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by: T J Dunn
Books with a 5 star rating  (5)
Publication Date: January 1, 2017
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 186
Binding: Perfect Bound
ISBN: 9780997465310

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Book Synopsis
Set mostly in Colorado and Alaska this is an adventure story about two "loners" who by a fateful chance encounter formed a twosome (threesome if one counts their big dog named Malik). Their story describes how their "whatship" nurtured triumph and recovery from an unexpected tragedy in the wilderness 120 miles from Anchorage. The young man is an artist and by a fateful accident his world is forever changed "in the flick of a switch".

It is also a tale of an injured wolf and how the tribulations of the loner wolf and the young man stimulate identical impacts on each of them. Highly suitable reading for young and old alike you will find no offensive wording in this sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic and ultimately uplifting tale of empathy, suffering and recovery.
Customer Comments
Fred James
Posted: February 21, 2017
Customer comment 0 star rating
CRIP a Novel by TJ Dunn
181 pages,
$9.25 paper,, e-book version
Review by Fred James

     For an author’s first book CRIP is a charming, full blown love story and adventure set in Alaska, written by a man who blends real places with fictitious characters. TJ Dunn gives his reader a charming story from the first page. As he develops his main character Mike Ferris, we get humor, love, fear, disaster and even philosophical discussions effortlessly blended with the plot.

     Mike Ferris is an athlete, a wood carver, a dog musher and a lover of the Alaskan outdoors. He meets a lovely woman, Ann, under less than optimal conditions and gradually they recognize in each other kindred spirits. The novel develops as the twosome discuss their love, what happens to people when they die, do animals feel pain differently than humans and even a debate on the ethics of trapping animals.

     Between chapters Dunn inserts short quotes from famous writers and thinkers: Poe, Hammarskjold, Mandela, Toth, Bentham, Ghandi and the Bible. One example: “The question is not ’Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?” Jeremy Bentham. These quotes, help move the novel along because CRIP has the action and philosophical issues suavely blended so that the reader is asking himself questions and starting to analyze these issues along with the main characters. This happy seamless blend, is, in part, what makes this first novel so compelling. The reader wants to know the characters better and cheers for them as Mike finds himself in great danger.

     This is a book written for adults but skillfully includes juveniles into its scope by never preaching and, given that today’s literature and media are rife with disgusting scenes and foul words on a regular basis, there are no foul words used in the whole book, no detailed, physical sex, no bar fights, no gun play but there is plenty of action and it’s described in clear prose but without graphic, extraneous detail. It’s a G-rated book that completely satisfies.

Finally in addition to the colorful writing there are numerous black and white drawings which complement the words, a bucolic scene of a man mushing his dogs down the trail, with the lead dog fairly jumping with happiness; another drawing of a log cabin in the woods with a man and woman standing in front facing the cabin. And there are several sketches of maps of Alaska and the Lower Forty-Eight.

     What does CRIP stand for? Is it an acronym? Does it stand for a person or an action? I wondered about this all through the novel and toward the end the meaning was revealed. I loved it and heartily endorse CRIP for all ages.

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Written by Il Fettucinni
Bellingham, WA
February 21, 2017

Posted: March 27, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
This is a great book, the scenes are evocative of the nature and land where the story takes place. It is a moral and sweet story of two people who find themselves 'being themselves' and falling in love.
I encourage anyone who stumbles across this to try it! Good for young and old alike.
Fred Johnson
Posted: March 27, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
Wonderful story following the growth of the main character, Mike, from his small town childhood when his personal development and his passion for sculpting are influenced by friends and family, through the experiences that eventually lead him to settling in what might be described as his spiritual home, the Alaskan wilderness … and finding the woman who becomes his soul mate.
The author deftly shares with us his personal knowledge and love of animals and nature. The interplay between man, animals and the ever-changing wilderness which both motivates and controls their lives is vividly portrayed.
And there is some edge-of-your-seat suspense as man, animal and nature come together in an unexpected and gripping denouement.
Altogether a compelling and enjoyable read.
p dunn
Posted: March 29, 2017
Customer comment 0 star rating
This is a very good read. A nice love story, with lots of realistic dialog. Humor interspersed too! The wolf story is wonderful, and the human characters are very real, and well developed in their moods, beliefs, and relationships. A good story for all age groups. I would love to see this developed in to a movie, too.
Craig Ferguson
Posted: April 19, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
Gripping and enlightening. The duality of this story is remarkable and will provide interest to a wide range of readers. On the surface, this is a fun, exciting and sometimes scary adventure that all age groups can enjoy. For deeper thinkers, the author provides many subtle lessons that can be learned regarding the nature of man, and man's role in nature.