I could not put this book down, always a good indicator of an impressive read. This was far more than impressive, Rowing the Pacific is Mick Dawson's very personal story from his time in the Royal Marines to rowing the Atlantic and then the ultimate challenge of rowing the Pacific. The book has everything, humour, thrills as Mick battles for his life after capsizing on one trip raw emotion as Mick comes to terms with his experiences as a serviceman of over 10 years and the loss of his father whilst on the expedition, absolutely terrifying descriptions of storms he and his fellow rower battled through, it could be described as a boys own adventure but this was Micks real life and experiences. And if that was not enough he has also been helping fellow service men and their struggles with PTSD with the Cockleshell Endeavour project. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - I will be buying more copies for friends and family for Christmas.
A roller coasters of a novel in 8 sizzling volumes with some hot gypsies thrown in....oh that was Blackadder III. This book was a super read from beginning to end, it took you through the full range of emotions. It highlighted the plight of service people who struggle to achieve that same physical and mental highs they experienced whilst serving once they return to Civvy Street. Behind the story in a single-minded determination to achieve a goal but this is tempered with a duty to others and an ability to remove yourself from emotions and see the situation from both sides. It was a very British book in terms of what mattered to the writer and it got this across without being over-sentimental. Despite dealing with some very difficult issues that affected Mick during his epic voyages it injected humour at the right places. Found it inspiring and inspirational and was an excellent read. You felt the main characters pain, in this case fact is stranger than fiction....what next a film or perhaps Everest?
I know Mick, or I thought I knew Mick. I knew he was stubborn, single-minded and determined. What I didn't know was he is also a storyteller who has made me finish a book quicker than the dot to dot annual I received for Christmas in 1972. Having grown up on Portland almost surrounded by the sea, I know of it's power and unforgiving nature. I struggle to find why anyone would voluntarily place themselves at it's mercy when it is at it's majestic best. Mick has done this and I am in awe that he has. I am thankful that he has put in print his story(ies) as I have tried to get the story out of him before, but he prefers to talk about others. A story of peaks and troughs, grit determination, sorrow and joy, but most of all a compelling read. Full of aspiration, inspiration and perspiration, I personally cannot wait for the Sequel.
this review is for the audio version but my wife tells me the written word is as good.
As a sightless disabled adventurer I've both helped organise and been on expeditions around the world, so understand the enormity of this challenge
I also have an extensive audio book library, It's quite rare for an author to narrate his own book most hire actors or famous voices. In this case Mick narrates in a clear cool level way as I imagine is the man's character. He comes across with a genuine love for his sport and an honesty in his story that comes from the heart in a way that leaves you flinching and dreading the next crashing wave. A must for arm chair adventurers who may find after reading this IT'S TIME TO LEAVE THE CHAIR
ROWING THE PACIFIC by Mick Dawson: I am an Ocean Rower, and have read a lot of books by fellow Ocean Rowers, and enjoyed them, BUT, this one beats them all. It was brilliant, so gripping that once started I could not put it down, read it in one go, neglecting all my work and chores. This man is brave. This man can row but most of all THIS MAN CAN WRITE.
This is a story of genuine adventure, Mick achieved one of man kinds greatest ocean going feats. He barely escaped with his life on his first attempt and to go back and try again must have seemed like utter madness to those close to him. This story is also incredibly well written, who know a boy from humble Boston would grow up to become a genuine warrior poet.
A genuinely brilliantly written account of Mick’s various rowing endeavours. As an ocean rower I am always sceptical about reading other people’s accounts of what is a very personal experience! But Mick’s words kept me engaged and in awe to the very end! Mick is a brilliant ocean rower and writer, a true gentleman with an incredible story to tell!