by Len McDougall
The Mackinac Incident is an exciting action thriller set in northern Michigan. Mr. McDougall has gotten most of his details about the area, the people who live in the Upper Peninsula, and survival equipment exactly right. Since I have lived in Michigan all of my life, and have had a cottage west of Saint Ignace, I am interested in any novel that takes place in the Straits area, There is really only one troubling incorrect fact. I just can’t understand why Mr. McDougall states in his novel that the Labor Day walk across The Mackinac Bridge starts in Mackinaw City, when it has always started in Saint Ignace.
Most of the book is action with a capital A, without much concern with developing the personalities of the characters in the book. The author does spend a bit of time attempting to give a depth to some of the people, but the only one that you really feel that you get to know is Rod Eliot. The author seems to have modeled Rod’s life after his own. As I was researching some facts for this review, I discovered that Mr. McDougall has immersed himself into his work. Mr. McDougall grew up in northern Michigan and now lives in the Paradise, Michigan area. He has written several books on tracking and survival in the wilderness and teaches survival classes in the north woods. He also has had some run-ins with the local law enforcement. Rod Eliot’s life is nearly identical. So I guess that many of the ideas that Rod professes will hold true for Mr. McDougall.
Overall this is a very readable and enjoyable first novel. I give it 4 stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up.
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from Edelweiss.com.
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
A survival expert’s skills are put to the test when he is confronted by a team of al-Qaeda-trained terrorists hell-bent on destruction.
Fifteen miles off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, a Soviet-era diesel submarine off-loads four men before being intercepted by a U.S. Navy vessel patrolling the area. The men make up a team of al-Qaeda-trained specialists skilled in the black arts of terrorist warfare and are headed by a man who has billions of dollars in oil money with which to indulge his murderous fantasies. What they do next will determine the fates of thousands of Americans.
Rod Eliot, an aging ex-con turned survival expert, stands between them and one of the most devastating plots ever hatched by the deviated mind of a killer: to blow up the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge and detonate enough plutonium to contaminate the area for decades. When an encounter with the bomb-toting terrorists occurs deep in the woods of the Upper Peninsula, Eliot finds himself in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with no alternative but to go head-to-head with these murderers. Rod may be the only person who can stop them. But he’s in over his head.
Due to Eliot’s checkered past, law enforcement officials have him pegged for the crimes that unfold over the next few days. Only one, a seasoned FBI agent who is on his trail, thinks Eliot is innocent and is willing to prove it.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (August 1, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.0 pounds
About the Author
Len McDougall is a field guide and wildlife tracker in Michigan’s North Woods, where he teaches survival classes and tests outdoors products. His other books include The Complete Tracker, The Encyclopedia of Tracks and Scats, The Field & Stream Wilderness Survival Handbook, and Practical Outdoor Survival.
The book description is from Amazon. The Mackinac Incident: A Thriller