to put this book down! Excellent story!
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In Doiron's debut novel, we meet game warden Mike Bowditch who must come to grips with the fact that his estranged father, who is also a poacher, is wanted in a double homicide. Set in the mountains and forests of northern Maine, the author provides a great atmosphere for this wilderness mystery. Wyoming has C.J. Box, Maine has Paul Doiron. Based on "The Poacher's Son", Maine wins. This is one of the books where you finish the last page and think "Wow, what a great novel."

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