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Venom Doc: The edgiest, darkest and strangest natural history memoir ever by [Fry, Bryan Grieg]
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Meet venomologist Bryan Grieg Fry, the man with one of the most dangerous job in Australia - working with the world's most deadly creatures.

Welcome to the strange and dangerous world of Doctor Venom.

Imagine a first date involving three weeks in Siberia catching venomous water shrews, and later a wedding attended by Eastern European prime ministers and their bodyguards wielding machine guns. Then a life of living and working with snakes. Lots of very, very poisonous snakes and other venomous creatures ... everything from the Malaysian king cobra to deadly scorpions.

In this action-packed ride through Bryan Grieg Fry's life you'll meet the man who's worked with the world's most venomous creatures in over 50 countries. He's been bitten by 26 poisonous snakes and three stingrays - and, while deep in the Amazon jungle, survived a near-fatal scorpion sting. He's also broken 23 bones, including breaking his back in three places, and had to learn how to walk again. He only works on venom that he has collected himself - so the adventures, and danger, will just keep coming...

Bryan now divides his time between scientific research and teaching at the University of Queensland, and TV filming and collecting expeditions around the world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 36520 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (25 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WERXETQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Venom Doc follows the amazing life of U.S born Australian Venomologist Dr Fry, who has travelled the world in search of all things venomous.

Dr Fry is able to tell his story in a way that keeps you highly entertained, from horrifying accounts of being bitten or stung by animals, sad accounts of friends and colleagues passing away from bites and occasional hilarious stories about friends chasing leprechauns through forests (you need to read it to believe it.)

You are able to learn amazing things from this book without realising it, I would never of guessed that so many modern medications come from venom, and that Dr Fry has studied his whole life to help make these life saving medications.

I have always had a fascination with reptiles, although I have never had a chance to actually own one. I was unfortunate to come across a brown snake once that killed my Great Dane dog in such a short time after being bit, it amazes me that Dr Fry could live through so many bites and get out there again and again. (have a read of the interview underneath to see how his family deal with this.) I have not been able to look at snakes the same way although they still fascinate me, I have a healthy understanding with them, leave me alone and I will leave you alone.

In summary this book is Amazing definitely put it on Christmas lists if you can wait that long, but do your self a favour and read this book. I never knew animals could be so amazing with what their venom can do, and this is Dr Fry’s goal to let people know that without these amazing creatures we would not have so many life saving drugs available today.
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This has to be the most entertaining book I have read in a long time. If you are a lover of reptiles and venomous animals, then this book is a must to read. The Memoirs of an American/Australian, Associate Professor Bryan Fry, Biochemist and Molecular Biologist. His amazing and adventurous travels to the most remote places on earth to collect venomous species that he virtually keeps as pets and to use their venom for scientific purposes. His plentiful near death experiences from the most venomous creatures to breaking his back falling off a 4-metre white ant mound. An extraordinary guy with a life to match. I can't wait to read his next book
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An action-packed, metaphor-laden romp through the life and times of one of todays' true "Mad Scientists". Bryan takes you on a trip through the "epic crazy" that has been his life thus far, from escapades in the wilds to serious and ground-breaking science. A mesmerising read with all the thrills and spills of a Matthew Reilly novel, the horror of a Wes Craven movie and the a bit of slapstick comedy too. You can almost hear the heavy rock and metal soundtrack as you read.. Makes you slightly envious of a life and choices clearly made with little or no regard for personal health or longevity. A top read.
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Great book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars boring think again 17 November 2015
By Kelly Chabak - Published on Amazon.com
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If you think science and scientists are, boring think again. Bryan Fry’s memoirs read like Keith Richards meets Johnny Quest. There’s a wealth of information on venomous creatures of all kinds, and Dr. Fry leaves no stone unturned in his quest for mapping out the toxicological composition of the secretions of anything with a gland. He throws in the kitchen sink with action, adventure, and even a bloke with a really weird performance issue involving a rattlesnake. For that friend who is a little different, this would make an awesome gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 8 February 2016
By E. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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My son adores Dr. Fry. He has stated that Dr. Fry is his mentor after seeing him on several different TV shows. I was thrilled to find this book and give it to my son, who is an emerging reader. He was very excited. I am reading it to him however, and there are items in the book that are not appropriate for my son, so I just skip those parts when I read it to him. But it has been a very interesting and enjoyable read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Fry comes across as a bit of an annoying character at times but overall this book is a ... 13 May 2016
By Malcolm Purvis - Published on Amazon.com
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Bryan Fry comes across as a bit of an annoying character at times but overall this book is a thoroughly good read. If you are a bit of a herpetologist, you will enjoy the numerous and varied anecdotes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive snakebites 5 January 2016
By shags2207 - Published on Amazon.com
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A must-not read. How to get bitten by snakes and enjoy working out what one's reaction will be. Sorry, but I was secretly hoping the next bite would be the last and would incapacitate the writer and truncate the "story". Alas, more bites, more boredom. The title is one of the most inaccurate I have seen - it's not edgy, it's not dark and it certainly isn't strange.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Venom Doc a story of an astounding life with a legacy to change the world 16 November 2015
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A roller coaster from start to finish and a must for all reptile enthusiasts. A story that will identify to all whose childhood was an investigation of the wonders of the natural surroundings, with a drive to investigate the mechanics of mother nature. Adventure unsurpassed and a life lived to the full and expressed with humor, intelligence and exuberance so infectious you feel you are there with the author. Any seasoned traveler would be envious of the exotic wondrous locations described and the unique reptiles he had the privilege of experiencing in their natural habitat. The scientific discoveries are awe inspiring and the possibilities opened up to medical advances make this story the groundbreaking beginnings of future research. The importance of conservation are a message throughout this read that should be promoted globally. The delights contained within these pages will go a long way to changing attitudes to the beautiful and venomous species of our planet and the vital part they play in our ecosystems and this should be a number one on all budding environmentalist lists and those in the scientific community. Otherwise just enjoy a well written autobiography that you won't be able to put down after the first page !!!!