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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    4.5 stars This is a really excellent debut literary thriller. There's enough excitement to be properly thrilling but it's also coupled with some really wonderful and evocative nature writing. I listened to the audiobook, which was very well narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so I would re...

    Bears have always been powerful figures in the human imagination. They reside in the dark secret world of the forest. Their acute sense of smell lures them into close proximity to humans. When they rear up they present the image of a terrifying half-human revenant. They are resourceful...

    ?He found it puzzling that so many rural people were hostile to, even terrified of, the place where they lived. It wasn't just that hard-working country folk had no time for the precious concerns of the effete urban environmentalists, what amazed Rice was how you could spend your who...

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

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

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

    This is 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    4.5 stars This is a really excellent debut literary thriller. There's enough excitement to be properly thrilling but it's also coupled with some really wonderful and evocative nature writing. I listened to the audiobook, which was very well narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so I would re...

    Bears have always been powerful figures in the human imagination. They reside in the dark secret world of the forest. Their acute sense of smell lures them into close proximity to humans. When they rear up they present the image of a terrifying half-human revenant. They are resourceful...

    ?He found it puzzling that so many rural people were hostile to, even terrified of, the place where they lived. It wasn't just that hard-working country folk had no time for the precious concerns of the effete urban environmentalists, what amazed Rice was how you could spend your who...

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

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

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

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Dec 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

  • 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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. ...

    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...

  • 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

  • Viv JM
    Jan 24, 2019

    ?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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    4.5 stars This is a really excellent debut literary thriller. There's enough excitement to be properly thrilling but it's also coupled with some really wonderful and evocative nature writing. I listened to the audiobook, which was very well narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so I would re...

  • Trudie
    Feb 02, 2019

    ?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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

  • 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

  • Cody
    Dec 31, 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    4.5 stars This is a really excellent debut literary thriller. There's enough excitement to be properly thrilling but it's also coupled with some really wonderful and evocative nature writing. I listened to the audiobook, which was very well narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so I would re...

    Bears have always been powerful figures in the human imagination. They reside in the dark secret world of the forest. Their acute sense of smell lures them into close proximity to humans. When they rear up they present the image of a terrifying half-human revenant. They are resourceful...

    ?He found it puzzling that so many rural people were hostile to, even terrified of, the place where they lived. It wasn't just that hard-working country folk had no time for the precious concerns of the effete urban environmentalists, what amazed Rice was how you could spend your who...

  • Ms.pegasus
    Oct 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    4.5 stars This is a really excellent debut literary thriller. There's enough excitement to be properly thrilling but it's also coupled with some really wonderful and evocative nature writing. I listened to the audiobook, which was very well narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so I would re...

    Bears have always been powerful figures in the human imagination. They reside in the dark secret world of the forest. Their acute sense of smell lures them into close proximity to humans. When they rear up they present the image of a terrifying half-human revenant. They are resourceful...

  • Shane Douglas Keene
    Jun 30, 2018

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

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

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

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    4.5 stars This is a really excellent debut literary thriller. There's enough excitement to be properly thrilling but it's also coupled with some really wonderful and evocative nature writing. I listened to the audiobook, which was very well narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so I would re...

    Bears have always been powerful figures in the human imagination. They reside in the dark secret world of the forest. Their acute sense of smell lures them into close proximity to humans. When they rear up they present the image of a terrifying half-human revenant. They are resourceful...

    ?He found it puzzling that so many rural people were hostile to, even terrified of, the place where they lived. It wasn't just that hard-working country folk had no time for the precious concerns of the effete urban environmentalists, what amazed Rice was how you could spend your who...

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

  • LeAnne
    Nov 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...

    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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

  • 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

  • Edward Lorn
    Jan 02, 2019

    ?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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

  • 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    4.5 stars This is a really excellent debut literary thriller. There's enough excitement to be properly thrilling but it's also coupled with some really wonderful and evocative nature writing. I listened to the audiobook, which was very well narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so I would re...

    Bears have always been powerful figures in the human imagination. They reside in the dark secret world of the forest. Their acute sense of smell lures them into close proximity to humans. When they rear up they present the image of a terrifying half-human revenant. They are resourceful...

    ?He found it puzzling that so many rural people were hostile to, even terrified of, the place where they lived. It wasn't just that hard-working country folk had no time for the precious concerns of the effete urban environmentalists, what amazed Rice was how you could spend your who...

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

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

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

    This is 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...

    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? ...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Nov 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

  • 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    4.5 stars This is a really excellent debut literary thriller. There's enough excitement to be properly thrilling but it's also coupled with some really wonderful and evocative nature writing. I listened to the audiobook, which was very well narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so I would re...

    Bears have always been powerful figures in the human imagination. They reside in the dark secret world of the forest. Their acute sense of smell lures them into close proximity to humans. When they rear up they present the image of a terrifying half-human revenant. They are resourceful...

    ?He found it puzzling that so many rural people were hostile to, even terrified of, the place where they lived. It wasn't just that hard-working country folk had no time for the precious concerns of the effete urban environmentalists, what amazed Rice was how you could spend your who...

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

    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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

  • Chris Mara
    Dec 31, 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

  • J.K. Grice
    Jan 07, 2019

    ?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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

  • Ɗẳɳ  2.☊
    Dec 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

  • Melania 🍒
    Oct 06, 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...

    I went into this sucker as a buddy read with the high hopes of getting out of my book slump-working all the hours-holiday hecticness. It ain't happening. No, I can't really have it all. What I read of this is damn boring. I ain't got time for that. This is old school frigg...

    Fantastic addition to the Hick-Lit genre BEARSKINS blew my expectations out of the water. At times beautiful, at times tense, this book is never boring. I enjoyed the author's way with words and his appreciation of small details. The genre needs more writers like James A. McLaughlin...

    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...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Upon realizing the buddy read of Bear Skin wasn?t going to be a winner for me, I was fully prepared to . . . . But then a miracle of all miracles happened and our fearlessful leader Ron 2.0 not onl...

    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...

    ????? Whatever is a reader to do when finding oneself with a thriller bereft of thrills? A resonating call of the wild that fails to resonate? A Grit Lit story without a whole heck of a lotta grit? Say it ain?t so, Joe! Well, it wouldn?t surprise me if my frenemies...

    In BEARSKIN, McLaughlin has not only crafted a taught novel of suspense, but also a compelling view of the natural world and how we as humans respect and/or exploit that world. Rice Moore is a unique character; an educated field biologist, as well as a part time badass when push comes ...

    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...

    2.5 - 3 I am always on the lookout for a new author to take me on a journey similar to Ian McGuire's The North Water . The synopsis of Bearskin made me think I was getting a modern day The Revenant crossed with some episodes of Narcos-Mexico. This was idealistic as Bearskin i...

    How often do you hike the autumn woods, paddle a burbling creek, or shrink inside when you hear about big game hunters slaughtering beasts for no good reason? I am a geologist by education, vocation, but most importantly mindset. As they say in Steel Magnolias, I am "the outdoorsy type...

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

    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...

    Starts off with some possibility and a guy called Rice, with a back story of betraying Mexican drug cartels in Arizona. He wants to be off the grid and stay off the radar so he takes an obscure job as a tracker/caretaker/maintenance man deep in a private wilderness preserve in Virginia...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3/5 Just fine. It dragged ,the end was too convenient ,actually the whole story was a bit unbelievable. After the 50% mark my interest in reading this took a hard hit and it never recovered. It was an achievement that I read the whole thing, to be fair. ...