Verdict: CRIMSON ARROWS can be enjoyed as adventure tales, a heartfelt poem about the sacredness of the hunt or a 30-year journey about one man’s passion. Regardless of how readers take in the tales, they are sure to be satisfied.
Whether walking through southern forests or the frigid Arctic tundra, the elemental role of hunter and hunted within the human existence weaves throughout CRIMSON ARROWS: A Bowhunting Odyssey. Author Eyad H. Yehyawi takes the reader with him as he hunts a variety of animals, from the prosaic deer to the ethereal musk ox. And as with all stories about commitment to craft, this compendium of adventures about bowhunting underscores how attention to detail and planning–by taking the time to carefully hone skills–can ultimately make the difference between failure and success.
CRIMSON ARROWS centers each story on the details of a particular hunt. Hunters reading the book will appreciate the skills required to hunt and kill a variety of animals in different environments. But for non-hunters the book reveals, in a variety of ways, the humanity of the hunter and the dignity of the animal hunted. Yehyawi tells his own story in relatable tidbits: from his initiation into the rigors of bowhunting to the growth of his family. He gets his first bow for Christmas his freshman year of high school. He manages to study in graduate school, catch his All American brother play football and hunt. And, full circle, he initiates his sons into hunting, forging bonds with his oldest over a buck affectionately named “Ghost.”
The tales spin through memories, interesting details and the exciting moments of when the hunt arrives at its desired end. There’s walking, flying and driving. There are gators, cougars and bears. There are interesting buddies and hunting companions. There’s the gym rat–Jim–who Yehyawi meets while in graduate school. Jim takes the author deer hunting in Illinois, and along the way they exchange strategies and stories. And the stoic hunter Marius, whose knowledge of South African animals helped Yehyawi realize his dreams on safari.
Illustrated with photographs that capture the beauty of the lands in which Yehyawi hunts, the author also writes of his life trudging through the outdoors. Here, the writing becomes lyrical, deftly capturing the majesty of mountains, the solemnness of misty creek beds and the awe-inspiring vastness of the African wilderness. Yehyawi’s stories reveal his desire to preserve these wildernesses and the respect for the people–and animals–that populate the wilds.
CRIMSON ARROWS can be enjoyed as adventure tales, a heartfelt poem about the sacredness of the hunt or a 30-year journey about one man’s passion. Regardless of how readers take in the tales, they are sure to be satisfied.
~Greg Rideout for IndieReader