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You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir! [Kindle Edition]

Danny Bent
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Have you ever woken up in the sultry heat of the morning, your hair and beard teeming with maggots, and then had potatoes picked out of your ears?

Have you ever felt the cold barrel of a semi automatic gun against your forehead?

When Danny Bent cycled 15,000 kilometres from the UK to India to raise money for ActionAid, it was a decision that took twenty years and one minute. For twenty years he had wanted to do something to raise money for charity. The one minute was when as their teacher he was put on the spot by his pupils and declared that the means was by bike, and he was going to India.

What he had signed up for was slogging along roads with trucks bearing down on him, unable to see and choking in the smog; shooting down treacherous descents with 100 foot drops, shaking with cold and too numb to brake; muscle burn and saddle sores; delirium and food poisoning; thirst and malnutrition; foul and insanitary conditions; life-threatening crises; obstructive border guards, crazed dogs and inquisitive passers-by.

'You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir!' is a real and compelling blow-by-blow account of Danny's trip across Europe, the former Soviet Republics, Russia, China, Pakistan and India.

And what people he met! They are the true delight of this book, mostly charming, sometimes reckless, occasionally threatening, always unpredictable, and forever inviting Danny to be up for the challenge of entertaining them, in one instance by dancing in front of a packed stadium, in another by eating sheep's brains in a local night market.

Danny turns the wheels, you turn the pages. The pace is relentless. The story is both heart-stopping and heart-warming. The arrival is breakdown-and-cry emotional. And there's loads of fun and wonderment along the way too.

What a book! What a ride! Live your dream.

Go for it, Danny.

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About the Author

Danny Bent was born near Buxton in the Peak District into a very loving and supportive family. His father was an international athlete and Danny was necessarily introduced to the attractions and rigours of sport at a very early age, and to cycling (down steps) not long afterwards. He is an international tri-athlete and a bog diver, and has an aptitude for the sort of adventures which require major endurance and a great deal of luck to survive. Fortunately for us, he is also an excellent raconteur, loves life and hugs people whenever possible, which means he gets access to a host of excellent stories and escapades he can roll around his tongue, and entertain us thoroughly, all at the same time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L62DJU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, But Needing an Editor May 24, 2012
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Danny's journey to India was filled with several very entertaining stories, and not a small amount of passion. I salute his effort and do recommend this book for light reading. Unfortunately, I found myself wondering how good it could have been with proper editing and some elementary fact-checking. Grammatical errors and missing words aside, Danny seems to throw his off-the-top-of-his-head knowledge about world matters, animals, and culture into the story with little concern given to their accuracy. Multiple times he lazily blames the Mumbai attacks in 2008 on the Taliban. In another paragraph he describes tigers as weighing "two-tons" when the truth is closer to one-fourth that amount. None of these issues take away from the good Danny brought to the children of India, or the entertaining read this book offers. Yet that's no excuse for accepting so many easily identifiable errors throughout the book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sharing the ride! April 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a true life adventure retold and beautifully written, witty and well paced-i felt as if i was sharing the ride with Danny! Natural, realistic and touching on themes as the 'rat race', living your dream and never giving up - I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of passion and adventure-or who needs a kick start to start moving on their own dreams!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In his own words: April 7, 2011
By rodmar
Format:Kindle Edition
In his own words:

"I left my home, family and job as a junior school teacher in July 2009 to pursue a 20 year dream. A dream to cycle round the world raising as much money for charity as possible. I travelled 15,000km by bicycle (affectionately known as Shirley) to southern India where I worked in a slum in Mumbai and a village school in Chembakolli as a teacher.

"Leaving on July 17th accompanied by friends, family, teachers and pupils I cycled to dover where I was put on a boat which sailed to France. I was welcomed into strangers homes, held at gunpoint until I drank a vodka, chased by wild dogs, propositioned by prostitutes in Kiev, hung out with hippies, wept at Auschwitz, danced and sung with hardcore football fans, seen the consequences of war, spent a sleepless night thinking I was being attacked under an apple tree, grown a beard, and that's only Europe!!!"

Danny writes from the heart with all the vitality and lack of artifice of a youthful author discovering for himself that all the world--regardless of mind-blowing cultural variations--is made up of humans who at heart have all the same needs, desires and motivations. He shares these discoveries with his readers in the retelling of his completely unique journey...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll laugh, laugh agan and hopefully be inspired April 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A great (true) story from first-time author Danny Bent about his cycle journey from London to India where he is to take up a teaching job. It is an honest, factual account which benefits greatly from Danny's huge personality and obvious love of life.

