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I was selected to be a tour stop on the “Race to Tibet” virtual book tour through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. I received a complimentary copy of “Race to Tibet” direct from the author Sophie Schiller, in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.
Interest in reading:
I have held an appreciation for World Religions since I was quite young – one of my favourite World Religions to research and read about is Buddhism which led me to readings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Anyone who becomes familiar with his texts, will start to see the traditions of Tibet emerge and a cultural heritage that was nearly taken out. Tibet has been the centerpiece of novels, motion pictures and non-fiction releases for quite a long time now. The expeditions to Tibet are legendary and they were fraught with difficulties – both to the people on the expedition and to the conditions the expediters found themselves inside.
I appreciate seeking out novelists and writers who hold a like-minded appreciation for Tibet and honour the legacy of Tibet through positive and well-researched stories; when I saw this book coming back round the blog tour circuit, I felt perhaps I should re-consider my original instinct to fear it was too much for me to consume and take a chance on reading it now. This novel previously toured with France Book Tours, and I had turned it down in the Spring (of 2015) to review but decided perhaps, I had been a bit too quick in that assessment. Thus, I am re-approaching it in the Autumn by having the chance to participate on the HFVBTs blog tour instead.
By 1889 Tibet is the last unexplored country in the world. Gabriel Bonvalot is determined to be the first Westerner to reach Lhasa but lacks a sponsor. When the Duke of Chartres promises to pay his expenses Bonvalot agrees, even after he learns he must bring along the Duke's wayward son, Prince Henri d'Orléans. Along the way Bonvalot meets Camille Dancourt, the wife of a missing surveyor, who attaches herself to the expedition in order to find her missing husband. During the journey the intrepid explorers are besieged by freezing temperatures, volatile winds, mountain sickness, hostile Tibetans, and duplicitous Chinese Mandarins. Nearing collapse, Bonvalot realizes they will have to resort to force if they ever wish to escape Tibet alive.
RACE TO TIBET is an adventure thriller that will take you on a suspenseful journey to the Roof of the World.
Places to find the book:
Published by Self Published
on 26th January, 2015
Format: Paperback Edition
Self-Published By: Tradewinds Publishing
Available Formats: Paperback & Ebook
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge