Roaming Through South America on a Spontaneous Journey

Non-Fiction - Travel
317 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2023
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Author Biography

Born in the small town of New Prague, Minnesota, and raised amidst the sun-soaked landscapes of Scottsdale, Arizona, Cory Mortensen embarked on a unique journey that shaped both his life and literary career.

Choosing an unconventional path, his journey began with dropping out of college to immerse himself with a job on Wake Island, gaining valuable experiences that would later infuse his writing with a distinctive perspective.

The allure of exploration took center stage when Cory made the decision to sell everything and traverse the globe for two years. This period of travel not only broadened his horizons but also laid the foundation for a successful entrepreneurial endeavor. Cory established and grew a business into a multimillion-dollar venture, eventually selling it to pursue a shared dream with his wife, Kate.

Marriage to Kate marked the beginning of another adventure as the couple divested themselves of possessions to embark on a two-year journey through South America.

In 2020, Cory Mortensen penned "The Buddha and the Bee," a captivating work that became a bestseller and earned acclaim with numerous book awards. This success was followed by the publication of "UNLOST," a top 100 bestseller and recipient of multiple book awards, further establishing Cory as a notable voice in contemporary literature.

Cory's writing seamlessly weaves together the threads of personal experience, cultural exploration, and a profound sense of purpose. Their work continues to resonate with readers worldwide, offering a unique blend of storytelling that transcends boundaries and inspires a deeper understanding of the human experience.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite

Cory Mortensen sees life as a series of opportunities and knows how difficult it is to choose among several options. He left his job to embark on a journey into the unknown. He narrates how each day's events develop without a concrete plan or a specific route to follow. This time we will learn about his journey from the Mexican border to Antarctica. In Unlost, he tells the experiences with an excellent touch of humor, but he is also illustrative, giving honest descriptions and interesting facts about the places visited. Cory provides images of maps and some personal photographs. Unlost is the second part of The Buddha and the Bee series, and it also shows how following your instinct can lead you to unexpected places.

Reading Cory Mortensen's book is like talking with a friend who tells you his anecdotes. His narrative is relaxed and fun. He knows how to connect his stories with explanations of historical facts. He shares the culture he is acquiring and shows you his ability to solve problems with astuteness. I admire his courage to travel into unknown territories. He is truthful when mentioning complications, such as finding accommodation or dealing with people who only want money from foreigners. Cory has a friendly personality and a contagious spirit, so he makes friends in every country he visits. His enthusiasm motivates you to want to embark on an adventure. Unlost also has a good presentation. I loved the photographs and would have liked to see more to learn about the places visited. Unlost is the ideal book to get to know the world in a relaxed and entertaining way.