• Forsaken Country

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (521 ratings)

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Forsaken Country

By: Allen Eskens
Narrated by: Brian Troxell
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Publisher's Summary

Three fathers collide far beyond the reach or safety of the law in this breathtaking thriller from the bestselling and beloved author of The Stolen Hours and The Life We Bury.

Max Rupert has left his position as a Minneapolis homicide detective to live in solitude. Mourning the tragic death of his wife, he's also racked by guilt—he alone knows what happened to her killer. But then the former local sheriff, Lyle, arrives with a desperate plea: Lyle’s daughter Sandy and his six-year-old grandson Pip have disappeared. Lyle’s certain Sandy's ex-husband Reed is behind it, but the new sheriff is refusing to investigate. 

When Max reluctantly looks into their disappearance, he too becomes convinced something has gone very wrong. But the closer Max and Lyle get to finding proof, the more slippery Reed becomes, until he makes a break for the beautiful but formidable Boundary Waters wilderness with vulnerable Pip in tow.

Racing after the most dangerous kind of criminal—a desperate father—and with the ghosts of their own pasts never far behind, Max and Lyle go on the hunt within a treacherous landscape, determined to bring an evil man to justice, and to bring a terrified child home alive. 

©2022 Allen Eskens (P)2022 Mulholland Books

Critic Reviews

“In Forsaken Country, Allen Eskens’ expert storytelling is on full display. Eerie and beautifully told, it had me mesmerized from the very first page. . . . The suspense never flags in this chilling and layered portrait of a man’s desperate search for a missing child and his own redemption. Heart-pounding and heartfelt, Forsaken Country should be at the top of your to-be-read list."—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and The Overnight Guest

“In Forsaken Country, Allen Eskens delivers in all the ways that matter. Story, character, suspense—I loved it all. This author deserves a round of applause, and this book a massive audience.”—John Hart, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwilling

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Loved it!

Within a few minutes of starting this book, i was hooked. Great story, as always, and flawless narration.

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Somber

I found the book "Forsaken Country" by Allen Eskens exciting, adventuresome, dark, and thrilling. Max Rupert is back and is struggling with guilt, but a new venture helps. I have enjoyed all of Allen Eskens' books and am always delighted to see a new one. The narrator, Brian Troxell, was great.

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Another great read

This book is another great work by this author building the earlier works. You won’t be disappointed!

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Solid crime drama

This book is good, not as great as Nothing More Dangerous. I think Nothing More Dangerous is a masterpiece. Allen Eskens is an excellent writer and I'll read anything he writes. He won't let you down. This book is more of a traditional murder mystery/crime drama. It's a solid read as a crime drama with well developed characters and a logical story line. The narrator is a good choice as well.

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nothing like a manhunt in the Boundary Waters

his thriller is set mostly in northern Minnesota where a self-exiled ex-detective has hidden himself to deal with bad things he's done. He lives like a hermit for 3 years but then slowly gets drawn back into the world he used to know.

The first part of the book is pretty much straightforward sleuth work but when hunt takes the main character and another into the Boundary Waters of the Minnesota/Canada border the hunt gets really intense and from when the hunt begins it's a real pager turner.

I learned something in this book, that there really is a town NW of Duluth named Grand Rapids.

(There is a prequel to this book in audilble 'The Deep Dark Descending')

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Thrilling plot with deeper message

I have loved every Alan Eskins book. This was no exception! Wonderful listen. I can’t wait for his next book!

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Loved it!

This was the most Perfect ending to a very enduring trilogy. Great reading. Great writing.

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Best yet!

Great book for suspense thriller book lovers. It’s a page turner and at times a heart-racer!!

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A Huge Allen Eskens Fan… not as much with this book

I have read all of Allen Eskens books. This would be my least favorite. It was good, but not great. The performance was good. Max tended to drone on way too much throughout the book.

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Not disappointed!

When you’ve read everything an author writes, you know there will come a point that you say meh. Not this one! Another great listen! Love Max Rupert

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  • 09-25-22

Sensational

Another gripping story from this amazing author. I really loved catching up with Max Rupert again.

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 10-12-22

Another perfect Allen Eskens story.

Allen Eskens never puts a foot wrong. Every book he writes is amazing, and this one is no exception. Better yet, the characters from each book are connected. I love that element. The only issue I have is how long I have to wait until the next book comes out!