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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2009
If you read this book you will feel like you've travelled every mile of the journey to South Africa with Lois. She has that knack of blending the humour of her experiences with the downright frightening. The story is told with the highs and the lows, warts and all. Watch out if you ever meet Lois because you could end up in her next book. She is a dab hand at summming people up and not slow to make her opinions about people known! As well as the descriptions of the countries she travels though, what made this book for me was the way she describes the characters she meets on the way. The sheer determination and positive attitude of this woman is an inspiration. Buy it, read it and, if you can, get on your bike and get out of here! (I recommend you also read "Lois on the loose", her first book)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2010
I read Lois Pryce's first book, Lois On The Loose, and thought it was so enjoyable that I started Red Tape and White Knuckes hoping, but doubting, that it could be as entertaining. My doubts vansihed after the first chapter. I had just as much fun riding along with her through Africa as I did going to Tierra del Fuego in the first book. She's a terrifically entertaining writer. I've seen other books about touring that might appeal more to the motorcyc;e mechanic or to people who want "how to" guidebooks, but for sheer fun and adventure, you can't find better stories then the ones Lois tells.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2009
Having read 'Lois on the Loose' I was eager for more from this brave and funny young woman and wasnt disapointed ! Lois shares her amazing journey through desert, mud ,minefields and scary encounters with her usual lightheartedness although you know that it must have been really tough going! You are an inspiration Lois !
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2008
Well some time ago I read and thoroughly enjoyed "Lois On The Loose" and have had
"Red Tape & White Knuckles" pre ordered for some time.
Mr Amazon honoured his Promise and as It dropped through my door on the 4th of June
I thought at least that is one really good read to take with me next week on holiday.
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BUT.. I made the mistake of reading the prologue ..... Then finished the book on Thursday night.!!
I must say I really REALLY enjoyed it, Even More Than "Lois On The Loose"
I take my hat.. and coat and shoes off to This young lady, She is certainly one Mad, Guttsy and Brave lass to tackle such a journey.
She also posses that rare talent as a writer, That once lifted and commenced The Book is so damn hard to put down..
A Really Excellent adventure and extremely well told, The reader is almost there riding alongside with her.
A Highly recommended read
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2009
Lois Pryce writes great travelling adventure books, this one is no exception. I have to say though I enjoyed her first one better but this one is close! I will be looking for her next one, I'm sure I'll enjoy it as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2010
Well I absolutely enjoyed the first book by Lois about her adventures from Alaska and down through South America and was eager to get a copy of this book when I realised she had done a 2nd trip. I'm only a few chapters in but already I'm completey captured and the story flows just like her first book. I've so got the itch for my own adventure in 2010.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Here is her second travel book. In her first she escapes a boring job at the BBC (I find it hard to imagine a boring job at the BBC - I tend to think they must all live endlessly fascinating lives... anyway) to ride her motorcycle from the tip of Alaska all the way to the southern tip of South America.

Here she rides from England all the way to the southern tip of Africa.

Her style is chatty and engaging, but I do find she tends to team up with others on the trip which seems to take some of the adventure out of it. rather than being a solo female ride it becomes a series of jaunts with others. In fairness, on this trip she does spend long sections alone too and in fact on one of these has the scariest and truly liffe threatening encounters which all solo travelers must fear. She copes with it superbly and comes off unharmed. So she must be given full credit for her endeavor and bravery. I also like her faith in human nature and positive outlook despite adversity. But compared to many travel accounts hers do seem a bit less arduous in places, a bit tame. That may be a reflection on the fact that even places like Africa are gradually getting better roads and the remote places are no longer so remote.

So this is a light read, and I enjoyed it. I will continue to buy her books - she hints at another at the end of this one. But do expect some sections to be rather mundane as she travels with a cross country rally team and then follows some people in Landrover and so on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2009
I have just finished this book and feel absolutely exhausted and yet quite exhilarated. The journey Lois took me on down through the Africa was a real insight into this developing continent, Trying desperately to find their place in the global world. Constantly fighting the harsh weather and riding conditions, Lois introduces the reader to a plethora of fascinating and stead fast people; `there is no place for Pre-conceived ideas of how people will behave based on their living conditions'. I constantly found myself say out loud "Oh my god lois" but with her grit and extraordinary determination she battles through the many difficult situations. This is a great read and one you will not what to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2010
As funny as her first book is (Lois On The Loose) her second book is frightening.
So many times tragedy was waiting in the wings to ruin the rest of her life, or end it.
She conveys the thrill of adventure along with the occasions of fear and even terror.
Africa is not a place I would choose to journey and reading her account has not changed my view.
I did however, appreciate her views of the people and problems of the areas.
I am looking forward to any other books she will write and hope they will be fun and funny in line with her personality and joy of life.

I recommend this book to all adventurers as a balanced view of the joys and fears of travel in dangerous areas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2008
This is the second Lois Pryce book I have bought and read, to add to my large collection of travel books (not all motorcycle travel), and I unable to decide if it is the best or the second best book on my shelf. Either way they are both written by Lois! This book is well named; at times I found myself holding my breath as I turned the pages, wondering what was going to happen next. I'm sure there were indentations in the covers when I finished.
My good lady is not a travel book or motorcycle fan but she simply devoured both these books in a day or two each, so I can recommend this book highly to people with a passion for bikes, a passion or adventure travel AND to people without! If Lois can go to these places and do these things by herself, I'm really looking forward to seeing what she and her husband Austin Vince Mondo Enduro: The Ultimate Adventure on Two Wheels - 44,000 Miles in 400 Days can do together. Heaven help us if they ever have kids! Buy it for yourself and leave it laying around for the rest of the family to read. Thanks Lois!
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