Bearskin

Bearskin

Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He?s found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It?s hard work, and totally solitary?perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He?s found a job protecting a remote forest ...

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Title:Bearskin
Author:James A. McLaughlin
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Bearskin
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Bearskin Reviews

  • karen
    Dec 23, 2017

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

  • Lisa
    Jun 22, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

    I liked many of the aspects of this book including the basic plot line and setting - a young man, trying to hide from his past, takes the job of caretaker at a secluded, private nature preserve in the mountains of Virginia. But something wasn't sitting right with me and I kept putting ...

    This is such an interesting and different story that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It opens up with Rice working solitarily in a forest in Virginia. He is the caretaker of the privately owned land. He is supposed to protect the land and keep it safe. He soon finds a dead bear that has clear...

  • Andy Weston
    Jul 05, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

  • Vegantrav
    Jul 02, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

    I liked many of the aspects of this book including the basic plot line and setting - a young man, trying to hide from his past, takes the job of caretaker at a secluded, private nature preserve in the mountains of Virginia. But something wasn't sitting right with me and I kept putting ...

    This is such an interesting and different story that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It opens up with Rice working solitarily in a forest in Virginia. He is the caretaker of the privately owned land. He is supposed to protect the land and keep it safe. He soon finds a dead bear that has clear...

    A former drug mule hides out from a Mexican cartel with a new name and a job in far-off, rural Virginia as mountain range caretaker. He frequently has trouble distinguishing hallucination from reality as he searches for bear poachers and the men who'd hurt his predecessor. I was be...

    Reminds me of CJ Box and Joseph Heywood books and Nick Petrie's Burning Bright. The border crossing chapters remind me of Tricia Field's Josie Grey series. Not an edge of your seat thriller. If you want a backwoods thriller, read The Marsh King's Daughter by Dionne. Looking forward to...

    Wow! It is astonishing that this is a 'debut' novel. McLaughlin has seemingly stepped out of the gate as fully formed mature writer. I can't say enough good things about this debut. McLaughlin has woven a narrative with strands that appear at odds with one another. A bio-scientist ...

    Bearskin is not a typical action filled thriller. It is a beautifully written literary adventure set in a pristine area of Appalachian Virginia. The action, while slow at times, builds into something powerful and intense by the end. Rice Moore is trying to get his life back together af...

    Bearskin beautifully and viscerally describes the wildlife, the forests, the weather, and the rural residents of the Virginia mountains in which the story is set. The prose is far, far better than what one would expect in a crime thriller. The story itself, though, is just another c...

  • Michael
    Dec 27, 2017

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

  • Krissy Neddo
    Jun 16, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

    I liked many of the aspects of this book including the basic plot line and setting - a young man, trying to hide from his past, takes the job of caretaker at a secluded, private nature preserve in the mountains of Virginia. But something wasn't sitting right with me and I kept putting ...

    This is such an interesting and different story that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It opens up with Rice working solitarily in a forest in Virginia. He is the caretaker of the privately owned land. He is supposed to protect the land and keep it safe. He soon finds a dead bear that has clear...

    A former drug mule hides out from a Mexican cartel with a new name and a job in far-off, rural Virginia as mountain range caretaker. He frequently has trouble distinguishing hallucination from reality as he searches for bear poachers and the men who'd hurt his predecessor. I was be...

    Reminds me of CJ Box and Joseph Heywood books and Nick Petrie's Burning Bright. The border crossing chapters remind me of Tricia Field's Josie Grey series. Not an edge of your seat thriller. If you want a backwoods thriller, read The Marsh King's Daughter by Dionne. Looking forward to...

  • Lillian
    Dec 27, 2017

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

    I liked many of the aspects of this book including the basic plot line and setting - a young man, trying to hide from his past, takes the job of caretaker at a secluded, private nature preserve in the mountains of Virginia. But something wasn't sitting right with me and I kept putting ...

    This is such an interesting and different story that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It opens up with Rice working solitarily in a forest in Virginia. He is the caretaker of the privately owned land. He is supposed to protect the land and keep it safe. He soon finds a dead bear that has clear...

    A former drug mule hides out from a Mexican cartel with a new name and a job in far-off, rural Virginia as mountain range caretaker. He frequently has trouble distinguishing hallucination from reality as he searches for bear poachers and the men who'd hurt his predecessor. I was be...

    Reminds me of CJ Box and Joseph Heywood books and Nick Petrie's Burning Bright. The border crossing chapters remind me of Tricia Field's Josie Grey series. Not an edge of your seat thriller. If you want a backwoods thriller, read The Marsh King's Daughter by Dionne. Looking forward to...

