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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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...

  • 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    A solid western crime noir type thriller. It was alot more literary and spiritual with its writing style and plot. Wasnt as fast paced as I was expecting. At stages wasnt really going anywhere. I also didnt like the ending as it felt like it didnt fit the other tone of the book. ...

    This took me forever. I just couldn?t get into it. I?m still not 100% sure what happened because my mind kept wandering. I finished it...I think? ...

    4.5 stars. I loved the rugged setting and the emotions the writer evokes with his vivid description of the forest, the mountains, and the natural world of predator and prey. There's a lot of action, great dialogue and a feeling of unrest throughout. Main character Rice Moore, forest pr...

    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 ...

  • 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    A solid western crime noir type thriller. It was alot more literary and spiritual with its writing style and plot. Wasnt as fast paced as I was expecting. At stages wasnt really going anywhere. I also didnt like the ending as it felt like it didnt fit the other tone of the book. ...

    This took me forever. I just couldn?t get into it. I?m still not 100% sure what happened because my mind kept wandering. I finished it...I think? ...

    4.5 stars. I loved the rugged setting and the emotions the writer evokes with his vivid description of the forest, the mountains, and the natural world of predator and prey. There's a lot of action, great dialogue and a feeling of unrest throughout. Main character Rice Moore, forest pr...

    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 ...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Rachel Emily
    Aug 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

  • 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    A solid western crime noir type thriller. It was alot more literary and spiritual with its writing style and plot. Wasnt as fast paced as I was expecting. At stages wasnt really going anywhere. I also didnt like the ending as it felt like it didnt fit the other tone of the book. ...

    This took me forever. I just couldn?t get into it. I?m still not 100% sure what happened because my mind kept wandering. I finished it...I think? ...

    4.5 stars. I loved the rugged setting and the emotions the writer evokes with his vivid description of the forest, the mountains, and the natural world of predator and prey. There's a lot of action, great dialogue and a feeling of unrest throughout. Main character Rice Moore, forest pr...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Marc
    Aug 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

  • Eric
    Jul 29, 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

  • Carolyn
    Aug 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    A solid western crime noir type thriller. It was alot more literary and spiritual with its writing style and plot. Wasnt as fast paced as I was expecting. At stages wasnt really going anywhere. I also didnt like the ending as it felt like it didnt fit the other tone of the book. ...

    This took me forever. I just couldn?t get into it. I?m still not 100% sure what happened because my mind kept wandering. I finished it...I think? ...

  • Rana
    Aug 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

  • Brittina
    Jul 26, 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    A solid western crime noir type thriller. It was alot more literary and spiritual with its writing style and plot. Wasnt as fast paced as I was expecting. At stages wasnt really going anywhere. I also didnt like the ending as it felt like it didnt fit the other tone of the book. ...

    This took me forever. I just couldn?t get into it. I?m still not 100% sure what happened because my mind kept wandering. I finished it...I think? ...

    4.5 stars. I loved the rugged setting and the emotions the writer evokes with his vivid description of the forest, the mountains, and the natural world of predator and prey. There's a lot of action, great dialogue and a feeling of unrest throughout. Main character Rice Moore, forest pr...

    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 ...

    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 is one of those books that lives under your skin, becomes a part of you. If you enjoyed Fourth of July Creek, you'll probably enjoy Bearskin quite a lot. They evoke similar feelings in me, though their plots aren't similar at all. McLaughlin makes you feel like you are ther...

  • Kate Vocke
    Aug 19, 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

  • 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

  • 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    A solid western crime noir type thriller. It was alot more literary and spiritual with its writing style and plot. Wasnt as fast paced as I was expecting. At stages wasnt really going anywhere. I also didnt like the ending as it felt like it didnt fit the other tone of the book. ...

    This took me forever. I just couldn?t get into it. I?m still not 100% sure what happened because my mind kept wandering. I finished it...I think? ...

    4.5 stars. I loved the rugged setting and the emotions the writer evokes with his vivid description of the forest, the mountains, and the natural world of predator and prey. There's a lot of action, great dialogue and a feeling of unrest throughout. Main character Rice Moore, forest pr...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Roy
    Aug 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    A solid western crime noir type thriller. It was alot more literary and spiritual with its writing style and plot. Wasnt as fast paced as I was expecting. At stages wasnt really going anywhere. I also didnt like the ending as it felt like it didnt fit the other tone of the book. ...

  • 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Aug 01, 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

  • KDV
    Jul 13, 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

  • Frosty61
    Jul 17, 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...

    3/5 ??? A rural, raw slow burn eco-thriller taking place in the Appalachian Mountains... Rice Moore has left his past behind to become a caretaker at the Turk Mountain Preserve deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The locals are skeptical of him as he works for what they c...

    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...

    This was an incredible read! I wasn't sure what I would end up thinking of it but the last 100 pages or so sealed the deal for me. "Bearskin" is an intense thriller and the author does an amazing job transporting the reader to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Truly a unique novel...

    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 McLaughlin features a main character named Rice Moore as a caretaker of a private wildlife preserve in the Virginia Appalachian mountains. Rice is not native to the area and has taken over duties once carried out by a woman that was violently chased out by locals. ...

    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...

    A barrage of the senses! The depiction of nature, flowers and plants, animals (both dead and alive) is so beautifully intense - you literally see and taste the beauty, while simultaneously feeling and sensing the danger of the wilderness. The incredible writing and descriptions in this...

    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...

    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...

    Technically I did not finish this. The library stole it back in the last fifty pages or so. And the holds are too long so, hope it didn't suck it go too crazy at the end! Despite not getting to finish, I super enjoyed this more literery, borderline hallucinatory take on a thriller....

    I loved the writing style in this, the author had a great way with words and I love how descriptive and flowing the writing was. I did feel like it dragged a little bit in the middle, and it was easy to get a bit mixed up with all of the characters, but ultimately I did enjoy this. I l...

    Gritty-ish Appalachian thriller with just enough violence and a lot of beautiful nature writing. My sweet spot for sure. When I saw reviews refer to "dream-like" writing I was almost spooked away from this one, but I wound up really enjoying the main character's fugue states -- they ar...

    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...

    A solid western crime noir type thriller. It was alot more literary and spiritual with its writing style and plot. Wasnt as fast paced as I was expecting. At stages wasnt really going anywhere. I also didnt like the ending as it felt like it didnt fit the other tone of the book. ...

    This took me forever. I just couldn?t get into it. I?m still not 100% sure what happened because my mind kept wandering. I finished it...I think? ...

    4.5 stars. I loved the rugged setting and the emotions the writer evokes with his vivid description of the forest, the mountains, and the natural world of predator and prey. There's a lot of action, great dialogue and a feeling of unrest throughout. Main character Rice Moore, forest pr...