Close Calls: The True Tales of Cougar Bob


Close Calls: The True Tales of Cougar Bob is a collection of stories about North Idaho native, Robert L. "Cougar Bob" Campbell. People know Cougar Bob as the man who climbs trees and takes cougar and bear with his pocketknife, if necessary. They might know him as the trapper who, at Idaho Fish and Game's request, caught the Bayview Cougar, after it killed livestock and stalked children at the school bus stop. They may have heard of his swimming the Lochsa River at ice floe to set road survey points on the opposite bank.
       Naturally, most of the book's twenty-six stories feature a narrow escape.
       All of the stories are true. Author, B. J. Campbell, tells them as creative non-fiction. Many tales offer readers a chance to laugh, as do "Hound Music," and "The Brush Fit." Other stories carry serious themes, such as Bob's bout with polio in the Navy, "Bracing for Life," and his "Coming Home."
       News Flashes from The Cougar Bob Review, the popular twenty-year annual newsletter publication about the man's exploits, appear between the short stories. By way of short stories and Review excerpts, readers will get to know Cougar Bob.

The Cougar Bob Review

As for The Cougar Bob Review, an annual newsletter, its news is where the author finds it. That would be wherever Bob Campbell's path crosses the story. 
       The Review taps this North Idaho hunter, trapper and straight shooter's endless supply of stories that happen because he is himself. It includes wild animal encounters, working dog stories, the Campbell household news and Bob's philosophy on any topic. All of these short articles are true, but told with attitude.
       In 1991, the author published the first issue of The Cougar Bob Review her personal computer printer. She has reported in The Review what really happened in each of her husband's stories, so you might as well believe it. At this writing, eighteen issues of The Review are published.
What does this newsletter publication provide for its many readers? A laugh. A moment of entertainment, delight or amazement. A topic to talk about at dinner. A chance to get to know Cougar Bob. A reminder that the readers matter to the Campbell's.
       Excerpts from The Cougar Bob Review follow each short story in Close Calls: The True Tales of Cougar Bob.
       All of the adventures of "Cougar Bob" Campbell recorded in this book happened. They are true events, told as creative non-fiction, as close as possible to the actual incident, except occasional alteration of names.

Mini-reviews from Fans of Cougar Bob:

Got a house full of company about the time we received the CLOSE CALLS book, so I had to steal time in the bathroom, and computer room. I finished it last night. I hope whoever’s reading it now enjoys it as much as I did.--Jac C.

Keith V has given raving reports about the book. I would like to request a signed book for my husband’s birthday.---Anne S.

I read your book about Cougar Bob. Loved it. I’ve been telling others about his adventures. There are few men like him today. Thanks for writing it. --- Rex E.

What a wonderful book! It absolutely had us laughing and crying.--Kitty K.

I was aware of the polio Bob had while in the Navy...but not how he singlehandedly beat the disease with his determination. He is an example of how a person can survive such a physical set-back and persevere the way he has. When I hear the name “Cougar Bob Campbell,” I think of the man he is! ---Eugene B.

This collection of heart-warming a tribute to Cougar Bob, his integrity, his problem-solving skills. This book is an absolute joy.---Linda B.

I found your book very entertaining. I like your sense of humor!---Judy B.

Teresa is hogging the book, so I have to wait till she is finished.---Abdul R.

I really liked Close Calls, and purchased a few extra copies for Christmas gifts.---Mike M

Please say hi to Bob. I feel like I know him since reading your marvelous book. It’s extraordinary he survived all of those situations.---Catherine S.

Write on indeed. I just finished reading “Close Calls.” What a good book! It just made each story come alive.---Marie S.

I will never, ever give this book away!---Tanner, 5th grader, Grandson of Cindie P.

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