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  • 12/2018
  • 978-1-7329184-0-5
  • 326 pages
  • $14.99
Ebook Details
  • 12/2018
  • B07LCDX6JQ
  • 326 pages
  • $7.99
Audio Details
  • 08/2019
  • B07W95857K
  • 326 pages
  • $15.30
Escape from the Ordinary

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

When you arrive at foreign shores by sailboat, it’s not such a small world after all. Come along with Glen and Julie as they sail around the world and discover that reality is even bigger than the Escape they imagined. This breathtakingly personal true story will thrill those wanting to sail off into the sunset or enjoy the wonders of the world from the comfort of home. Escape from the Ordinary reminds you of the unlimited possibilities in life and nudges the reader into thoughts of their own dreams. Not a technical book about sailing or storm tactics but vividly described, full-tilt adventures on foreign shores. WHAT READERS ARE SAYING “Secretly, we wish we had it in us, but life, fear, jobs, money or whatever creates roadblocks. What courage they must have had to follow this dream! So many places, so many adventures, and lessons learned. All along, because of Julie's descriptions, you are thinking, "How would I have handled that?" "What would I have done?" I love that it's written from a woman's point of view; and from someone who had little sailing experience. I recommend it highly!” “Couldn’t put it down,” described one reader, “as Escape from the Ordinary took me beyond the glimpses of liveaboard life told in sailing and travel magazines. I felt like I was onboard as they fought storms in the north Atlantic their first week at sea, navigated the Panama Canal dwarfed by oil tankers, and snorkeled in crystal clear Polynesian waters.” “Told with keen observations and sparkling with wry humor, Julie Bradley describes the terrors and pleasures of living an independent life where simple decisions have big consequences; where the mundane is seconds away from a life-threatening scare; and where seafaring obstacles can pale next to facing personal challenges. If you have an ounce of adventure in your soul, read this book.” “Ordinary people can do extraordinary things...This is not a trip to Cabo for a two-week vacation. This is true life …, on the edge real adventure. I loved it…” Amazon Reviewer GREAT PEOPLE, PLACES AND PROSE You will want an atlas by your side as you travel from one epic adventure to the next with Glen and Julie on board their floating home; an Amel sailboat. Immerse yourself deeply into islands and cultures and come along as they dodge voodoo curses in the Bahamas, claw their way out of an underwater cavern in the South Pacific, and experience adventures of a lifetime in places such as: •\tBequia •\tCaribbean •\tTrinidad •\tVenezuela •\tColombia •\tSan Blas islands •\tPeru •\tGalapagos Islands •\tMarquesas Islands •\tTuamotu Islands •\tTahiti •\tPalmerston Island •\tNiue •\tTonga •\tNew Zealand •\tFiji
Reviews
Arizona Herald/Review

The fast-paced story…takes readers from the coast of France to the seas of Fiji during the couple’s voyage, recounting in candid detail what it is like to cast aside worldly possessions and spend nearly a decade sailing a small boat with your spouse

BoatUS Magazine Oct/Nov 2019

Who hasn’t thought of packing in the day job and heading off to sea on a round-the-world adventure? A wish for many, but few actually have the means or where-withal to follow their dreams. Not so for Julie Bradley. After retiring from a 20-year career in the Army as a Russian foreign area officer in the Military Intelligence Corps, she set off on the trip of a lifetime. More than just another narrative of long-distance voyaging under sail, this aptly named book includes in-depth discussions of preparations, both practical and mental.

Latitude 38 Magazine

The life Julie and husband Glen 'escaped' from was far from ordinary. She was an Army Special Forces officer whose last assignments were conducting nuclear weapons inspections in Russia; he was a defense contractor. Julie did her 20 years; the couple sold their old boat and flew to France in the late '90s to pick up their new one, an Amel Super Maramu 53 ketch they named C'est Assez ('it's enough'). They proceeded out into the Bay of Biscay in what became known as the 'Christmas Storm', a force-10 gear-buster that almost ended the voyage before it started. C'est Assez eventually made it to the Caribbean, transitedPanama, and arrived in Fiji two and a half years later — on 9/11. That was back before smartphones and satellite TV, when cruisers got their news largely viasingle-sideband radio. Julie's descriptions of the cruising community's reaction andsupport are as surreal as they are touching: "In a display of solidarity and supportfor the United States, every single boat in the anchorage flew the American flag." There was much more cruising after that, and we look forward to reading about it in Julie's next book, Sailing Pirate Waters

Soundings Magazine

Sometimes, simpler is better. And some people are willing to sell everything, walk away from their jobs, and buy a boat to explore the world. That’s what Glen and Julie Bradley did when they decided to retire early. Julie’s book, Escape from the Ordinary, describes how they battled Force 10 storms in the Atlantic Ocean, plied the tiniest of Pacific islands, and sailed everywhere from the Galapagos islands to Tahiti, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Peru and more.

YouTube

The 10 Best Sailing Books for 2019 - Escape from the Ordinary relates the story of a husband and wife who made their dream of an around the world cruise a reality. They tell of exotic adventures from places as close as the Caribbean and as far flung as Peru and Tahiti…. Contains many harrowing accounts…. Written with wry humor

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 12/2018
  • 978-1-7329184-0-5
  • 326 pages
  • $14.99
Ebook Details
  • 12/2018
  • B07LCDX6JQ
  • 326 pages
  • $7.99
Audio Details
  • 08/2019
  • B07W95857K
  • 326 pages
  • $15.30

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