Those of you who read my previous post on the Mongol Rally will know that I am pretty keen about doing it. In fact I have now watched, I think, almost all of the YouTube documentaries on it. Thinking I was a bit addicted I decided to turn my attention to reading about it instead.
I came across this book whilst searching for information about the Mongol Rally. By a sheer magic stroke of luck I managed to come across the book when it was being discounted; and available to download on my kindle for FREE! It had received moderately good reviews and there was nothing to lose so I thought I would give it a read. I am glad I did. It was everything I was looking for in a story about the Mongol Rally. However I also thought it was a great adventure story as well, appealing to people who like reading adventure travel books. It is extremely easy to read as Druce has just taken each day from his daily blog posts which he made on the road during his trip.
The book is about a team of three young men ‘The Scilly Mission’, from (yes you guessed it) the Isles of Scilly. They entered the 2010 Mongol Rally in their trusty little car ‘Pete the Saxo’. Their aim was to drive 1/3 of the way around the planet hopefully ending up in Ulaanbaatar. Quite quickly they leave the security and familiarity of Western Europe as they head onto worsening roads and toughening conditions. They experience 45°C heat one week and snow the next. They are pushed to the limit and the Mongol Rally shows its true test of character and perseverance. With GPS units banned they find themselves with a small cheap compass to guide the way. They face many challenges along their route but all that just adds to the compelling story.
The book not only features their story but at the end there is a more detailed description of the logistics, what they took, how much sponsorship they received, how much it cost etc. It is therefore a great tool for those people who are looking to take part in future Mongol Rallies. I found it a very easy book to dip in and out of and an enjoyable read. There was the odd spelling mistake or inside joke which wasn’t full explained. However this is just a small-scale self-published book so I wasn’t expecting Hemingway and it does not detract from the story at all. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who has read this brief review and thinks it sounds okay. With a kindle price of £1.96 you haven’t got much to lose!