The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places
Robert Young Pelton
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The Adventurist is one man's story, a story that will change the way you think about travel, survival, where you have been, and where you are going.
Enter the world of Robert Young Pelton (if you dare), adventurer extraordinaire, author of Come Back Alive and The World's Most Dangerous Places (required reading at the CIA), and host of his TV series, Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places.
A breakneck autobiography, The Adventurist blasts across six continents and spans four decades of hard-core living with its dispatches of mayhem, adventure in exotic locales, survival against formidable odds, memories of the pivotal events, and memorable portraits of the people that have shaped Pelton's obsessive spirit.
Be shelled with the Talibs on the front lines of Afghanistan; hang out with hit men and rebels in the Philippines; survive a plane crash in Borneo; narrowly escape a terrorist bombing in Africa; dance with headhunters in Sarawak; crew with pirates in the Sulu Sea; explore the events that led Pelton to his unusual calling (including how he honed his survival skills at "the toughest boys' school in North America"); and, perhaps most important, discover Pelton's secret mission--to understand the hearts and minds of the people he meets.
The Adventurist is a real book about the real world, an inspirational read that takes you places you might never willingly go.
From the Hardcover edition.
and genetic mingling. A small, yellowed newspaper notice drops out of an envelope. It announces the marriage of the only daughter of Frances and Hugh Parker of Richmond Street to the oldest son of Wells and Frieda Pelton of Luseland, Saskatchewan. The date is what intrigues me. Subtract the date of my birth from my parents’ wedding date and it becomes obvious why my parents married. And so I was slipped into the rapidly flowing river that is life. A turbulent life that was to contain an intricate
college, get a summer job, and just be normal. The day after the graduation ceremony my mother turned to me and said, “Donald and I have decided it’s time for you to leave home.” I was sixteen and homeless. PART TWO EVOLUTION THE QUEEN OF KING CITY King City, California • It’s time to take another high-speed motorcycle tour. Like a fly fisher who fishes and relishes the same stream, I must look within the obvious to see if I can understand the nuances of my own life. A stiff
to sleep, and an hour later the strident roosters under the longhouse wake me. I now have a blanket on me. The family are still there, chatting softly. They see that I am awake and invite me to share their simple breakfast with them. As I get ready to leave, I give them whatever useful items are in my bag and wish them luck. The Ibans did not take my head but my heart. THE MAILBOY Toronto, Ontario • To determine what industry should be blessed by my talents, a counselor back in Victoria
with someone. Embarrassed, I abandoned my pack inside her house and went to a nearby shopping mall. All the men looked like football players, all the girlfriends like cheerleaders. It seemed like everyone drove black Firebirds or Camaros. Tired of walking around, I went back to Jean’s apartment. She was thrilled to see me. “Oh God, you came back to me” was how she greeted me. Now I was getting confused. She made me lunch, then said, “Come with me to the bedroom. I want to be made love to.” A
mountainous land with a Mediterranean rim, a safe place except for Algeria, where a government wars on its own people. The shores of North Africa are a rich, indolent place where people once fed and inebriated the entire Roman Empire with their wheat and grapes, a land of empty ruins, great hospitality, and sparse elegance. There is the West, a land of color, cultural clashes, and forced stability, albeit a criminal or colonial one. This area is only embarrassed by the two nations set up as free