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“Roman Dial has written a brave and marvelous book. It’s a page-turner that will rip your heart out.” (JON KRAKAUER, author of Into the Wild)

"Gripping and unnerving. ... This is what it means to raise a child, to introduce that child to the world, and to bet his life — and his joy — on the odds." (New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice))

"A brave, beautiful and eventually restorative book destined to become an adventure classic." (Anchorage Daily News)

The Adventurer’s Son is energized by spectacular descriptions of nature and by the narrative action of a father’s fight to find a beloved son. But it is its universality, this question of how to live and why, of how to understand nature, that gives it resonance and beauty."
(Christian Science Monitor (A Best Book of the Month))

"Riveting and devastating." (Chicago Tribune ("10 Books to Read in Winter 2020"))

"The literature of wilderness exploration is as much about mortal risk as anything else. From Jack London to Jon Krakauer, adventure writing shows us how the rich rewards of interacting with thrillingly raw nature coexist with the simple fact that we tempt fate – and a lonely death – whenever we step from the safely beaten path into the wild. Underscoring this dangerous bargain, The Adventurer’s Son, takes its place among modern accounts of tragic adventure with hard-won wisdom and grace. ... Dial pays worthy tribute to his son with this deeply felt saga." (USA Today ("Best Books of 2020 So Far"))

“A haunting, beautifully-crafted narrative by one of the renowned wilderness explorers of our time. Above all else, The Adventurer’s Son is a sensitive tribute to a son who never emerged from his journey into the rainforests of Central America. Riveting and complex, this is a book that will remain with you long after you’ve turned the last page.” (REBECCA MARTIN, President, Exploration Connections, and Founding Director, National Geographic Expeditions Council)

“Gripping, honest, raw . . . . a beautiful and tender book.” (Washington Post)

"Much more than a simple mystery. ... A moving portrait of an inspired young man and a firsthand account of a father’s desperate hunt for his missing son." (Men's Journal)

“Out of an unbearable personal tragedy, Roman Dial has fashioned an unbearably powerful memoir. The Adventurer’s Sonis at once the narrative of a desperate search for a lost son, a poignant meditation on the depths of paternal love, and, in the end, a reaffirmation of the glory of exploration and adventure in the teeth of sorrow and loss.” (DAVID ROBERTS, award-winning adventure writer and co-author (with “Free Solo” star Alex Honnold) of Alone on the Wall)

About the Author

Once called America’s most imaginative adventurer, Roman Dial is a pioneering outdoorsman based in Alaska, where he's made full-length traverses by foot, ski, pedal, and paddle of the Brooks and Alaska Ranges. He is a professor of mathematics and biology at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. The Adventurer’s Son—a best-selling memoir about the two-year search for his missing son—is published by William Morrow (2020).


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