- File Size: 14652 KB
- Print Length: 443 pages
- Publisher: Dancing Moon Press; 1 edition (June 26, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DOC211M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Dreams and Fear Collide: The true story of the 1986 Sino-USA Upper Yangtze River Expedition Kindle Edition
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This book is the story of an amazing trip to raft the great Yangtze River before the dams drowned some of the roughest stretches of white water in the world. It reads like a diary at first. The meticulous planning is documented and we get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put together the right equipment and train a world class team. The Warrens ran into red tape and financial difficulties but we see how every possible problem was anticipated and planned for. This is the "dream" part of the book.
Once the trip finally gets off the ground we get to experience Jan Warren's adventure across 5000 miles of China as she provides land support for the river team. Jan's story alone is enough to make a fascinating book. Paralleling Jan's is her husband Ken's river adventures. During the trip one of the team dies, creating drama during and after the trip, but the death, from what I can tell, was from the young man concealing health problems that would have disqualified him from being on the team. Despite the odds, all other members survived (perhaps because of the mutiny). Most amazingly, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom filmed much of the trip and if you can find the episode, it's well worth watching. I can't imagine how the shots were filmed, the camera men must have been outstanding kayakers. The dreams of the adventure provoked excitement and challenge. Pride, arrogance and the raw power of nature provided the fear. I read the white water sequences and couldn't help thinking "What in the world were they thinking?" This river should never have been rafted. But it was. And here's the story. I'm grateful to have been able to take the trip with them. Wow.
I definitely recommend this book if you like to know what goes on behind the scenes in a dangerous expedition.