I liked Jesse Martin's previous book lionheart, the story of his round the world solo voyage. I'd already heard of Kijana the supposed trip with a couple of young crew looking for adventure around the globe. I already knew the trip didn't succeed. So there was a spark of interest asking the question why.
After reading the book I couldn't help make comparisons of the film 'World Safari' where Alby Mangels and his mates travelled the world looking for adventure while filming the whole thing.
- World Safari was truly spontaneous, while Jesse felt the need to manufacture adventure.
- Two mates compared to five, Jesse had a lot more personalities to balance.
- Jesse had to answer to sponsors and the 'office' located back in Melbourne. Alby did have any of this burden.
In the end mainly through personalities and external pressures a three year trip imploded to 8 months. I reckon Jesse would have been better off talking to a couple of people like Alby prior to setting off, and learning a bit of basics on conflict resolution.
It was an interesting but frustrating book that didn't seem to resolve.