    Wow! It is astonishing that this is a 'debut' novel. McLaughlin has seemingly stepped out of the gate as fully formed mature writer. I can't say enough good things about this debut. McLaughlin has woven a narrative with strands that appear at odds with one another. A bio-scientist ...

  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Jun 22, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

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    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

    I liked many of the aspects of this book including the basic plot line and setting - a young man, trying to hide from his past, takes the job of caretaker at a secluded, private nature preserve in the mountains of Virginia. But something wasn't sitting right with me and I kept putting ...

    This is such an interesting and different story that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It opens up with Rice working solitarily in a forest in Virginia. He is the caretaker of the privately owned land. He is supposed to protect the land and keep it safe. He soon finds a dead bear that has clear...

    A former drug mule hides out from a Mexican cartel with a new name and a job in far-off, rural Virginia as mountain range caretaker. He frequently has trouble distinguishing hallucination from reality as he searches for bear poachers and the men who'd hurt his predecessor. I was be...

    Reminds me of CJ Box and Joseph Heywood books and Nick Petrie's Burning Bright. The border crossing chapters remind me of Tricia Field's Josie Grey series. Not an edge of your seat thriller. If you want a backwoods thriller, read The Marsh King's Daughter by Dionne. Looking forward to...

    Wow! It is astonishing that this is a 'debut' novel. McLaughlin has seemingly stepped out of the gate as fully formed mature writer. I can't say enough good things about this debut. McLaughlin has woven a narrative with strands that appear at odds with one another. A bio-scientist ...

    Bearskin is not a typical action filled thriller. It is a beautifully written literary adventure set in a pristine area of Appalachian Virginia. The action, while slow at times, builds into something powerful and intense by the end. Rice Moore is trying to get his life back together af...

    Bearskin beautifully and viscerally describes the wildlife, the forests, the weather, and the rural residents of the Virginia mountains in which the story is set. The prose is far, far better than what one would expect in a crime thriller. The story itself, though, is just another c...

    Rice Moore has fled the southwest after his involvement with the cartels. He is in a self imposed "witness protection" working as a caretaker at a private nature preserve in Virginia. When dead bears starting turning up on the preserve, killed for their paws and gallbladders, his past ...

  • Erica
    Jun 27, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

  • Kristin
    Feb 08, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

  • Nancy McFarlane
    Apr 02, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

    I liked many of the aspects of this book including the basic plot line and setting - a young man, trying to hide from his past, takes the job of caretaker at a secluded, private nature preserve in the mountains of Virginia. But something wasn't sitting right with me and I kept putting ...

    This is such an interesting and different story that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It opens up with Rice working solitarily in a forest in Virginia. He is the caretaker of the privately owned land. He is supposed to protect the land and keep it safe. He soon finds a dead bear that has clear...

    A former drug mule hides out from a Mexican cartel with a new name and a job in far-off, rural Virginia as mountain range caretaker. He frequently has trouble distinguishing hallucination from reality as he searches for bear poachers and the men who'd hurt his predecessor. I was be...

    Reminds me of CJ Box and Joseph Heywood books and Nick Petrie's Burning Bright. The border crossing chapters remind me of Tricia Field's Josie Grey series. Not an edge of your seat thriller. If you want a backwoods thriller, read The Marsh King's Daughter by Dionne. Looking forward to...

    Wow! It is astonishing that this is a 'debut' novel. McLaughlin has seemingly stepped out of the gate as fully formed mature writer. I can't say enough good things about this debut. McLaughlin has woven a narrative with strands that appear at odds with one another. A bio-scientist ...

    Bearskin is not a typical action filled thriller. It is a beautifully written literary adventure set in a pristine area of Appalachian Virginia. The action, while slow at times, builds into something powerful and intense by the end. Rice Moore is trying to get his life back together af...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Jun 30, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

  • Lou
    Jun 21, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

  • Diane S ☔
    Jun 22, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

  • Suzanne
    Jul 10, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

  • Mark
    Jun 27, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

  • Sandy
    Jul 04, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

  • Shane Douglas Keene
    Jun 30, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

  • Chaitra
    Jul 03, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

  • Pat
    Jun 28, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

  • Vaelin
    Jul 12, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

    I liked many of the aspects of this book including the basic plot line and setting - a young man, trying to hide from his past, takes the job of caretaker at a secluded, private nature preserve in the mountains of Virginia. But something wasn't sitting right with me and I kept putting ...

    This is such an interesting and different story that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It opens up with Rice working solitarily in a forest in Virginia. He is the caretaker of the privately owned land. He is supposed to protect the land and keep it safe. He soon finds a dead bear that has clear...

    A former drug mule hides out from a Mexican cartel with a new name and a job in far-off, rural Virginia as mountain range caretaker. He frequently has trouble distinguishing hallucination from reality as he searches for bear poachers and the men who'd hurt his predecessor. I was be...

