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Maine game warden Mike Bowditch finds himself in a life-or-death chase in this new thriller in the bestselling mystery series by Edgar Award nominee Paul Doiron. Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is fighting for his life. Ambushed on a darkened winter road, he plunges his Jeep into a frozen river and must escape drowning beneath the ice. Surviving the crash is only the first Maine game warden Mike Bowditch finds himself in a life-or-death chase in this new thriller in the bestselling mystery series by Edgar Award nominee Paul Doiron. Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is fighting for his life. Ambushed on a darkened winter road, he plunges his Jeep into a frozen river and must escape drowning beneath the ice. Surviving the crash is only the first challenge he faces in a nightlong battle to stay alive and one step ahead of his unknown, heavily armed pursuers. To outwit them and return to his friends and family, none of whom knows where he is, Bowditch must dissect the hours leading up to the ambush and solve two riddles: who are these people who desperately want him dead and what has he done to incur their wrath?


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Maine game warden Mike Bowditch finds himself in a life-or-death chase in this new thriller in the bestselling mystery series by Edgar Award nominee Paul Doiron. Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is fighting for his life. Ambushed on a darkened winter road, he plunges his Jeep into a frozen river and must escape drowning beneath the ice. Surviving the crash is only the first Maine game warden Mike Bowditch finds himself in a life-or-death chase in this new thriller in the bestselling mystery series by Edgar Award nominee Paul Doiron. Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is fighting for his life. Ambushed on a darkened winter road, he plunges his Jeep into a frozen river and must escape drowning beneath the ice. Surviving the crash is only the first challenge he faces in a nightlong battle to stay alive and one step ahead of his unknown, heavily armed pursuers. To outwit them and return to his friends and family, none of whom knows where he is, Bowditch must dissect the hours leading up to the ambush and solve two riddles: who are these people who desperately want him dead and what has he done to incur their wrath?

30 review for Dead by Dawn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    The latest in the series, and works fine as a stand-alone! The story takes off like a runaway snowmobile! The setting is in Maine with icy curved roads, and dense wooded areas. As Mike Bowditch, an investigator with the game warden navigates the road in his jeep, some darn spiked objects in the road send him off- road and plunging beneath the frozen Androscoggin River. Someone wants him dead, but first he has to survive the hyperthermia thats already setting in. Fast-paced action with a mix of mys The latest in the series, and works fine as a stand-alone! The story takes off like a runaway snowmobile! The setting is in Maine with icy curved roads, and dense wooded areas. As Mike Bowditch, an investigator with the game warden navigates the road in his jeep, some darn spiked objects in the road send him off- road and plunging beneath the frozen Androscoggin River. Someone wants him dead, but first he has to survive the hyperthermia thats already setting in. Fast-paced action with a mix of mystery, interesting and colorful villains, cold case investigations, and high octane danger.   Recommend to those who enjoy lots of action and a likeable protaganist. Orphan X (by Gregg Hurwitz) and Jane Hawk series (by Dean Koontz) fans would enjoy this one too. Thanks to NG and Minotaur for my review copy. OUT on June 29, 2021. 

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    This is my second time visiting the wilderness of Maine with Mike Bowditch and what a ride! Mike, a game warden investigator, is called in to reopen a cold case of drowning. He heads out on the winding roads of Maine to see some likely suspects and unexpectedly runs over a chain of spikes in the road. What an ambush…his Jeep ends up in the river and he is in for the fight of his life. No sooner does he get out of the water, with the help of his wolf, than armed persons snowmobiling start shooting This is my second time visiting the wilderness of Maine with Mike Bowditch and what a ride! Mike, a game warden investigator, is called in to reopen a cold case of drowning. He heads out on the winding roads of Maine to see some likely suspects and unexpectedly runs over a chain of spikes in the road. What an ambush…his Jeep ends up in the river and he is in for the fight of his life. No sooner does he get out of the water, with the help of his wolf, than armed persons snowmobiling start shootings. A fast-paced book with plenty of action that puts you on the edge of your seat. Very intense. A fight for survival. Loved the part the wolf played in the story. Don’t miss this one if you enjoy the wilderness with plenty of atmosphere! 5 out of 5 stars Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur Books for the ARC of DEAD by DAWN in exchange for an honest review. Publication date - June 29, 2021

