In the Naga's Wake: The First Man to Navigate the Mekong, from Tibet to the South China Sea
2006. First edition, first printing. A near fine, unmarked copy.
Upon first seeing its unforgiving rapids, 20-year-old traveler Mick O’Shea began dreaming of a solo expedition down the Mekong River, from its source in Tibet to the South China Sea. This exhilarating travel novel captures O’Shea’s extremely dangerous kayak adventure into the unknown through remote gorges, terrifying rapids, and deadly whirlpools, past floating headless bodies, looming dams and terrifying Chinese soldiers. Always seeking adventure and adrenaline, this explorer was immediately attracted to the Mekong’s power as well as to its spiritual and cultural significance and exotic beauty. This extraordinary true story of one man’s wild ride down one of the fastest and most dangerous rivers in the world is a compelling read for armchair travelers, extreme-sports fans, environmentalists, and Southeast Asia enthusiasts.
"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"
Mick O'Shea is a keen white-water rafter, and co-founder of Wildside Eco Tours which specializes in trekking, kayaking, rafting, and eco-tours in Laos.
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