Get ready for Johnny Law! Retired Maine sheriff and game warden John Ford Sr. has been shot at by desperate prison escapees, outwitted wily trappers, and rescued scores of animals. He's also a great storyteller. Now, John brings his adventures—both serious and funny—wonderfully to life in his new book, Suddenly, The Cider Didn't Taste So Good: Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine. The book is officially available today in both print and some ebook formats.
John's book is a collection of true stories direct from the front lines of law enforcement, whether they be heartwarming tales of rescuing hurt animals or exciting accounts of run-ins with hardened criminals. As a dedicated game warden, Ford was willing to do whatever was necessary to nab violators of the state's fish and game laws. At the same time, he wasn't a heartless, go-by-the-book enforcer; he understood the true nature of many local characters, and was always ready with a good quip when he slipped the handcuffs on a violator. Nor was he above accepting a lesson learned as sufficient penalty for breaking the law.
This is what Kate Braestrup, author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, Here if You Need Me, has to say about John. "[His] stories from his long career as a Maine game warden are offered with humility and good humor, and demonstrate an abiding affection for the land, creatures, and quirky characters of Maine. Ford is an appealing character, a great storyteller, and he's FUNNY."
And this from George Smith, outdoor writer and former executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, "From the serious—tracking a murderer—to the sublime—raising a baby owl—retired Maine Game Warden John Ford shares thirty-five of his best stories that will entertain all indoor and outdoor adventurers."
Ford, a native Mainer, was sworn in as a Maine game warden shortly after finishing up a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force. He spent all of his twenty-year warden career in Waldo County, in central Maine. Upon his retirement in 1990, he was elected as county sheriff, and reelected in 1994. He has written a local newspaper column since 2002, and is a regular contributor to the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He lives with his wife in Brooks, Maine.