Excellent travel account of a trip through the lawless Sierra Madre region of Mexico. Never knew the level of lawlessness existed this close to the border, although you often hear tales of Mexican drug lords and the murder of young women by the coyotes (immigration smugglers). Life is really cheap here. Slams machisomo. Still, he meets a lot of helpful and nice people. And it sounds as if it would be a wonderful experience for backpackers and hikers, if they could somehow preserve the natural areas and get rid of the dangerous elements. I enjoyed the book, although he could have used a little bit better editorial help to get rid of some of the repetition.