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Author: Erik Mirandette Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Zondervan Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780310772019

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dangerous trek across Africa … a life-and-death struggle … and a call to live a life with no holds barred.Deserts and jungles, rebels and missionaries, bullets and acts of bravery, heaven and hell on earth—these are all part of a young man’s remarkable, true journey through thirteen African countries with his brother and two best friends.Erik Mirandette was completing a two-year stint with a humanitarian organization in Morocco when, continuing his quest to live the life he was created to live, he set off on an unforgettable pilgrimage. Beginning in Cape Town, Erik, his brother, and his two best friends covered 9,000 miles north by dirt bike, experiencing the poverty, beauty, and dangers of the African continent.Then in Cairo, having safely reached the end of their perilous journey, a terrorist’s bomb ripped Erik’s world and faith apart. The four travelers were now desperately wounded and on the brink of death.Erik’s struggle along his journey of faith is as gripping as his trek across Africa. The Only Road North takes readers to corners of the world and depths of the human heart they will never forget.

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a very moving and inspirational story from a young man on his journey with friends and his brother on motorcycles through Africa. It's a fast paced account of their trials and tribulations along the way, the dangers they encounted, the militia, and the people they helped. His descriptions of the beautiful landscape and wildlife and the treacherous roads paint a perfect picture of the terrain they endured with each mile they put behind them. Whatever your beliefs, this books ending will make you stop and think about your life and how you are using it. It reminds us to live, not just be. "

    - Linda, 12/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It's an interesting story. He's just not a phenominal story-teller, and writes in a very masculine way. "

    - Tricia, 12/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Took a lot of courage to make this trek. True story of some men who drove motorcycles from the south of Africa to the north of Africa. "

    - Dick, 12/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this book and learned so much about following the "whisper" of God in my own life... "

    - Shelly, 12/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Written by a former Kentwood HS grad "

    - Megan, 11/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book was written by the friend of someone from my hometown. It's a great adventure story of 4 young men who decide to embark on a 9,000 mile dirt bike trip from South Africa to Cairo, Egypt. Little do they know what is in store for them, as they encounter problems at the border of many of the countries, wreck their bikes, nearly starve, and, upon reaching their destination of Cairo, their lives are forever changed by a chance encounter on the streets of Cairo. "

    - Jimmi, 11/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a book that I have recommended to everyone I meet. It is the only book that I have ever cried while reading. Don't laugh until you read it. It is a moving story. One that will leave you with more questions than answers and I believe that is a good thing. "

    - Jeremy, 11/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book was...wow. It was very, very good...but gut wrenching. I recommend it, but watch your heart, and please don't read it when you're home alone late at night like I did. I really appreciated how "raw" it was, particularly his expressions of hurting faith at the end. "

    - Catherine, 10/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book provided an insiders view of Africa along with the inspiring story of the brave hearts of young men not content to settle for status quo living. "

    - Kirsten, 9/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is about my neighbor boys. Very inspiring, funny and sad. RIP Alex, you were full of life while you were here! "

    - Beth, 9/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fascinating journey of discovery. Offers some good spiritual insights from a young adult perspective but also presents life's harsh realities that we must all address. "

    - James, 8/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " My son suggested this book to me after hearing Erik's story retold at the Air Force Academy. It would be a good read for young and old. "

    - Debby, 8/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " this author is a classmate of Ross Miller's at Air Force Academy. A very interesting, good read. "

    - Linda, 2/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This isn't a feel good happy book but defiently worth reading. It is an autobiography so don't expect a happy ending. I attended a seminar where Erik spoke and was motivated by his story. This is a great book about courage and faith. "

    - Tricia, 1/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My friend from high school wrote this, which just made it all the more captivating, but still a great story of his spiritual journey, a terrorist attack that killed his brother, and what he learned in Africa. "

    - Lauren, 10/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " in the middle of it. good so far. "

    - Dan, 7/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Read my thought at: Thoughts of Joy... "

    - Joy, 5/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Passed on to me by a good friend...it was a tough read in that I knew the ending and kept hoping that it would (still) be different. "

    - Amanda, 9/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Do NOT read the forward until AFTER reading the book. It comes across as way too cynical, and gives you a bad impression of the author. The book is fascinating. "

    - Matt, 8/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this memoir. It's about four friends who ride their dirt bikes from South Africa to Egypt. "

    - valerie, 7/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Too much about dirt bikes and not enough about the "work" they claimed to do in Africa... "

    - Faithsalutes, 7/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " this is one of the most moving books I've read in a very long time. A friend gave it to me and insisted I read it. Her daughter is friends with one of the young men. "

    - Jen, 6/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book is an exciting depiction of college students who pick up their lives to volunteer. What started as a volunteer mission turned into the journey of a lifetime. "

    - Jen, 5/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I have seen this book change lives - several of my students decided to interrupt their time at USAFA and take a year "off" devoted to missions or humanitarian work. "

    - Frank, 7/26/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This isn't a feel good happy book but defiently worth reading. It is an autobiography so don't expect a happy ending. I attended a seminar where Erik spoke and was motivated by his story. This is a great book about courage and faith. "

    - Tricialtzn, 1/13/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book was...wow. It was very, very good...but gut wrenching. I recommend it, but watch your heart, and please don't read it when you're home alone late at night like I did. I really appreciated how "raw" it was, particularly his expressions of hurting faith at the end. "

    - Catherine, 10/9/2009
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this book and learned so much about following the "whisper" of God in my own life... "

    - Shelly, 9/29/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fascinating journey of discovery. Offers some good spiritual insights from a young adult perspective but also presents life's harsh realities that we must all address. "

    - James, 3/19/2009
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My friend from high school wrote this, which just made it all the more captivating, but still a great story of his spiritual journey, a terrorist attack that killed his brother, and what he learned in Africa. "

    - Lauren, 1/19/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Took a lot of courage to make this trek. True story of some men who drove motorcycles from the south of Africa to the north of Africa. "

    - Dick, 1/12/2009
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Too much about dirt bikes and not enough about the "work" they claimed to do in Africa... "

    - Faithsalutes, 9/21/2008
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book is an exciting depiction of college students who pick up their lives to volunteer. What started as a volunteer mission turned into the journey of a lifetime. "

    - Jen, 8/11/2008
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Written by a former Kentwood HS grad "

    - Megan, 6/26/2008
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Passed on to me by a good friend...it was a tough read in that I knew the ending and kept hoping that it would (still) be different. "

    - Amanda, 5/28/2008
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " this is one of the most moving books I've read in a very long time. A friend gave it to me and insisted I read it. Her daughter is friends with one of the young men. "

    - Jen, 4/2/2008

About the Author

Erik Mirandette, a state pole-vaulting champion in high school, attended the US Air Force Academy for two years before going overseas to serve with a humanitarian mission in Morocco.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.