book review : Destination Truth - The Dainty Squid

book review : Destination Truth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Although I'm reading a lot less than I used to, not that you'd be able to tell these last few weeks, but I still want to blog about what I'm reading. The thing is by the time I get around to blogging about them I've forgotten exactly how they made me feel. From here on out I'll be posting about books in a slightly different format. I'll be posting about one book at a time, sharing the summary, a review, the bottom line, and suggestions for similar books if I have any. So here we go...
Destination Truth by Josh Gates

/// Summary
"Truth is stranger than legend . . . and your journey into both begins here.

World adventurer and international monster hunter Josh Gates has careened through nearly 100 countries, investigating frightening myths, chilling cryptozoological legends, and terrifying paranormal phenomena. Now, he invites fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at these breathtaking expeditions.

Follow Gates from the inception of the groundbreaking hit show (at the summit of Kilimanjaro) to his hair-raising encounters with dangerous creatures in the most treacherous locations on earth. Among his many adventures, he unearths the flesh-crawling reality of the Mongolian Death Worm, challenges an ancient curse by spending the night in King Tut’s tomb, descends into a centuries-old mine to search for an alien entity in subterranean darkness, pursues ghosts in the radioactive shadow of Chernobyl, and explores sightings of Bigfoot from the leech-infested rain forests of Malaysia to the dizzying heights of the Himalayas.

Part journey into the unexplained, part hilarious travelogue, part fascinating look at the making of a reality-based TV show—and featuring never-before-published photographs— this Destination Truth companion takes readers on the supernatural expedition of a lifetime"  - Summary from Amazon description

/// Review
It was Jeff that made me start watching the show Destination Truth. I wasn't too interested at first. Despite my love of cryptozoology, watching a show about someone searching for these creatures didn't sound like my cup of tea. It only took a few episodes before I was sold. The host, Josh Gates, is hilariously snarky, and just absolutely makes the show worth watching. It's hard not to love him. Of course I had to read his book!

This book is a quick, easy read that's made all the most interesting by the fact that you basically read it in his voice if you've seen the show. He's just as funny and enjoyable in this format. I may have laughed out loud more than once. I loved that most of the time I remembered the episode he was writing about. It's kind of like a fun behind the scenes peek. I'm not 100% sure how this book would be to someone who hasn't seen the show.

My only real complaint is that I wish it were longer! The summary from amazon makes it seem as though you'll be hearing lots about each of his adventures but in reality each chapter is fairly short, and his adventures almost seem glossed over. I just wanted more, which I guess isn't necessarily a bad thing. Always leave them wanting more...
///  Bottom line
Watch the show, then read the book. You won't be disappointed but be warned, you're going to want to travel after you're finished.

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7 thoughts

  1. I love Josh and I miss that show! His group kinda made me think of my friends, because that's exactly how we'd handle that kinda thing. Doing stuff we probably shouldn't be! LOL

  2. Oh man I need this book. I am such a huge Josh Gates fan girl <3

  3. Oh my goodness! I LOVE that you reviewed this book! I love Destination Truth/Josh Gates and recently added this book to my 'must read' pile. I'm so happy to hear that a fellow DT lover enjoyed the book. I can't wait to get my hands on it now!!!

  4. I miss Destination Truth so much. I haven't had a chance to catch any of his new show.


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