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<b> “You won’t be able to put it down.”–National Geographic Adventure</b> Inspired by explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his voyage aboard the raft Kon-Tiki, author John Haslett sets out on a modern-day expedition that quickly turns into a fast-paced journey filled with sharks, shipwrecks, and discovery. <b> “ … harrowing, grueling, breathtaking … to describe (The Lost Raft), the <b> “You won’t be able to put it down.”–National Geographic Adventure</b> Inspired by explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his voyage aboard the raft Kon-Tiki, author John Haslett sets out on a modern-day expedition that quickly turns into a fast-paced journey filled with sharks, shipwrecks, and discovery. <b> “ … harrowing, grueling, breathtaking … to describe (The Lost Raft), the word riveting works best.” –Wend Magazine</b> Haslett’s narrative begins with the launching of a thirty-five thousand-pound balsa raft, the Illa-Tiki, and then follows up by thrusting the reader into life on the Pacific Ocean. Over the next five years the author and his crews alternate between living aboard primitive rafts and being marooned in alien worlds. “Haslett’s prose vibrates with energy … [he] makes you feel the lash of the sail and hear the breakers exploding against the rocks … This is a loud, insistently physical read … ” –San Francisco Chronicle Ultimately, Haslett learns the hard lessons of leadership, human frailty, and the secret history of a lost culture. An adventure book as well as a story of survival, The Lost Raft is a revealing look inside two extraordinary expeditions of the late 1990s. “Beautifully written … ” ¬–Dallas Morning News “Haslett’s two most important characters are the sea and the raft, and they come alive on almost every page.” –Publisher’s Weekly <b> “John Haslett has brilliantly combined the expeditionary toughness or Ernest Shackleton and the cutting prose of Ernest Hemmingway to fashion an instant classic of adventure.” —P.J. Capelotti, author of Sea Drift</b> <b> Book </b&gt: <b> Book</b>


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<b> “You won’t be able to put it down.”–National Geographic Adventure</b> Inspired by explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his voyage aboard the raft Kon-Tiki, author John Haslett sets out on a modern-day expedition that quickly turns into a fast-paced journey filled with sharks, shipwrecks, and discovery. <b> “ … harrowing, grueling, breathtaking … to describe (The Lost Raft), the <b> “You won’t be able to put it down.”–National Geographic Adventure</b> Inspired by explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his voyage aboard the raft Kon-Tiki, author John Haslett sets out on a modern-day expedition that quickly turns into a fast-paced journey filled with sharks, shipwrecks, and discovery. <b> “ … harrowing, grueling, breathtaking … to describe (The Lost Raft), the word riveting works best.” –Wend Magazine</b> Haslett’s narrative begins with the launching of a thirty-five thousand-pound balsa raft, the Illa-Tiki, and then follows up by thrusting the reader into life on the Pacific Ocean. Over the next five years the author and his crews alternate between living aboard primitive rafts and being marooned in alien worlds. “Haslett’s prose vibrates with energy … [he] makes you feel the lash of the sail and hear the breakers exploding against the rocks … This is a loud, insistently physical read … ” –San Francisco Chronicle Ultimately, Haslett learns the hard lessons of leadership, human frailty, and the secret history of a lost culture. An adventure book as well as a story of survival, The Lost Raft is a revealing look inside two extraordinary expeditions of the late 1990s. “Beautifully written … ” ¬–Dallas Morning News “Haslett’s two most important characters are the sea and the raft, and they come alive on almost every page.” –Publisher’s Weekly <b> “John Haslett has brilliantly combined the expeditionary toughness or Ernest Shackleton and the cutting prose of Ernest Hemmingway to fashion an instant classic of adventure.” —P.J. Capelotti, author of Sea Drift</b> <b> Book </b&gt: <b> Book</b>

30 review for The Lost Raft: The True Story of Madness, Mutiny, Mud, Sharks, Shipwrecks, Survival, and Extraordinary Discovery in the wake of Kon-Tiki

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    At times, exciting; at times, slow and overly detailed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tait Jensen

    Haslett is no great writer, but he is one hell of an adventurer. I came across this book out of general interest in sea voyages and survival stories, of which "Voyage of the Manteno" is certainly a part. At times tedious and laborious, the book nevertheless grips you, though I must admit that I skipped around near the end as he described their third attempt at constructing and launching a balsa raft. At a certain point, you just tire of the small details and wish to cry out, "Get on with it! We Haslett is no great writer, but he is one hell of an adventurer. I came across this book out of general interest in sea voyages and survival stories, of which "Voyage of the Manteno" is certainly a part. At times tedious and laborious, the book nevertheless grips you, though I must admit that I skipped around near the end as he described their third attempt at constructing and launching a balsa raft. At a certain point, you just tire of the small details and wish to cry out, "Get on with it! We already know that you're going to get marooned or eaten by sharks or smashed against rocks!"