His descriptions of his antics on this epic ride are at different times hilarious, touching and informative. This chronicle of his journey is both eminently readable and absolutely inspiring.

Well done Danny, I can't wait to read you next book, bring it on!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This has been an interesting read of an amazing adventure. I found myself getting irritated with the author because he introduces people and scenarios with no conclusions. It's definitely written like a diary with grammatical errors and disjointed thoughts. If he had had an editor it would have been a more enjoyable read. I'm amazed he survived and my hat goes off to him.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh May 15, 2012
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This book could have been fascinating, but the author thinks that he is much funnier than he is. Too cutesy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting There is all the Fun. July 14, 2013
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Enjoyable little book for armchair adventure travelers. After a near-death experience, the British author packs it in and heads off to India via Eastern Europe, The former Soviet Asian Republics, China, and even war-torn tribal bicycle! The focus of the book is not cycling, however, but more about the individual people he meets,the poverty he encounters, food, and ...well.... loose bowel movements. Along the way the author has a bit of a mystical awakening, but he also drinks some things, smokes some things, and hooks up with a young lady for a couple of weeks. While this book is not of the highest literary quality, it is written in a pleasant, innocent first person fashion and offers many fascinating glimpses of life on the ground in a part of the world we Westerners really only know about through politics and stereotypes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! May 31, 2011
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I want to give this book 10 stars!

It's one of the most amazing books I've ever read! Danny's bicycle trip was the most awesome adventure I've ever heard of - and it HAPPENED!

Traveling through some of the most dangerous areas of the world he constantly found kind and generous spirited people!

Everyone in the world should read this book! We feel that everyone in those countries is bad because of the negative publicity of the wars, but he found wonderful people everywhere he went!

Read this book and share it with everyone you know! Promote WORLD PEACE through understanding!

Oh, and his British humor is great! His hilarious description of the border ceremony between Pakistan and India is right on! When you get to that part please look up the Pakistani-India border ceremony on youtube. It really looks like that! Then go back to youtube and watch Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks and you'll understand why he says those guys watched too much Mony Python!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars loved this
I felt like I was on this trip too. Great read which I would recommend to anyone wanting adventure and a "feel" for travel
Published 4 days ago by valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Great adventure. This book came alive with the characters he met along the way. A story of kindness and love.
Published 6 days ago by MzKJ
4.0 out of 5 stars You,ve gone too far by Danny Bent
It was interesting because of facts provided as a travel book .going through so many countries .Landscape and human behavior was described in details Ella
Published 14 days ago by ella hochstadt
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Felt like I was on the journey with him. Been to many of the places he visited and enjoyed his experiences .
Published 1 month ago by RayePrice
1.0 out of 5 stars Long
I was so board with this book. I expected well not really sure what I expected I felt like there wasn't much of a story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
Just when you thought the whole world was one big mess your read about Danny's experience across 16 countries and you realize that as human beings we are kind, friendly, crazy and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by shellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wet floor! Slip and fall down carefully!
The author was a school teacher in England before he started his biking adventure. When he was particularly goofy, one of his students (an imperious ten-year-old female) would... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! What a great book!
Quite frankly I had put off reading the book because of what sounded a rather silly title. Shame on me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Mabry
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Fun book, fascinating trip and interesting to hear about changing scenery, cultures, etc. needed some editing though, some of the flow was a little confusing.
Published 2 months ago by RT
3.0 out of 5 stars good read hard to follow sometimes
I liked the story and followed it as best I could. The writing is choppy and sometimes jumps. Still a great adventure!
Published 3 months ago by erick c west
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More About the Author

Danny loves hugs. What better way to go about getting lots of hugs than travelling the world living your dreams and helping others live theirs?

He competed for Great Britain at Triathlon, cycled to India on a whim, and set up the 'Live your dreams' foundation to raise funds for charity. Motivating people to be the best version of themselves is Danny's passion and trade. Living dreams, facing fears, and loving yourself, others and life with abandon are his tool kit.

Danny writes books, climbs trees, breaks records, dances like a child and snorkels in bogs. He considers his positivity and smile his two greatest assets - he's a people person extraordinaire.

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