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Early Praise for Brandon Wilson’s
Dead Men Don’t Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa
“Journeys of body and soul in every sense of the word…”
"Dead Men Don’t Leave Tips is the thrilling, 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 Africa’s sights and sounds. What’s striking about Wilson’s books (he’s 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 “do-it-yourself” safaris or simply visiting Africa. Interlaced at its most sublime, detail are Wilson’s beautiful prose, obvious passion for “Travel writing with this honesty and a paean to Africa in all her contradictory beauty…” adventure and a deep inquisitiveness about other cultures, making this book a pleasure to read. Having already reviewed Wilson’s previous work, this reviewer is already looking forward to his next. Highly recommended." (5 stars) ~ Mayra Calvani, The Midwest Book Review
“A masterful crossroads of characters, exotic places, history and human drama in a rig that never stalls.”
“Brandon Wilson jacks the vehicle of trans-African adventure for a ride so real you breathe the dust and drip the sweat while trundling down off-the-beaten tracks outstanding in the number and quality of their ruts. If adventure drives are a genre, Wilson has created a smarter, more brazen, more sweeping subspecies. This is a masterful crossroads of characters, exotic places, history and human drama in a rig that never stalls, and allows the devil to drive his own ill-behaved backyard.” ~ Richard Bangs, producer of Richard Bangs ADVENTURES, co-founder Mountain Travel Sobek / author Mystery of the Nile
“It makes the world’s most exciting continent read just like that.”
“It used to be only the British mastered the art of spinning the sweaty traveler’s tale. Along comes Brandon Wilson who teaches us that an observant fellow from Hawaii can deal with Africa’s grime, dysentery and uncertainty with superior grace and wit. Honest, gritty and insightful. Best of all, it makes the world’s most exciting continent read just like that.“ ~ John Heminway, film producer/ author of Yonder: A Place in Montana and No Man's Land: A Personal Journey into Africa ~over~
“Brandon Wilson's DEAD MEN DON'T LEAVE TIPS is that rare event: a travel book that transcends its genre to become a transformative journey of the soul into a disparate and gorgeously challenging culture, as seen through the eyes of a man determined to experience life as it is, rather than as it's presented to us. This is travel writing at its most sublime, a paean to Africa in all her contradictory beauty, and a tribute to the resiliency of those who travel beyond boundaries not only in search of meaning, but also of understanding.” ~ C.W. Gortner, author of The Secret Lion “I was swept away by the drama and storytelling…This is an adventure journal only the craziest traveler would take as a guide. But we can dream, can’t we? Wilson is never a tourist. He travels heart-first with both feet solidly on the ground and his curiosity always in high gear. He is exactly the right person to be writing travel books for the rest of us.” (5 shakas) ~ Joseph Bean, Maui Weekly “His passages about wildlife, scenery and friendly people sometimes approach the poetic…Like all good writing, this book does a lot more than entertain. One would expect to learn about Africa – its people, animals, landscape – from a travel book, but, without lecturing Brandon gets us to see social conditions; the gap between rich and poor, urban and starving. Racially, he is colorblind, with respect for all people, while sometimes justly indignant about cruel or exploitative behavior. Brandon is a writer with the eye of an artist, a basic decency and social conscience that in another book made him the champion of the suppressed Tibetan people. He has the humor of a cartoonist and the old fashioned ability to tell a good story. I strongly recommend this one to you.” ~ Dr. Bob Rich, award-winning author of 13 books, counseling psychologist “More than a guide to Africa, but an in-depth, often times laugh-out-loud humorous look at the pitfalls of group travel in such a magical country. Wilson clearly depicts the highs and lows of experiencing other cultures, and I thoroughly enjoyed (and learned from) his experiences. Traveling through Africa is not for the weak at heart, and “Dead Men Don’t Leave Tips” is a great place to start learning how to navigate through such an unpredictable adventure.“ (5 stars) ~ Hadley Goodman, Copper Press Publishers “A great read in the comfort of an easy chair, one of those books that inspires the dream of wanderlust…As with all who travel with open eyes and open minds, the journey changed them.” ~ Liz Janes-Brown, Maui News “They start out on a whole-continent-bound bus with the most eclectic collection of travelers I've ever read about. I couldn't stop laughing. But despite the humor, Brandon also describes the sometimes heart-breaking images of people and places in the Africa you don't hear about from the travel guides. He captures these moments, both good and bad. Highly recommended.“ (5 stars) ~ James Damico, Wanderingtheworld.com “There are elements of humor in the Wilsons' predicaments (having chosen what was clearly the world's least trustworthy trekking company), and we can sympathize with their frustrations with oddball traveling companions. Wilson offers great advice for the road (always ask three people the same question; if their answers agree, you may just have the truth). And his concerns about the ecological and social woes of Africa are shared by the many who love the continent that Paul Theroux has called the "Dark Star."” ~ Honolulu Advertiser (Gannett) “A magical story, indeed, laced with humor and tragedy. Well worth reading, “Dead Men Don’t Leave Tips” brings Africa to readers on an intimate level not to be found elsewhere.” ~ Andrew F. O’Hara, author of The Swan: Tales of the Sacramento Valley/journalist “Fascinating, 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.” (5 stars) ~ The Midwest Book Review, Travel Shelf
DEAD MEN DON’T LEAVE TIPS: Adventures X Africa by Brandon Wilson
280 pages, Travel Narrative/Adventure/Non-Fiction with 38 duo-tone photographs and maps 5.5” x 8.5” perfect paperback • ISBN: 0977053644 • $16.95 6” x 9” hardcover • ISBN: 0977053652 • $26.95 published by Pilgrim’s Tales, Inc. © 2006; LCCN: 2005905467 Distributed nationally by Ingram, Baker & Taylor (US); Gardners and Bertrams (UK). Available at bookstores, Amazon.com, BN.com, major Internet bookstores and from PilgrimsTales.com.
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