After reaching (via a goat trail) a glacial trickle above 17,000 feet--debatably the farthest source of the Amazon--the team descends to a point where kayaks can be deployed. From there the trip entails kayaking through one of the nastiest white-water canyons on the planet, a stretch of water that has previously claimed the lives or quickly halted the plans of all who attempted to conquer it; navigating an unmapped gorge known affectionately as the Abyss; sneaking through the "Red Zone," an area closed to foreigners and occupied by the notorious Shining Path rebels; and, finally, paddling to the Atlantic by sea kayak through 3,000 miles of hot jungle.
Hired initially to chronicle the project from dry land, Kane quickly assumes a more integral role as a much-needed paddler, and as such he is able to provide vivid, first-hand descriptions of the treacherous water encountered. But in many ways the water is the least imposing obstacle to success. Along the way the team is beset by financial difficulties, a crisis of leadership, attacks from armed rebels, and the defection of team members. Kane's account of this six-month ordeal is much more than a travelogue of athletic endeavor--it's a fascinating portrait of the planning, politics, and personal struggles involved in mounting a modern-day expedition through a vast expanse of largely uncharted territory.
One of the best true adventure accounts I have read. Combine masterly, honest, first-person writing with whitewater paddling, fear, danger, injury, anger, strong personalities,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gracia E. Barr
Great book! Full of amazing little details and stories about the people, the nature and the animals of the amazon. Easy to read.Published 4 months ago by Ryan Pelaez
I had just finished his "Savages" and then Kayaked down the Sharipouni River to meet the Huaorani's. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kit Campbell
Just imagine six months on a single adventure. At first you might get yourself killed by raging water, then face any kind of other adversity. Then there is the physical challenge. Read morePublished 14 months ago by James Paul Robert
Most of us will never do this, so it is delightful to be adventurous vicariously! His writing flows (pun intended).Published 15 months ago by Edith
Very interesting BUT it really lacked all wildlife I thought they would encounter. I I just thought the book was just OK.Published 15 months ago by Tom Cranfield
This is an amazing story about an extreme adventure. I'm surprised anyone lived through it. It follows the Amazon from a trickle to being 15 miles wide.Published 16 months ago by Myrl J. Miller
The synopses have been posted already. I'll only comment to parrot what the better reviewers say about this being one heck of a ride. Read morePublished 17 months ago by TruxtonSpangler