Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. I searched all the usual sites to try and find a copy of the book only to find that is was very difficult to get hold of the original version, but it has been rereleased under the same title as the film. Very often in the past I have not always enjoyed a book where I found the film favourable and vice versa. However, from the first page I knew this would not be an issue here. We follow John Ottway, a hunter employed by an oil company to protect the workforce from the local wildlife.
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. I searched all the usual sites to try and find a copy of the book only to find that is was very difficult to get hold of the original version, but it has been rereleased under the same title as the film.
Very often in the past I have not always enjoyed a book where I found the film favourable and vice versa. However, from the first page I knew this would not be an issue here.
We follow John Ottway, a hunter employed by an oil company to protect the workforce from the local wildlife.
Following a short break from the oilfields we find him on a plane journey along with a number of colleagues when then the flight runs into difficulty. A crash follows and the handful of survivors find themselves seemingly alone in the Alaskan wilderness. With barely enough time to gather their senses a pack of wolves appear that are intent on reducing the groups survival chances.
Written in the first person by John the writer integrates his current situation with flashbacks of his youth and family. The writing as many have said really is as bleak as the landscape it portrays. You will find no padding out of the story, just the thoughts and feelings of a desperate man whose life hangs in the balance alongside detailed descriptions of the land around him. This is the first book that I have read by the author, and if I had to liken his writing style to anyone I would say he is very similar to Cormac McCarthy a poor mans version if you will , no punches are spared and Mackenzie is not afraid to detail even the most personal thoughts of man with no where to turn.
At just over pages the read was a quick one, personally I feel this is a book that needs to be read within one or two sittings to really allow the atmosphere to build, it doesn't seem to be something I could dip in and out of and still feel the full effect of the prose.
This is obviously a book I really enjoyed, so why only 4 stars instead of the maximum? At time I did get a little tired of the writing style. The author would make a statement in the opening sentence and then immediately contradict himself in the next. This was ok as a rare occurrence but towards the middle section it became more and more frequent.
For example not actual book quotes : 'I felt myself falling. Or did I fall? I was unsure. Or did they. Was it just a dream or reality' My only other small complaint was the way the book finished. For obvious reasons I won't go into this, but it did leave me slightly unsatisfied. For fans of the film I would definitely recommend the book, and for those that haven't seen the film, try the book first, it really does have so much more to offer including a lot more background detail of the main character.
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The story follows a number of oil-men stranded in Alaska after a plane crash, who must wage a war against a pack of timber wolves stalking them amidst mercilessly cold weather. John Ottway Liam Neeson is a marksman for an oil company in Alaska , killing grey wolves that threaten the drillers. That evening, Ottway writes a letter "without purpose" to his wife, Ana Anne Openshaw , explaining his plans to commit suicide, but does not follow through. The next day, Ottway survives a plane crash with fellow oil workers, watching helplessly as Lewenden James Badge Dale dies of his injuries.
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