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You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir! [Kindle Edition]

Danny Bent

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Have you ever woken up in the sultry heat of the morning, your hair and beard teeming with maggots, and then had potatoes picked out of your ears?

Have you ever felt the cold barrel of a semi automatic gun against your forehead?

When Danny Bent cycled 15,000 kilometres from the UK to India to raise money for ActionAid, it was a decision that took twenty years and one minute. For twenty years he had wanted to do something to raise money for charity. The one minute was when as their teacher he was put on the spot by his pupils and declared that the means was by bike, and he was going to India.

What he had signed up for was slogging along roads with trucks bearing down on him, unable to see and choking in the smog; shooting down treacherous descents with 100 foot drops, shaking with cold and too numb to brake; muscle burn and saddle sores; delirium and food poisoning; thirst and malnutrition; foul and insanitary conditions; life-threatening crises; obstructive border guards, crazed dogs and inquisitive passers-by.

'You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir!' is a real and compelling blow-by-blow account of Danny's trip across Europe, the former Soviet Republics, Russia, China, Pakistan and India.

And what people he met! They are the true delight of this book, mostly charming, sometimes reckless, occasionally threatening, always unpredictable, and forever inviting Danny to be up for the challenge of entertaining them, in one instance by dancing in front of a packed stadium, in another by eating sheep's brains in a local night market.

Danny turns the wheels, you turn the pages. The pace is relentless. The story is both heart-stopping and heart-warming. The arrival is breakdown-and-cry emotional. And there's loads of fun and wonderment along the way too.

What a book! What a ride! Live your dream.

Go for it, Danny.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing (Jan. 7 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L62DJU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, But Needing an Editor May 24 2012
By EnduroDoug - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Danny's journey to India was filled with several very entertaining stories, and not a small amount of passion. I salute his effort and do recommend this book for light reading. Unfortunately, I found myself wondering how good it could have been with proper editing and some elementary fact-checking. Grammatical errors and missing words aside, Danny seems to throw his off-the-top-of-his-head knowledge about world matters, animals, and culture into the story with little concern given to their accuracy. Multiple times he lazily blames the Mumbai attacks in 2008 on the Taliban. In another paragraph he describes tigers as weighing "two-tons" when the truth is closer to one-fourth that amount. None of these issues take away from the good Danny brought to the children of India, or the entertaining read this book offers. Yet that's no excuse for accepting so many easily identifiable errors throughout the book.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sharing the ride! April 7 2011
By tashahall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a true life adventure retold and beautifully written, witty and well paced-i felt as if i was sharing the ride with Danny! Natural, realistic and touching on themes as the 'rat race', living your dream and never giving up - I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of passion and adventure-or who needs a kick start to start moving on their own dreams!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In his own words: April 7 2011
By rodmar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In his own words:

"I left my home, family and job as a junior school teacher in July 2009 to pursue a 20 year dream. A dream to cycle round the world raising as much money for charity as possible. I travelled 15,000km by bicycle (affectionately known as Shirley) to southern India where I worked in a slum in Mumbai and a village school in Chembakolli as a teacher.

"Leaving on July 17th accompanied by friends, family, teachers and pupils I cycled to dover where I was put on a boat which sailed to France. I was welcomed into strangers homes, held at gunpoint until I drank a vodka, chased by wild dogs, propositioned by prostitutes in Kiev, hung out with hippies, wept at Auschwitz, danced and sung with hardcore football fans, seen the consequences of war, spent a sleepless night thinking I was being attacked under an apple tree, grown a beard, and that's only Europe!!!"

Danny writes from the heart with all the vitality and lack of artifice of a youthful author discovering for himself that all the world--regardless of mind-blowing cultural variations--is made up of humans who at heart have all the same needs, desires and motivations. He shares these discoveries with his readers in the retelling of his completely unique journey...
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll laugh, laugh agan and hopefully be inspired April 7 2011
By R. W. Westaway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A great (true) story from first-time author Danny Bent about his cycle journey from London to India where he is to take up a teaching job. It is an honest, factual account which benefits greatly from Danny's huge personality and obvious love of life.

His descriptions of his antics on this epic ride are at different times hilarious, touching and informative. This chronicle of his journey is both eminently readable and absolutely inspiring.

Well done Danny, I can't wait to read you next book, bring it on!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening but like reading someone's scattered thoughts Feb. 18 2013
By Mom of PC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This has been an interesting read of an amazing adventure. I found myself getting irritated with the author because he introduces people and scenarios with no conclusions. It's definitely written like a diary with grammatical errors and disjointed thoughts. If he had had an editor it would have been a more enjoyable read. I'm amazed he survived and my hat goes off to him.

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They see the Western life as perfect - stability, water and money on tap. I guess theyre seeing past the impersonal element, the way people stagnate, become miserable and forget how lucky they are. &quote;
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If someone is trying to do something that can change the world for the better, then perhaps the world conspires to help them in the same way as a humane being would encourage something that makes us feel good and reject something that makes us feel bad. Is the universe a single being that evolves? Is this God? &quote;
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