The germ of the idea for this story came from a friend who journeyed to Kamchatka, Siberia several years ago to hunt the brown bear. Once there he was swindled out of his money and was lucky to get out with his life. He shot no bear.This novel, Trophies, is about a Viet Nam vet in his fifties who has lived to hunt most of his life, but is beginning to doubt his need to kill and hang animals on his walls. In this trip to Russia, he sees a chance to test this change with a chance to kill the greatest trophy, the brown bear.Once there he becomes embroiled in a society that is undergoing catastrophic changes. He meets a Russian guide who is a former Spetsnaz officer and closely parallels his own military experiences, but in Aghanistan, Russia's Viet Nam. All through the hunt these two alternately clash and come closer to each other until an event, which demonstrates that both have changed.The American makes the break with his known life in the U.S. and flies with the Russian to a Siberian Tiger Project outpost across the Sea of Okhotsk. There he meets the guide's older sister who is working within the tiger program. He becomes further involved with the Russian Environmental Movement as they attempt to stop the decimation of the tiger and its habitat in Siberia as his interests now broaden to a love for the sister of his friend. In the end, they are able to effect changes in the Russia of today that they would not have imagined were possible.
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Kerry Gyekis has been a professional forester most of his adult life. His career began in the jungles of South Asia in the sixties conducting a jungle-timber resources survey for the Malaysian Government. During this time he traveled through Cambodia while the United States Government was bombing its eastern boundaries. He was able to enter Viet Nam and travel throughout the delta during the American build-up there in the mid-sixties.Later, back in the States, he refused induction into the U.S. Military and was sentenced to five years in a federal facility. He fought this in federal appeals court and was acquitted several years later.Over the years he has done many different things including fifteen years creating and managing facilities for delinquent youth in the juvenile justice system. He and his sons and wife have sea kayaked in many places around the world including the northwest coast of Norway. He has written articles about these trips.He received his B.S. in Forest Management from West Virginia University in 1965. Mr. Gyekis presently lives with his wife of thirty-three years in the middle of his own forest in the north central mountains of Pennsylvania in a home that he and his family built of their own logs and stones. This is his first novel.
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Keto Gyekis (illustrator). 216 pages. SIBERIA: RUSSIAS NEW WAR ZONE Fighting to protect Russias Taiga forests and the Siberian Tiger-A Worlds Natural Heritage site in the balanceWhat has happened to Russia since the break-up of the Soviet Union The new democracy has collapsed into a robber-capitalist society that goes beyond its former Communist Rulers pronouncements about the inevitable decadence of free enterprise in the West. In this land that has never known real democracy, rule instead is by the former political elite, now known as democrats, and in many cases in close association with a powerful mafia unleashed by the absence of rule by law. These new rulers, in association with some unscrupulous international corporations (including some in the U. S. ), conspire to strip the Russian people-and the natural environment-of its bounty. Kamchatka, which is like Alaska in natural splendor, is one of the worst victims of this widespread despoliation. Trophies, by Kerry Gyekis, is a deep and insightful novel that uses biting social commentary to address the downside of war and environmental degradation. It takes us to the heart of Siberia where poaching wildlife is a way of life and, as always, involve the politics of money. There, two people who are diametric opposites, find themselves sharing similar conclusions about society and dreams of the future. Jack is an American and a Vietnam Vet, while Andre, a Russian, traces his military past back to Afghanistan. They meet during a Siberian hunting expedition, where, they later realize, they do not belong. The hunting camp is an avenue for the illegal trade in Siberian wildlife. Their story becomes a struggle against established powers including Russian officials and American businessmen. In the end, the Internet becomes their ally by bringing international pressure and attention to their cause. Kerry Gyekis brings us a profound story by crafting an interesting plot populated by characters that are as insightful as they are colorful. The conversations in Trophies are natural, but have the air of philosophical discourse about society and human life. Mr. Gyekis is philosophical about his life as a professional forester now, and recalls the after-effects of human folly when he traveled through Cambodia during the American bombings of the Vietnam era and his later conviction and then acquittal for resisting conscription during that war. He resides in Morris, PA. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780759689688
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