On nearly a dozen recommended lists of 2012, including: an Amazon "Best Book of the Year", "Top Ten Sports Book of 2012", and "Top Ten Memoir of 2012"
"...remarkable... vivid and intense... Slakey has threaded an epic adventure tale with a much more personal journey, creating a single, riveting tale of self-discovery."-Amazon
PEOPLE MAGAZINE calls it, "A moving tale of self-discovery, right to the last word."
"Splendid and exciting" — Selected by Indie Booksellers for the "Indie Next List"
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY has chosen it for their MUST List, calling it,
VANITY FAIR, calls it "An exhilarating thrill show for armchair adventurers."
"Expressive... suspenseful... what begins as a shock-factor memoir concludes with great heart and promise."
"More than another tale of high-octane machismo."
"...A tribute to the remarkable connectedness that binds the world and its people together."
"Slakey is one of America's most dynamic scientific personalities."
"Part adventure, part call to action for anyone who cares about making a better world."
Molly Brown, KIRKUS REVIEW
"It opens with one of the most terrifying moments in non-fiction this year. After that, Slakey settles into an unexpectedly warm memoir."
"A lively memoir. For readers who like adventure and romance."
"I like it, but the mountains scare me."
Dylan Ratigan, The Dylan Ratigan Show
"Slakey happens to have an Earth-sized adventurous streak."
Rancho Sante Fe Review
IT STARTED WITH A SIMPLE PLAN