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  • By Dutch Van Alstin
    Aug 15, 2019
    Many say the family saga style books are not in vogue anymore and have gone by the wayside with Horatio Alger and the like. But although The Last Coon Hunter falls into that genre—that comforting throwback period of when we all gathered around to watch The Waltons on Thursday nights with mom and dad—the author blends this atmosphere with some modern day infusion of angst, turmoil, and heartache via mankind and his natural propensity of wrongdoing. The story challenges the mind to see a “simple” time but reminding the reader that those simple times we all see in a quixotic way were, and still are, laced with troubles and calamity. However, the tragedies that do exist in these pages are met with great honor and resolve from the characters the author so masterfully created. The author’s use of imagery is phenomenal taking seemingly innocuous scenes in the storyline and making them vibrant and important. The story is not a man versus nature account, it is a man in harmony with nature... More > fused with some supernatural elements that tie the story together remarkably. Well worth the read. The Last Coon Hunter promises to be a good series.< Less
  • By Michelle Pointis Burns
    Jun 4, 2019
    As a girl growing up in Queens, NY, I never had any experience with coon hounds. My only pets were a set of hermit crabs and several prolific hamsters. Mr. Crance's book drew me into the unfamiliar world of hunting the ring-tail. His vivid descriptions of the lifestyle, the lessons gleaned from the forest and the love of the beloved dogs came through on every page. I found myself staying up late to "finish just one more chapter" again and again. This coming-of-age book delves with abundant clarity the protagonist Nathan's close relationship with his father, his younger brother, the sweet girl in his life, and of course, the hounds. I cry at movies easily. For a book to make me weep, it needs to work harder. The Last Coon Hunter had me reaching for the tissues several times. Teen angst, a bully, a bit of the unnatural and the unexpected complications of bad choices made by others, round out this interesting first book in the Ryland Creek Saga. Treed!
  • By Mattea Orr
    Jun 4, 2019
    What is the nature of the forest at night? Who lives there, and what walks among the shadows? Growing up in a small town in upstate New York very similar to Painted Post, where The Last Coon Hunter is set, I thought I knew the answer to these questions. I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods, even at night, though I’d never had any interest in hunting. Evenso, the narrative is so well-written you come to care for both the hunters and the hunted equally. The respect they have for each other elevates their relationship into something pretty special. All along you’re also learning woodcraft from an expert, such as animal tracks and behavior. However, the heart of this book is the Ernst family. You can’t help but care for them deeply as you discover their love, humor, and incredible determination. As you watch widower Jacob Ernst raise two amazing little boys into thoughtful young men possessed of astounding strength you’ll be reminded of the dizzying goodness in the world, made brighter... More > in the face of heartbreak. Even if you normally get through a touching story without shedding a tear, good luck with this one. If you usually need a few tissues, you’d better have a whole box handy. “It is Painted Post, after all,” is a joke, turned into a signal, turned into a clue, turned into legend. The answers to the questions at the beginning of this review are partly found in the way Crance layers in hints of a deeper mythology. The inextricably woven bond between the local folklore and the tragedies and triumphs of the Ernst family.< Less
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September 26, 2018
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.01 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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