Bear Grylls, the British-born survivalist and star of the reality television show "Man vs. Wild," has done many crazy and dangerous things in his life.
He's circled the British Isles on a Jet Ski, been nearly paralyzed in a parachuting accident, climbed Mt. Everest, and once staged an open-air dinner party in a hot-air balloon at 25,000 feet. Now he's doing something equally bold and foolhardy (and also very lucrative). He's writing novels.
Grylls has won a seven-figure deal to write a series of adventure books. According to the Guardian, each book will see a hero, Dan Ranger, "embark upon a ground-breaking expedition--one with quest-like, historical detective overtones – working out of his corporate and charitable headquarters aboard the MV Global Challenger."
Previously, Grylls has penned more than a dozen books, including the autobiography "Mud, Sweat and Tears," self-help books such as "A Survival Guide for Life," and children's books, such as the multi-volume series "Mission Survival."
Ned Hepburn of Esquire said the deal with give the Grylls brand a much-needed boost, following the Discovery Channel's decision to drop the series in 2012.