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The Red Quest: Travels Through 22 Countries of the Former Soviet Union

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The Red Quest is the true story of one man's insane 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
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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May 28, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book, I think it is a must read if you are considering visiting one of the ex soviet countries as this gives a little taste of what the country is like, unlike a guide book you are not bogged down with info, this is someones real life experiences.

Jason Smart has visited each of these countries with the ideas all of us have about these old run-down ex-communist countries, with a slight obsession with turnips. He has a lot of fears that he eventually overcomes, especially onc
Pauline Mably
Jul 25, 2013 Pauline Mably rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this travel tale especially the facts and figures he provides. This is a traveller who does his research. As a 38 year old I identified with his style of travelling which is more about seeing places while living a normal life than about dropping out of life and somehow seeking a different existence. it was actually a book about the places visited rather than the people met and impact of the events and I enjoyed his transition to solo traveller. The whole urgent quest thing ...more
Melissa Lindsey
Jul 26, 2015 Melissa Lindsey rated it did not like it
Great idea for a book and quest. I applaud Smart for undertaking such a journey. Unfortunately, this books is poorly written, with little concern for a wide audience. I am certain that his friends and family were thrilled with the continual references to his friends who discouraged him by comments about going to "Turnip Land," but this grew tiresome after the second mention. In a similar way, his fear that his wife would not allow him to complete his quest were completely unnecessary to the ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Victoria rated it it was ok
I found this book distinctly unfunny and dealing in crude stereotypes; turnips are mentioned again and again. I've never seen a photo of the author but I imagine him to be a lecherous middle-aged man constantly appraising the women around him. He seems overly fixated with the way women look and dress in each nation. No wonder his wife despaired of him. Overall, I found each country was dealt with in a rather cursory and shallow fashion with lazy comparisons - everybody looked "Chinese" and ...more
Vikas Datta
Sep 29, 2013 Vikas Datta rated it really liked it
Account of another enjoyable romp - this time through the ex-communist world across Eurasia. May seem sketchy but has enticing details and impressions enough of a raft of historic European and exotic Asian capitals, many of which are far from the (normally) beaten path, to bring them to vivid life. Added to it is just the barely necessary historical background, that is illuminating without being daunting. The planning of this quest was an epic act in itself and we must be thankful to the ...more
David Canford
Aug 13, 2016 David Canford rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading of countries in the former Eastern bloc some of which I know virtually nothing about, but each visit is very short and usually just to the capital so you don't get that much sense of place or the people who live there.
Leanne Sinclair
Jul 22, 2013 Leanne Sinclair rated it really liked it
Far too many (unfunny) mentions of turnips, and quite amateur in places, but still very interesting and entertaining.
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