The Gem Hunter: True Adventures of an American in Afghanistan

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GeoVision, Inc., 2004 - Travel - 505 pages
This is the story of one man's endeavor to discover precious gems and to lead a life filled with loyal friends and extraordinary adventures. He finds it all in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan but not without risking his life. In this book Gary W. Bowersox spins his tales of thirty two years of discovery both introspective and worldwide. Along the way he encounters danger and intrigue as he builds lasting friendships. He has traded gems and stories with Afghan miners, ethnic peoples, freedom fighters, government officials, scientist, and on a few occasions, international spies.

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Turning a bend on the treacherous Afghan one lane mountain road, our driver lays on the horn warning the oncoming traffic of our presence. As we entered a small village, loud voices, with arms waving, called out with jubilation, Mr. Gary, Mr. Gary! "He is the 'beloved' of Panjsher Valley, I thought". As the large croud gathered around with outstreached arms to shake his hand.
At times during one's life journey a person travels far from home to "find himself". Joseph Campbell writes about this "hero's journey". Documenting the Bowersox expedition was this priviledged time for me. The Afghan people greeted me with respect and flooded me with their gift of hospitality. The dining room was a time of animated, jovial, conversation. The Afghan people have a wonderful sense of humor. One evening our hostess Zia, the mother-in-law of fallen hero Massoud, was the target of this humor. Her husband, returning from the front and acknowledging the presence of guests, he tried to embarrass her by sitting on her lap and trying to spoon feed her the yogurt. Laughter abounded as she moved away from him.
The Gem Hunter is a must read book. Taken from the daily journal of Gary Bowersox, The Gem Hunter is 25 years plus of adventure, intrigue, with personal insight on the past history of Central Asia.
The Afghan people considered me a "gift from God". They were prepared to take a bullet for me. I am ever
thankful for their wonderful gift. Beverly Bevington


Young Man Seeking
Danger in Kabul
Lapis Lazuli
Letter from Dehzad
Into The Lions Den
Ahmed Shah Massoud
Emerald Hunting in PanjsherValley
Chapter 9Gem Symposiums
The Lost MineKuhiLal
Rise of the Taliban Seekers After Truth
Political Hurdles and Roadblocks
The Lion of Panjsher
The War Years
Afghan News as Reported by Mr Gary 124977602

Chapter 10A Field Trip to The Land of Light
Nancy Dupree Report
Ruby Hunting at Jegdalek
A Trip to the Lapis Mines

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