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Interesting enough read, but requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2019
I'm a fan of survival and bushcraft and picked up this book on a recommendation from someone in a bushcraft forum. The story is interesting enough, but I find myself having to suspend disbelief quite a bit. First of all, it's pretty darn lucky and convenient that the protagonist meets up with several useful characters in the depths of the Siberian wilderness who speak English fluently. OK, I guess I can let that slide for the purpose of the story, but I have trouble buying into some of the events that seem a little superhuman to me - namely how does a malnourished, hypothermic, sleep deprived individual carry THREE HUNDRED pounds of bear meat with him, along with a giant bear pelt, his bow and arrow, and pelts that he's been collecting. I guess it's possible if he built a travois, but that would get in the way of his need to be stealthy - and there's no explanation about how he does this. It would also be nice to have some explanation of how he built a fire - I can buy into the idea that a Native American would have these skills, but the first time he's out of the camp, he magically makes fire with no explanation. Fire is not easy to make without certain tools and even skilled bushcrafters are challenged in finding the right materials for say, a bow drill, in unfamiliar territory. One other thing - he traverses icy cold rivers in late fall and the cold seems to have little affect on him - Cold water has a profound effect on the body's ability to function very quickly.
TLDR - interesting read, requires some suspension of disbelief, the good guys always win and the bad guys always lose. Predictable and digestible.