Date: May 2003
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Notes: Extreme Violence and Language
of The Most Dangerous Game and Deliverance, the fast
moving plot of this story pits two acquaintances against each other
in an age-old story of the hunter and the hunted.
Hansen is an up and coming screenwriter and novelist who wants to
experience backpacking firsthand for his newest novel. Doug Crowley
is a failed husband and father, as well as an actor on his way to
failure...but he is an experienced woodsman. Doug offers to take
Bob on a backpacking trip into the wilderness. Bob discovers that
he doesn't know Doug at all. It appears that Doug is jealous of
Bob's successful marriage and career, and Doug becomes increasingly
morose and emotional. The story leads to an unexpected sexual assault
and then Doug gives Bob a three hour head start, promising to kill
him when he catches up. Bob's inexperience in the woods and Doug's
expertise makes for a hair-raising adventure.
the story was exciting and hard to put down, I was disappointed
in the predictability of the plot line as well as a couple of wildlife
encounters that just were not realistic. While this story does not
compare with Matheson's I am Legend or Hell House, it does
have great characters, and non-stop action. I am still a Matheson
fan, and will anxiously await any other books that he writes.