Ryan Hockensmith’s prose zips along in this gripping tale of a grizzly bear attack. Careful to give a full account, Hockensmith is graphic in his details, but it’s a well-told story that also celebrates friendship, bravery, and respect for nature.

The violence was so gruesome that it defies logic that anybody could survive. She clubbed Kendell to the ground and pounced on top of him. Her mouth drove down toward his head, and he could smell the rancid breath of a creature that spends its life killing and eating raw meat. Her slobber flew all over him as he desperately tried to put his hands and arms into her mouth in place of his face.