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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: CoolMain Press; 2nd edition edition (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908369000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908369000
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,995,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Iditarod is fully revised for this 20th anniversary reissue. A very special new feature is a map of the race specifically drawn by Andy Jenkinson to be perfectly readable on e-book tablets. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

More About the Author

Andre Jute writes novels, literary criticism, and non-fiction. His non-ficiton includes books on creative writing, graphic design and typography, and automobile design. There are over three hundred editions of his books in English and a dozen other languages. Visit his netsite at
and his blog at

Andre Jute was educated in Australia, South Africa and the United States. He has been an intelligence officer, racing driver, advertising executive, management consultant, performing arts critic and professional gambler. His hobbies include old Bentleys, classical music (on which for fifteen years he wrote a syndicated weekly column), cycling, hill walking, cooking and wine. He designs and builds his own tube (valve) audio amplifiers. He is married to Rosalind Pain-Hayman and they have a son, Charles. They live on a hill over a salmon river in County Cork, Eire.

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This is a book that has obviously been the subject of detailed research.
That would have been enough for me, but I also enjoyed an extremely well-written story that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.
SJM (aka Cookie's Mom)
I believe most of this story is true, just the two main characters with their "sub-race" is the fictional part.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ?wazithinkin on February 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I picked up this book because I had read an interview with Andre' Jute at Cookie's Book Club and he sounded fascinating. Although, this is not the genre of book that I normally read, the Iditarod sounded interesting.

The research and facts in this book are outstanding. You can tell the author took great pride in getting all of his facts right. The history and side stories about some of the Iditarod heroes are fascinating.

I never realized reading a book could be so emotionally exhausting, this story will never let you go! The elements that the participants endure, the foreshadowing of things to come literally scared me to death.

The relationship that grows as we learn about the two main human characters is realistic, fascinating and encompassing and a far cry from what this book is really about.

This book is truly worth more than 5 stars. This is an adventure of a lifetime that I will highly recommend no matter what genre you read, you will not be disappointed. The editing and formatting are pristine.

BRAVO, Andre'! You would be welcome at my dinner table anytime. You will have to excuse me now; I need to go read something light and fluffy. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kindle addict on January 5, 2011
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As a couple of other reviewers said, this is not the type of book I normally read. But when the author promoted his book on the Kindle Forum, it sounded good and I decided to purchase it. I am so glad that I did. This was an excellent story. It was so interesting, and it seems like a lot of research went into it. In addition, the book was well-formatted for the Kindle, well-written, and well-edited. I didn't notice any errors, which is very unusual and wonderful.

The details of the Iditarod were fascinating, and I feel as though I learned a lot about something I had only heard of. The race is so long, grueling and dangerous. The dogs are incredible, and their care prior to and during the race is fully explained. There were various wild animals the racers had to contend with, especially wolves, and the information about the wolves and other animals was educational. The interactions between the racers and wild animals was intense and frightening. The weather, land and water conditions were so challenging to the racers and the dogs. The intensity and suspense could be felt, not like mystery suspense, but the suspense if the racers could possibly survive the various life-threatening situations in which they found themselves. There were short bursts of humor woven into the story.

I liked the two main characters, Rhodes and James, who were developed as the race progressed. It was impossible to root for one over the other. But, in a way, the characters were secondary to the Iditarod itself. It was the race that was riveting and the descriptions that made me feel I was there, feeling the cold, the exhaustion, the isolation, the pain, and the fear. I just can't say enough good about this book and the author's ability to write.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SJM (aka Cookie's Mom) on October 30, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
When I picked up this book I expected to learn something about the Iditarod, the Alaskan terrain and it's people. I was not disappointed there. What I was surprised to find inside was a beautiful tale of the natural human instinct to prevail and a budding love story to boot.

IDITAROD A Novel of the Greatest Race was originally released in 1990 and recently re-released in electronic format. This book is a real gem. It's no wonder it stands the test of time.

I learned a great deal about Iditarod race itself and the people who breathe life into it. I now understand a little more about the nature of Alaska and it's inhabitants. In particular, I learned something of the complex interplay between species of animals, man, the landscape and the elements along the Iditarod route. Fascinating stuff.

That would have been enough for me, but I also enjoyed an extremely well-written story that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Most chapters end with a cliffhanger as the story then moves to an alternate view, forcing us to wait a little longer to know what will happen next. In this way, the author takes us on a ride nearly as wild as the Iditarod itself.

I became a part of this story as I braved the elements and adapted to the challenges that faced the drivers along the Iditarod. I couldn't help but ride the roller coaster with them as they triumphed and failed and rose again and again to meet the next challenge.

If that wasn't enough, I was also treated to a warm romance between two of the story's characters.

I'm happy to recommend this book to all readers. Due to its sometimes graphic nature, parental discretion is advised.

Please note that a version of this review first appeared on my blog on August 14th, along with an interview with the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Posner on August 12, 2012
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I bought this book to read for pleasure because I am already a fan of Andre Jute, as an author and as a human being. I'm very glad I did, as it was thrilling. Andre's deep research led to a stunningly intricate and fascinating tale of adventure with two appealing and admirable young protagonists. I really liked both Rhodes Delaney and James Whitbury, a woman and man with courage and integrity, ingenuity and athleticism, who are racing each other in the Iditarod as a way to resist their nigh-irresistable attraction to each other, an attraction that is fed by rivalry and danger in the greatest race on earth.

I was not initially convinced that the Iditarod would provide steady interest as the subject of a book. I didn't think there would be enough variety in the situations it presented to a reader. I changed my mind right away when the race began with a lively series of problems and challenges for the young people. There is not one possible threat they do not face and overcome, in an atmosphere so authentic that I can't help wondering if Andre took part in the race some time under a pseudonym and doesn't want to tell us...

The best praise I can offer this book is to compare Rhodes and James and their dogs Toots, Delilah, and General to beloved characters from my childhood in the 1970's: Alec and the Black, from Walter Farley's Black Stallion series. Those books, showing the union of a young person and a working animal through love and respect, defined a genre. Iditarod might be the best book of its kind since.

Thanks for a great read, Andre.

Farley's classic: The Black Stallion
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