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Left for Dead in the Outback [Kindle Edition]

Ricky Megee
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An extraordinary true story of abduction and survival, told vividly and with candour. Both shocking and inspiring, Left for Dead in the Outback is the gripping tale of how one man endured a terrible ordeal and lived to tell the tale. "No shoes, no vehicle, no food, no water and no idea. I'd always been one of those blokes who ragged on people who found themselves lost in the desert. Now I was one of those people. It was hard, desolate country for a man all alone in bare feet. Nevertheless, I started to walk. And walk. The more I walked, I figured, the less distance I'd have to travel to get found. It was faulty logic, but it was the best I could come up with." In April 2006 the news broke of an amazing feat of survival by a white man in one of the most inhospitable areas of Australia. Ricky Megee was found sheltering by a dam on a remote cattle property in the Northern Territory. After being abducted on the Buntine Highway, drugged, then left for dead, Ricky had walked for ten days in bare feet through unforgiving terrain in blistering heat. Stumbling upon a dam, he set up camp there and survived for almost three months on leeches, grasshoppers, frogs and plants, losing 60 kg in the process. In Left for Dead in the Outback, Ricky Megree gives a full and frank account of his abduction and survival, for the first time since his extraordinary rescue. Vividly told, it's a gripping yet inspiring story of how one man endures a terrible ordeal and lives to tell the tale. "Seventy-one days lost in the desert; it sounds like an amazing tale of survival against the odds. And it is." -- Real Travel "Loaded with brutal honesty." -- Time Out "This is a detailed page-turner of the will to live that pulls no punches; honest and readable, vicarious and visceral." -- Bookseller & Publisher "The least-PC book you will ever encounter. Hard-hitting but inspiring." -- MostlyFood

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Lost, hungry and thirsty, Megee finds himself drugged and abandoned in the middle of nowhere without footwear, provisions, water or any accurate notion of how or why he is there. This describes the struggle of the hard living, accident prone and itinerant lifestyle that leads up to his eventual predicament. Through his enervating encounters and emaciating experiences, fluctuating spirits and fortunes, Megee's true grit, dogged tenacity and character is summoned. He demonstrates fortitude and resilience,improvisation and ingenuity to counter despair, starvation, dehydration andagonising injuries. This is a detailed page-turner of the will to live that pulls no punches; honest and readable, vicarious and visceral. --Bookseller & Publisher, July 2008

About the Author

Ricky Megee lives in Darwin and works in the NT mines. He has written his book with journalist Greg McLean.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (11 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GCK63E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A page turner but only just ok 18 July 2009
I bought this from a charity shop and when i eventually got to read it I finished it less than a day (with sleep and work included). It starts off explining his early life and you begin to think why do you need to know all this stuff. However it does explain how he ended up with a personality that allowed him to survive this ordeal. The writing style is basic and clear and I felt that it really suited the story and gave you a sence of him as an individual.

The main part of the story is excellent and well worth the read and whilst not a man of religion his refernces to the way he communicated with God and also the responce he received was welcome although he failed to acknowledge him at the end of the book!!

The end of the book turns into a ramble and I must admit I skimmed over this bit. I will leave you to make your own decision on why.

I could have done with many more photos.

A simple well written book about an amazing survival of a normal human being when subjected to incredible deprevation. Good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An unlikely hero 20 May 2009
Ricky Megee has a very vivid & gripping story to tell. However, much to the detriment of his story, he does not come across as the most likeable of protagonists.

I did feel compelled to keep reading on and find out what happened to Ricky (I finished the book in 3 days) however, this is not a well written book & I do not feel that it really does his story justice.

Having said that it is easy to read and a story worth hearing. This book would be suitable reading for a train journey, as reading it is more relaxing than taxing after a long day at work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left for Dead in the Outback 12 Feb. 2009
Not necessarily a showcase for the English language but it is certainly gripping and difficult to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars extreme survival 3 Dec. 2009
I love these survival type books .This is a great one set in the outback of Australia, it beggars belief that anyone could survive .
A hijack and left for dead situation . The maps could do with a little more annotation as they are open to interpretation
Due to his previous history with the law he was met with disbelief on his return
Accompanying photos add to the astonishment. Ricky was extremely fortunate that water was sometimes available at that time of year and with it a little sustenance. But wow what a tale!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding 8 May 2013
By Dyl
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I've read plenty of stories of survival in harsh conditions or extreme situations and this was one of the most interesting and remarkable. Having been literally left for dead the author somhow managed to survive and it's amazing how he didn't succumb to starvation or thirst.
The whole thing is told in a way that never gets boring. A desert is, afterall, very samey for mile after mile.
One of the best survival stories I've come across.
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By Lizzie
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An enigma from beginning to end. I was up in arms because the "hero" was given such a hard time but began to wonder how he could possibly have remembered all the details of his terrible struggle............almost day by day accounts. Did he mention cutting notches in his stick to keep track of the days? Read it for yourself because it makes good reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 6 Nov. 2013
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The only negative I would write about this book is regarding Rickys treatment by the authorities once he was rescued and their lack of belief in his ordeal. Why did he not scream and shout about this. Left me feeling there were things he perhaps had not elaborated on, which may have helped me understand their stance. All a bit frustrating after an exciting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 25 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well written and extreamely enjoyable.

I was drawn in instantly and enjoyed it all.

It's advertised as hard hitting, but thats just due to some of the language used which just reflects modern speach.

Dont let this put you off.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book
I quite liked the book and obviously massive respect to Ricky for surviving hell on earth. His courage, mental and physical strength and sheer will to live will probably not be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Venables
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable story and would make you want to go there ...
Unbelievable story and would make you want to go there to see it for yourself.
Didn't want it to end.
Published 1 month ago by peter sundborg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by J W Hornby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A brilliant read just couldn't put it down.
Published 6 months ago by helen redpath
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An amazing story of survival.
Published 6 months ago by Jan Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read but not the best book in this genre
Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this story and I've no doubt it's true, but could such a bad run of luck happen to the same person.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading! It brings us to the Outback with ...
Great reading! It brings us to the Outback with Ricky..
Published 10 months ago by S. Viktor
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking read
A most moving book could'nt put it down What a Brave man! J.S
Published 15 months ago by Janet Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars From the start....
...this had me wanting to read more and more....what a great read and had to keep reminding myself it was a true story, this guy had luck on his side.
Published 15 months ago by Mich
3.0 out of 5 stars Left for dead in the outback
Fresh and honest with no bull shot. Refreshingly simple and clearly told giving the reader a raw real experience and sense of being involved throughout.
Published 15 months ago by rod baber
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