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The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture

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ISBN13: 9781592287895
ISBN10: 1592287891
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The Darién Gap, the only break in the Pan-American Highway, is a place of legend. In this almost impregnable strip of swamp, jungle, and cloud forest between the land masses of North and South America, stories of abduction and murder are rife. In recent years, more people have successfully climbed Everest than have crossed the Darién Gap.

In 2000, Tom Hart Dyke, a young botanist, set off to Central America with one thing in mind: orchids. To find the rare and beautiful species he so fervently admired, he would have to visit some of the most inhospitable places on earth. At the same time, another young explorer, Paul Winder, was backpacking through the area. Though he sometimes worked freelance in the City of London, Paul was essentially a fearless traveler. Pure chance brought Paul and Tom together in northern Mexico; they formed an instant bond and their fate was sealed.

Ignoring a final succinct warning from the Lonely Planet guide — "Don't even think about it!" — Tom and Paul set off into the Darién, Tom in search of orchids, Paul in search of adventure. They would find plenty of each. For six days, they made good progress. Then, just hours away from Colombia, the dream ended and the horror began. Ambushed by FARC guerrillas, they were held hostage for the next nine months. From that day on, their survival was a matter of extraordinary endurance, incredible ingenuity — and not a little good luck.

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"Clearly, surviving a nine-month jungle kidnapping requires courage and endurance. But Hart Dyke and Winder came equipped with something else in addition: pluck. It's that quality, crackling on every page, that makes The Cloud Garden one of the strangest and most satisfying adventure reads in recent memory." Men's Journal magazine

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"Told in alternating voices (which works surprisingly well), this is a well-written adventure story, filled with intrigue and hope." Library Journal

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Kidnapped by terrorists and held hostage at gunpoint two flower-hunting Britons live to tell their amazing tale

About the Author

Tom Hart Dyke is a botanist with a wild enthusiasm for orchids. He lives in Kent, England.

Paul Winder works in London as a banker when he isn't in the jungle or up a mountain.

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jnjfalconer, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by jnjfalconer)
If the rating scale was from 1 to 10 this book would be a solid 20. It is one of the best books I have ever read. I have recommended it to many, many people, but I get the impression they aren't really into adventures of this type like I am. Too bad - their loss! I laughed out loud in many spots, (especially the "Pardon, senor!" section) and I don't do that very often. These two young men are wonderful authors and wrote up their adventure, and a very frightening adventure it was, in a very appealing way.
I requested the book through my library and it had to be loaned from another library far away. I wish I had bought the book because I think I would read, and re-read this book over and over again.
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cynthia cummins, March 23, 2012 (view all comments by cynthia cummins)
This book was suggested by our travel outfitters as a good book to read in advance of our trip to Panama. Our adventure in Panama was great, but finding this book was one of the greatest pleasures of that journey. It's absolutely riveting. Yes, there is some extreme horticulture but the story is mainly about surviving a kidnapping by guerillas under terrible conditions. The worst condition being that no ransom demand was made. Poignant, funny, exciting. Check it out.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592287895
Subtitle:
A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture
Author:
Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder
Author:
Hart Dyke, Tom
Author:
Winder, Paul
Author:
Dyke, Tom Hart
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Subject:
Flowers
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20051201
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
map
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.75 x 5.5 in

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Product details 336 pages Lyons Press - English 9781592287895 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Clearly, surviving a nine-month jungle kidnapping requires courage and endurance. But Hart Dyke and Winder came equipped with something else in addition: pluck. It's that quality, crackling on every page, that makes The Cloud Garden one of the strangest and most satisfying adventure reads in recent memory." Men's Journal magazine
"Review" by , "Told in alternating voices (which works surprisingly well), this is a well-written adventure story, filled with intrigue and hope."
"Synopsis" by , Kidnapped by terrorists and held hostage at gunpoint two flower-hunting Britons live to tell their amazing tale
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