Bookwatch (Oregon, WI USA)
In the Mountains (The Roads We Take) (Paperback)
The drive and determination of people sometimes cannot be deterred by
the might of nature. "In the Mountains" is a telling of true events of
six mountaineers who travel the border between Russia and Mongolia, and
face the harshness of the winter temperatures that could very easily
turn fatal. With a bit of humor and dedication to life's drive, "In the
Mountains" is a fine read for those seeking stories of true adventure.
From the Publisher
This story is about real adventure. In it, like through revealing
magnifying glass, we can see how social and individual characters of
participants define their behaviour and interrelationships in extreme
situation, and eventually success or failure of the whole group. Vivid
and emotional description of wild mountainsí beauty makes the reader
direct participant of the events. The story inspire readers for high
life achievements, proves that they are possible.
Stefan Vucak for Readers Favorite
Five trekkers and their guide set off on a 200-kilometer trek through
the mountains of Tuva in Russia near the Mongolian border. Riding in an
open truck through a coal-mining town, they arrive at their starting
point covered in coal dust. After washing themselves with snow, they set
off. The first day takes them through a forest until they reach the
treeline. Not clothed properly, their equipment inadequate, they face
sub-zero temperatures, rugged climbing and frostbite. The guide turns
out to be less than competent, landing them in trouble a number of
times. When one of the members comes down with severe foot frostbite,
Yuri helps him reach safety, while the others continue their trek.
In this short work the reader is taken into a rugged environment and
exposed to spectacular natural beauty. The book provides a glimpse into
the nature of mountain trekking and the consequences of not being
prepared. The work is a nice blend of scenic narrative and a window into
the characters who undertake such journeys. This would have made a great
drama had the author expanded on the personalities and emotional
conflicts of the participants. Nevertheless, this is a very good read.
The author, Yuri K. Shestopaloff, has a mastery for evocative imagery,
dragging the reader into his world. One can almost feel the cold and
ice, the majesty of towering peaks and plunging valleys. "In the
Mountains" is a diverting excursion into harsh trekking. Vanessa Bittner
has complemented the authorís efforts with skilful translation.