This is a very interesting book and the adventure it portrays is colossal! Mick O'Shea tells us at the very beginning that he is going to include his perception-bias of the entire trip as to the best of his ability warts and all. How fortunate that he did this because how else could we as readers get inside the mind of a person who is the first to descend the entire Mekong? This is the closest most of us average folks will ever get to this type of an adventure. Mick had to cut corners on equipment, bureaucracy, money, support staff, timing, weather, personal relationships...and had to muster a single minded concentration and focus on the objective of successfully navigating the Mekong or he would have failed like so many others. O'Shea's river rat mentality, ego, slap stick genius, genuine interest in people and ability to think in the moment facilitated his one of a kind achievement. This is not only a river adventure but a chance to peek in the mind of a super achiever. I looked up the coordinates of the source of the Mekong and focused in with Google Earth to follow the entire trip as I read the book right to the mouth of the Mekong. If one does this the whole book comes alive as if one were following the whole adventure from about 1000 feet above. A wealth of photographs all along the route allows one to see the terrain, people, many of the rapids, some history, rock slides, canyons, fauna, Chinese dams...all along the route. My suggestion to Mike for his future adventure books is to include GPS coordinates all along the route which lends the entire visual surroundings as a backdrop to the mainstream of his adventure story. One has to love those river rats because they are indeed free spirits and they live in another world. The variables are never ideal for a great adventure and there are only a few rare individuals who have the courage, wit, intuition of the moment and focus to dare to plunge in, succeed and still be alive at the end. Thanks for the great adventure and my hat is off to Mick O'Shea! May the Naga always travel with you!