The subtitle of N.B. “Red” Sorensen’s book, The Man Called Red, is an understated fact: An Autobiography of a Guide and Outfitter in Northern British Columbia. Mr. Sorensen begins his story with an adventure and a horse, which becomes a recurrent theme for this young man who dreams of becoming a cowboy – and who does – but also develops into an accomplished rancher and an expert hunting guide to those seeking wilderness trophies and adventures.
“Red” Sorensen tells his life in The Man Called Red with the characteristic reserve and understated humor typical of men seduced by the great outdoors. One likes him almost immediately, both for his character, his honesty and integrity, and for his singular, unbending self-accountability. He gets on well with almost everyone he meets – becoming the bane of those who cheat and lie and steal – and marries a woman he deserves and appreciates as much as he does the land that he explores and worships. From the early 1900s until the present day, “Red” Sorensen recounts with exquisitely detailed descriptiveness his wilderness adventures and all-too-frequent brushes with mortal danger, whether from ubiquitous mountain predators, natural catastrophes, foolish fellow men, or his planes that seem to crash too often. If you sign up for his ride, prepare to be awestruck by the country he guides you through and the quality of this man called “Red”.
Reviewed; by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite