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Overview In Wild Men, Wild Alaska professional hunting and fishing guide and outfitter Rocky McElveen tells the stories of his own adventures as well as those of some of his well-known clients. The book takes readers directly into the Alaskan bush, and shares the intense challenges of a majestic wilderness that pushes a man to his limits.
Publishers Description In Wild Men, Wild Alaska professional hunting and fishing guide and outfitter Rocky McElveen tells the stories of his own adventures as well as those of some of his well-known clients. The book takes readers directly into the Alaskan bush, and shares the intense challenges of a majestic wilderness that pushes a man to his limits.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Sep 16, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785289011 ISBN13 9780785289012 UPC 020049140789
Reviews - What do customers think about Wild Men, Wild Alaska: Finding What Lies Beyond the Limits?
Almost exactly what i was looking for Mar 30, 2007
A great book about adventures in the Alaska wild. I live in Alaska and found this book to be right on the money. The only thing that i didnt like about it was Rocky's (the author) constant reference to God. Every page he talked about him at least 2 or 3 times. Now whether you are religous or not, most people who purchase an adventure book want an adventure book, not a book that is half adventure and the other half feels like you are reading a bible. I am Catholic and even I found it sad that this guy gave God all the credit for his amzazing accomplishments when really most of it was because of his own extremely hard work and dedication that allowed him to become very successful. But all in all it was a great book, it decribed alaska better than any other book out there, thats why i gave it 5 stars.
wild Men,Wild Alaska Mar 15, 2007
Great Book. Rocky leads you into his great adventures with his clients. Great stories. Makes me wish I was there.
Rocky rocks! Dec 28, 2006
Wow! This was a Christmas present from my wife. I'm 26 years old and I have to tell you I was finding it hard to sleep at night. I would read 1 or 2 chapters a night and wouldn't want to put the book down. When I did I would set and dream about the bears and wild adventures that take place in this book. One that really got me was the tale about the wolves beating the snow down outside the tent around and around in the night. Eerie stuff! I would definitely recomend this book to anyone who likes HIGH CLASS ADVENTURE!!!! This is a must read for every hunter!
Rock on ROCKY!
Guns & Ammo & Alaska & God Dec 9, 2006
Some books are written for a particular audience, an audience the author knows well and is committed to pleasing. In the case of WILD MEN, WILD ALASKA Rocky McElveen writes for several audiences and it is this diversity of aim that eventually removes the possible power of the book. This is a book that could be easily run chapter by chapter in Guns & Ammo magazine (and other hunters and rifles magazines that are less glibly well known), nature magazines, adventure magazines, as well as in Evangelical Christian magazines. There is nothing wrong with that: making those chapters create a book with the premise that there is an arc to the story that begins, peaks, and ends between the two covers just doesn't happen here.
Rocky McElveen is a guy the reader just has to love - a committed outdoorsman, husband, father, entrepreneur, hunting guide and spiritually sound man. His writing technique is straightforward and no nonsense and he shares himself freely through unbelievable trials to unbelievable climaxes: each chapter, while narrated with vigor and freshness seems to want to one-up the previous chapter with one life challenging dangerous situation after another. The stories are all true and surely there are few men who have survived the impossible situations McElveen has added to his trophy bin.
The problem with reading this book as a work of literature (as opposed to a shared family book of proud adventures in diary form) is in the writing: McElveen peppers his tales with numerous asides (usually humorous but bordering on corny and cliché) and in each adventure he manages to inject some references to Divine Intervention as though his heroics needed backup from God. For the non-hunter reading this book there are also significant problems with language and philosophy. Regarding the concept of his occupation as a guide for hunters: 'It is unusual for busy professionals in corporate America to find time for this declining art, so it was a pleasure to have someone who knew how to handle his weapon safely and could hit what he aimed at (sic)'. McElveen's business is taking men out on hunting expeditions for caribou and other creatures of Alaska and he uses the unfortunate term of "harvesting" instead of killing, spending page after page describing the manner in which the victims are slaughtered, gutted, and chopped into manageable hunks.
There are incidents with McElveen guiding famous sportsmen, President Bush the elder, and others of less skill through the terrain of Alaska and there are tales of nature's wrath on the hunter, the loss of his lodge by fire, and the reaction to 9/11 on his relationship with his family. Yet despite all of these true forays into danger McElveen somehow manages to focus the reader on the natural beauty of Alaska and all of nature and some of his descriptions of weather and sunrises and sunsets are lovely. You just have to have a stomach for this sort of material and a quiet respect for the author's need to imbue everything with religious overtones. Above all, here is a writer of honesty in search of technique to share adventure to a wider audience. Grady Harp, December 06
For women too...I loved it!!! Nov 15, 2006
While not a hunter, I am captivated by the stories in Wild Men, Wild Alaska. My husband today, and other male members of my household when a child, all loved the adrenaline rush they received from hunting game--from wild turkeys to the grizzlies mentioned in Mr McElveen's book. They still do! But this book was so much more than a collection of hunting stories!
I was amazed how much the book affected me! I was able to share in the adventure as a woman who wants to know her man, and I was also able to relate to the feelings that are part of the book--even when not addressed in a fashion we may be used to--they were so real, so genuine that they were almost startling. Like the wild Alaskan wilderness, Mr. McElveen seems to have an innate wildness in his character that he confirms can only be tamed by the love of God and his mate. I was enthralled by the language used to describe each event and also to detail the inner workings and sub-language of the soul. This book was so vivid that I felt the lingering breath of the wild wolves, and heard the snow crunch under the feet of the hunter. I could envision the panoramic views and wanted to be part of the unfolding, powerful episodes of Alaskans grandeur.
Women, too, have a need to read this book as it leads them into the mysterious dynamics of a "real man" and what he learns from the wilderness that surrounds him. I think this is good material for the whole family and even though it may not be meant to teach about human nature it gives invaluable insights into the drive of us all to have a meaningful and powerful life--one that is not consumed and stunted by the sights and sounds and busy-ness of our common society and it's norms.
I am impressed by both the writer and his amazing adventures that fill each page!! I feel I am right there, especially in stories like "Run Baby Run" where a small baby moose and its mom are frantically trying to escape the oncoming ravages of a hungry grizzly, and other stories of love, danger, God's provision and learning what priorities to live by.
This book would be a wonderful tool in speaking to pre-teens and teens. In a world where young people are craving a role model, it's imperative to have men and women who are willing to face great obstacles and overcome them. It is equally important to have a fresh perspective on what makes a person "tick" and how God works through every area of our lives.
I could actually feel the author's inner conflicts when speaking about his family loss. I know that others too will identify with the compulsive need to conquer rivers, land, and all of nature's varied obstacles, while struggling to be the person God created them to be. Don't we all deal with this on one level or another, finding much to conquer, but struggling with our own inadequacies when faced with the most basic of human relationships and it's inherent requirements.
Thank you for this book and for giving me such an adventure in reading it. I am looking forward to more, equally insightful and moving, adventures from this author. My husband just could not get enough of this book. He and I had to have our own copies because he continues to keep his own close at hand. I have read the stories more than once and just have one closing comment--When is the MOVIE?