The forward promises that Distant Suns will “spit you out as a convert to the dream of over-landing by motorcycle.” I disagree.
To categorize this book as “an adventure motorcycle travel book” limits the book’s potential appeal to a broader audience.
Distant Suns will appeal to the non-rider as well.
It proves to be a universally enjoyable way to sample a buffet loaded up with history, geography, human drama, danger and human relationships with the added bonus of cycles for aficionados.
The author’s journey started in 1996 — before cell phones and satellite navigation became affordable and portable for the masses. In 1996 it was all about maps and telephone exchanges.
Add to that the fact that when he started on his journey, the author had only been riding a motorcycle for three months.
The Author refers to himself as “… a pretty ordinary bloke…” when he started out on his adventure, but I beg to differ — this is no ordinary man and no ordinary journey!
While the vivid photos included in the book visually illustrate the exotic locales, it is the author’s words that really bring the trip to life for the reader.
Whether it is bringing to life the beauty of the landscape, the people they meet, the endless dicey border crossings, how they get to where they are going and where they stay when they get there-it is all told in Sam’s richly descriptive style.
This is a great story which reads with the ease of a novel.
Distant Suns has it all: love, good guys, bad guys, beauty, danger, history, geography and last but not least-bikes! Distant Suns is a fast, easy and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Review Date: January 2009
wBW “Flaming Helmet” Rating:
4=Must Have. 3=Should Have. 2=Take it or leave it. 1=Fugeddaboudit.