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An American in China: Starting Over. A Travel Guide to the Adventurous Life. [Kindle Edition]

Shaun Roundy
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Book Description

A True Story. A Romance. A Travel Guide to the Adventurous Life.

Shaun left in March for a spontaneous six-month voyage through the Orient. Six months later, he didn’t return. What did he expect to find by leaving everything behind?

Katie began working her way into Shaun’s heart in the weeks before he left, but she couldn’t hold him back. Would she ever hold him again?

This true story details a search for the significant questions of life that must preceed any meaningful answers. A search through beauty and love and adventure and loss for the wisdom to know when to hold on and when to let go.

Sometimes you must stare into the jaws of death to fully appreciate life. Unwilling to resist the siren song of first-hand experience, Shaun’s journey carries him into the salt spray of dangerously high seas, through frothy, typhoon-swollen rivers, and below shattered, crumbling mountainsides that come crashing down around his feet. Passion for living offered no alternatives.

This journey carries him on motorcycles through crowded city streets and wide-open tropical island beaches, on trains rolling for days across the world’s most populous country, starting over again and again and again, discovering what it truly means to live, and what living truly costs.

Shaun's engaging writing style will pull you straight into living the adventure yourself. Gather a lifetime of experience in 168 action-packed, heavily illustrated pages.

Sometimes it takes a journey of 20,000 miles to finally arrive at one’s own heart. Find your ticket to the journey inside An American in China: starting over.


Editorial Reviews

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7 Cardinal Virtues: Wanderlust
An American in China:Starting Over
A Travel Guide to the Adventurous Life
by Shaun Roundy

"Much, much more than a mere travel memoir. An American in China is a novel, a romance, an adventure, and a life guide all wrapped into one captivating package."

"Shaun Roundy breaks all the rules and turns a profound, inspiring, intimately-told story into surprisingly enjoyable reading."

"WARNING! Contents may make you want to throw caution and convention to the wind. A must-read for all travelers and everyone who has ever wondered how it might feel to ignore your inhibitions and live spontaneously."

"The engaging descriptions and abundant illustrations sweep you directly into the heart of the adventure. You will feel like you've just stepped off a plane on the other side of the world. When you close the book, you will remember the story as if you had experienced the journey first hand, falling into typhoon-swollen waterfalls, wandering the Great Wall of China alone, riding your bike through the crowded streets of Beijing, finishing and starting over and changing your life forever."

© 2011 University of Life Press

About the Author

Shaun Roundy was a shy child. He liked to read, and wasn't terribly coordinated or good at sports. He observed the world around him and avoided conflict whenever possible.

By ninth grade, all that began to change. After losing his temper for the first time in his life and getting in a fist fight at scout camp, he began to grow out of his shell. By then he was a relatively good skier and soccer player. An audacious friend taught him a new life philosophy to replace the former shyness: "Whoever has the most fun wins."

He jumped bikes and motorcycles in a nearby gravel pit. He skied off 50' cliffs out of bounds at the local ski resort. He picked up numerous other extreme sports one by one. He set life goals including going to space and learning to speak ten languages fluently.

At 19, he began traveling the globe without just tagging along with his family. He spent two years in Spain, summers in DC and San Francisco, then spontaneously flew to Taiwan to see the world before it grew too late.

But as the years passed, it never grew too late. Adventure never fell out of style.

He minored in three languages and political science, graduated college cum laud and with honors and a linguistics certificate, then earned a masters in English. Along with a year and a half in Taiwan and China, he spent several months in Honduras, worked in various cities around the US, and traveled through Mexico, Europe, South America, and elsewhere, including a 2,500 mile ocean voyage to help a friend bring a sailboat home from Venezuela.

He joined his local volunteer Search and Rescue team and wrote a book about his first twelve adventurous years saving lives (or picking up the pieces) in mountains, lakes, rivers, caves and more.

Shaun currently teaches writing at Utah Valley University but is seriously considering selling everything and moving to Guatemala, Nepal or Thailand.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2131 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: University of Life (September 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OBJ970
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great style! January 17, 2002
Format:Paperback
The story is moving, entertaining, interesting, exciting... And I love the format: a series of vignettes from the author's experiences in Taiwan and China and reads like a journal of how it all felt, only better than a journal. Every other page includes a photograph (or 2 or 3 or 4...) that really help to communicate the flavor of the people and places you encounter in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping January 4, 2012
By Trevor
Format:Kindle Edition
Shaun descriptively reveals his adventure of dropping everything and flying to the other side of the world. For adventure seekers everywhere, this book gives an inside look at experiences that all of us long for. Actually going out and searching for whatever it is that will fill your cup. Whether it be soul searching, an adventure, freedom from the fast pace life or a longing to break free of the obliviousness to the beauty, mystery and wonderment of the whole world. You'll find, page by page, Shaun does all of this. Paving the way for future wanderlust people wondering if going around the world is really as doable as you've wished it to be. Break free of monotony and routine. Shauns style of writing has a natural flow. The book reads like a journal and each randomly sized anecdote is chuck full of details you can tell he is desperate not to forget. It feels like your reading the conversation going on inside his head while he discovers his new world. Coupled with vivid real time context, you feel like you are actually there. Personally, this books opens new doors and sparks up a brighter flame of wanderlust. This book is a must-read for anyone that has said to themselves, "there's got to be more out there."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written E-Book March 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read tons of the these self published cheap travel ebooks and although this one has a good plot to work with (going to China to teach with friends), I'm afraid it doesn't deliver on the writing quality. I quit 30% into the book and moved on, so I can't honestly review the entire book.
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More About the Author

Shaun Roundy's cv reads like a character from an action-adventure movie. Alongside writing half a dozen books in various styles, he has taught writing to thousands of university students, climbed 18,000' mountains, sailed 2,500 miles through two oceans, speaks half a dozen languages, lived on four continents and a tropical island, saved dozens of lives as a member of an active volunteer Search and Rescue team, chaired the Mountain Rescue Association's Intermountain Region, appeared in the Discovery Channel's "Raging Planet - Blizzards" and KUED's award-winning "Secrets of the Lost Canyon", along with many appearances on the evening news. The list goes on and on.

As a writer, he seeks primarily to entertain and inspire. "The best thing about writing is hearing that my readers stayed up all night reading because they couldn't stop, or laughed or shouted out loud, or that the plot caught them totally by surprise, or that they related to some character or insight that changed their life."

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