Hack revived the Junior Ranger series as an uncharacteristic call for unity after the nationwide protests against police violence after the murder of George Floyd. As he was walking through one of the protests to deliver the manuscript to his publisher, Hack was brutally beaten by police officers.
With Covid-19 in full swing, Hack decided to bring the Junior Ranger saga back to life to have Ranger Joe do battle with the virus. It had Hack’s usual scientific research and attention to detail.
Hack swore that this would be the last of the “Junior Ranger” saga because he was sick of parents complaining about the graphic sex scenes throughout the book. He wrote it after getting a letter from someone who claimed to be a 12 year-old boy undergoing chemotherapy who wanted a Junior Ranger book which showed that bald guys could get anal sex too. Several months after its publication, he met the correspondent who was really a 65 year-old accountant who suffered from alopecia.
Every time Hack wrote one of these Junior Ranger books he swore it would be the last one but kids loved them because while their parents thought they were wholesome stories for boys, they were actually packed with scenes of angry anal sex. In this one, a pack of man-eating tigers terrorize Yellowstone Park (Hack is adamant that wild tigers roam Yellowstone Park, despite all evidence to the contrary) and Ranger Joe has to disperse them gently and nonviolently. When he does, a gorgeous heiress who was camping at the park thanks him with a session of angry anal sex.
When Hack was given a lift to a party by his cover artist Jonny M., it was only as he got into the car that he realized that it was a birthday party for Jonny’s brother Joe, the basis for the “Junior Ranger” series. So Hack wrote this book on the drive over and gave it to Joe as a present.
When his cover artist Jonny M.’s brother Joe (the basis for the Junior Ranger books) skinned his knee on a hike and acted like it was a life-threatening injury, Hack used it as the basis for this novel. To this day whenever the book is mentioned, he snaps “I was this close to contracting gangrene!” (Editor’s note: he was not anywhere close to it.)
Hack got the idea for this Junior Ranger book when he got drunk one night and insisted that he saw a sea monster swimming around in his publisher John Kane’s toilet. When Kane awoke the next morning and saw what Hack had actually left in the toilet, he said that a sea monster would have been far less frightening.