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Mick O'Shea had a dream. He wanted to be the first man to travel down the mighty Mekong River, mother of all rivers, from source to sea. In a kayak. Alone. But then Mick was never an ordinary bloke. Growing up in hot, dusty and landlocked Kalgoorlie, his childhood was spent catching poisonous snakes and exploring abandoned mine shafts for fun, and later, fishing for shark off the south coast of WA. In his holidays, he'd hang out with SAS soldiers who were running extreme adventure outbound camps for kids, soaking up skills in rock climbing, abseiling, wilderness survival, canoeing, caving and navigation. This childhood lay the template for the rest of Mick's life - adventure, adrenalin, and not a little danger. When Mick first laid eyes on the Mekong as a twenty year old traveller, he was immediately hooked by its beauty, its diversity and its spiritual and cultural importance to the people who lived alongside it - not to mention its awesome white water rafting opportunities. When he realised that the Mekong, known to many of the people who lived along its banks as 'Kong, Mother of Water', had never been fully navigated or explored, a dream was born. In the Naga's Wake is the extraordinary story of how Mick undertook the first ever navigation of the Mekong, a journey undertaken largely in a kayak, and largely alone. From sheer-sided, remote gorges to terrifying rapids, deadly whirlpools to Tibetan bandits, floating headless bodies to ex-Khmer Rouge extortionists, looming Chinese dams and equally terrifying Chinese soldiers, his was a white-knuckled, breathtaking, exhilarating and extremely dangerous ride into the unknown.
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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsForewordChapter 1 Inspiration and the MekongChapter 2 The challengeChapter 3 Preparation, departure and the recipe for disasterChapter 4 A river is bornChapter 5 Euphoria on the roof of the worldChapter 6 The sparks flyChapter 7 When all else failsChapter 8 The back of beyond: the Mekong gorges of TibetChapter 9 In the shadows of KawakarpChapter 10 Yunnan and the king of fat bastardsChapter 11 Shaky ground and the tidal waves of changeChapter 12 The Mekong flute master and a new rhythm of lifeChapter 13 Hope and harsh realities: the Lower BasinChapter 14 Lands of contrast: the Lao and Thai MekongChapter 15 Secret wars and the settling of scoresChapter 16 Cambodia and the beating heart of the MekongChapter 17 The nine-headed dragon: the Vietnam delta and beyondEpilogue

About the Author

Born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and now living in Laos, Mick O'Shea is a keen white water rafter and co-founder and CEO of Wildside Eco Tours, which specialises in travel and eco-tourism in Laos, offering trekking, kayaking, rafting, camping, village stay and other adventures.

Reviews

"Mick O'Shea's book is a remarkable story of a great adventure that is, at the same time, a heartfelt plea for wider awareness of the challenges facing the Mekong River's delicate ecology." Milton Osborne, author, "The Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future""

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