Monday, March 23, 2015

Race To Tibet by Sophie Schiller (with giveaway)

Race To Tibet
by Sophie Schiller

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @SophieSchiller

Just released: January 26, 2015
Publisher: Tradewinds Publishing
Genre: Adventure, Historical, France
Paperback: 336 pages
Rating: 3.5

An intrepid band of explorers headed by Gabriel Bonvalot, France’s greatest explorer, and his partner, Prince Henri d’OrlĂ©ans, attempt to be the first living Europeans to reach Lhasa. Before they leave Paris, Bonvalot meets Camille Dancourt, the beautiful, strong-willed wife of a French surveyor who disappeared in Tibet, who desperately wishes to join the expedition.

When the caravan sets out they face freezing temperatures, violent winds, mountain sickness, hostile Tibetans, duplicitous Chinese Mandarins, and a beguiling Tibetan Buddhist princess with a deadly secret.

When the explorers reach Tibet, they discover a land of mystery and intrigue, a land of danger that promises them only one thing: death. On the verge of collapse, Bonvalot realizes they must resort to deadly force if they ever wish to escape Tibet alive.

My two-bits:

For the most part, this story was a travelogue (without pictures). It went into the details and logistics of a caravan traveling to, in and around Tibet during the 1800s. Along with horrendous weather and terrain conditions to battle at times, local people and authorities in regards to paperwork, official documents and bribes created road blocks to contend with as well.

Despite different personalities and reasons to travel, the key characters of this story shared the same one-track mind and determination to get through the journey.

Although there was a woman in this expedition, not much of her experience is presented. I would have liked to read more about what she had to deal with during her travels. For instance, how did she deal with personal grooming i.e. the monthly periods?

I was also curious to know more about the different cultures they encountered and wanted more colorful descriptions of the people and surroundings.

There is also a side story of a missing person mystery that carries to the end.

The author's notes revealed how the two explorers came to be the focus of this story which was a fun trivia bit to learn about.

About the author:

Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies.

Among other oddities her family tree contains a Nobel prize-winning physicist and a French pop singer.

She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations.

She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

She is currently at work on a new historical thriller set in the Caribbean.

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  1. thanks for your honest review, where you highlight what worked for you and what you think should have been more developed

  2. A great giveaway and fascinating feature and giveaway. An explorer whom I have read about and admire is Shackleton. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. by the way, as specified in the email sent, this is a GLOBAL giveaway: = International giveaway, 5 winners
    Print/digital for US/Canada residents
    Digital for other countries
    It is also clear in the giveaway form itself.
    So 5 winners for all readers entering on all the blogs doing this tour. So it does not mean that one of your readers will automatically be a winner

  4. My favorite explorer is the British traveler, Dame Freya Stark. Her first book, published way back in the 1920s is very interesting. It's called Baghdad Sketches and is a collection of essays about living in that city way back then. Thanks

  5. I'm not sure I do have a favorite.


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