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Race to Tibet by Sophie Schiller w/ Giveaway

Author Sophie Schiller

on Tour

March 23 ñ April 1, 2015


Race to TibetRace to Tibet

Release date: January 26, 2015
Self-published at Tradewins Publishing

336 pages

ISBN: 978-0-692-25409-7


The narrative is full of adventure and action. It’s adventures within adventures repeating as the team faces multiple precarious challenges. The plot has a rather intricate and complex feel without being cumbersome. As dilemma after dilemma strikes, tragedy hits and looms, dangerous issues arise, you travel along with all the excitement and suspense. Schiller’s interpretation and manipulation of historical events and fiction is genius, well executed.

Schiller provides a diverse cast. You feel the trials and tribulations an adventure of this magnitude can wreck on varying personalities under challenging conditions. No doubt taking on a epic exploration such as this makes a person grow thus Schiller demonstrates, a life changing adventure as we read of our travelers growth. I liked the multitude of personalities, how they faced unbelievable conditions and scenarios. Colorful, frustrating and loathsome, lovable bunch, each one taking away something of importance as the action and adventure continues until the very end, they truly evolve. I loved the addition of a female, Camille Dancourt, being part of the team especially given the era and significance of this emprise.

Schiller’s elaborate description of the harshness and dangerous elements along with various cultures and traditions faced, was well done. I felt chilled as I read of the forty degree below zero temperatures, frostbite and the mortality of those through altitude sickness and freezing to death. You truly guess at the final outcome as the riveting story unfolds. I wasn’t sure how the ending would turn out based on the excruciating situations dealt over and over again.

A wonderful historical fiction adventure, full of nonstop action I found fascinating. Thoroughly enjoyed my time in the grievous race to Tibet with my diverse travel mates.


An intrepid band of explorers headed by Gabriel Bonvalot, Franceís greatest explorer, and his partner, Prince Henri díOrlÈans, attempt to be the first living Europeans to reach Lhasa. Before they leave Paris, Bonvalot meets Camille Dancourt, the beautiful, strong-willed wife of a French surveyor who disappeared in Tibet, who desperately wishes to join the expedition. When the caravan sets out they face freezing temperatures, violent winds, mountain sickness, hostile Tibetans, duplicitous Chinese Mandarins, and a beguiling Tibetan Buddhist princess with a deadly secret. When the explorers reach Tibet, they discover a land of mystery and intrigue, a land of danger that promises them only one thing: death. On the verge of collapse, Bonvalot realizes they must resort to deadly force if they ever wish to escape Tibet alive. (provided by the author)



Race to Tibet - Sophie SchillerSophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. Among other oddities her family tree contains a Nobel prize-winning physicist and a French pop singer. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently at work on a new historical thriller set in the Caribbean.

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Buy the book: Amazon


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  1. Thank you so much for your beautiful, thoughtful review, Melinda! I’m so glad you enjoyed Bonvalot’s journey to the Roof of the World! It was a real labor of love!!

  2. The giveaway asks us for our favorite explorer. I’m a fan of Lewis & Clark. The thing that I really like about them is that, while Jefferson wanted to establish his sovereignty over the various tribes in the Louisiana Purchase area, the expedition was not one of violence. L&C weren’t sent out to conquer the tribes by any means necessary. As far as I can tell, there was no problem like when the Pilgrims first arrived, bringing diseases that the natives had no immunity to, killing some off. L&C traveled with gifts in order to ease tensions. That was their first line of defense. Violence was only threatened if a tribe could not be appeased by the offers given and got violent themselves. They collected so much valuable information and established relationships with various tribes. Whether or not it was a good move in the long term for the tribes, it seems like the partnerships are beneficial to both sides. I haven’t read any books on them – I’m of the “Wikipedia/Google it” generation 🙂

  3. thanks for this wonderful review!

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