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You Want Breakfast Now? A Mongol Rally Team Experience [Kindle Edition]

James Druce
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The Mongol Rally - a 10,000 mile adventure, driving a pathetically underpowered car from the UK to Mongolia - all for charity.

"You Want Breakfast Now? A Mongol Rally Experience" is the story of 3 young men from a tiny island in the Isles of Scilly who undertook this challenge in 2010. Despite living on a 2 square mile island, and 2/3rds of the team not having driving licenses, The Islanders obtained a place on the rally and undertook what is possibly the greatest challenge on Earth.

Through cities and villages, mountains and deserts, the Mongol Rally is a true test of character and perseverance. In a challenge where the use of GPS is banned, instead a compass is the chief source of guidance, The Islanders find themselves often up against almost insurmountable problems - but find a way to the finish line.

This story was written on the road, as it happened.

The Scilly Mission raised £15,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. This is the 8th year The Islanders have raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (1 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-read adventure travel book 9 Jun. 2013
By James
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I came across this book whilst searching for information about the Mongol Rally. By a sheer magic stroke of luck I managed to come across the book when it was being discounted; and available to download on my kindle for FREE! It had received moderately good reviews and there was nothing to lose so I thought I would give it a read. I am glad I did. It was everything I was looking for in a story about the Mongol Rally. However I also thought it was a great adventure story as well, appealing to people who like reading adventure travel books. It is extremely easy to read as Druce has just taken each day from his daily blog posts which he made on the road during his trip.

The book is about a team of three young men `The Scilly Mission', from (yes you guessed it) the Isles of Scilly. They entered the 2010 Mongol Rally in their trusty little car `Pete the Saxo'. Their aim was to drive 1/3 of the way around the planet hopefully ending up in Ulaanbaatar. Quite quickly they leave the security and familiarity of Western Europe as they head onto worsening roads and toughening conditions. They experience 45°C heat one week and snow the next. They are pushed to the limit and the Mongol Rally shows its true test of character and perseverance. With GPS units banned they find themselves with a small cheap compass to guide the way. They face many challenges along their route but all that just adds to the compelling story.

The book not only features their story but at the end there is a more detailed description of the logistics, what they took, how much sponsorship they received, how much it cost etc. It is therefore a great tool for those people who are looking to take part in future Mongol Rallies. I found it a very easy book to dip in and out of and an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for potential ralliers. 29 Aug. 2014
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This is a brilliant account of a trek to Mongolia. The scene which lends itself to the title "You want breakfast NOW?" describes in excellent humour the tribulations involved in communicating abroad across a language barrier. My favourite scene had to be the group's days in Ukraine, and the friends they made there. The whole story from start to finish is inspiring and has made me want to take the Mongol Rally in the future, it gives an excellent insight into the challenges involved, areas of preparation needed, the fun that can be had along the way and the experiences that can be gained. Following reading this book, I got in touch with the author to ask for advice about the rally, and he very kindly replied with some further tips. Good book, easy to read, written in a positive and friendly way and full of exciting, interesting and interpid tales. Must read if you're at all interested in doing the rally.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 9 April 2012
By Daniel
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Got this book on the kindle when it was free. Saw it advertised on a certain audio\visual forum.

Finished the book in a day. I actually quite enjoyed it. I'd never heard of the Mongol Rally before.

For me the border crossings and getting frequently stopped by the police were some of the funniest parts.

There were a few spelling mistakes and some private jokes which were about the only minor negative points for me.

The book was just about perfect length and the action moved along pretty quickly. Worth reading if you're interested in the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Adventure of a Lifetime 13 May 2015
What do you get when you take three young men, one car and over 13.000 km (9.000 miles) of driving through 15 different countries, where none of the three speak the language or seem to know much about?
That's right - you get the adventure of a lifetime, and this is exactly what the Mongol Rally turned out to be for three lads from Tresco (Scilly Islands).

The report of their trip of 30 days fills not only a website, but also this ebook. Its title, "You Want Breakfast Now?", does not offer any hint of its content, making reading it a small adventure for the reader as well. (In the second half of the book the origin of the title is revealed.)

I'd not heard about the Mongol Rally before, but apparently it is a well established annual charity event (it has its own website, of course, and a wikipedia entry). The three young men from Tresco didn't know everything before they started, either, but they certainly learned loads along the way, and let their readers participate.

Apart from being an enjoyable read, I learnt a few things which may come in useful (at a future pub quiz, for instance), such as, why potholes are called potholes, and the name of Mongolia's currency. Would you know?

A bit of proofreading would have greatly benefitted the book, but it's not so bad as being unreadable. To know when to write "its" or "it's" seems to have been a greater challenge than the Rally itself, and the author (or whoever edited/proofread the text) gets it right only a handful of times in the whole book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Journey 1 July 2014
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Well this took some reading... the book was quite a bit longer than most I have read lately.. I dont know how one reviewer read it in a day ! Its a great travel book about 3 lads who take part in the Mongol Rally. Its not an easy trip.. no one said it would be but it certainly was an eye opener to just how dangerous taking part in something the Mongol Rally can be . Well worth reading , made a change from the usual travel books Ive read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book a day to day account of the trip. A good insight into the experience.
Published 8 months ago by Edwin Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. James Drucey has a gift for this type of writing. I was there with them on their journey to Mongolia.
Published 11 months ago by
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
For a first time piece of writing this is a great piece of work. A mad cap adventure across Europe in aid of charity with a new challenge every day. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Crafter
5.0 out of 5 stars No I'd like Mongalan stew please!
Very good read. Made you feel as if you were going along for a ride. I want to do the rally now!
Published 23 months ago by Giggles
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed
Ok so it has the odd grammatical error but so what, it's enthusiasm, honesty and bare bones of a story is excellent. Read more
Published on 13 Jun. 2013 by pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
This is a great recounting of one team's experience of the Mongol rally. Entertaining even if you have no intention of doing it yourself!
Published on 2 Jun. 2013 by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely reminder of the 2010 rally
I just wish the Kindle edition had some photos.
Almost feel inspired to write an account of our own trip
Published on 1 Jun. 2013 by John S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great story of something which I had been unaware of beforehand and so much so that I now want to ride the rally. Great insight into what to expect and endure. Read more
Published on 1 Jun. 2013 by Mezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Mongol Madness
A fantastic read, I read the original blog and although has much the same content there is enough extra material to warrant buying it - doubly so since I'll be doing the rally this... Read more
Published on 1 Jun. 2013 by Bongoman
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