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Survival begins from within......and only you can flip the switch fast enough. Paul Doiron sets his main character of Mike Bowditch, Warden Investigator in Maine, on an electrically turbo-charged adventure this time. Nothing that we've seen in the past has ever dropped Mike down so deeply into the claws of no return. A one-way ticket with a lights out atmosphere. A call comes in from Mariette Chamberlain, a Rhodesian originally from South Africa, who has been residing with her daughter, Bibi, in t Survival begins from within......and only you can flip the switch fast enough. Paul Doiron sets his main character of Mike Bowditch, Warden Investigator in Maine, on an electrically turbo-charged adventure this time. Nothing that we've seen in the past has ever dropped Mike down so deeply into the claws of no return. A one-way ticket with a lights out atmosphere. A call comes in from Mariette Chamberlain, a Rhodesian originally from South Africa, who has been residing with her daughter, Bibi, in the woods of Maine. She wishes to re-open the case involving the death of her father-in-law, Professor Eben Chamberlain. It appears that the professor drowned from a boating accident some time back. Mariette believes otherwise. Mike listens carefully to the woman, but he's not too sure if revisiting the case will bring about other results. He promises to interview some of the individuals related to the case and kick up some dust. Dust, no. A hornets' nest.....oh, quite possibly. Add to this buzzin' set of circumstances is what Mike has caged in the back of his Jeep. Shadow, Mike's wolf/dog, has been sedated by the nearby vet for his check-up. A few stops along the way shouldn't take too long. Or so Mike thinks. Or so the circumstances appear on the surface. For now anyway. Until..... Dead by Dawn is the 12th edition in this series. Not to worry. It reads with sharp overtones of a standalone any day of the week. You can always pick up a few priors here and there. But this one is like spotting a flare on the highway. Gets your attention from the get-go. (My favorite is One Last Lie #11) Doiron has created Mike Bowditch as a man that constantly tests the waters. He has a persistent nose that sniffs out anyone on the wrong foot in life. His doggedness has tried the patience of many a boss. Doesn't look like Bowditch will be turning over a new leaf any time soon. But the chess board may be set up against Mike this time. The players are playing for keeps in Dead by Dawn. Doiron has honed some pretty hardcore characters in this one who will seriously take offense when Mike starts turning over rocks. And some of these rocks are hard-edged boulders that could easily take you out. These circumstances will push Mike to the brink where we've never seen him before. Stay tuned. Just stay tuned..... I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and to the talented Paul Doiron for the opportunity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I hope you enjoy DEAD BY DAWN. No book has made me as excited to get back to my writing desk each day than this one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    This series keeps getting better! This is book 12 in the Mike Bowditch series and can be read as a stand-alone. That is how I stumbled, thankfully, upon this series. I started with book #9 initially not realizing it was part of a series and have read from there. Mike Bowditch is a Maine game warden who is asked to investigate the drowning of a man. It seems clear cut. The man was duck hunting and fell into the water which was cold and rapidly moving. But his daughter-in-law is convinced that is n This series keeps getting better! This is book 12 in the Mike Bowditch series and can be read as a stand-alone. That is how I stumbled, thankfully, upon this series. I started with book #9 initially not realizing it was part of a series and have read from there. Mike Bowditch is a Maine game warden who is asked to investigate the drowning of a man. It seems clear cut. The man was duck hunting and fell into the water which was cold and rapidly moving. But his daughter-in-law is convinced that is not the case. Her father-in-law never went in a book without a personal flotation device/vest, when he is found without one on, she is convinced foul play is involved and she even gives Bowditch the "killer's name". But is she right? As Mike begins to talk to witnesses, thing start happening FAST! He is ambushed on a dark winter road, plunges into the frozen river and he (and Shadow) must fight for survival. Not only is surviving the crash a priority, so is not becoming hypothermic while evading his heavily armed pursuers. On top of it all, no one knows where he is! But this is Mike tough-as-nails Bowditch! He may not who is after him, but he is determined to survive the night and get some answers! I love how this story was told, with alternating chapters of Mike attempting to survive with the events that led to him being ambushed. Often with this type of storytelling, things can get confusion, but not here. It is easy to keep track of everything and in my opinion made the book even better. This was a real page tuner for me! I could not read this book fast enough! The beginning of this book was intense! This was no slow burn! It is fast and furious! Full of tension, action, and suspense. I just had to know what was going to happen. With each gun shot, I feared for Shadow and worried was the wolf-dog going to survive? Sorry Mike, I thought of Shadow first. But of course, I also worried if Mike would survive. I had my theories as to who was hunting him. I was soo wrong! But that made the book even better. The not knowing. The guessing. The intense chapters followed by ones that cooled down the action a little to provide previous events and then you are back in the fray. As with the other books that I have read in this series, this was well written and expertly plotted. The story was riveting and exciting. I enjoyed seeing the supporting characters! Intense, riveting and a real nail biter! Is it too soon to wish for book #13?? Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own! Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laur