    Reminds me of CJ Box and Joseph Heywood books and Nick Petrie's Burning Bright. The border crossing chapters remind me of Tricia Field's Josie Grey series. Not an edge of your seat thriller. If you want a backwoods thriller, read The Marsh King's Daughter by Dionne. Looking forward to...

    Wow! It is astonishing that this is a 'debut' novel. McLaughlin has seemingly stepped out of the gate as fully formed mature writer. I can't say enough good things about this debut. McLaughlin has woven a narrative with strands that appear at odds with one another. A bio-scientist ...

    Bearskin is not a typical action filled thriller. It is a beautifully written literary adventure set in a pristine area of Appalachian Virginia. The action, while slow at times, builds into something powerful and intense by the end. Rice Moore is trying to get his life back together af...

    Bearskin beautifully and viscerally describes the wildlife, the forests, the weather, and the rural residents of the Virginia mountains in which the story is set. The prose is far, far better than what one would expect in a crime thriller. The story itself, though, is just another c...

    Rice Moore has fled the southwest after his involvement with the cartels. He is in a self imposed "witness protection" working as a caretaker at a private nature preserve in Virginia. When dead bears starting turning up on the preserve, killed for their paws and gallbladders, his past ...

    4.5 stars rounded up for a fantastic debut novel The combination of the protagonist hiding out in a nature preserve in rural Virginia and a mexican cartel betrayal backstory worked perfectly as nature and drug cartels are two of my favourite reading themes. The story itself was a...

  • Barbara
    Jul 02, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

    I liked many of the aspects of this book including the basic plot line and setting - a young man, trying to hide from his past, takes the job of caretaker at a secluded, private nature preserve in the mountains of Virginia. But something wasn't sitting right with me and I kept putting ...

  • Staring·Girl
    Jun 12, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

  • B.A. Brock
    May 03, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

  • David
    Jul 08, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

  • Jenny Jo Weir
    Jul 05, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

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    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

  • Fred Shaw
    Jun 25, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

  • Tammy
    Dec 21, 2017

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

  • Tammy
    Jan 14, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

  • Ti.Me
    Jun 24, 2018

    ?The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn?t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the forest floor, chestnut logs dead since the blight had rotted into chest-high berms soft wit...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past se...

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is a fine, meaty debut. it?s grit lit literary enough to drop words like ?extispicy,? but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against book violence, wince. it takes place deep in the virginia part of the appalachian...

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide from a drug cartel. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existen...

    This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I?m a research psy...

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himself. He finds peace in the preserve but that is interrupted when poachers begin killing...

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

    This is not quite what I'd expected. It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. C...

    Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn?t so poor. A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ?Bearskin? was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I?m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or...

    My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal: On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The for...

    Bearskin by James A. McLauglin Rice Monroe is the caretaker at a privately funded nature preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. He is taking over the job previously held by a Virginia Tech biology professor, Sara Birkeland. Rice has changed his name, and wants to remain bel...

    McLaughlin?s novel is set in rural Appalachian hills of Virginia and about illegal bear poaching. It?s one of a new batch of ?eco-thrillers? that seem to be marketed for this summer of reading, let?s hope it doesn?t become a new genre. Last week I read Soil by Jamie Korneg...

    This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written. ...

    There is a need for preservation, for self, for forest preserve, and for Bear. This narrative is tight and without wavering, on point, right in the story, having the reader in the scene and developments in hunt of the bear killer, suited in a a ghillie suite. A good mystery in Appalac...

    Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a seri...

    4.5 stars Rice takes his job seriously. He?s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He?s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom...

    The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would oc...

    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn?t reached my card limit at the library. It?s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It?s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth ...

    ???? ?? ????, ?? ?? ?????? ?????? ????????. ...

    Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon. ...

    This book was awesome! I loved the character development and the back story. I loved the unraveling of the plot and the progress followed throughout the whole thing. Very well put together and entertaining. I seriously enjoyed this one. Looking forward to more from this author. ...

    I liked many of the aspects of this book including the basic plot line and setting - a young man, trying to hide from his past, takes the job of caretaker at a secluded, private nature preserve in the mountains of Virginia. But something wasn't sitting right with me and I kept putting ...

    This is such an interesting and different story that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It opens up with Rice working solitarily in a forest in Virginia. He is the caretaker of the privately owned land. He is supposed to protect the land and keep it safe. He soon finds a dead bear that has clear...

    A former drug mule hides out from a Mexican cartel with a new name and a job in far-off, rural Virginia as mountain range caretaker. He frequently has trouble distinguishing hallucination from reality as he searches for bear poachers and the men who'd hurt his predecessor. I was be...