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A Voyage Beyond Reason: An Epic of Survival Based on the Original Journals of Benjamin Wade Paperback – March 10, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1432712341 ISBN-10: 1432712349

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432712349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432712341
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,720,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now published and represented by Patriot Media, Inc. of Niceville, Florida, Tom Gauthier began his serious writing career after nearly forty years of corporate work that took him to twenty countries and immersed him in a variety of cultures. While writing for commercial publications and creating organizational and personal development texts and lectures was gratifying, Tom was waiting for retirement and the chance to dive into the deep end of the writing pool - the novel.

His first novel, "Code Name: ORION'S EYE", weaves a tale of spies, secret technology, and high adventure from historic events of World War II. It has produced something of a cult following among veterans of the Pacific War and the families of soldiers who "were there."

Tom's second novel, "A VOYAGE BEYOND REASON", earned a 2009 international award for literary fiction from Writer's Digest. The true-life story of the record breaking solo sea kayak voyage of Benjamin Wade (of CBS TV Survivor fame as "coach"), written from Wade's original journals, has received broad positive reviews.

His third novel, "MEAD'S TREK", picks up the story from ORION'S EYE and moves on into the war of the OSS in Indo-China. Two of the cover blurbs tell the tale:

"Gauthier weaves a compelling story of intrigue, action and romance."
Lis Wiehl, author of "Face of Betrayal" and FOX NEWS analyst

"Edge of your seat action . . . impressively accurate descriptions of the war . . ."
Judge Don Sokol, WWII B-17 Pilot, decorated veteran of twenty-four missions over Germany and the last raid on Berlin.

Tom lives with his wife of thirty-eight years in the mountains of northeastern California. His next two novels are well along and aiming at late 2013 publication.
"Living in a mountain forest with views of the Honey Lake Valley below and to seeming infinity out across the Great Basin gives me the perfect day-dreamers scenario to swirl the plots around in my mind."
Tom's in-depth knowledge of geography, love of historical research, and decades of personal experience traveling and working on four continents provides the grist for that day-dreaming mill.
On top of his writing, Tom co-hosts the weekly internet radio show Military Author Radio.com interviewing great Americans from WWII Vets to the children of the heroes.
He is also a proud member of Military Writers' Society of America.

Customer Reviews

Poorly written, poorly edited and not worth a cent.
Outside
Nowadays, this particular gene doesn't get a work-out very often, but here's a story about a young man who had that gene, and what he had to do about it.
Juliet Waldron
The writing was terrible, the story was unconvincing, and the whole thing was the equivalent of an arrogant piece of third-rate fiction!!
S. Schmidt

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By S. Schmidt on April 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Too bad Amazon does not allow zero star ratings because that's what this book deserves! The whole thing reads like one big joke. The writing was terrible, the story was unconvincing, and the whole thing was the equivalent of an arrogant piece of third-rate fiction!! In short, it was nothing but indulgent nonsense!! [..]
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Outside on April 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a poorly written account of a very improbable series of events. Wade, the main character and author of the journal on which this preposterous story is based, is unbelievable at best and the sole reference on many of the "amazing" events. Kidnapped by pygmies, world records and more provide an attempt at excitement, but are woefully lacking both in delivery and believability. Poorly written, poorly edited and not worth a cent.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sally on May 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Using a found journal of Benjamin Wade as an outline, the author has written an interesting tale, whereby he allows the reader to look over Wade's shoulder as he travels the adventure of a lifetime. Interspersed are actual words from the journal in italics. This easy-to-read book keeps the reader's attention during Wade's risky kayak trip from California to South America.

Some of the terrors Wade faces are shark-infested waters, crooked Mexican police officers, machete-wielding strangers, a hurricane and a gang of druggies.

If you like action and adventure, this is one for you. Contains profanity.
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Waldron on April 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
A VOYAGE BEYOND REASON
by Tom Gauthier, Based on the Journals of Benjamin Wade
Outskirts Press PB
ISBN 978-1-43271234-1
389 Pages

The first person who walked between the glaciers into a pristine valley--and then managed to come back and show the others how to get there--had a certain gene. Nowadays, this particular gene doesn't get a work-out very often, but here's a story about a young man who had that gene, and what he had to do about it. "A Voyage Beyond Reason" is a novelization of the journals kept by Benjamin Wade during a voyage by kayak that took him from Baja to Columbia.

The title is apt. Ben Wade was in good physical condition and knew how to handle his craft, but other than that, there seems to have been little understanding of what his plan would entail. He cheerfully heads out equipped with a road map of Mexico, which obviously doesn't contain information about the treacherous tidal currents of the Sea of Cortez, the place where his journey begins--and very nearly ends. He doesn't know Spanish, he has little knowledge of the political situation in the various countries whose borders he'll be crossing, and he isn't an experienced seaman. You wonder if he'll make it.

There are storms, bad water, disease, hunger, fear, loneliness, and the occasional shark looking for a light snack. In short, it's standard "reality show" fare--a mostly unprepared person pitted against Nature and his own limitations. In this case, however, there is the very real possibility that Ben Wade isn't going to survive.

Survive he does, though, rescued by dumb luck, the kindness of strangers, Divine Providence, and his own strength and perseverance.
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