The Last Wild Road is a raucous, gripping, sometimes terrifying, often hilarious, and deeply meditative journey through the heart of the outdoors in the modern world. — Midwest Book Review
"Before you ever become the Old Outdoorsman that folks listen to, you must first have been the Young Outdoorsman who did it all. T. Edward “Smoke” Nickens doesn’t “write” about anything. He chronicles it! He lived it! He was there and practically everywhere! And he leaves it all on the table in The Last Wild Road. You’ll want this book".
--Flip Pallot, archer, airboat wrangler, television host, flyfishing legend
"Nickens is one of the most accomplished all-around outdoorsmen I’ve met, and is that rarest of writers who can both break your heart and make you wet yourself laughing. This book is his best stuff, which is saying a bit because everything he writes is terrific."
--David E. Petzal, field editor, Field & Stream
"The annals of Field & Stream are decorated with some of the greatest outdoor writers to ever pick up a pen—Robert Ruark, Ted Trueblood, David Petzal, Gene Hill, among others. The time has come to add T. Edward Nickens to that august group. For proof, crack open this book and get reading."
--David Dibenedetto, editor-in chief, Garden & Gun
“Eddie's stories give voice to elements we don’t normally hear--a special fly pattern or a childhood memory with a recurve bow, wildlife and even history. These underscore our passions for the outdoors, and his deeply felt writing invites us to celebrate our own personal connections to wild places.”
--Hilary Hutcheson, flyfishing guide, Protect Our Winters activist, writer and speaker
“As a kid I consumed a steady diet of outdoor stories by Robert Ruark, Burton Spiller, Corey Ford, Gene Hill, and many others. It’s a matter of fact that these stories changed my life. Eddie Nickens’ writing speaks to me with the same voice and tenor. As I read his reminiscences I feel as if I’m sitting next to the wood stove at deer-camp, listening to a good friend share a personal and insightful story. It’s wonderful to see this collection of his short stories!”
--Bob White, artist, guide, and author of The Classic Sporting Art of Bob White—