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Really enjoyable but duplicates his Everest book; only half his biography...,
This review is from: Mud, Sweat and Tears (Hardcover)
For anyone who hasn't read any of Bear's other books - this is a 5 star book.
For people who have read the Everest book (link below) then it loses a star, or possibly two if you are harsh. I will expand on this below.
I've read both of his main adventure books, Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mount Everest and Facing the Frozen Ocean: One man's dream to lead a team across the treacherous North Atlantic and was inspired to read the rest of his story in this book. However I was left feeling a little cheated that only 20 pages or so detail his life after the Everest expedition - which was almost 15 years ago. It's clearly going to be a two part autobiography but it should say this on the foreward, in my opinion.
It's split roughly into a third SAS selection, a third Everest, a sixth on his childhood and a sixth on post Everest (Man vs Wild and so on). The SAS selection is an eye opener and shows just how dogged and determined the guy is - a real inspiration. He is religious but not set in religious ways, which I found was a nice change, describing his faith in a way I haven't heard before - but not ramming it down your throat. It's a really good heartwarming read, basically written, but puts you right in amongst the action.
Unfortunately, passages from his Everest book are literally (excuse the pun) ripped out and put into this book. That's a shame in my eyes. He could have re-written it in a better way from the original book, maybe spent less volume on it, and gone into more detail of his other amazing adventures instead. That's my opinion; crossing the Atlantic in a small inflatable boat is incredible, as are the Man vs Wild adventures.
I give a lot of respect to him admitting his faults (like he needs my respect!), and saying that the Man vs Wild team muck in to tie knots, fetch firewood and so on. Anyone who didn't think this was the case doesn't really get the point - it's a TV show, for entertainment after all.
Can't wait for the second installment!