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Book Review “Where the Falcon Flies” by Adam Shoalts

Adam Shoalts’ latest expedition memoir, “Where the Falcon Flies,” is a captivating journey through the uncharted territories of the Canadian wilderness. Shoalts expertly guides readers through his perilous adventures with a blend of wit and understated humour that leaves you simultaneously chuckling and shaking your head in disbelief.

In this gripping narrative, Shoalts recounts his ambitious quest to follow the migratory path of the peregrine falcon from Lake Erie to the Torngat Mountains. Armed with little more than a canoe, a map, and a healthy dose of determination, he sets out to navigate from Canada’s most populated areas to some of its most remote. From battling treacherous rapids to facing off against giant container ships, Shoalts paints a vivid picture of the challenges he encountered along the way.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Shoalts’ storytelling is his penchant for downplaying the inherent dangers of his expedition. With a wry sense of humour, he describes facing down cargo ships and navigating through icy waters as if they were mere inconveniences on a Sunday stroll. This humorous understatement serves to both entertain and disarm readers, lulling them into a false sense of security before hitting them with the full force of the adventure’s intensity.

But make no mistake; beneath the layers of humour lies a deep appreciation for the dangers Shoalts faced. His ability to balance lighthearted banter with moments of genuine vulnerability lends the narrative a sense of authenticity that is both refreshing and poignant. As readers follow Shoalts on his quest for discovery, they can’t help but be drawn into the emotional rollercoaster of his journey, from moments of triumph to instances of near disaster.

adam shoalts where the falcon flies

Yet, despite the inherent risks and the degree to which he must be self-reliant, Shoalts’ gives much gratitude to the many kind people he met along the way who helped by giving food, escort or just a friendly conversation. 

Adam Shoalts proves once again why he is one of the foremost voices in adventure literature today. With his unique blend of humour, humility, and heart, he invites readers to join him on a journey through the wilds of Canada unlike any other. Strap in, hold on tight, and get ready to follow where the falcon flies.

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