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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivation from Mount Moldoveanu
Ken's journey from the avalanche on Mt Moldoveanu via Romanian and UK hospitals to learning to walk again then culminating in creating 'The Fan Dance Race' is awe inspiring. He has done this raw material justice in putting it out for all to learn from in a well written book. He makes real the harrowing crawl / hop / walk for three days to safety in a remote Transylvanain...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Touching the Void it is not.
Was like reading a combination of Touching the Void coupled with Jamie Andrews recuperation from his accident in the Alps but not written nearly as well. Got bored with it. A bit too Army barmy for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivation from Mount Moldoveanu, 6 Jan 2014
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Ken's journey from the avalanche on Mt Moldoveanu via Romanian and UK hospitals to learning to walk again then culminating in creating 'The Fan Dance Race' is awe inspiring. He has done this raw material justice in putting it out for all to learn from in a well written book. He makes real the harrowing crawl / hop / walk for three days to safety in a remote Transylvanain hamlet, managing to make me shiver as he described his struggle to survive the soul numbing cold. Then travelling from safety to recovery is even more harrowing and again he captures the emotional suffering all too well. It's perhaps not a book for the squeamish but certainly deserves as wide a readership as possible. I've downloaded it to my Kindle, bought a 'physical' copy on here as well, which I will be passing on, and will be buying my third copy when I will be privileged to meet him at the Old Red Telephone Box later in the month. I can't put it more strongly than that- I've bought in three times. Treat yourself, do it at least once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story, 30 Dec 2013
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An amazing story of what it really takes to survive a catastrophic event and still come out the other side. How he had the determination in such a predicament to keep fighting against every obstacle mother nature could throw is a real testament to the will to live. Its a great read and shows truly what the human spirit is capable of. Enjoyed it immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human endurance personified, 9 Feb 2014
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It takes a special kind of person to come back from the brink of death, this book details just such a person. Every time you close the book you'll feel guilty about leaving Ken alone on the mountain, and all the while you'll be asking yourself, "could I have achieved what he did?", probably not will be the answer. People are capable of amazing things when the odds are stacked against them, this book illustrates just what the human mind and body can endure and overcome. Nails!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What would Ken do?, 13 Jan 2014
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Incredible account of one man's struggle to survive against the odds. A very inspiring and motivational story about the limits of what a man can overcome and achieve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Must Have on Book Shelf, 18 Feb 2014
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The opening quote from Reinhold Messner ,possibly the greatest climber in history , sets the scene for a book you will not be able to put down.I have had the privilege of meeting the legend that is Ken Jones and have participated in 3 of his Fandance challenges and could not wait for this book to be published.I certainly was not dissapointed .It inspires to the point that you feel that nothing is insurmountable.This is not just an incredible story of triumph in adversity in the hostile mountain enviroment it is an uplifting account of impossible endurance and survival against all odds after.If you never end up reading this book you will surely miss out on an opportunity to understand that everything no matter how impossible it may seem is achievable. Ken I salute you ,you truly are an outsanding man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 14 Feb 2014
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I enjoyed this book so much that I read it again within a couple of weeks! It is an incredible story showing such determination and spirit. It's just amazing what adversity can be overcome by Ken's will to live and later with the love of his family and friends. Fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 8 Feb 2014
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Brillant book, a must read. I found it inspirational It demonstrates the human spirit of survival both when alone and how to overcome difficulties no matter how devastating they are
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Inspiring Read, 8 Feb 2014
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Ken's story is very interesting in itself as a triumph over a huge amount of suffering but there are many elements to his book that elevate it above much of the survivalist or 'man vs nature' fare. His regular references to his military training (both physical and mental) and how this helped save his life on several occasions are fascinating. Best of all is his humility, and how he candidly highlights all the fear and doubts he has had on his journey.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring, 1 Feb 2014
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The book is very well written and the narrative is so clear that you feel like you are on the mountain with Ken Jones. The tale is one of solitude, exploration, bad luck, highs and lows but above all how mind over body is the key to survival. A great read that I would recommend to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - inspirational, 25 Jan 2014
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A superb book and a fabulous read. It provides an inspirational view of dealing with adversity and is so vastly different from the norm of mountaineering books that all seem to have become so formulaic. It offers a genuine and honest view of how to deal with challenges and resolve them with emotion and pragmatism. Highly recommend and well worth a read.
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