Bushwhack

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Human nature, in its most raw and desperate form, is to survive; at any cost. What we did to ourselves, and to each other, in order to stay alive out in the dark and cold depths of the forest shocked and shamed us to our very cores. The out-of-control events changed us. Forever. For now we know how high the cost of surviving can be, and that we were willing to pay the price; even if it meant someone else did not survive as a consequence.

Three women, six men, and one dog, set out on a good-intentioned, multi-day, off-trail hiking adventure. Laughing, joking, even flirting with each other, it all starts out so well. Until… well, you’ll have to read it to find out.

To experience this book as intended, as a serial story, please read only one chapter per day, if you can resist the temptation.

Originally posted as a serial trip report to an online hiking club’s message board, the tragedy takes place in the raw and untamed wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. It was posted at the rate of a couple of sections per week. As the story unfolded, the readers had the unique opportunity to respond to the ongoing story with comments; their comments also being posted to the online message board, along with the story.

Some readers urged me on. Others demanded that I stop posting the short chapters of the story. Still others pleaded with the message board authorities to shut the story down and delete the entire thread. Some people loved the short, periodically-posted chapters, complete with cliff-hanger endings. Others hated the format and wanted it all at once, when completed in its entirety.

The trip report invoked quite an emotional literary response from many of the readers. The comments posted by the readers of this serial story are entertainment in themselves; they range from pleasant words of encouragement to outright condemnation of the story, and of the storyteller himself. In time, after failing to get satisfaction, the readers turned on each other. Surprisingly, more readers were concerned with the fate of Bully, the dog in the trip report, rather than the human participants.

Reader Comments:

I found this via a friend of mine that came across such an interesting story. I was at her house, a small gathering, and she started talking about it with such intensity, that I found myself asking to read it. She said you won’t be able to put it down…

I started reading, and I couldn’t put it down. I HAD to read more, and more and more, until the pages ran out…

The story Bushwack. has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next bit to trickle out.

Well at least it’s entertaining, now shut up, go make some popcorn or something, the man’s telling a story….

…you are a genius! Nice twist

C’mon Gerald… I’m sitting here on the edge of my seat. I don’t care if it’s fiction or not, it’s a good read!

Well, he has already hooked me, is this driving anyone else crazy?

This is the single greatest thing I’ve read in a long time.

Even though I know I have been had, I can’t seem to pull the hook out of my mouth and need to find out how it all ends.

I’m on the edge of my seat here!!! Where’s the next episode?

Man, I’m eating this stuff up! Riveting!

I love it!! I usually have a severe case of A.D.D when it comes to reading script but this stuff is brilliant.

This story gets more intense with each instalment… keep it coming!

This is a cool story; it must be good because I hate reading.

You have good writing skills and you know how to keep the audience on the brink. Anyone loosing sleep lately?

It’s a story told in parts. Is it real or accurate? Who cares…it’s a fine piece of writing. I have read novels less interesting and less literate.

My thoughts…it seemed to good to be made up…too detailed…

I’ve tried digging up newspaper articles. No luck.

True or not, your writing is quite riveting.