    A real cat and mouse game with deadly consequences begins to happen when Mike Bowditch, a Game Ranger is asked to start reinvestigating a case of a man who was suspiciously found dead in a river years ago. Game rangers aren’t particularly liked in these woods, and over the years, Mike has made several enemies. It is apparent that the Ranger has someone trying to kill him as he runs over a strip of nails on a dark road, loses control of his jeep, and nearly drowns in the freezing water trying to e A real cat and mouse game with deadly consequences begins to happen when Mike Bowditch, a Game Ranger is asked to start reinvestigating a case of a man who was suspiciously found dead in a river years ago. Game rangers aren’t particularly liked in these woods, and over the years, Mike has made several enemies. It is apparent that the Ranger has someone trying to kill him as he runs over a strip of nails on a dark road, loses control of his jeep, and nearly drowns in the freezing water trying to escape the accident. But that is just the beginning of his problems. He must literally try to save his life in spite of being injured, shot and nearly frozen to death, while trying to outwit those hunting him, and to find the real truth involving the man’s death on the river that had happened years ago. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an audio version of this book. Henry Leyva was a brilliant and believable narrator!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Wow! This was great. The narrator Henry Leyva was solid and added an extra bonus to the already good story. This was a skillfully written suspense that lead me through a dangerous adventure of survival. Unthinkable things happen and all of it was believable. I loved the game warden and his wolf. Mike, the game warden was a likable, relatable character with human feelings and goals. He would make a great investigator. A enjoyable story that anyone who loves a suspenseful mystery, thriller. I high Wow! This was great. The narrator Henry Leyva was solid and added an extra bonus to the already good story. This was a skillfully written suspense that lead me through a dangerous adventure of survival. Unthinkable things happen and all of it was believable. I loved the game warden and his wolf. Mike, the game warden was a likable, relatable character with human feelings and goals. He would make a great investigator. A enjoyable story that anyone who loves a suspenseful mystery, thriller. I highly recommend listening to this audiobook. Thanks Macmillan Audio via Netgalley.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dana Stabenow

