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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Crossing the Date Line: Adventures of a Traveling Geologist by John Sollo is the true story of one man’s amazing career travelling the world as a geologist. From Algeria to Alaska and New Zealand to Papua New Guinea, his incredible experiences in fifteen countries are told in this book that is far more than a travelogue. The author, John Sollo, relates his travels with a wry sense of humour that makes the characters he meets and the experiences he goes through almost seem fictional, except they really could not be imagined. Whilst his job might have seemed exotic and enviable, he manages to convey a lot more as he recounts his various journeys. The descriptions of the people, the cultures, the countries, and the landscapes – with a little bit of geology thrown in – are captivating. The author has included some photographs which give credence to his incredible journeys.
From huge snakes to grizzly bears to a pack of wild dogs, it seems his life and career were far from boring and perhaps might have been a job many would dream of, and so I read avidly to share his experiences. John Sollo writes well and fluently, and this book is definitely a page-turner. Having breathlessly read through one chapter, I couldn’t wait to start the next. For anyone with a desire to travel, this book is a must-read. It will either encourage you to take the first step, or convince you to sit in front of the fire and read about other people’s experiences. Crossing the Date Line is exciting and awe-inspiring, but in a way it also makes you thankful you know who you are going to be meeting when you go to work the next day.