The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places
Robert Young Pelton
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The Adventurist is one man's story, a story that will change the way you think about travel, survival, where you have been, and where you are going.
Enter the world of Robert Young Pelton (if you dare), adventurer extraordinaire, author of Come Back Alive and The World's Most Dangerous Places (required reading at the CIA), and host of his TV series, Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places.
A breakneck autobiography, The Adventurist blasts across six continents and spans four decades of hard-core living with its dispatches of mayhem, adventure in exotic locales, survival against formidable odds, memories of the pivotal events, and memorable portraits of the people that have shaped Pelton's obsessive spirit.
Be shelled with the Talibs on the front lines of Afghanistan; hang out with hit men and rebels in the Philippines; survive a plane crash in Borneo; narrowly escape a terrorist bombing in Africa; dance with headhunters in Sarawak; crew with pirates in the Sulu Sea; explore the events that led Pelton to his unusual calling (including how he honed his survival skills at "the toughest boys' school in North America"); and, perhaps most important, discover Pelton's secret mission--to understand the hearts and minds of the people he meets.
The Adventurist is a real book about the real world, an inspirational read that takes you places you might never willingly go.
From the Hardcover edition.
apologize for the pistol, but the market is a stronghold of Hekmatyar, the leader of Hezb-i-Islami, and somebody tried to assassinate him yesterday. He is wearing it just in case they try it again. He apologizes for having no “propaganda” to give me, but, he says, the Taliban is still in its formative stages, is only a year old. “What is their mission?” I ask. “We the Taliban wish to rid Afghanistan of robbers, rapists, killers, and militia and to create a new Islamic country.” He tells stories
become too familiar with death, but it is good to keep in touch. I spend most of my time in the company of my wife, Linda, and my twin daughters, Lisa and Claire. Living simply and in love is a great thing. There could never be a more perfect life or friend for any man. Nevertheless I still leave. To learn and to return again, tougher, stronger, smarter, hopefully wiser. I cannot stay too long in dangerous places or the impressions would deaden me, the lessons would be lost, the contrast would
armored military vehicles. Naturally this is the day I have chosen to take a drive in the country. As we drive out of the city and toward the mountains, Ahmad points to certain spots and intersections. All that can be seen are bunkers with blast marks from previous attacks. Pointing out recent grenade attacks instead of scenic wonders seems to be the standard patter of guides and cabdrivers. We pass through yellow rice fields on roads bordered by poplars and sycamores turning gold in the autumn
her—it just happened. When I was three years old, my mother took us and ran away from my father. One day I had a family, the next day I didn’t. THE BELLY OF THE BEAST Century City, California • Magazine writers like to give me silly names. I answer their questions for hours, let photographers pose me in silly places, and then they write one page, usually getting half the things I’ve said jumbled up. They like to compare me with fictional characters, Indiana Jones, Rambo, and other
showing navigable waterways and indigenous peoples. There are oil and mineral company exploration maps and the most recent aviation maps. More than just geographical indicators, the shifting borders, the names of discovered regions, and the increasing level of detail tell a romantic history of discovery. Each map shines a bit more light on this dark region. Most of the expeditions are purely scientific, looking at fish, identifying trees. Some are more grandiose. A new cave system needs to be