According to the book description of Dire Wolf: a Novel, "A
gripping tale of hunting a wolf pack that has returned to their genetic origins,
the Dire Wolf due to a misstep in breeding attack dogs. The reader feels the
horror and suspense of the hunt. The tragedy of defeat and the exhilaration of
success as the reader follows John Johnston through the wilds of Montana in
pursuit of the wolf pack.
John Johnston, a Staff Sargent medic attached to a Special Forces A team.
During a firefight in Afghanistan he is grievously wounded saving the life of
his platoon leader. After a long recovery at Brooks Army medical center John is
medically discharged and returns home to Montana. Johns brother Toby looses his
dog during a camping trip with the Boy Scouts to a wolf pack. John begins to
hunt the wolves only to find that he needs to get additional information about
the wolves from an expert, a professor at the University of Montana. During the
winter the wolves develop a liking for cattle and begin terrorizing the
flathead, mission and swan river valleys. The Forest Service begins to hunt the
wolves only to be thwarted by the extremes of the winter weather. The State of
Montana hires a professional hunter to exterminate the wolves, but gets killed
in the pursuit. A relationship develops between John and Beth, the University
professor. They jointly begin to follow the wolves and document their findings.
They discover that the wolves are poisonous with saliva that has hallucinogenic
properties. After John and Beths marriage, Beth looses a hand during a camping
trip to a wolf. While Beth is in the hospital, John teams with his old First
Sargent and hunts the wolves across the Great Bear wilderness area."
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