The West Bluff and surrounding swamps along the Sabine River between Texas and Louisiana have provided a modest but comfortable shelter and satisfactory sustenance for Robert Andrew (“Dick”) Jackson and his Cajun sweetheart, Penny, for many years since the loss of both his parents—his dad through divorce when he was young, and his mother years later in a horrendous explosion and fire in Texas City. But lately, things have not seemed right. Trapping has become dangerous, as a terrifying aspect of death and a fearful presence seems to have crept its way into this region known as the Big Thicket. Dick has already lost two of his hunting dogs within days of each other under unusual circumstances, and the remaining dogs whine and pull at their chains. Four friends come from Georgia to join in the hunt for whatever it is, and Cajun folkways are employed to ward off this haint. But the challenges seem only to multiply.
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About the Author
The journey for this high school drop-out continued when Jon re-entered high school in Indiana and, though steered by counselors towards vocational classes, he went on to graduate from Indiana University, with a B.S. in Speech and Theatre and a minor in Folklore, and later earned his M.S. in Secondary Education. His experiences along the way were wide and varied- welder, machinist, carpenter, busboy, waiter, cook, dishwasher, recording technician, actor, stage hand, bartender, musician, teacher, recruiter, glass blower-and now, writer.
Jon returned to Texas in the mid-70s, after hitchhiking around Europe and North Africa. He now lives in Houston with his lovely wife Donna. He has two daughters, Kandace and Chelsea, and a grandson, Ryland. Jon and Donna travel about the U.S. with their German Shorthaired Pointer rescue dog, Jenny, from mountain to shore. They are both avid freshwater and saltwater anglers. The West Bluff is Jon Bunn's first published book, but he has several more waiting in the wings: The Complete Tangiers to Cost Rica Grace Baptist Temple Broken-Down Blues Bus, a road trip adventure, and Pike's Peat and Worm Farm, a coloring book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The West Bluff is a captivating story, well told, with suspense and mystery, memorable characters, and historical references. It's based on the author's experiences in his youth hunting, trapping, fishing and getting to know the flora, fauna and characters in the bayou country of East Texas / West Louisiana -- Cajun country -- and has that pacing that lulls you into feeling you are right there in the deep south, just moseying along, slowly getting to know the characters and their environs. And then bam! All hell breaks loose and you are along for the ride, until you reach the epilogue and can sit back and relax again into that Southern state of mind. The main characters are likeable and you get to know them as much through their dialogue (and inner monologues) as through their description and actions. The historical references set this regional scene in the larger context -- just before/after World War II, in an area where ship building for wartime efforts (WWI, WWII, and the Korean War) was a key industry, just before Highway 10 was built to link the southern states from Florida to California, and during one of the worst hurricanes to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast prior to Katrina. OK, full disclosure - I was Jon Bunn's editor for this book and so I'm a bit partial. However, every one of the dozens of times I read through it from cover to cover in various drafts, I still got caught up in the action, almost holding my breath until the plot resolved. Good book!