“Zumbo is a major contribution to outdoor journalism, a career field looked upon with lust by thousands of hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Author K.J. Houtman uses story telling skills to highlight the saga of one man’s journey from being an unknown Italian high school kid in New York to becoming a living legend in the outdoor industry. Houtman’s interwoven accounts of Jim Zumbo’s sometimes rocky, always interesting, climb up the outdoor ladder takes the usual perceived “glamour and fame” out of the outdoor journalism field and replaces it with the reality of hard work, near constant travel, personal sacrifices, and a major fall from grace that made the man a better man. This book is an exciting real life adventure story of how Jim Zumbo rose to the pinnacle of one of the most envied, yet difficult professions in the world.”
"As a leading writer and hunter in the outdoor industry, Jim Zumbo's story needed to be told! Houtman has allowed readers a first person glimpse into the life of a man who saw a rise to fame, a fall from grace, and a true test of resilience."
“If K.J. Houtman’s Zumbo came with aromas it would remind you of campfire smoke, trout frying on an open fire, and steaming cowboy coffee, mixed with a dash of burned gunpowder. Zumbo takes us from life’s highs to lows and back again in the fascinating true story of Jim Zumbo. The man and the legend will leave you wanting more!”
“When the firestorm erupted, the most common question was, ‘What was he thinking?’ Zumbo is the long-awaited answer to that question, but it’s far more. Houtman gives us a poignant look at the life which sculpted the career of one of the greatest hunting communicators of the ‘golden era’ of outdoor writing.”
"Zumbo is a fascinating peek behind the curtain into the career of one of the country’s best-known outdoor writers. Jim Zumbo’s contributions to the hunting industry go so much deeper than the infamous blog and its fallout, and K.J. Houtman’s skilled storytelling pulls the reader in to discover the man behind the controversy."