    Nice structure to this plot, love the firestarter and all the survival stuff that proves your biggest asset in that situation is what's between your ears, and a loathsome bunch of bad guys, but Mike sure missed a lot of signals that he was at risk. Nice structure to this plot, love the firestarter and all the survival stuff that proves your biggest asset in that situation is what's between your ears, and a loathsome bunch of bad guys, but Mike sure missed a lot of signals that he was at risk.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I was very excited to win this advanced copy through a Goodreads giveaway! All in all, it’s another very good book in the Maine game warden Mike Bowditch series. It quickly takes off right from the start with Mike being run off the road and plunged into the frozen Androscoggin River. While fighting for his life, he thinks back to the earlier hours of the day in order to piece together who wants to kill him and why. My only issue with this story is flopping back and forth to “before the plunge” a I was very excited to win this advanced copy through a Goodreads giveaway! All in all, it’s another very good book in the Maine game warden Mike Bowditch series. It quickly takes off right from the start with Mike being run off the road and plunged into the frozen Androscoggin River. While fighting for his life, he thinks back to the earlier hours of the day in order to piece together who wants to kill him and why. My only issue with this story is flopping back and forth to “before the plunge” and “after the plunge” with each new chapter. Normally I like this particular way of telling a story, but for me, it didn’t work as well this time. It may have been because the chapters were fairly short. What happens earlier in the day is more of a slower paced investigation, and later in the day it’s a mad fight for survival. The shorter chapters don’t give you enough time to get into the feel of the moment before you go back to the other, thus affecting the flow. I think what would have worked better is to keep the same beginning to get the reader hooked, then go back to the earlier morning hours and begin the story. It would have built into a very intense overall story. That being said, I really did enjoy the book and without giving anything away, I like how it has ties to another book from the series, which remains one of my favorites. Another thing I like is how Doiron deals with the relationship between Mike and the wolf-dog Shadow. It’s a respectful relationship between man and animal and I loved how the book ended. Lots of love there. As always, I look forward to the next!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I love it when I know I am going to really like a book after only a few chapters. It actually took the first chapter and I was hooked. The adrenaline starts pumping and it doesn't stop all the way through. I love this character and always look forward to a new addition to the series. This one is a high octane ride from start to finish that kept me reading until there was no more to read. I haven't read one of these books I didn't like but I have to say this one will have you swiping your forehea I love it when I know I am going to really like a book after only a few chapters. It actually took the first chapter and I was hooked. The adrenaline starts pumping and it doesn't stop all the way through. I love this character and always look forward to a new addition to the series. This one is a high octane ride from start to finish that kept me reading until there was no more to read. I haven't read one of these books I didn't like but I have to say this one will have you swiping your forehead and saying "Whew"! when you finish. Definitely put this one on your summer to read list.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    First of all, I've read every book in this series and I love it! In the first chapter, Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch's vehicle crashes into a frozen river. His fight to the surface is valiant. As several chapters explain how Bowditch got to this point, he received a letter from the daughter-in-law of a professor killed while on a duck hunt four years ago. Seems she's not satisfied with the investigation and wants bull-headed Bowditch to re-open the investigation. Back to Bowditch who is almost f First of all, I've read every book in this series and I love it! In the first chapter, Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch's vehicle crashes into a frozen river. His fight to the surface is valiant. As several chapters explain how Bowditch got to this point, he received a letter from the daughter-in-law of a professor killed while on a duck hunt four years ago. Seems she's not satisfied with the investigation and wants bull-headed Bowditch to re-open the investigation. Back to Bowditch who is almost frozen to death from the icy river. He's got no matches for a fire, no gun, a dead cell phone, no medical kit and whoever put spikes in the road to put him in the river is out looking for him. All he's got is the knife given to him by his friend Billy Cronk. But the knife is called the Beast so that's something. Anyhow, Bowditch is on the run from a killer. To his credit, no one is better able to survive in the wilds than a game warden. If you've read any of the previous books, you know Bowditch is like a dog with a bone. He never lets go - even when that would be the smart thing to do. He's still undecided between Dani and Stacey. Come on, make up your mind! I like the scenes with wolf dog Shadow in them. This book was a good addition to the series. I liked this one better than the last.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Dead by Dawn was an unexpectedly wonderful thrill ride! This is the latest installment in the Game Warden series, of which I’ve read none of, so it can be read as a standalone. The book immediately dives into chaos and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the entire 300 pages. It is incredibly action packed and fast paced. There was never a dull moment. There is absolutely no rest for Mike. I loved the back and forth dual timelines that eventually converged into one as we solve the mystery Dead by Dawn was an unexpectedly wonderful thrill ride! This is the latest installment in the Game Warden series, of which I’ve read none of, so it can be read as a standalone. The book immediately dives into chaos and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the entire 300 pages. It is incredibly action packed and fast paced. There was never a dull moment. There is absolutely no rest for Mike. I loved the back and forth dual timelines that eventually converged into one as we solve the mystery. I especially loved the relationship between the game warden and the wolf, Shadow. Be careful, or you may end up reading the book quicker than you expected, like I did! 🤣 I highly suggest you pick this one up if you’re looking for a thrilling, survivalist adventure. Seriously, read this book! Dead by Dawn is out June 29th! Thank you @minotaur_books for my #gifted copy!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    Maine sounds like a wonderful place until you read this series. Dead by Dawn is the latest book about game warden Mike Bowditch by Paul Doiron. The murder rate and mayhem in these books makes me think twice about visiting. But, this series is one of the best out there. I love it. It's well written and it feels like Doiron knows his Maine like a local, wait, he is local. This time Mike has a little trouble staying on the road while investigating an old death and the jumping back and forth in time Maine sounds like a wonderful place until you read this series. Dead by Dawn is the latest book about game warden Mike Bowditch by Paul Doiron. The murder rate and mayhem in these books makes me think twice about visiting. But, this series is one of the best out there. I love it. It's well written and it feels like Doiron knows his Maine like a local, wait, he is local. This time Mike has a little trouble staying on the road while investigating an old death and the jumping back and forth in time just keeps the suspense going. Did the fisherman die by accident or not and who wants to kill the game warden? Read this wonderful book to find out. I must thank @this_is_edelweiss @minotaur_books @macmillanusa for giving me this advance copy and #PaulDoiron for writing such a great book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kalyn✨

