Paia, Hawaii (PressExposure) January 25, 2007 -- It has been said that thereâs a gene that makes some people strive to live life on the edge, challenge the impossible, and enjoy living to its fullest. If so, award-winning Hawaii author Brandon Wilson is just such a person. His latest book âDead Men Donât Leave Tips: Adventures X Africaâ is one shining example of a man who âwalks the talk.â
In a recent review of Wilsonâs latest safari adventure book, Mayra Calvani writing in the Midwest Book Review calls this trans-African adventure story a âthrilling, captivating true tale of a honeymooning couple who quit their job, sell their home and cars, and leave everything behind to achieve a dream: cross Africa on a seven-month, 10,000-mile journey from Morocco to Cape Town.
Join professional travelers Wilson and Cheryl as they bargain with villagers, struggle with incompetent guides and government officials, pass sleepless nights in deplorable accommodations, cross the Sahara amidst sand storms and blistering heat, meet gorillas and Pygmies face to face, and climb Mount Kilimanjaro, reminding us all along that simple things such as a nice meal, a shower and getting cash can become the ultimate luxuries.
The tale is poignant with ironic humor and human drama. Each chapter begins with a witty, profound African proverb, and in the middle section the author includes interesting B&W photographs to complement his account and give a clearer picture of Africaâs sights and sounds.
Whatâs striking about Wilsonâs books (heâs also the author of the IPPY Award winner Yak Butter Blues) is that his journeys are not only physical but highly spiritual as well. His are journeys of body and soul in every sense of the word. The author writes with honesty and a sharp eye for detail, making this an invaluable amalgam of information for readers of adventure travel or anybody who is considering âdo-it-yourselfâ safaris or simply visiting Africa. Interlaced with this honesty and detail are Wilsonâs beautiful prose, obvious passion for adventure and a deep inquisitiveness about other cultures, making this book a pleasure to read. Having already reviewed Wilsonâs previous work, this reviewer is already looking forward to his next. Highly recommended.â (5 stars)
The Travel Shelf reviewer at Midwest Book Review, also called it, âFascinating, informative, humorous, poignant, surprising, Dead Men Don't Leave Tips is a terrific read from first page to last - and would make a popular addition to any personal or community library Travel section.â
Brandon Wilson is an award-winning author/photographer. A voracious explorer of nearly 100 countries, he's passionate about inspiring others to discover the world and themselves through long-distance trekking. He has walked five major long-distance pilgrimage trails. However, the most challenging path was a 650-mile path that he and his wife Cheryl trekked with their horse from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu. It is the subject of his critically acclaimed book, âYak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith,â an Independent Publisher IPPY Award-winner. His photographs have won awards from National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazines and he is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club.
Simply put, Wilsonâs philosophy is, âDon't put off following your dreams. There are always excuses and the world is full of naysayers. Chart your own course and do it! No excuses, no regrets.â
âDead Men Donât Leave Tips: Adventures X Africaâ (ISBN: 0977053644, 0977053652) was recently published by Pilgrimâs Tales, along the second edition of Wilsonâs award-winning âYak Butter Bluesâ (ISBN: 0977053660, 0977053679).
Whether youâre planning a safari yourself, youâre an avid armchair-traveler, or simply like to just shake your head at the craziness of others, Wilsonâs tales are bound to give you an inspiring and unforgettably gritty glance at lands less traveled.
Both books are distributed by Ingram and Baker & Taylor in the US and Gardners and Bertrams in the UK and Europe. They are available at bookstores, Amazon.com, BN.com, major Internet bookstores and from PilgrimsTales.com.
For a preview, please visit http://www.PilgrimsTales.com.
Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review publishes several monthly publications for community and academic library systems in California, Wisconsin, and the upper Midwest.