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The Pacific Alone: The Untold Story of Kayaking's Boldest Voyage - by Dave Shively

Updated: Aug 5, 2023

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Pacific Alone Book

"Pacific Alone" a story about Ed Gillet's feat of paddling a kayak from California to Hawaii in 1987. The book is a biography of Gillet and his journey.

In "Pacific Alone," the author vividly describes the many challenges that Gillet faced during his 63-day solo voyage, including extreme weather, equipment failures, and encounters with sharks and other sea creatures. The author's writing style shows clarity of thought in his ideas and descriptions. The various threads and themes explored in the book are woven into the plot, which keeps the narrative engaging and brings to life the physical and emotional toll of the journey.

One of the themes explored in the the book is the psychology of solo endurance sports. The author delves into the mindset of people who undertake extreme physical challenges and examines the motivations and fears that drive them. This theme is artfully tied to the various aspects of the Ed Gillet's character which we get to know as the story develops.

"Pacific Alone" is a compelling read that will appeal to people interested in adventure, endurance sports, and the power of the human spirit. The book is a tribute to Ed Gillet's remarkable feat and a testament to the power of the natural world.

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