‘UNDER ASIAN SKIES’
First of all let me say that reviewing the books of Sam Manicom is becoming an absolute pain in the backside…… !!!
WHY?, you may well ask…..Well it’s because within 5 minutes of picking up his books you get so wound up about wanting to get your leg over your bike and go on an adventure ‘RIGHT NOW’ it’s driving me, or should I say riding me mad, and I love it……..
In the last issue ‘Into Africa’ was reviewed, where at the end of reading that book I had tears in my eyes from believing my own adventure had come to an end so what was ‘Under Asian Skies’ going to do to me ……… (tissues please!!!)
What’s this book really like?
It starts where “Into Africa” finishes so I’m off again trapped in my own journey as I start reading, heading into a region I’ve never been before, not even in my mind, on a boat that makes me feel seasick just by reading, as we head off to Australia for a life of picking fruit and lazing around drinking tinnies, swimming around stingers, and watching out for snakes, spiders, and just about everything that slithers, crawls, runs, swims, jumps and bloody well breathes can kill you.
What you don’t expect to nearly kill you is a bloody great big BLUE VAN, that takes you out from the side to chuck you and your bike across the road, where fuel would be pouring across your trapped legs in scorching hot sunlight and then to be asked if you are okay by 3 Australian Hells Angels.
‘MANICOM’ ~ how dare you get me hooked into the book within the first 2 pages………..
You see that’s what a Sam Manicom book does for you. It hooks you within the first few pages. So we’re off on another adventure together, and what I mean by that is even though this book is written by someone who’s actually done the journey I promise you your journey will be unique because your imagination will take you to places that nobody else will go to, and that’s the beauty of the book too.
There is no other form of transport that can take you on such an adventure as a motorbike, so Sam says, and when you think about that he’s absolutely spot on ~ the freedom we feel while riding is special ~ so back to the book….
What I like about this book is, as I’ve already mentioned, the journey it will take you on, as you feel Sams frustration of being knocked off his bike, with the worry of not being able to ride again, or worrying if there’ll be snakes in the bush when he has to camp, or sitting next to an Aborigine getting real knowledge and tasting food that may not be to his palate, and in your mind tasting that food too and going URRGGHH !!!
Nobody knows what’s around the corner, but to discover something that knocks you off your feet, is exactly what happens to Sam, so much so he even saves enough money to fly to Germany, and that is a whole story itself…….you’ll have to buy the book to discover his reason.
The whole aspect of this book “Under Asian Skies” is yet again another triumph for someone who has experienced a journey that 99.99% of us will never do, but will dream of being able to do. The next best thing is to ride with Sam as he takes you along with him with a style of writing that is rare in this world and that is to help make your dreams come true.
You can link and buy the book from here £13.99 plus P&P UK ONLY