    This is my first Mike Bowditch book (fortunately it works as a standalone too) and I'm quite impressed! The book starts with a bang (quite literally) as a game warden is run off the road and plunged into an icy river where his car gets trapped. From there, we enter a very intense cat-and-mouse game and go over the details of Mike's day to figure out who's after him. If you enjoy action-packed and well-paced thrillers, I recommend checking this one out. The narrator did a great job capturing the in This is my first Mike Bowditch book (fortunately it works as a standalone too) and I'm quite impressed! The book starts with a bang (quite literally) as a game warden is run off the road and plunged into an icy river where his car gets trapped. From there, we enter a very intense cat-and-mouse game and go over the details of Mike's day to figure out who's after him. If you enjoy action-packed and well-paced thrillers, I recommend checking this one out. The narrator did a great job capturing the intensity of every dangerous situation Mike found himself in, so it was a pleasure to listen to. Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for providing me with a copy to review! :-)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I have not read any of the other books in this series, and I have to say, I didn't need to to understand what was going on. Sure, there were references to other characters and situations that may have been explained more in other installments, but I still understood everything that was happening. This book grabs you right in the first chapter and does not stop the action. It was very fast pace and had you riding along for the ride right with Mike. I think I need to go and located some of the oth I have not read any of the other books in this series, and I have to say, I didn't need to to understand what was going on. Sure, there were references to other characters and situations that may have been explained more in other installments, but I still understood everything that was happening. This book grabs you right in the first chapter and does not stop the action. It was very fast pace and had you riding along for the ride right with Mike. I think I need to go and located some of the other books from this series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Poptart19 (ren)

