Twenty nine Lives


.Twenty-Nine Lives

One Man’s Twenty-Eight Brushes With Death

An eBook by Tony Mayo; BSc, MA, MFA

Twenty-Nine Lives is a personal account of twenty-eight occasions during my life where I faced death. Each chapter chronicles a series of events in which I encountered near death situations, or was involved in events that could have easily led to my demise.

After surviving each of those twenty-eight incidents, I felt as if I had been given another chance to live. Therefore, I have concluded that I must now be in my twenty-ninth life!

From my earliest years, I have led an adventurous life! Since 1972, many of my exciting experiences have occurred during various risky travels into some of the most remote parts of ninety-one countries around the world.

Throughout those travels, while studying numerous endangered human cultures, I carefully collected thousands of historically important artifacts. At the same time I painstakingly documented priceless information through slides, photographs, notes, diagrams, tape recordings and videos.

The twenty-six colour photographs throughout the true story are best viewed when downloaded on a device with colour. You may also wish to view more art and photography from my world travels. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments.




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Portion from Chapter 1

“Looking down the barrel of a Russian made AKM assault rifle, I contemplated how I might escape. I watched my two Afghan captors carefully. Both were heavily armed, each cradling a rifle. A revolver and large knife hung at their sides and each had an ammunition belt slung over one shoulder. Both men bore heavy battle scars on their hands, arms and faces and one wore a patch over his right eye. They had forced me up a ladder and onto the top of an old, rickety and rusted out bus that was violently rocking back and forth, mercilessly tossing me to and fro as we bounced down a remote mountain road deep in Afghanistan’s notorious Khyber Pass. To avoid being pitched off the roof and into the deep canyon along the edge of the narrow dirt road, I clutched desperately onto the low, loose fitting railing fastened around the outside edge of the rooftop. This was not my first close call with death, and at the time I certainly hoped it would not be my last…”



“I know a lot of adventurers but none who have had remotely so many close calls. Tony Mayo has more lives than a herd of cats.” – Jason Schoonover, author of Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives and The Explorers Club’s Stefansson Medalist

“Tony Mayo’s written words paint wonderful visual settings in which the reader can easily observe and imagine the author’s diverse and often extremely adventurous experiences unfolding in each chapter. I read a chapter a day along with my morning coffee. I will miss that little ritual, along the places and situations his stories transported me to.” – Gallen Benson, World-renowned Jewellery Designer

“This is the fascinating and captivating biographical tale of the miracle of the human will and spirit to survive against all odds. Tony Mayo is a consummate raconteur and adventurer the likes of Patrick Leigh Fermor. I particularly enjoyed my second reading of Twenty-Nine Lives as I discovered subtle nuances that I had missed the first time.” – Michael Ullock, Owner, Battery Canada

“Like Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air) Mayo patiently lets his stories unfold at their own pace, offering snippets of culture, geography and history as the tension builds. Yet the short very readable chapters, each a vignette of another close call, make for fast reading. Having said that, you will want to slow down and savour all that each tale has to offer.” – Seymour Clearly

“What a Wonderful book! The detailed descriptions of Tony’s adventures and near-death misses make a compelling read. His sense of adventure, unending optimism, and determination to survive make him an unforgettable character in his own real-life saga. The fact that he survived so many harrowing experiences is truly amazing! Once I started to read his story, I could not stop until I had read it all. He left me wanting more, and I suspect (and hope) that he will be sharing more of his incredible stories in the future.” – Karen Stenback

“Tony Mayo is an adventure seeker who is so skillful at describing his experiences that one can visualize, taste, and feel it all. He gets your heart thumping.” – Linda Passon-McNally

“The theme of Mr. Mayo’s book is highly unique and that’s what attracted me to buy it, besides the equally unusual cover, not typical either. I love adventure books, both fiction and non-fiction, and this read like real live adventure because it is. He’s a good writer, and puts the reader “right there.” He’s lived (and I presume still lives?) a heck of an interesting life (he should work for National Geographic! There’s lots of meat and potatoes like that). I was far from being disappointed. Darned interesting book. Much recommended if you like real adventure and anthropology.” – Skyjumper