J.R. Thompson: grew up in Norwich. New York, a small town that had many fine trout steams and woodlands where his father, who was an avid hunter and fisherman, taught him not only how to shoot a gun and use a fly rod... but most importantly, showed him the mysterious and magical importance of the great outdoors and the creatures that lived there. When he was six he moved to Washington, D.C. when his father took a job with the National Wildlife Federation. His love for the outdoors continued throughtout his school years, four years in the U.S Airforce, and a sales & marketing career with several national firms that afforded him the opportunity to fish & golf in all regions of our country. J. R. ended up in San Diego and retired in 1998. In 2007 he moved to the Pensacola, Florida area where he decided to write a book about his favorite subjects; dogs & wolves. He finished the book. In 2009 he self-published, "From the Wilderness," and it has received wonderfull reviews from its readers. He and his wife, Susan, have between them, three sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren.


From the wilderness of northeast Minnesota comes a moving story about a magnificent animal that was born as a result of a union between a beautiful female German Shepherd and a lone wolf. Tragedy occurred early in the pup’s life when he and the family were attacked by aerial hunters. He was shot and near death when a lumberman, Mike Banning, found him and rushed him to a local veterinarian who saved his life. After he recovered, the Banning family adopted him and named him Buster. He quickly adjusted to his new surroundings and became devoted to Mike’s wife, Becky, and their two children, Jeff and Julie. Two years later he had grown to an astounding 140 pounds, and people came from miles around to see this unusual animal that looked like a wolf, but had the colors of a German Shepherd. Unfortunately, there were also evil-minded people that recognized an opportunity and targeted Buster for their dog-fighting business. Although Buster had become domesticated, the wolf blood line remained strong within him, and he would be a formidable force to anyone threatening the Banning family.

The story is filled with action, The story is filled with action, suspense, and a heart-wrenching conclusion reminiscent of Old Yeller and White Fang .