Bestseller — Based on the True Story

Jim Whyte arrived in Monson, Maine in 1895 with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to be alone. What was he hiding from? Even the feds wanted to know. Now you can, too.

"From the outstanding beautiful cover to the back page, this is a book so riveting you can't stop reading." — Amazon reviewer      

Inspiring tales from America's trails

"Few writers know the backwoods and customs of rural Maine better than Jeffrey Ryan, who brings his deep knowledge of the outdoors to a well-wrought tale." — Everett Potter,

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Jeffrey H Ryan is an author, adventurer, photographer and historian. He has written several books about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails and the people and places found just off the beaten path. His debut book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America's trail was hailed by the former Executive Editor of National Geographic as "a classic of nature and

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