Finding Mars is an interwoven tale of science, travel,
and adventure, as science writer Ned Rozell accompanies
permafrost researcher and inveterate wanderer
Kenji Yoshikawa on a 750-mile trek by snowmachine
through the Alaska wilderness. Along the way, Rozell
learns about Yoshikawa’s fascinating life, from his boyhood
in Tokyo to the youthful wanderlust that led him
to push a wheeled cart across the Sahara, ski to the
South Pole, and take a sailboat into the frozen reaches
of the Arctic Ocean, spending a winter frozen into the
ice near Barrow. It’s an always-on-the-move account of
a man driven not just by the desire to fill in the blank
spots on a map, but also to learn everything he can
about them—and a ringing testament to the power of
science, enthusiasm, and individual inspiration.
A story of an incredible wanderer and adventurer written with beautifully descriptive prose that draws the reader in immediately. . . . Rozell does an admirable job relating the odyssey of a man who has seen more of this planet than most.