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Lost interest Interesting enough at the beginning but I couldn’t make myself finish it. Go ahead and re-read KonTiki if you need a balsa raft fix

  4. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    The title of this book should be "Shitty times on crappy rafts." I can only recommend this book to people who are thinking about building a balsa raft and traveling the high sees as it will discourage you from doing so. John Haslett was trying to replicate an ancient voyage with ancient technology from a forgotten tribe of indigenous mariners, but that's the problem, he doesn't have the millennia of accumulated knowledge they had. In the end hes a gringo with big dreams on a small raft drifting The title of this book should be "Shitty times on crappy rafts." I can only recommend this book to people who are thinking about building a balsa raft and traveling the high sees as it will discourage you from doing so. John Haslett was trying to replicate an ancient voyage with ancient technology from a forgotten tribe of indigenous mariners, but that's the problem, he doesn't have the millennia of accumulated knowledge they had. In the end hes a gringo with big dreams on a small raft drifting and suffering endlessly and bringing a bunch of other would be adventurers along to slowly drain of hope. Really what a crap shoot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dan Walker

    Some notes: Sure wish I could see the Pacific sky at night with zero artificial light. It takes a log of dogged determination to be an adventurer, especially when one has no budget. Lessons on leadership: see things that are happening for what they are. Don't ignore them. John Haslett is the world's foremost expert on how NOT to build a balsa log raft. Thor Heyerdahl wasn't always a straight shooter. I did enjoy reading the book. Turns out adventure is less maybe about spectacular and exciting events Some notes: Sure wish I could see the Pacific sky at night with zero artificial light. It takes a log of dogged determination to be an adventurer, especially when one has no budget. Lessons on leadership: see things that are happening for what they are. Don't ignore them. John Haslett is the world's foremost expert on how NOT to build a balsa log raft. Thor Heyerdahl wasn't always a straight shooter. I did enjoy reading the book. Turns out adventure is less maybe about spectacular and exciting events as it is just doing something that no one else has done.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Boy builds raft. Boy sails raft. Raft sinks. Boy goes home, grows up, gets married, thinks a lot. Man builds raft. Man sails raft. Raft sinks. Man rebuilds raft, sails raft again. Raft is wrecked. The end. It's not really about sailing a balsa raft, it's about leadership and expedition skills. Sadly these are skills John Haslett has mastered a little too late. But his reflections on the matter are somewhat interesting. Boy builds raft. Boy sails raft. Raft sinks. Boy goes home, grows up, gets married, thinks a lot. Man builds raft. Man sails raft. Raft sinks. Man rebuilds raft, sails raft again. Raft is wrecked. The end. It's not really about sailing a balsa raft, it's about leadership and expedition skills. Sadly these are skills John Haslett has mastered a little too late. But his reflections on the matter are somewhat interesting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    It was fun to read an "adventure" book that did not end with the triumphant return of a conquering hero, or the tragic death of same. The author seemed to honestly assess his errors. An interesting study into the nature of enterprise, failure, learning, and success. The appendix, "The Factory in Salango," was chilling. I could not find any evidence that it's been published elsewere. All I found online was a summary of the town on a tourism website that said, "Factory: Fishery." It was fun to read an "adventure" book that did not end with the triumphant return of a conquering hero, or the tragic death of same. The author seemed to honestly assess his errors. An interesting study into the nature of enterprise, failure, learning, and success. The appendix, "The Factory in Salango," was chilling. I could not find any evidence that it's been published elsewere. All I found online was a summary of the town on a tourism website that said, "Factory: Fishery."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kent Weatherby

    This horrid book is only the 2nd or 3rd book I have abandoned before reaching the end. (I have read some really bad books throughout the years.) After reading 80+% the story continued to recycle in self indulgent-self pity-incompetence. As a "expedition" the events show a marked level of incompetence matched only by Haslett's writing ability. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON THIS! This horrid book is only the 2nd or 3rd book I have abandoned before reaching the end. (I have read some really bad books throughout the years.) After reading 80+% the story continued to recycle in self indulgent-self pity-incompetence. As a "expedition" the events show a marked level of incompetence matched only by Haslett's writing ability. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON THIS!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    I will admit I was expecting another "Kon-Tiki" but that was a tea party on the Thames compared to Haslett's voyages. VERY exciting page turner with much in the way of high drama (sharks, storms, ship worms) along with the gritty reality of co-existing on a raft with many different characters. I will admit I was expecting another "Kon-Tiki" but that was a tea party on the Thames compared to Haslett's voyages. VERY exciting page turner with much in the way of high drama (sharks, storms, ship worms) along with the gritty reality of co-existing on a raft with many different characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Allegra

    Great book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Don't get stuck in the Gyre with this one. Don't get stuck in the Gyre with this one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie Amos

    A great adventure read! Though I got a little bored towards the end. I would never last on a boat in the ocean for months on end. Anyone who enjoys outdoor adventure should check out this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charli Cunningham

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ken Vanderoef

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brian Garrison

  17. 4 out of 5

    becky

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Kroes

  19. 4 out of 5

    jan mackenzie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Craig Reimertz

  21. 4 out of 5

    Malinda

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ra

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael Zak

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Walton

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ross David

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pete Raymong

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

  30. 4 out of 5

    marilyn morgan

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