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5.0 out of 5 stars Rising/Falling: A must read for all adventurers, 22 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Rising / Falling - Always Hoping: A Journey to a Part of Asia (Paperback)
By James Proctor

Can you imagine surveying the immeasurable emptiness of the Mongolian landscape with nothing on the horizon in any direction, your car which has already crossed continents splutters to a halt for not the first time that day. It's the stuff boyhood dreams are made of.

This accomplished and neatly produced debut by Craig Chamberlain is a real page turner of a book and recounts the journey undertaken by our author and his travelling companion Martyn "jonno" Johnson on the 2007 Mongol Rally. Possibly the most improbable and ludicrous rally in the world, from London to the capital of Mongolia Ulaanbaatar, approximately half way around the world. What makes this expedition seem even more ridiculously impossible is the choice of vehicle, a 20 year old Citron 2CV coupled with the fact that their are no emergency rescue or support teams of any kind would put most people off, in this case I suspect it was this fact that made it irresistible to Craig and "Jonno".
The book gives a warm and beautifully honest account of two young mens' journey through a rarely travelled part of Asia. Some people have wild ideas, but they are exactly that an "idea", this is the story of one of the wildest ideas I have ever heard and its painstaking journey from dream to reality. A real life adventure through un-chartered territory with highs, lows, bandit chases, near death experiences and some of the most colourful characters you will ever read about. This book acts as an excellent guide to the regions of central Asia giving a good feel for the historical and political landscape of these little known countries. A sincere, affectionate and intelligently written book which made me laugh out loud more than once. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is attempting the Mongol rally, visiting any of the countries mentioned or simply enjoys a good story about people who just don't give up. A tale of bravery, ingenuity, friendship, but above all the strength of human spirit.
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