In the Naga's Wake by Mick O'Shea
The First Man to Navigate the Mekong, from Tibet to the South China Sea

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Upon first seeing its unforgiving rapids, 20-year-old traveler Mick O’Shea began dreaming of a solo expedition down the Mekong River, from its source in Tibet to the South China Sea. This exhilarating travel novel captures O’Shea’s extremely dangerous kayak adventure into the unknown through remote gorges, terrifying rapids, and deadly whirlpools, past floating headless bodies, looming dams and terrifying Chinese soldiers. Always seeking adventure and adrenaline, this explorer was immediately attracted to the Mekong’s power as well as to its spiritual and cultural significance and exotic beauty. This extraordinary true story of one man’s wild ride down one of the fastest and most dangerous rivers in the world is a compelling read for armchair travelers, extreme-sports fans, environmentalists, and Southeast Asia enthusiasts.   

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Mick O'Shea is the first person to successfully navigate the Mekong River. He is an expert adventurer who enjoys white-water rafting, trekking, kayaking, and camping. He is the cofounder and CEO of Wildside Eco Tours, which specializes in travel and eco-tourism in Laos.
Published May 28, 2007 by Allen & Unwin. 264 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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The author expounds on the area’s religious conflicts and weighs in with social commentary, taking shots at the Chinese government for its Mekong Cascade of Dams project (eight dams flooding 650 kilometers of the river’s length by 2017), which he views as ecologically unsound and—given China’s du...

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