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Beyond the Horizon: The Great Race to Finish the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Planet Paperback – International Edition, February 19, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada (February 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385663641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385663649
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,061,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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National Bestseller

“Angus writes fluently especially about the excruciating hardships he suffered. He gives good hurricane, too. His book is a great read.”
National Post

“Imagination and originality have long been Angus trademarks. [Beyond the Horizon] is livened by his fiendish sense of humour, and provides a fair view of modern adventure.”
The Globe and Mail

“[Angus] paints vivid pictures of obscure places and cultures.”
Calgary Herald

“This rich travelogue, filled with adventure, romance, drama, and humour, is a must-read for any travel enthusiast.” —Coastlines

“A remarkable testament to a tenacious will, extraordinary endurance and pure obstinacy. Forest fires, drowning, freezing, drunken Siberian truck drivers, Mexican banditos. . . are all well-documented.”
Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

Colin Angus has co-produced two documentaries for National Geographic and written for Cruising World, The Globe and Mail, and Readers Digest, among others. Colin shares his exploits with the public through presentations and speaking engagements. He lives on Vancouver Island with his wife, and is preparing for his next adventure.

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The book is well written and engaging.
Mary E. Young
As a full time polar explorer and adventurer myself I admire the way Angus has had the guts to step out and make his dream a reality.
Mark Wood
Highly recommended reading for armchair adventurers around the world!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on January 31, 2009
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Colin Angus set out to complete the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, setting out from his home in the Vancouver B.C. area. Partnering with a friend, their relationship in this two-man team fissures in Siberia and Angus forges ahead solo before meeting up with his fiancé Julie in Moscow.

Aside from the physical strain, the interpersonal challenges loom large in pulling off a feat like this. Angus undertakes this monumental task in order to highlight human-power, to raise consciousness about the environment and the perils of global warming.

The book is an entertaining adventure read, though oddly paced. With about 40 pages left, Colin and Julie are barely half-way across the Atlantic, which they crossed in a rowboat. In the remaining pages, they must complete their trans-Atlantic crossing and bicycle up through Central American, the United States and part of Canada. The balance of the book suffers somewhat by this once over lightly treatment.

Overall, though, BEYOND THE HORIZON is an uplifting and inspiring true life tale of persistence and endurance. RECOMMEND!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Houseknecht on March 22, 2009
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I enjoy reading books of personal struggle and triumph. Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Into Thin Air, Lost in the Amazon, Miracle in the Andes, The River of Doubt, etc. This book was as good as any of them. The writing was good, the tales and near tragedies were gripping, and the soap opera like side story added an interesting element. I am inspired by what Colin Angus attempted and what he was able to accomplish. A feat never before completed. Hats off to the man, his dream, and his drive!!! Buy this book and check out the others mentioned in the review, most notably Between a Rock and a Hard Place!

- Matthew Houseknecht
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lambert on March 31, 2011
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I flew though this book and ended up lending it to a professor, who also flew through it, and she then lent it elsewhere. my brother-in-law is an avid bike rider, and so I bought a good copy for him for the holidays. He just recently finished it, and also was a fan.
Recommended for adventurer type!
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Angus writes a compelling tale of traveling the globe using only human power. Traveling through remote and harsh places, Angus escapes one harrowing obstacle after another.

The narrative is strongest when it sticks to telling the story of circling the globe. However, a couple of times, when Angus really wants to make a point about something, the main story feels interrupted and disjointed as he makes his point.

One of Angus' objectives in writing this novel is to promote zero-emissions travel. Sometimes Angus was able to seamlessly convey this message as part of the story, other times I felt I was being beaten over the head with it.

It seemed very important for Angus to set the record straight about the wrongs that occurred on him on his journey. I can understand why. For almost two years his name was slandered in very public venues and he was not in a position to refute the things that were being said. Sometimes reading about the disagreements Angus was having added an interesting flare of drama to the story. At other times it seemed to drag on and felt more like he was presenting evidence than telling a story.

Overall Angus tale was interesting and inspiring, particularly his accounts of crossing the Atlantic Ocean. I enjoyed reading his account.
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The story of Colin Angus' two-year quest to circle the world on human power starting in mid 2004 is captivating. "Beyond the Horizon," his travel adventure, reads like a thriller. I felt as if I too had endured 26,700 grueling miles rowing across the Bering and Atlantic Seas and cycling, hiking and skiing across Canada, Asia, Europe and North and Central America. I too felt the painful rift between Angus and Tim Harvey, his first team mate, and the joy of completing the second half of the trip with Julie Wafaei, his fiancée.
Angus survived getting lost in sub-zero temperatures in Siberia, a life-threatening kidney infection in Russia, the Atlantic's most severe hurricane season in recorded history and a scary encounter with a grizzly.
It was lovely reading about Angus' accidental meeting with Rosie Swale-Pope in Siberia on her own around the world run. I'd just read "Children of the Horn," her second book, about sailing around Cape Horn in a 30-foot catamaran in 1973.
I can see why Outside Magazine named Angus one of 25 "bold visionaries with world changing dreams" and National Geographic named him and Wafaei the 2006 Adventurer of the Year.
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By Mary E. Young on February 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
In June 2004, Colin Angus began a journey to circumnavigate the planet purely by utilizing his own power. By using a combination of rowing, bicycling, and hiking, Colin traveled from Vancouver Canada, through Alaska, across the Bering Sea, across Siberia, through Western Europe and crossed the Atlanta Ocean. In the midst of the expedition, Colin and his partner Tim split up due to irreconcilable differences. Julie, Colin's fiancé, joined him for the last half of the trip.

I was amazed at how underfunded the expedition was. Colin and his partner Tim took off without adequate funding or planning. It is amazing that they survived the journey. The book is well written and engaging. Colin does spend some time discussing his split with Tim, however he was tactful and explained his point of view unemotionally. I highly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to other seeking an interesting biography or adventure novel.
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