Archer MacClehan & The Hungry Now
By Sandy Compton
Fiction, 181 pages, 5.5" x 8.5" softcover
Published by Blue Mobius Books
Idaho-and-Montana author Sandy Compton puts his ample storytelling talents to play in his novel Archer MacClehan & The Hungry Now, a page-turning tale populated by a cast of colorful characters who find themselves at odds in the wilderness – and pulling together for their very survival.
Idaho-and-Montana author Sandy Compton puts his ample storytelling talents to play in this page-turning tale populated by a cast of colorful characters who find themselves at odds in the wilderness – and pulling together for their very survival. As one of the book’s characters, botanist turned smoke-jumper Jesse Turnbull, says, “Life is served raw in wild country,” describing a backcountry hike that begins innocently enough but turns dangerous.
Led by larger-than-life backcountry guide Archer MacClehan, the others along for the trek into the Skydevil Wilderness are Sara, a small woman fighting a big temper and her own resurgent love of the wild; and her fiancé, Rob, a guy who knows how to keep his head down. Bringing up the rear as the hike begins is Tom Sevlakovs, an enormously strong man whose pack contains God knows what and weighs nearly as much as Sara. At the head of the line is Archer, and out in the brush, just out of sight – sometimes – is Number Seven, aka The Hungry Now, a grizzly bear.
Remarkable for its sharply drawn descriptions of the great grizzly bear and sweeping depictions of magnificent landscapes, Archer MacClehan & The Hungry Now is at once a rousing story of adventure, a drama of relationships, and a paean to the wilderness and wild things of the mountain Northwest.
Sandy Compton grew up on the border between western Montana and northern Idaho and resides there still. He is an avid world traveler, backpacker, skier and lover of wilderness. He is the author of Jason's Passage, Caleb's Miracle, Sidetrips from Cowboy and Friction of Desire. He is a contributor to Sandpoint Magazine, The River Journal, Ski, Northwest Travel and other publications, as well as the program director for the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.