About the Book
"There!" Andy whispered sharply, pointing to the area where the bear was thought to be sleeping. "Look at the brush." Indeed, Tom could see the movement of alders, an insistent swaying, as if an unseen hand had grasped a branch and was trying to shake something out of the tree. The bear heaved forward and stepped into the clearing. Tom held his breath as he watched the bear finally detach itself from the brush, revealing its true enormity. Four men embark on a bear hunt on Kodiak Island's remote south end. Old Ivory, an elusive and colossal bear, is their ultimate goal. Each hunter has a unique perception of the undertaking: a chance for redemption, a test of manhood, realization of a lifelong aspiration, or a spiritual quest for cultural preservation. Kodiak's rugged terrain, harsh weather, and the canniness of the animal they pursue test their stamina and resolve and ultimately compel them to examine their individual values.
About the Author
Harry is a master guide-outfitter, with more than 35 years of experience guiding hunters and ecotourists on Kodiak Island and other parts of Alaska. During his time in Alaska he has worked as a biologist, journalist, teacher, commercial fisherman, guide, and trapper. His previous two books include: Kodiak Island and its Bears: A History of Bear/Human Interactions on Alaska's Kodiak Archipelago (Great Northwest Publishing, 2004), and Kodiak Tales: Stories of Adventure on Alaska's Emerald Isle (AuthorHouse, 2010). After earning a biology degree from Indiana University, Harry ventured to Alaska in 1974. The following year he accepted a summer field job on Kodiak Island with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. A plane crash at the end of the field season greatly altered the direction of his life (that story is related in Kodiak Tales), and he never left Kodiak. Harry and his wife Brigid own/operate Kodiak Treks. From their wilderness lodge in Uyak Bay, they conduct bear viewing, backpacking and camping tours on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. Brigid is an adjunct professor at Kodiak College and is fluent in French, Spanish and German. They enjoy traveling each winter, experiencing diverse cultures and wildlife around the world.