In the acknowledgements to THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, I promised to share the books about survival that informed/inspired my novel. I promptly forgot to do so. A year late, but just in time for the paperback release (July 14!) here we go.

Along with a favorite quote of the lot, from James Alexander Thom’s “Follow the River.” This is Will Ingles thinking about why his 23-year-old wife, Mary, just returned from a 1,000-mile walk through a wilderness at that time still unseen by anyone by the natives, scares him now:

He lay in the bed now feeling her arm-bones across his chest and thought about the cold and the hunger and the rocks and rivers and mountains she had seen that nobody else had ever seen, and he realized that he could not have done what she had done.



  • Deep Survival, by Laurence Gonzalez
  • The Survivor’s Club, by Ben Sherwood
  • The Unthinkable, by Amanda Ripley
  • Finding You Way Without Map or Compass, by Harold Gatty
  • Lost Person Behavior, by Robert Koester
  • 6, The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive, by Cody Lundin
  • Air Force Survival Handbook
  • SAS Survival Handbook, by John Wiseman
  • How To Stay Alive In The Woods, by Bradford Angier
  • Outdoor Survival Skills, by Larry Dean Olson
  • Tom Brown’s Field Guide, by Tom Brown
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts, by Carroll Tavris
  • Why We Make Mistakes, by Joseph T. Hallinan

The Unthinkable, by Amanda Ripley

Mistakes Were Made , by Carroll Tavris











  • Follow the River, by James Alexander Thom
  • Adrift, by Steve Callahan
  • In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Into Thin Air, by John Krakauer
  • The Lost City of Z, by David Grann
  • In Harm’s Way, by Doug Stanton
  • Endurance, by Alfred Lansing
  • Minus 148 Degrees, by Art Davidson
  • Young Men and Fire, by Norman Maclean
  • Fire Season, by Philip Connors

Young Men and Fire, by Norman Maclean

Endurance, by Alfred Lansing