Review — RAW DAWGIN’ by David Mather (Chile)


Another* page-turner by David Mather!

Raw Dawgin’
by David J. Mather (Chile 1968–70)
Peace Corps Writers
March 2018
380 pages
$14.95 (paperback)

Reviewed by Carl M. Gallegos

Raw Dawgin by David Mather is a fascinating tale about the interactions — sometimes volatile and other times heartwarming — between commercial fishermen and recreational boaters and sports fishermen seeking to enjoy the pleasures of modern day Florida. Add drug cartel mafiosos and retired law enforcement undercover agents to the mix, and you have an exciting and thoroughly entertaining story.

Mather has skillfully woven in many players — long time blue collar residents and fun-seeking recent arrivals — who one can find in present-day Florida. The reader can almost smell the salt air and sense the many “critters” found in the “piney woods” and cypress swamps of Florida’s Gulf Coast. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read!

Reviewer Carl M. Gallegos, Ph.D., is an environmental and natural resources management specialist with extensive domestic and global experience resolving resource management problems in both the public and private sector.  He retired after a career with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and International Paper Co. Locally, he has  prepared urban forest management plans for four communities in Kent County, Maryland.

Carl is a resident of Chestertown, Maryland.

* David Mather’s Raw Dawgin’ is a sequel to the suspense novel Crescent Beach.



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