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Dark Waters: True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth (The Expedition Book 1)
 
 

Dark Waters: True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth (The Expedition Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jason Lewis
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He survived a terrifying crocodile attack off Australia's Queensland coast, blood poisoning in the middle of the Pacific, malaria in Indonesia and China, and acute mountain sickness in the Himalayas. He was hit by a car and left for dead with two broken legs in Colorado, and incarcerated for espionage on the Sudan-Egypt border. The first in a thrilling adventure trilogy, Dark Waters charts one of the longest, most gruelling, yet uplifting and at times irreverently funny journeys in history, circling the world using just the power of the human body, hailed by the London Sunday Times as 'The last great first for circumnavigation.' But it was more than just a physical challenge. Prompted by what scientists have dubbed the 'perfect storm' as the global population soars to 8.3 billion by 2030, adventurer Jason Lewis used The Expedition to reach out to thousands of schoolchildren, calling attention to our interconnectedness and shared responsibility of an inhabitable Earth for future generations.

About the Author

“Arguably, the most remarkable adventurer in the world today.” —THE DAILY MAIL

Jason Lewis is an award-winning adventurer, author, and sustainability activist specializing in human-powered expeditions. In 2007, he became the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails: walking, cycling, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. Taking thirteen years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey was hailed “the last great first for circumnavigation” by the London Sunday Times.

MEDIA & HONOURS

He was nominated The Times inGear Man of the Year (2007), the Land Rover Toughest Sportsperson of the Year, and featured as one of Sport Magazine’s Athletes of the Year. A Fellow of London University, the Royal Geographical Society, and The Explorers Club, he has appeared on numerous television and talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), CBS This Morning, and Long Way Down with actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.

CAUSE

Adventure is about much more than just records or firsts for Jason. Visiting more than 900 schools in 37 countries to date, involving thousands of students in a variety of programmes in conjunction with UNESCO’s Associated Schools Program Network, he uses human-powered journeys to promote world citizenship, zero carbon emission travel, and awareness of individual lifestyle choices on the health of the planet.

BOOKS & AWARDS

A frequent contributor to magazines (Men’s Fitness, Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine, Geographical) and travel books (Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul, HCI, 2002; Flightless, Incredible Journeys Without Leaving the Ground, Lonely Planet, 2008; The Modern Explorers, Thames & Hudson, 2013), Jason is the author of The Expedition trilogy (BillyFish Books, 2012/3): Dark Waters*, The Seed Buried Deep, and To The Brink.

* WINNER of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award, Eric Hoffer Award, National Indie Excellence Award, 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year & Southern California Book Festival Award.WINNER of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award, Eric Hoffer Award, National Indie Excellence Award & 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1755 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984915508
  • Publisher: BillyFish Books, LLC; 1 edition (27 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S1YPH2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream making 7 Jun 2013
By goat
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you love one time only adventure. Buy this book. It easy ready, fun and thought provoking. Can wait for the next two.

