Billy Longbow and his brother, JJ, grew up on a ranch, just outside of Lufkin, Texas, that had been in the family since Texas became a state. JJ was an avid hunter while Billy was strongly against killing. They were just boys when they first witnessed the blood-curdling terror that a giant Russian Razorback hog could inflict. While out exploring in the woods along the Angelina River bottoms, they were traumatized when one of their good friends was attacked right in front of them. Years later, drafted to Vietnam, Billy experienced the horror that man could inflict. When he came back to Lufkin, he just wanted to be left alone and declared himself an atheist, “how could God allow such horrible things like that to go on?”… However, there was one girl, Suzanne, that reached out to him and softened his heart. JJ found his true love also when an old cowboy and his daughter showed him what hog hunting was all about using horses and dogs. JJ was smitten by the beautiful cowgirl, Annie. Trying to rid their ranch of the hog population that was causing serious destruction to the ranch, they opened up the ranch to hog hunting. However, terrible things started happening to the community—and more importantly, their family. JJ claimed that the old giant razorback hog they remembered long ago was still out there. JJ and a big Cajun from Zavalla, Texas made a pact together to destroy the giant razorback. Instead, the elusive hog nearly destroys the Longbow family. Billy is forced to make a decision, and falls back on his fighting skills he learned in Vietnam. He goes to battle the hogs in the deep woods of the Angelina River bottoms. Only a miracle can save him from the giant razorback’s destruction.
Truly a story of love and hate, Razorback takes you on a thrilling ride with intensely realistic descriptions. Suspense and action combine to keep your adrenaline pumping. Next time you hear a sound in the woods…you’ll think twice.
“I found it easy to relate to Mr. Wilde’s descriptions of the local flora and fauna, community settings and activities, and ranch life—right down to the chores and Sunday dinners. Throughout the book, Mr. Wilde has masterfully woven in factual information…The giant razorback, Ole Lucifer, certainly spices up the thriller component of the book. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy Razorback for the novel that it is.”---Russell Stevens, wildlife and range specialist with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.
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About the Author
The author, Scott Wilde grew up in northern Utah with the Rocky Mountains and their vast resources as his playground. Scott graduated from Utah State University with a degree in geology and worked as a geophysicist for a major petroleum exploration company for several years. As a husband and father of seven children, he now lives in Seguin, Texas, and works for a leading oil and gas service company. He worked for a leading electric company in North Texas, as an environmental specialist for many years. He shares his love for the outdoors with his family and other youth through his activities as a seasoned backpacker, scoutmaster, and through his love of writing. His family, and those who associate with him, have always enjoyed his stories.
What People are Saying About This
"I found it easy to relate to Mr. Wilde’s descriptions of the local flora and fauna, community settings and activities, and ranch life-right down to the chores and Sunday dinners. Throughout the book, Mr. Wilde has masterfully woven in factual information...The giant razorback, ‘Ole Lucifer,’...certainly spices up the thriller component of the book. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy Razorback for the novel that it is."
wildlife and range specialist with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a strange little book. You could call it a tale of vengeance and redemption, revolving around a naturalist's knowledge of wild hogs in Texas. It's only a little over 200 pages long (in relatively large type). The writing is amateurish, the characters very one-dimensional, the dialogue simple. There are three parallel plots: vengeance on the huge Russian Razorback that is terrorizing a rural Texas community a Vietnam vet's journey to rekindle his belief in God, and a shallow love story. Think Big Pig helps wounded warrior find love and Jesus. The author is at his best describing the Texas landscape and wildlife and the activity of hunting. He is obviusly a seasoned outdoorsman with a wealth of information on feral hogs and their effects on their environment. I think, however, that he might have created a more substantial book if he had stuck to nonfiction and collected a series of real-life tales concerning hunting wild pigs. Since I was expecting a regular novel, I found this book very disappointing. It's geared more to hunting enthusiasts and conservative Christians than to the average reader. For a more satisfying read from a professional novelist try to locate the out-of-print paperback 'Razorback,' written by Peter Brennan in 1981. As I recall, it came out after the hit novel, 'Jaws,' and imitates that format (as the more recent 'Razorback' tries to do) by pitting man against an animal that is so much bigger than life that it becomes an embodiment of primeval ¿evil.¿ Brennan¿s ¿Razorback¿ takes place in Australia where conservationists are investigating the illegal hunting of kangaroos at night from trucks with spotlights. As in the newer title, a giant black razorback is the deadly predator, and there is plenty of factual information on wild hogs and their habits.
William 'Billy' Longbow was just a boy in Lufkin, Texas, when he first saw the bloody terror that a giant Russian Razorback hog could inflict. Billy and his older brother, JJ, watched helplessly as it gutted their friend and then they sobbed as several hogs devoured the body. Later, as a young man, Billy was drafted and sent to Vietnam. He ended up a side gunner on a Huey 67H20 helicopter. While there, he saw the bloody terror that man could inflict as well. ......................................... A medically discharged Billy returned home to heal, mentally and physically. Soon JJ was swearing that he saw the same huge hog that had killed their friend long ago. Worse, the giant hog had several others with him. The huge Razorback hog became a menace to the entire community. Even with a six thousand dollar reward on the razorback's head, no one could find it, much less kill it. So Billy must finally make the decision to take matters into his own hands. ........................................... **** The military section of the book is a very small part. Ninety percent of this thriller focuses on the razorback and its reign of terror. The author uses his outdoorsman experience to make this tale extremely realistic. A bit of romance is thrown in with the arrival of Suzanne for Billy. She has a level head, just like Billy, and she is one feisty lady. All-in-all, the author, Scott Wilde, has written a wonderful hunting thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. ****