Under Asian Skies – Reader Feedback

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Well written and more than “I was there and did that” highly recommended. Sam writes with a keen eye toward the cultures he rides through.

Sam Manicom is a motorcyclist who writes in an engaging and straightforward way about the highs and lows of travelling the world on two wheels. There’s practical advice here for those who might want to follow in his footsteps and there’s plently of hair raising stories about life on the road (crashes, sickness, run-ins with officials, breakdowns) for armchair travellers. He writes about the people he meets (fellow travellers and locals) with honesty and empathy, and his optimism seems to carry him through the dark times, helped along by the kindness of strangers. If you’ve enjoyed the writing of fellow long-distance motorcyclists like Ted Simon or Elspeth Beard, then this series comes recommended.
Chris – UK

Five Stars! Mr Manicom’s second book continues his travels & continues with the same detailed observation as the first. You can really get a taste for these places & feel the uncertainty of the situations overland travel obviously throws up. On to book 3 next, highly recommended.
Zools – UK

After reading and thoroughly enjoying Into Africa, I’m very glad I invested the time and money into Under Asian Skies too. Sam’s unique and uncomplicated way of telling of his adventures around the world and the people he meets along the way is a heartwarming education that anyone could thoroughly enjoy and benefit greatly from. Bravo Sam!
Michael W. – UK

Sam Manicom’s writing style makes you feel like you’re riding along with him. His adventures through Australia, Asia, and the Middle East are truly fascinating and his vivid descriptions of the places he goes and the people he meets will make you want to go do a trip of your own. Anyone interested in travel should read this book.

Well written and more than “I was there and did that” highly recommended. Sam writes with a keen eye toward the cultures he rides through.

Second in the series of books (the first being Into Africa), Sam Manicom continues his excellent narrative of the next part of his journey, taking him from Australia through Asia and into the Middle East. His writing style makes it hard to put the book down, whilst at the same time instilling a deep desire to load up your own bike and discover your own experiences. If you like travel with a motorcycling twist these books are a must!
Andy – UK

Another riveting and inspiring read… which takes you through many countries once again. We hear about the interesting characters that Sam meets and the joys and other moments of travelling by bike. It is interesting to read about acknowledgement that we all learn and grow through experiences good and bad. I would give this book to anyone who enjoys reading about peoples stories. It’s not just about travel and motorcycles, it encompasses all of human nature and reminds me that for every bad person out there, there are people who act kindly and enjoy meeting other people. I savoured every page of ‘Under Asian Skies’ and like his 1st book I found myself wanting to keep turning the pages on this one…
Tilly – UK

I read this book immediately after ‘Into Africa’ and the book continues seamlessly from Sam’s first journey. Again, his style is agreeably conversational and as such one has the feeling of being with him on the journey – in my opinion the mark of a great travel writer. I highly recommend this book, even if motorbikes aren’t your thing, it opens your mind to the world and that is no bad thing!
Moorso – UK

Loved this book
Steven – USA

Finished another bloody good read by @SamManicom
Kate – UK

Hi Sam
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed ‘Under Asian Skies”! The book was everything I wanted it to be! I felt like I was there with you for a lot of the journey, as you were talking about places I have been to myself, and can close my eyes and picture in their exact details! This was something I really loved, but equally, the way you describe all of the other places, made them easy to imagine.
In short, I couldn’t put the book down, and was actually quite sad when it had finished. Testament to a damned good publication, in my humble opinion! Very much looking forward to reading the other 3. Tom – UK

I can’t recommend “Under Asian Skies” enough. My favourite of your books and that’s saying something because they are all such interesting and compelling reads/listens. I own both the print copy and the audiobook and have read and listened to it multiple times.
For those that don’t have it, get it! I like it’s uniqueness in the genre. There are not nearly as many motorcycle adventure books dealing with the same scenarios and locales you find in “Under Asian Skies”.
Jason – UK

Hi Sam
Congratulations on a very interesting and enjoyable book. I was particularly impressed by your openness and honesty about yourself. The accounts of interaction with locals and fellow bikers was so well done. A book to inspire others, so thank you
Terry – UK

Dear Sam
I have just finished your book and it was absolutely brilliant. … I have learned so much from your book; I was completely “buried” in it.
Kind Regards
Eddie – UK

Hi Again Sam
What a great read, I read it in space of a few days. Books like yours are timeless in some way… I’m sure your books will, when picked up by a reader in 50 years time provide the same great read that they do now.
Bill – Ireland

A very enjoyable read, well written, I almost felt i was there at times sharing in your trials and tribulations, and also the good times, and also it has helped me too believe that no matter where you go in the world most of the people are good people, Your adventures are something I shall never do in my life now , and I can only thank you for sharing them with us all.
Merv – UK

Sam Just a wee note to say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your first two books and look forward to receiving Distant Suns. Many Thanks.
Steve – UK

I’ve never even thought about going to Asia. Now I have yet another part of the world I have to travel to! I really like the way you talk about all the things a traveler sees and I love the little details you work into your books. You bring the world alive for me. Keep up the good work.
Paul – Canada

Hi Sam
There are two types of books – those I read when I have nothing better to do, and good books like your ‘Under Asian Skies’ which I make time for.
Mark – UK

Hi Sam
In keeping with your amazingly fast service I really ought to have emailed you the moment (Under Asian Skies) arrived but frankly I was too busy reading! I’m three quarters of the way through and so far it’s fantastic, each new chapter seems to be begged to be read and consequently I’ve done little else since Saturday. Your ability to suck the reader right into the scene and not let them go is truly inspiring, my only problem is soon I will run out of chapters and it’s a long time until Autumn! Lastly I’d just like to say a huge thank you for such great and personal service, if only everything else we had to buy was such a pleasure.
Drew – UK

Hi Sam
I just wanted to say what an excellent book this was. Enhanced by the fact that I was lucky enough to be reading it whilst in Thailand I think. Unfortunately I won’t be in Africa to read the other book I’ve just ordered from you. Anyway, thank you, its opened my eyes and given me the push I needed, as I’m hopefully heading off back to Asia in months time and then with any luck Australia and NZ.
Jim – UK

Both books so far have been just stunning, totally amazing, I continue to be seriously impressed.
Julian – England

Afternoon Sam
I have finally finished your book, having stretched it out as long as poss. I really did enjoy it so much I just didn’t want it to come to an end. Well written and a great adventure. Thanks for writing it. Hope you have a good Christmas and all the very best for the New Year and I shall look forward to the next book (I take it there will be one?)
Take Care.
Alan – UK

Hi Sam,
I can honestly say the new book is excellent, I am already more than halfway through……. (Bought on Saturday, email sent on Monday.)
Robert – UK

Hi Sam,
Just finished the new book. Great read and equally as good as Into Africa. Looking forward to the next episode.
Kev – UK

(Under Asian Skies) is even more interesting than the first book. Sam, you have an amazing talent for putting people in your boots. Sometimes this is not so good – as when you described the upchuck out the window on the bus ride!
Caroline – USA

I really did enjoy UNDER ASIAN SKIES I felt whilst reading that I was with you both all the way on your fantastic journey. I am upset I have now finished reading it and can’t wait until the next one!!!!
Kate – UK

Keep writing them, I’ll keep buying them!
Eddie – Isle of Man