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Advance Praise for Without a Paddle
“As in the best of adventure literature, the physical journey in Without a Paddle is merely a portal through which Richey guides the reader on a voyage across the ocean of the heart. Read it. Go with him. It's a trip you'll never forget.”
—Mark Jenkins, author of A Man’s Life: Dispatches from Dangerous Places
“In his great paddle around Florida, Warren Richey braced for battle against sharks, pythons, and crazed drunken motorboaters, but his most formidable foe turned out to be middle-aged self-doubt. This book is for anyone who believes in the redemptive value of hard physical challenge, and who believes that age is just a number.”
—Mark Obmascik, author of Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled—and Knuckleheaded—Quest for the Rocky Mountain High, winner of the 2009 National Outdoor Book Award
“Warren Richey—engaged in a grueling long-distance kayak race—has laid a coastal map of Florida over his inner struggle for a new life after the disappointment of a divorce. In the course of these pages, Richey measures himself against his competitors and the sea, and he considers what it means to love and be loved.”
—Lou Ureneck, author of Backcast: Fatherhood, Fly-fishing, and a River Journey Through the Heart of Alaska
“This is the best kind of book; the kind that makes every day magical. I loved it for its humor and humility, its wonderful parables and pitch-perfect storytelling, its journey of discovery within and without, and its elegant ending. Bravo, Warren Richey. Florida is lucky to have you.”
—Kim Heacox, author of The Only Kayak: A Journey in the Heart of Alaska
“Warren Richey wields a pen like he maneuvers his kayak—rapidly paced, lively, dipping between Florida lore, the wake of a failed marriage, the promise of love ahead, and the innumerable challenges of a race that can only be described as insane. A fun and invigorating ride."
—Franz Wisner, author of How the World Makes Love
...but I give it four stars instead. I have kayaked only a few times and confess I'm not a natural. But you don't have to be a passionate water sports person to enjoy this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. moore
This book was great! Probably in a ten way tie for the best book I've ever read. Endurance. Perseverence. And finding what you're about and what you're made of. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Capt BH
I read a lot of books about outdoor adventures and very much enjoyed this one. His physical and personal journeys kept me engaged throughout the book and I highly recommend it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jane L Cole
I do not read that much but this book was outstanding. It held my interest very much. I liked how the author combined his personal life and experiences withe thr journey around... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Douglas Foss
I couldn't put the book down till I was finished. Fast moving and full of personal thoughts. I admire anyone that would endure the hardships of this type of race.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I re-read most of it in preparation for the race.
I meant Warren during the 2013 Everglades Challenge. He was taking pictures, videos, and interviewing racers. Read more
The book holds your interest while providing an interesting insight into the author's thoughts and feelings while performing the challenge.Published 13 months ago by Frank M. Shideler
As a 52yr old outdoor athlete, I could identify with Warren 's passion for living and loving the things that moved him. Left me speechless.Published 19 months ago by Brian Hawes