Friday, April 11, 2008

#11 - Panic Rising

As you can probably see by now, I love a good tale of survival. Panic Rising is a recounting of a number of other people's true stories about their brushes with death at the hands of nature. I was a bit skeptical about the retelling of a survival story, since I tend to like to read it straight from the source. You lose a lot of the psychological and inner-thought of such a traumatic experience when it is interpreted by someone else, and this is precisely the main shortcoming of the book. The other issue is that all of the tales are similar and many come from the same region and maps are given early on in the story which give away too much detail. There is nothing inherently wrong with the book, but there are much better stories out there. Not Recommended.

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