Alaska Wilderness Series #1
Published by Ueberreuther on September 9, 2013
Julie is her big dream, becoming Ranger, very close: She starts an apprenticeship at Denali National Park in Alaska. Even her beloved Huskies she´s allowed to bring with and to go on patrol with the Husky sled. As Julie with her colleague is about to lead a touring company to Mount McKinley, she wants to prove that she is good for ranger, and that not even the handsome Josh can destract her. Can Julie master her task, though her protéges get themselves into danger?
My ReviewChristopher Ross was absolutely new to me at that time and this series sounded promising. Today I have read all of his books from this series, there are four so far, and it is always some kind of pleasure. Sadly his books or most of them – his Alaska Wilderness series included – are only available in the German language. But I hope that´ll change and till then I will publish my thoughts about them in English so that you can get at least a glimpse of their beauty.
Verschollen am Mount McKinley is written in the personal perspective by Julie and takes the reader into the daily life a ranger or in this case, intern, has to manage. The care of her Huskies is as much important as the protection of the wildlife at the park.
From his writing to get to know that the authors knows what he is writing about, that he is somehow familiar with the landscape, the life in Alaska and that he knows the American mentality.
But I have to be honest, if it wasn´t for the great landscapes he´s describing in this book, I wouldn´t have lasted long reading it. It takes the author quite some time before he starts to bring some action into the plot, before he gives you a really interesting glimpse into the daily work of the rangers in this story. But from there on you are hooked and can´t put it down anymore and it feels more like reading a thriller than a children´s book.
Christopher Ross created with Julie a young woman in her early twenties. Her parents are divorced and she is not what you would call a friendly or very extrovert woman. But she is fascinating in her own ways. She sees everything from a different perspective thinks different and acts very thoughtful. For a woman that age usually not normal but it suits her. And during the story evolves you get to know why that is and it makes her even more likable.
Becoming an intern at the Denali National Park in Alaska is for Julie everything. One step closer to become a real Ranger at the park. And if that means that she has to concentrate completely on her work and leave her private life at zero for a while, then so be it.
*This title was at time of review only available in the German language.
Christopher Ross is the pseudonym of Thomas Jeier, born in Minden, Westfalen in 1947. He grew up in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. After his apprenticeship as bookseller, he became editor in chief of a youth magazine. He lives nearby Munich and “on the road” in the USA. For his books and documentary films he has been decorated several times.