This author is an adventurer whose family tree was planted in the soil of dreams and a quest for adventure. Jean Vives’s grandfather, Albert, left France when he was 15 years of age. He traveled by clipper ship to Rio de Janeiro where he became a car mechanic near Ipanema Beach. His grandfather then returned to France when the WW I broke out to fight for his country. He became a driver of an ammunition truck and drove through the worse battles of the war. Afterward, he decided to sail to California. He and his companions drove trucks across Europe and the Gobi Desert via the Silk Road to Shanghai. There he boarded a steamer sailing for the booming city of San Francisco. There he lived on Market Street where he opened up his own auto repair shop.
Jean Vives, our author, inherited the tradition of adventure from his ancestors.
He was a journalist on his high school and college newspapers. But medical studies won out over writing. He became a rock climber and mountaineer and explorer of new backcountry ski routes in California’s Sierra Nevada. He has published many articles on adventure travel in Outside, Powder, and Ski Magazines. He moved to Colorado and founded Aspen Alpine Guides and taught wilderness travel techniques. His book Backcountry Skiing was published by Human Kinetics Press followed up by "Ski Randonnee!" that is presently sold on Amazon along with his Backcountry Pro Series of wilderness education Kindle books. Most of the adventures in these books and The War Dog Epic come from solo experiences in the backcountry. After getting his doctorate in high altitude physiology, he taught for the University of Colorado Boulder Abroad program in Kathmandu. For graduation, he took his students on the original 100 - mile approach trek to Everest Base Camp. He met Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mt. Everest, while filming a documentary on Nepal. In China, Jean was one of the last people to raft the Yangtze River and the famous Leaping Tiger Gorge before the waters below were flooded by the huge Three Gorges Dam. Meanwhile in America, he established the longest alpine ski touring route in America by skiing from Winter Park to Crested Butte that covered 170 miles in 28 days during the worse blizzard in a decade.
His love for dogs made this story a natural. As a child, he grew up with hunting dogs. At age 14 he used to walk up the street carrying a shotgun over his shoulder on his way to the hills around his house in Northern California to hunt for game birds. His dog "Duke" was a German Short Hair Pointer gifted at finding quail and dove. The family dog "Dexter" is a street dog that was found wandering the streets of Salt Lake and was picked up by a dog rescue group. He is the inspiration for the present book: " THE WAR DOG EPIC."
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The Epic of Dexter the War Dog. Getting Out of Afghanistan Was Just the Beginning
by Jean Vives
This the story of the danger filled epic of Dexter the war dog from Afghanistan to the mountains of Colorado as he searches for his master Marc after a deadly ambush tears them apart. Dexter must cross an unforgiving wilderness. Hospitalized, Marc dreams that if Dexter can survive so can he. The story draws you in and calls to every reader to their own greatness with this story of heroism.
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