    3 stars A Maine game warden & the injured wolf dog he is caring for end up in an intense fight for a survival. Chapters written in present tense narrating the survival sequence alternate with chapters in past tense, describing the MC’s investigation of a possible homicide in the days leading up to the present. Well written, action packed, & the story caught me up on details from previous books in the series without info dumping. [What I liked:] •I didn’t realize when I picked up the story that the 3 stars A Maine game warden & the injured wolf dog he is caring for end up in an intense fight for a survival. Chapters written in present tense narrating the survival sequence alternate with chapters in past tense, describing the MC’s investigation of a possible homicide in the days leading up to the present. Well written, action packed, & the story caught me up on details from previous books in the series without info dumping. [What I liked:] •I didn’t realize when I picked up the story that there would be multiple timelines & such intense action. Those aren’t traits I look for in books, but this story is well written & I enjoyed it nonetheless. I cared about the MC & the wolf shadow & had to find out how they’d make it through. •I enjoyed the Maine setting, the small towns, the descriptions of the natural beauty, etc. •The survival scenes are reminiscent of a Jack London man & dog survival story, & the attention to detail adds a lot to the stakes & to the believability. So many things go wrong that it’s not easy for the MC to survive, but enough go right that he has a chance. The fluctuating situation with changing advantages & odds keeps things interesting. No lucky break comes without a downside. I’m impressed by how carefully constructed this aspect of the story is. [What I didn’t like as much:] •Okay so some of the action (most of the action?) is a little hard to believe. The amount of stuff that the MC managed to survive is pretty miraculous, though at least it’s described in enough detail & well though out enough to be plausible. •Several characters felt just a bit too over the top. Billy seems like an exaggeration of the tough shelled softie. Juett feels like a caricature of conspiracy theory obsessed gun hoarders. The twins are 2 dimensional meanness & evil. Several of the side characters could have used more nuance. CW: violence, homophobia, racism, sexism, murder, accidental death, torture [I received an ARC ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for the book!]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jewels Emily

    I received an e arc from Netgalley, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I haven't read too many outdoor survival stories, or any now that I think of it. So this type of story was new to me, and I really enjoyed going into this story blind, not knowing really what to expect. Being trapped in a vehicle underwater is one of my biggest fears, and Paul Doiron definitely didn't help with that. The opening few chapters set the tone of the entire novel, they're uneasy and slightly claustrophobic. As I received an e arc from Netgalley, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I haven't read too many outdoor survival stories, or any now that I think of it. So this type of story was new to me, and I really enjoyed going into this story blind, not knowing really what to expect. Being trapped in a vehicle underwater is one of my biggest fears, and Paul Doiron definitely didn't help with that. The opening few chapters set the tone of the entire novel, they're uneasy and slightly claustrophobic. As someone who hasn't yet read the previous 11 novels in this series I didn't feel like I was missing anything when it came to the main character and this particular storyline. But when it came to the romance aspects of this story, and the two women he has in his life I felt a little left out. I didn't know either woman enough to form a clear opinion on which he should go with, or really understand either relationship. The dual timeline, and short chapters really lend themselves to the pacing of this novel. It was a really quick read, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat right up to the end. I've read a couple thrillers this year that I felt rushed the ending or didn't flesh out the explanations at the end but I felt like Dead by Dawn had a believable ending, and explanation. After reading this, I am most definitely going back to book one and reading from the beginning. I enjoyed the main character, and felt like we really got the chance to get to know him, and his personality. This is a well written thriller that will stick with me forever.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Shady, intense, and incredibly atmospheric! In this adrenaline-pumping, twelfth instalment in the Mike Bowditch series, Dead by Dawn, Doiron has written a fast-paced, sinister thriller that finds Maine game warden Mike Bowditch in a race against time to save his life from the elements of a harsh, New England winter and a team of criminals determined to keep their illegal enterprises hidden when his reopening of a suspicious drowning case involving a local professor triggers a chain of events that Shady, intense, and incredibly atmospheric! In this adrenaline-pumping, twelfth instalment in the Mike Bowditch series, Dead by Dawn, Doiron has written a fast-paced, sinister thriller that finds Maine game warden Mike Bowditch in a race against time to save his life from the elements of a harsh, New England winter and a team of criminals determined to keep their illegal enterprises hidden when his reopening of a suspicious drowning case involving a local professor triggers a chain of events that end with himself and his unusual, wolf sidekick, Shadow plunging into the icy depths of the Androscoggin River. The prose is crisp and rich. The characters are intelligent, relentless, and resourceful. And the plot, using a back-and-forth, past/present style, is a menacing tale of mischief, mayhem, corruption, manipulation, impulsivity, depravity, heinous violence, and murder. Overall, Dead By Dawn is a gritty, engrossing, action-packed thrill ride by Dorion that is highly entertaining, a little disturbing, and the perfect choice for anyone who enjoys a really good survivalist tale. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press – Minotaur Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dawn McGill Dalrymple

