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Truly amazing story. Incredible, but only 4 stars....,
This review is from: Cycling Home From Siberia (Kindle Edition)
At the moment I'm going through a phase of reading, nay, devouring travel books. Of all the books I have read in the last 12 months, I am sure that Rob has THE most incredible tale of all to tell. What Rob has done on a bicycle beggars belief. Despite my reservations, I would say right up front - if you like real life travel adventures, then buy this book right now. It's incredible. He starts off by describing his bicycle as a ten year old steel frame bike, with some bags attached. He then proceeds to cycle through Siberia in Winter. Incredible? That's only the start!
Why only 4 stars. Well, I feel that the writing of this book was very much the tail end of Rob's adventures. Yes, Rob has gone to places on a bicycle that most people wouldn't imagine possible, and in many instances you can feel that atmosphere and sense of adventure in the book. But heck, he manages to go through places that 99.9% of us will never see, and yet dismiss them in a line or two, or not even mention them at all. Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand get covered in barely a page (or so it seems); Vietnam hardly gets a mention at all, and then he goes through Western Europe at a lick, and with barely more words than I have in this review. Okay, I'm being a bit harsh, but if I'm complaining, it's only because I believe that book could be two or three times longer, and still hold your attention. The places he does describe in detail, he manages to do as well as any writer I have read recently, and when he does so, the tale is truly incredible. The irony of that makes the all too brief descriptions of otherwise amazing places feel as if you are being short changed.
Oh what the heck, in writing this review, I can come to no other conclusion than this is a 5* book after all. Go and buy it, and be amazed at what one man has done on a ten year old steel frame bicycle.
BTW I bought the hard copy of this book in October 2010 in Australia.