Jeff Ryan, Author & Speaker

The mysterious ‘Hermit of Monson’ may have smuggled opium out of Maine in the 1920s

Dateline — Bangor, Maine — August 27, 2019

The Bangor Daily News published an article today about the mysterious Jim Whyte, subject of a new book by Maine author Jeffrey Ryan. 

The hermit, Jim Whyte, at his cabin in 1914. Photo courtesy of Richard Shaw.

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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 travel writing" and set off a national tour (in a 1985 VW camper, no less). His books are known for weaving a deep appreciation for history into walks across contemporary landscapes that give readers the feeling they are hiking right alongside. When Jeff isn't trekking, chasing down a great story or spinning yarns from his keyboard, he enjoys sharing his adventures with audiences who love the outdoors. He spends much of his time in his beloved native state of Maine.

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