    While this is a series and I haven't read any of the other books it was definitely ok to read as a stand alone. I loved the non-stop action. It was told in alternating time lines. I had to keep reading to see how Mike was going to get out of his predicament. And find out who was behind it all. This book only took me a couple days to get thru, it read so fast. Thank you to Minotaur books for the book to read and review. While this is a series and I haven't read any of the other books it was definitely ok to read as a stand alone. I loved the non-stop action. It was told in alternating time lines. I had to keep reading to see how Mike was going to get out of his predicament. And find out who was behind it all. This book only took me a couple days to get thru, it read so fast. Thank you to Minotaur books for the book to read and review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie Schley

    Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I honestly don’t think it has ever taken me more than a day to read a Bowditch book. Inevitably, I just can’t put it down and Dead by Dawn did it to me again. It’s another great installment in the series and the suspense in this one…whew it made my heart race a bit. I had to know how it ended, so sleep was sacrificed, and I regret nothing. Doiron is able to hit just the right mix of mystery, d Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I honestly don’t think it has ever taken me more than a day to read a Bowditch book. Inevitably, I just can’t put it down and Dead by Dawn did it to me again. It’s another great installment in the series and the suspense in this one…whew it made my heart race a bit. I had to know how it ended, so sleep was sacrificed, and I regret nothing. Doiron is able to hit just the right mix of mystery, dogged investigator, danger, and the main character’s personal life. Like a master chef, he balances all the ingredients to create a book I was sad to have come to an end. If you have always loved the series, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t read anything in the series yet, what are you waiting for?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lavins

    2.5 stars rounded up to 3 The book is told from two timelines. It starts with Mike Bowditch's car flying straight in an icy river. He finds himself in a real race agains nature and ... some other elements that would rather have him gone forever. On the other hand, we are told the story that lead to this gloomy night. The investigation in a clear cut closed case of a boating accident. But things are not as clear as they were supposed to be. The book has a lot of sarcastic jokes that are quite funny 2.5 stars rounded up to 3 The book is told from two timelines. It starts with Mike Bowditch's car flying straight in an icy river. He finds himself in a real race agains nature and ... some other elements that would rather have him gone forever. On the other hand, we are told the story that lead to this gloomy night. The investigation in a clear cut closed case of a boating accident. But things are not as clear as they were supposed to be. The book has a lot of sarcastic jokes that are quite funny. There is a lot of action in this book and a heartwarming story about a wolf. In the same time I felt the book was going in a lot of details and had a back story for every line, which made it long and dragged at times. The action scenes were a bit confusing and beyond realistic. Overall it felt as the book felt short to deliver what was aiming for. Thank you MacMillian Audio and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    John McKenna

