A swell job of recounting, especially tailored to the demands of the TBM -- boys of all ages who have graduated from the Lone Ranger and that public that still exists in a new generation cheated of James Oliver Curwood and -- yes- Jack London. And this is a true story, as Uncle Monty tells it to Martha McKeown, the story of his and Pedro's trip to Alaska in the gold rush days. It is told with terse realism and grammatical license thrown in. He saw a lot, took nothing from anybody, and has a flair for remembrance of detail in keeping with his methodical mind. Mont Hawthorne went north for silver salmon and gold nuggets in the '80's and '90's. He learned the business- and a bloody business it was. And he learned about the men who fought their way and lived by unwritten laws. And his niece has made him come alive on paper, with his salty humor, keen sense of character, and memory for a good yarn. As for Pedro, (he's in dog heaven now,) gay, humorous, loving Pedro, red and huge and beautiful, Monty's one and only pal. A story of the Northwest- by a pair from the Northwest. Fun to read. Fun to sell. Don't miss it.