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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Great Adventure!

    This book has made me a lifelong fan of the sport. Many of the mushers featured in the book are still competing and active in today's races. This book brings the world of mushing to life and keeps you hooked! Fun read!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2000

    An engrossing adventurers adventure.

    As with 'Into Thin Air', this is one of the best and most insightful adventure books I've read in a long time. Except for the plane rides, I found myself wishing to be with him as he experienced learning the difference between being an 'Authentic' and an 'Outsider'. This book is not just another adventure story. It's more. There is a deeper meaning lying below the surface of the 'Quest' which makes reading it all the more interesting. To be more succinct--'Bravo'!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    I am so cold

    I borrowed this book from the library but ended up buying it. I loved every minute of reading it and became so involved with the characters. My great-great uncle went to the Yukon to dig for gold - loved the history in the book.You feel so cold while reading it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    I loved this book!

    A thoroughly satisfying read. Balzar is able to put into descriptive words the joy, pain, euphoria, agony, love, fear, misery, sights, sounds, smells, and debilitating fatigue of the Yukon Quest. Wonderful character descriptions and totally unafraid to speak his mind. He very eloquently captures the strength and bravery of the mushers in Bruce Lee's heroic struggle up Eagle Summit. I loved this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    A New Jack London

    The author brings alive the poetry of the cold. Not only a gripping adventure story about a race of unbelievable hardship, this book tells the melancholy tale of the passing of a way of life - the last of the homesteaders of the great North.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    A chronicle of a deeply moving experience

    By Tom David age 71. Highly reccommended joyful and worrisome account of the Yukon Quest. I have spent quite a bit of time in our great neighbor to the north, Canada. Even now plans are being made to ride my BMW the length of the AlCan highway in July of course. It is a vast and lovely country.

    Luckily for me I have formed deep lasting friendships with several men who are much like those he describes. They live in homes they have built themselves and scratch out a living guiding tourists throughout the Northwest Territory and the Yukon. This book captures the beauty and yes, extremes of these lands, and the self reliance of its peoples.

    I would hope that we take very seriously Mr. Balzar's concerns that this irreplaceable natural treasure, the sub-artic of Canada and Alaska, remains unspoiled. The book makes the strongest case possible for conservation of these lands yet without becoming "preachy". It is entertaining and absorbing read. I find myself re-reading it every 2-3 years and wanting more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    My adventure in reading cut short

    What started out to be an exciting narrative about the great far north turned into typical modern prose. I wish Mr. Balzar could have told his story without the obligatory profanity. I couldn't get beyond about the first 60 pages. I guess I'll reread some Jack London . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    Hard to put down

    Some writers are good at describing nature, some people and personalities; this author is great in both. You can see, feel, and even smell the surroundings of the race and its participants and followers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2000

    True grit!

    I really enjoyed this book! John Balzar mixes adventure, politics, history, even romance in the wild and unforgiving far north. Toward the end, I didn't want to put it down.

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