- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,955 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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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. Ben has a lot to prove to himself, and a lot of growing up to do, but he seems, pretty clearly, to have done some during his journey, which does indeed end where he'd hoped, in Columbia.
"A Voyage Beyond Reason" is billed as a true adventure story, although some occurrences, such as the discovery of the journal by the author, strain credulity. There were occasional grammatical/typographic errors, but the book is generally not hard to read. There is repetition of what I'd call an "inspirational" subtext which some readers may like, but which may grate on others. My other caveat is that at 400+ pages, it is far, far longer than it needs to be. This is something an editor could have easily remedied, but I put it down to the affection the author clearly has for his young subject. If you are fan of the "true adventure" genre--ocean-going, exotic locale variety--or, if you are a "Survivor" junkie, you might enjoy this one.