    Just in time for the hottest days of the summer, comes a searing new novel by Edgar finalist Paul Doiron that features a Maine Game Warden named Mike Bowditch who’s fighting for his life in the midst of an arctic-like sub-freezing winter night, trapped on a remote part of the Androscoggin River and pursued by a gang of vicious criminals who intend to kill him. Dead By Dawn begins with Bowditch crashing his Jeep down a steep embankment just as dark is falling and through the ice of the river with Just in time for the hottest days of the summer, comes a searing new novel by Edgar finalist Paul Doiron that features a Maine Game Warden named Mike Bowditch who’s fighting for his life in the midst of an arctic-like sub-freezing winter night, trapped on a remote part of the Androscoggin River and pursued by a gang of vicious criminals who intend to kill him. Dead By Dawn begins with Bowditch crashing his Jeep down a steep embankment just as dark is falling and through the ice of the river with an injured full-grown wolf in the back. He manages to escape the sinking vehicle, but is left soaking wet in the twenty degree darkness with hypothermia, and certain death setting in. Then the novel flashes back to earlier in the day, when Warden Bowditch met with a woman named Mariëtte Chamberlain, who wants her husband’s father’s accidental drowning death to be reopened and re-examined, because she thinks he was murdered. Her father-in-law, a former British diplomat and college professor named Eban Chamberlain, fell out of his duck hunting boat and perished in the river without a life jacket on . . . something Mariëtte claims is a lie, saying, “He never went on the water without his flotation devices. Never.” Bowditch, who has a reputation for solving cold cases says, with reluctance, that he’ll take a look at the evidence. Thereafter, the story unfolds in alternating chapters between the present—where Mike Bowditch is trapped in the dark on an island in the Androscoggin River. He’s wounded, weaponless, without backup or means of calling for help, while being hunted by a family of backwoods criminals with snow machines and high-powered rifles—and earlier in the day, when Mr. Dorion tells the how, why, who and what that put the indomitable Game Warden into a situation he might not survive. Then the author goes on to weave a compelling and electrifying yarn that combines unrelenting suspense and ceaseless action. Those who read Dead By Dawn will be up ‘til dawn . . . engrossed and relishing this unforgettable novel!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Stewart

    I love thrillers and suspense, but this particular area of the genre I don't typically involve myself in, as it's very James Patterson esque, and that's not my usual interest. However, I did enjoy the continual heart-pumping action. There are two timelines at play here, and eventually come together on the timeline. Once it's clear who is after Mike, I found myself getting a little lost. I haven't read other books in this series, however others say this is a good standalone. Still, I found myself I love thrillers and suspense, but this particular area of the genre I don't typically involve myself in, as it's very James Patterson esque, and that's not my usual interest. However, I did enjoy the continual heart-pumping action. There are two timelines at play here, and eventually come together on the timeline. Once it's clear who is after Mike, I found myself getting a little lost. I haven't read other books in this series, however others say this is a good standalone. Still, I found myself fairly lost about all of the characters involved. Many of the characters felt like caricatures of people. I enjoyed the book, but don't know that I'll pick up another Game Warden book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dan Smith

    Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is fighting for his life. Ambushed on a darkened winter road, he plunges his Jeep into a frozen river and must escape drowning beneath the ice. Surviving the crash is only the first challenge he faces in a nightlong battle to stay alive and one step ahead of his unknown, heavily armed pursuers. To outwit them and return to his friends and family, none of whom knows where he is, Bowditch must dissect the hours leading up to the ambush and solve two riddles: who are Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is fighting for his life. Ambushed on a darkened winter road, he plunges his Jeep into a frozen river and must escape drowning beneath the ice. Surviving the crash is only the first challenge he faces in a nightlong battle to stay alive and one step ahead of his unknown, heavily armed pursuers. To outwit them and return to his friends and family, none of whom knows where he is, Bowditch must dissect the hours leading up to the ambush and solve two riddles: who are these people who desperately want him dead and what has he done to incur their wrath?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Faith Hurst-Bilinski

    Some book series are written so that you can come into them late and still enjoy the story. I did enjoy this one. While the action kept me on the edge of my seat at times, I don’t know if the story kept me guessing because of the way it was written or because of my lack of knowledge of the characters. I never felt I truly knew them. I always felt I may be missing something. I may have to go back in the series to really enjoy this one to the fullest.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brenda H

    4.5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    LaShana

    Paul Doiron never disappoints!! Mike Bowditch is the man!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jo

    A page turner and a great addition to the Mike Bowditch series. Made my blood run cold, not just the violence but the descriptions of snow and ice.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alysan Azman

    I love this series! This book focuses mainly on MIke Bowditch, the main character - and it is a page-turner! All of the previous books included his friends and I missed them - but - on the other hand, I couldn’t stop reading this one! His survival skills are amazing. . .

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Great book! I think this is my favorite (Mike Bowditch) mystery! It was non-stop action from beginning to the end, this is a definite must read!

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