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Mike was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, a small northern mining town with a nearby First Nations reserve.
He grew up with a love of the north, even in the midst of winter, exploring the surrounding woods with his friends, and his grandfather. He moved down south in his 20's to follow a career in quality management, but his real pleasure was still heading outside the city, with canoe and tent. While in Toronto he also developed an interest in back-alley murals, in artistic graffiti, and worked with some police there that saw its potential as a community building exercise.
He'd always been a voracious reader, so several years into retirement he decided to try writing, and hasn't stopped since. This is his first book, but he has several more drafts waiting in the wings.
on Nov. 29, 2013 :
Kirk's Landing introduces readers to a small community in Northern Canada, fraught with hidden issues that are further complicated by Dave's own reluctance to face his Native heritage. I was hooked from the first page and found the story fascinating for it took me to a place I've never been -- a small community in Manitoba, where the winters are beyond cold, quite capable of dropping to minus 40C.
The story begins dramatically and keeps the reader wondering how conflicts can be resolved. I also enjoyed the authentic relationships between our hero and a potential lady friend, and also for the very real picture given of small town conflicts, especially when folks in power have something to hide.
Kirk's Landing was fun to read. The people, the beautiful yet harsh back country, and some of the issues between predominantly white and predominantly native cultures stay with me. A fine first book to this planned series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)