Author Sophie Schiller
March 23 – April 1, 2015
Race to Tibet
Release date: January 26, 2015
Self-published at Tradewins Publishing
An intrepid band of explorers headed by Gabriel Bonvalot, France’s greatest explorer, and his partner, Prince Henri d’Orléans, attempt to be the first living Europeans to reach Lhasa. Before they leave Paris, Bonvalot meets Camille Dancourt, the beautiful, strong-willed wife of a French surveyor who disappeared in Tibet, who desperately wishes to join the expedition. When the caravan sets out they face freezing temperatures, violent winds, mountain sickness, hostile Tibetans, duplicitous Chinese Mandarins, and a beguiling Tibetan Buddhist princess with a deadly secret. When the explorers reach Tibet, they discover a land of mystery and intrigue, a land of danger that promises them only one thing: death. On the verge of collapse, Bonvalot realizes they must resort to deadly force if they ever wish to escape Tibet alive. (provided by the author)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ
and grew up in the West Indies.
Among other oddities
her family tree contains a Nobel prize-winning physicist
and a French pop singer.
She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic
and far-flung locations.
She was educated at American University, Washington, DC
and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
She is currently at work on a new historical thriller set in the Caribbean.
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Schiller writes in a descriptive manner, with sentences that flow in a fluid and at a good pace.
It’s an entertaining book to read, yet has great depth and fortitude as the reader watches these characters grow, develop, struggle, and learn about themselves and their surroundings.
A historical account of survival and awakening of Victorian explorers who risk it all to venture into a country that’s veiled in secrets and spirituality. Race to Tibet is an epic historical adventure that’s highly recommended!
The narrative is full of adventure and action.
Schiller’s elaborate description of the harshness and dangerous elements along with various cultures and traditions faced, was well done.
A wonderful historical fiction adventure, full of nonstop action I found fascinating. Thoroughly enjoyed my time in the grievous race to Tibet with my diverse travel mates.
Sophie Schiller has written an interesting book. Even through I sometimes felt annoyance with the Europeans superior attitude I still wanted to know if they would get to Lhasa and would Camille find her husband?
I liked reading it and I would recommend it.
For the most part, this story was a travelogue (without pictures). It went into the details and logistics of a caravan traveling to, in and around Tibet during the 1800s. Along with horrendous weather and terrain conditions to battle at times, local people and authorities in regards to paperwork, official documents and bribes created road blocks to contend with as well.
Race to Tibet is a true adventure story – the characters traverse some of the most dangerous locations of their time (and probably still today).
The author does a great job of keeping the tension high as the group treks through the mountains.
I think this book would be best for history buffs, or those interested in Tibet. At times it feels more a history lesson than fiction, which though in itself is not a bad thing, occasionally took me out of the story.
I especially liked that the author covered the history and the struggle of Tibet.
I highly recommend this story to anyone that enjoys history and adventures.
This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I’ve read book that take place in the late 1800s before. I’ve even read books that take place in Tibet before, but really, nothing could have prepared me for what I was getting into here. And I truly do mean that in the best way possible.