July 29, 2018

#BookReview of OVERLAND: Welcome to Africa by Pete Mandra

OVERLAND: Welcome to Africa
Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Pete Mandra
Recommended Age: Adult
About the Book: Through the novel Overland, you will experience Africa through the eyes of Paul DuPree, who, with his future wife at his side, quit his job to participate in an exciting, humor-filled 'overland' journey across Africa with some of the strangest fellow travelers you'll ever meet.

The wild animals? Dangerous. A canvas tent is the only thing separating you from some of Africa's most notorious beasts.

Life on the road? Rugged and rustic. You'd sell your soul for the taste of a cheeseburger.

And the break-neck speed of the South Africa to Kenya itinerary? Brutal. And be sure to bring more than one spare tire.

Paul’s hypochondriac girlfriend, joining him on the trip, worries she's going to die from any number of mysterious tropical diseases. Black market deals, corruption and military convoy escorts aren’t found in any guidebook he’s ever read. And his tour companions, strangers from across the globe, drink, party and destroy their way from South Africa to Kenya.

The only thing keeping him going is the continent itself – rugged, mysterious, and beautiful, in a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, dangerous sort of way. Would that be enough, or would his sanity depart him long before he reach the finish line in Nairobi?

Overland is your ticket to a pain and mosquito free hilarious journey through Africa.







About the Author: 
Pete Mandra began his writing career freelancing for various Chicagoland publications before settling in as a news reporter at the famed City News Bureau, where covering breaking crime news proved the perfect compliment to his dark sense of humor. 

After leaving City News, Pete slowly gravitated away from journalism as a career but never lost his passion for writing.

Always more of a home-body who had only left the country once for a stay in the Bahamas, Pete’s world turned upside when he met his future wife, Jessica in 2000, who shared with him her infectious spirit of travel and adventure. In short order, the two left their corporate jobs, cashed in their savings and gave up their apartment to backpack around the world, including Africa, Europe and the United States, including Alaska. This is his first novel. 


Do I Recommend this book? Oh heck yes!

Notes and Opinions: I seriously need to take a trip Africa now. This book was hilarious and beautiful and just overall great. I felt like I was on the trip with them. The descriptions varied between being so freaking beautiful or so freaking hilarious. I'll have to remember to invite Mr. Pete and his girlfriend/wife along. They would make it the best experience ever. Thank you for such an enjoyable book and I really hope there are more to come!!

 









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