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Publisher's Summary

The astonishing true story of one of the first wolves to roam Yellowstone in more than 60 years.

Book One in The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone: A Trilogy

Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves - but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. 

This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves. 

Wolf 8 struggles at first - he is smaller than the other pups, and often bullied - but soon he bonds with an alpha female whose mate was shot. An unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully, and even defending his family from the wolf who killed his father. But soon he faces a new opponent: his adopted son, who mates with a violent alpha female. Can Wolf 8 protect his valley without harming his protégé? 

Authored by a renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, The Rise of Wolf 8 marks the beginning of an original and bold new trilogy, which will transform our view of wolves forever.

©2019 Rick McIntyre (P)2019 ECW Press

Critic Reviews

“[McIntyre's] greatest strength is the quiet respect and wonder with which he regards his subjects, a quality clearly informed by decades of careful watching.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Rick's book [The Rise of Wolf 8] is a goldmine for information on all aspects of wolf behavior and clearly shows they are clever, smart, and emotional beings.” (Psychology Today)

“Yellowstone’s resident wolf guru Rick McIntyre has been many things to many people: an expert tracker for the park’s biologists, an indefatigable roadside interpreter for visitors, and an invaluable consultant to countless chronicles of the park’s wolves - including my own. But he is first and foremost a storyteller whose encyclopedic knowledge of Yellowstone’s wolf reintroduction project - now in its 25th year - is unparalleled.” (Nate Blakeslee, New York Times best-selling author of American Wolf)

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  • Tonya easbey
  • 30-06-2020

Trying to appreciate the content over storytelling

I’m really trying to appreciate the great content and writing, but the narrator sounds like a computer.

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  • M S
  • 19-11-2019

Terrible narration...

I love the content of the book, but the robotic narration was bad...it's a shame because it made the book very difficult to keep your attention and would have been so much better with a human sounding narrator.

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  • Michael C.
  • 13-01-2021

Moving story, showing nothing short of nobility in certain wolves.

Narrator has great voice but lacks inflection. I think the writing at times also lapsed into a overdone fealty to telling the chronological details. However the author’s life work and his ability to tell this story is an accomplishment for which I will remain grateful. This is a story, that despite the fact that I forget much of what I read, will stay with me. Thank you, Rick McIntyre.

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  • Brett
  • 25-11-2020

Loved it

The truth about wolves. Great follow up to "American Wolf."
You cannot help but support the survival of these beautiful animals.

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  • cindy w.
  • 20-07-2020

Must read before your visit to Yellowstone!

Ricks knowledge of the wolf pacts in Yellowstone is the best in the world. If you are going to visit Yellowstone to try and catch a glimpse at the wolves, this book and American Wolf will give you some background knowledge and will help give you a better understanding of where to see the wolves and when. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • C Siouxsie
  • 04-07-2020

There's always more to the story...

Listened to this on a 9 hour road trip, our third visit to Yellowstone. We've watched a lot of videos and read many stories on the wolves of Yellowstone. This filled in so much and really gave us an intense understanding of the re-introduction of wolves and a further understanding of their behaviours. We've seen 7 wolves and really appreciate learning about the interaction between the various packs and their journeys. A sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes heartwarming and always amazing account.

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  • Anne Swan
  • 14-04-2020

The Fascinating Tale of the Wolves of Yellowstone

A wonderful told story of how wolves really live told by someone who has spent his life observing wolf behavior. The wolves of Yellowstone are a fascinating example of how people can make a positive difference in nature. Rick McIntyre followed the Yellowstone wolves from the time they were released and got to know not just wolf behavior, but the different personalities of the individual wolves he observed. I fell in love with some of them and groaned when others showed up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-2020

Simply magnificent

To label this book as Simply Magnificant is a clear understatement. The range of emotions I felt while listening to this audible I fear will never matched.

Rick Mcintyre your research and story's of the wolves of yellowstone will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Thank you.

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  • stanpen
  • 08-02-2020

Fantastic Story

Having spent many weeks over the past ten years in Yellowstone watching the wolves, this story hit home. Rick McIntyre does a fantastic job weaving the tails between the different wolves and packs. Geoff Sugiyama does a great job narrating the book. Highly recommend this book. Looking forward to the next book to come out.

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  • Tonya Plank
  • 07-01-2020

Amazing story, excellent storytelling

This book was mesmerizing. Hard for me to believe it wasn't fiction, the "characters" were so real, so human! I cried at the end. McIntyre is an amazing storyteller. I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy!

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  • Sarah Tapsell
  • 23-01-2021

Narrator's voice is a robot, However lovely book.

The book itself is wonderful. The narrator's voice is incredibly hard to listen to. I honestly had to check to see if it was a computer application of some sort reading this. No emotion and poor timing to the reading. If you want to read the book (which is great) I would buy it in book form.

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  • KK
  • 23-07-2020

Great Story

I loved hearing the story of the families of wolves from Rick McIntyre, the most experienced human wolf watcher. I am looking forward to reading the other books by the same author, or more about the wolves. I first became interested in them by reading Carl Safina's books and searched online to see if there were books about the wolves in particular.
I enjoyed following the epic stories of 8 and his compelling personality and learning about some of the other wolf protagonists.
It makes a welcome change from reading about humans.
Some reviewers criticised the narration, but I quickly got used to it, and in fact listened to the whole book over a couple of days very easily.

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