Good luck Jason
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4.0 out of 5 stars Barely believable 7 Jun 2013
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A thoroughly enjoyable "Boys Own" adventure. Throughout the book I felt inadequate as many of the experiences of the two protagonist would have had me quitting the project (even mid-Atlantic). I was constantly amazes at their fortitude and application to the cause. I was also horrified at the "welcome" experienced in the southern US confirming my worst fears at the barbaric philosophy of many residents of the area.
Looking forward to part 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. I couldn't stop turning the pages. 22 May 2013
Format:Paperback
I read this book in a few days. It was a fascinating account of Jason and Steve's fruition of an original adventure that was going to challenge them both on a physical, emotional and mental level. Jason's account of these challenges during the crossing of the Atlantic and beyond mixed in with the stories of the people they meet along the way is entertaining. I couldn't stop turning the pages. Inspiring to any would be adventurer looking for a challenge and leaves with a message of a greater responsibility for the environment. Looking forward to reading the second book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy this book! 28 April 2013
Format:Paperback
I had followed some of Jason's story on the news but nothing could bring the true adventure into my home as well as this book. Jasons first hand account of how his adventure started from a drunken conversation that started a thirteen year man powered expidition. The book is full of nievity, danger, friendship, humour and soul searching.
If you ever wanted a book to inspire you to take a leap of faith, this is it!
I loved ever page and can not wait for the second book.
Read this book, get out there and find out who you really are and what really matters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on Book 2! 14 Jun 2013
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A fascinating look at relationships set in the most amazing adventure! Frank, funny and heartwarming - can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, exciting, strange 13 Jun 2013
By Gary
Format:Paperback
Yeah really enjoyed this, lots of laugh out loud bits while sitting on beach, people must have thought I was mad! Thrilling, exciting, thought provoking but sometimes a little too in depth about his views on the meaning of the world etc... But can't wait for 2nd book. Tammie is working hard at billy the fish to get it out on time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real adventure 17 April 2013
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In the summer of 1994 Jason Lewis and Steve Smith, two unemployed twentysomethings set out to complete the first circumnavigation of the globe using only human power. It would involve crossing the Atlantic and Pacific and oceans as well as five continents, a trip they believed would take three years.

Thirteen years and 46,505 miles later, one of them, Jason Lewis, returned. This is his story.

From the outset these were not two clean livin' professional adventurers plastered with corporate sponsor logos, far from it, they were two young guys setting out on the adventure of a lifetime with almost no relevant experience. In fact during the early stages of volume one its touch and go whether they are actually going to be sober enough for long enough to get the journey underway at all.

But as the departure date draws near and the full enormity of the task becomes apparent we realise that the hard drinking and partying are an essential part of their build up because this is an adventure they will be lucky to survive.

With books about a journey, the purpose of which is the journey, there exists the possibility of becoming bogged down in numerous brief descriptions of a great many places. But not with this book. While Lewis keeps us up to speed with where we are the main thrust is the human elements, namely the people he meets along the way and his companion Steve Smith with whom he enjoys an increasingly difficult, but mutually dependant relationship.

The centre piece of volume one is their perilous Atlantic crossing during which we are treated both to the almost unbearable claustrophopia of their tiny craft and vast emptiness of the ocean.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, hilarious, uplifting. 13 Sep 2012
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I read this book in 2 days after a recommendation from a friend who assured me it was a great read.

if you are somebody who has a conscience about what mankind is doing to the planet, If you are somebody that thinks
there may be more to life than 9-5, if you are somebody with a sense of humour, buy this book and read it .

If you like 4 by 4's and shopping malls don't bother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read of Brits against the elements
A great holiday read with some real laugh out loud moments. I did not realise there was a book 2 so I would download this also, as you will quickly read the first book it is that... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Red Robbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Interesting account of an amazing feat. Well written without going into too many boring bits,as there must have been.
Published 8 days ago by J. S. Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational read . . .
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, very inspiring indeed. Well-written, it highlights some serious strength of character and human determination required to not just undertake such a... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. P. R. Hogger
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting. Look forward to reading the next one ...
Very interesting. Look forward to reading the next one.
Published 1 month ago by Pen
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
A well written account of an incredible journey, made even more so by the lack of funding or training initially. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars great read, am enjoying the sequel too!
great story about an amazing journey, couldnot put it down. have already got started on part two and looking forward to part three
Published 2 months ago by J. Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good yarn!
A book full of adventure about circumnavigating the world single-handedly - a great gift for an ex-sailor with a passion for adventure - a hit!
Published 4 months ago by HG
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you will not want to put down till you've finished it.
This is an amazing book. Having read many books about adventures around the world I have to say 'This Book Will Take Some Beating' Jason Lewis Is a very brave and gutsy man and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by david horn
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible journey - you should buy this!
Currently waiting for Book 3 of the trilogy to come out, but this journey is impressive in every way. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. E. MAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring
I enjoyed this book so much and read it in double quick time, which is rare for me! It had me laughing out loud on the train and tube on numerous occasions and wincing in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by bingo1979
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