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Distant Suns (Every day an Adventure Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Sam Manicom
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Book Description

Adventure in the vastness of Africa and South America.

The 3rd book in the adventure series.

'This is a great story of Africa and South America, which reads with the ease of a novel. Distant Suns has it all: love, good guys, bad guys, danger, history, and last but not least, bikes. Distant Suns is a fast, easy, thoroughly enjoyable read.' Web Bike World

Sam Manicom's dynamic third book transports you to Southern Africa and South America in an action-packed three year voyage of discovery. His richly descriptive writing opens up a world where travellers create their own breathtaking but fragile paths.

Sam has a gift for describing the vibrancy of people and places, why there were there, and how they fit in. He depicts a thought provoking mix of scrapes and encounters with people, which illuminate some moments of true darkness. You are led effortlessly through other worlds by his enthusiasm and his acute observations on everything from human behaviour to remote and stunning locations.

Distant Suns grabs you, enthrals you and spits you out as a convert to the dream of overlanding.

More Reviews of 'Distant Suns':

'Sam's descriptions can make the mouth water, or the hairs on the back of the neck crawl, depending on whether he's describing a goat curry or the prospect of persuading armed Border guards that he's just a simple traveller.' Daily Record

'If you're thinking of taking that first road trip yourself then you would be a fool not to read this book.' Bikers

'I find that I really connect with Sam when reading the book. I didn't have to but I pretty much read it straight through from start to finish. He definitely has a talent for this book writing lark!' Honda Trail Riders Club

Editorial Reviews


'A clear unpretentious style that offers detailed and colourful descriptions of the sights, smells and flavours of the lands he rides through... the reading flows well.' --City Bike USA

'I was riveted right from the very beginning and enjoyed every minute of the three year adventure.'

'Those contemplating travel in Africa or S America could not find a better source to begin preparation. If like me you will never make such a journey, read this book and enjoy this wonderful motorcycle adventure vicariously.' --BMW Owners News MOA

'To categorize this book as just 'an adventure motorcycle travel book' limits the book's potential appeal to a broader audience.'
--Web Bike World

'Sam's descriptions are in Technicolor.' --TRD Magazine UK

From the Author

Hi, so what's the background to my third book 'Distant Suns'? Well, by the time I'd spent four years riding through Africa, Australia, New Zealand and then across Asia and the Middle East, I knew I couldn't 'just' stop. The bug had well and truely bitten. The prospect of going home just didn't appeal at all, and I knew now that there were so many more things in this amazing world of ours that I had to try to see. So I travelled on - back through Africa (for a very good reason) and then across to the vast and enthralling lands of  South and Central America.
This time I'm travelling with Birgit, who you'll have met first in my second book 'Under Asian Skies'. Why does 'Distant Suns' cover both Africa and the southern Americas? I'm afraid I'll be giving some of the game away if I tell you here and that would be a shame, so I think I'd better not. Sorry. Got to leave plenty for you to discover.
A completely different aspect of this book is that it's written based on Birgit's diarys rather than purely my own. She was a very important part of this journey and it was vital to me that she didn't get sidelined as 'the girlfriend'. She's certain she isn't a writer, so left that to me.
It was fascinating to see the things from each day that she'd considered important enough to write about in her journals. She is a fantastic observer and each of those observations brought memorys flooding back to me. Her journal has been of incredible value. I think you'll see what I mean and I hope you enjoy reading 'Distant Suns'.

These are some of the comments that readers have fed back to us. I'm inserting them here because in many ways I value readers feedback even more than those of magazines.
All the best,

Hi Sam
Just finished reading Distant Suns. A really enjoyable read. ...The descriptive passages serve to bring the experience alive for the reader...I would definitely consider it one of the best motorcycle travel books I have read. The key test is, would the reader bother to read the book again and the answer is definitely yes with all three of your books. Scott - Scotland

Hi Sam,
Love this book. I think it's the best of the three and it's even better reading from a woman's point of view. It's great to read about a girl on the road. You left me wanting more! What happened next?!
Thank you,
Nikki - UK

Having read Sam's two previous books. I was keen to follow his continuing journey. The previous books had given me a taste for the visual stimulation that only a well written travel book can give. You feel that you share the moment, drama and sense of excitement of his travels. Sam's latest book is no exception. Birgit as his travel companion gives a new light to his travels. Well done Sam. I hope others enjoy this book as much as I have. Dave - England

Hi Sam,
PLEASE stop keeping me awake at night! Every time I buy one of your books I find I can't put it down and all of a sudden its 4am! Seriously though. I've loved Distant Suns. Birgit is amazing. How does she put up with you? What courage! Can't wait for the next one. There will be one one there? Hugs to you both.
Shelly - USA

Product Details

  • File Size: 942 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Sam Manicom (March 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QTOR6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and honest. July 5, 2014
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Just buy it. Sam's good people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Adventure February 5, 2014
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Another great adventure with Sam Manicom. This time he's riding with a partner and it adds a whole new dynamic. Reading as they explore new places you'll wish you were there, too. As a team they enjoy the highs and overcome the lows that are inevitable on such journeys. This was a great read and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! March 27, 2015
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Great story for anyone whom loves adventure. Motorcyclist or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Enjoyed reading it February 20, 2015
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More About the Author

Sam Manicom - 'One of the best story tellers of adventure in the world today.' Side Stand Up Radio USA

Sam was born and brought up until the age of 10 in the Central West Africa country of Congo. His family returned to the UK at that time. On completion of his education he commenced a career in retail management. But, he was always a traveler at heart and during this time he set off on many lengthy backpacking journeys through such countries such as Greece, India, and Australia.

Wanting to do something completely different, Sam learned to ride a motorcycle and set off, with just three months experience, to ride the length of Africa. This one-year trip turned into an eight-year, 200,000 mile epic across 55 countries around the world.

Since 1996 Sam has been writing for Motorcycle Sport and Leisure, Motorcycle Voyager, Adventure Motorcycle Magazine, Adventure Bike Rider, Canadian Biker, The Riders Digest and various other motorcycle magazines and club journals around the world. Sam is currently based in the UK, where he talks at motorcycle clubs and travel clubs.

His highly acclaimed first book 'Into Africa' was written as a result of reader's letters to editors. 'We like Sam's articles. When's he going to write a book?' Until that time he'd been travelling with just new adventures in mind.

Sam is a keen advocate of motorcycle travel. 'Doing a long trip by motorcycle is the stuff of dreams. It's an excellent way to travel as it gives you the opportunity to explore every sidetrack, and a motorcycle is always a wonderful first topic of conversation between strangers. Writing books seemed like a great way to share the fun, the disasters and all the amazing things that happen to you out there. You'll read about my guardian angel. She worked overtime!'

Sam continues to write on a freelance basis and has now written 'Under Asian Skies' and 'Distant Suns'. His fourth adventure travel book 'Tortillas to Totems' was published in September 2010.

"Every Day an Adventure"

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