A classic caper across the former Soviet Union in a rusty old VW Camper. Knowing little of the language or the geography ahead, the author embarks on probably the longest commute ever, on the intelligence of a job waiting in Vladivostok. Encountering corrupt officials, film star mechanics and over friendly gangsters, far off the tourist trail, he bears witness to the collapse of one nation and the birth of a new one during the free for all that was Russia in the nineties.
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Reviews for One Steppe Beyond:
This is a crazy and wonderful journey. For anyone who has day dreamed, if only for a moment, about abandoning the humdrum and hitting the road this engaging tale will be an inspiration. Observant, sympathetic and never judgemental, Thom Wheeler entertains us with the characters they meet along the way as he entertained them.
John Mole, Author (I was a Potato Oligarch)
Wheeler’s book is an absorbing and entertaining look at Russia’s dramatic evolution in the `90s.
A zany summer read.
An entertaining account of a drive to Vladivostok and the encounters along the way.
Whether or not you are interested in classic campers this story will probably appeal to you ……..this well written account is full of humour, character portraits and information asides.
Motorcaravan and Motorhome Monthly
A nice balance of humour and observation, of character and political commentary, One Steppe Beyond should have no trouble finding an audience among armchair travellers.
This is a book for would be road warriors and seasoned globetrotters alike. Wheeler’s travelogue is informative, accessible, and more fun than a banya full of vodka swilling Dmitrys