- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432712349
- ISBN-13: 978-1432712341
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,154,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Voyage Beyond Reason: An Epic of Survival Based on the Original Journals of Benjamin Wade
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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 40 years in the mountains of northeastern California. His next two novels are well along and aiming at late 2015 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
by Tom Gauthier, Based on the Journals of Benjamin Wade
Outskirts Press PB
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could not disagree more with the negative reviews...I enjoyed the book and had fun traveling along with Ben and feeling his emotions via journal entries. Read morePublished on May 30, 2009 by Kevin R. Miquelon
A VOYAGE BEYOND REASON is a tale based on the journals of Ben Wade, who at 24 years old took a in a kayak from San Felipe to Columbia. Read morePublished on May 4, 2009 by grumpydan
No one really knows what it's like to be alone with one's self and with one's nature...until now. NatGeo wasn't there to document all of the questions and answers that occurred in... Read morePublished on April 25, 2009 by Dennis Loput
When I read the first chapter, I was immediately drawn into this book and into the heart and soul of young Ben. Read morePublished on April 12, 2009 by Christina Kinder
If you are into advenure, the author Tom Gauthier weaves an intriguing story based upon the actual journals of Ben Wade on his solo kayak trip from San Felipe (Sea of Cortez) to... Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by cd1