FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian
14,000 years ago, after a series of tragedies that decimate their people, three children find themselves alone on the Arctic tundra with no hope of survival. Kazan is a boy on the verge of becoming a hunter. Naali is a girl with special powers who can dream-travel and see the future. Barik, living in his sister?s shadow, wrestles with a secret demon. In their quest to survive, they find Zhï¿½h, a wolf pup, and their fate will hinge upon her. Together they must struggle to unite in the face of dangerous beasts, growing jealously and distrust. To live, Kazan and Naali must make a choice and confront a betrayal and the wrath of One-Eye, a brutal bushman who has enslaved Kazan?s family.
"The true strength of Zhoh, the Clan of the Wolf as a literary effort written by a wildlife biologist turned storyteller, is Hayes' renderings of the times themselves with the human characters in a supporting role. Yes, the book is a dramatic sociological and historical dialogue explaining a unique time in human history, but is also — and perhaps even more so — the grandmother of all hunting stories in a hostile environment. . . If it was Bob Hayes' intention to create a realistic snapshot based on scientific observations of what life must have been like for the first humans to occupy North America at the end of the Pleistocene Age, he succeeded brilliantly just as he did in 2010 with the wolf book. There were times when the hair stood up on the back of my neck as I imagined a huge lion coming into the tent in the middle of the night and grabbing a grandchild for a midnight treat and times I shuddered at the thought of hordes of swarming mosquitos so numerous you could hear them before they were visible. Like most scientists, Hayes writes in simple, declarative sentences which come at you like the relentless bursts of a machine gun, but he doesn't come off like a lecturing academic." — What's Up Yukon
For 20 years, Robert (Bob) Hayes was the Yukon's wolf biologist. During those years, he studied hundreds of radio-collared wolves and conducted several long-term wolf-prey studies. He is considered a world expert on moose and caribou predation by wolves and the effects of wolf control efforts on wolves and their prey.
Bob's long-term research has led him to believe widespread aerial control of wolves is biologically wrong and that non-lethal methods of reducing predation is the future of wolf management.
This led him to spend years writing his first book for public consumption, Wolves of the Yukon, a book which he self-published and has been a success in both English and German editions.
Bob served as a Canadian member of the IUCN Wolf Specialist group for nearly a decade. He and his wife, Caroline, share their time between Whitehorse and Smithers, British Columbia. Bob is a Simon Fraser University Alumni.