The Red Quest: Travels through the Former Soviet Union
~ Review by Richard A.
As a keen traveller myself with my own quest to follow I do enjoy reading the tales told by fellow likeminded adventurers. This book is particularly enjoyable as it gives a little bit of background, adds in some humour and gives you a realistic portrayal of what it would be like to visit some of these off the beaten track countries. After reading this book I certainly feel inspired to find out more about places like Turkmenistan or Kyrgyzstan. I even suggested to the other half that they could make for a romantic city break destinations. She failed to see it that way though.
Book Description: The Red Quest is the true story of one man's mission to visit every country of the former Soviet Union.
Along the way, the author samples fermented mare's milk in Kazakhstan, gets chased by hounds in Kiev, is detained by the police in Kyrgyzstan, travels through a snow blizzard between Armenia and Georgia, and gets mugged by a pensioner in Tajikistan. Oh, and he also takes a side trip to a genuine breakaway state where he is almost beaten up in a border hut. All in the name of The Red Quest!
Constantly berated by his friend for wanting to go to 'Turnipland', the Red Quest is a journey spanning half the world from Western Europe to the edge of China! And he is armed only with a pocket full of roubles and a turnip masher.
Join Jason Smart as he travels along the Red Quest through Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary, Russia, Romania, Moldova. Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Poland, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and East Germany!
Jason Smart is a published travel writer, with articles appearing in both magazine and print.