My reply to a review on www.amazon.co.uk (follow this link to original posting).

Dear Mr XXX,
Sorry you didn’t find the book more useful. As the author of this guide I wouldn’t usually comment on my own book, however it has been suggested that in this case I probably should, since one of the comments here is perhaps somewhat misleading: ‘Yes Biokovo, Mosor and the northern Velebit are fine mountains, but the real focus of this stretch of coast should be the southern Velebit’s Paklenica National Park, which is just infinitely better equipped with paths and huts, not to mention being scenecially [sic] superior: it’s not a National Park for nothing.’
As a regular visitor to Croatia, I’m sure you are aware that northern Velebit is also a national park…? As for huts, it is just as well equipped as Paklenica (including one of the best huts in Croatia, Zavizan, which unlike most is open all year), and its paths are just as clear and well signposted. (Also, unlike Paklenica and southern Velebit it doesn’t have areas still considered unsafe due to landmines from the war in the 1990s – for which reason, much as I like Piers Letcher’s Mountain Walks and Historic Sites, a book predating the early 1990s should not be used in this particular area. Use Piers’ excellent Bradt Croatia guide instead, the last two editions of which I’ve updated.) As for scenically superior, well that’s a personal/subjective choice of course, but I’d actually pick northern Velebit, as would several other hikers I know – Rozanski kukovi for example is a specially protected area, with some of the most impressive and easily accessible karst scenery anywhere in Croatia.
The guide focuses on longer walks/treks because (at least at the time of writing the first edition) there was much less information on these in English than day walks on the coast, and, in many cases, these longer treks offer the finest hiking anywhere in the country. Nevertheless some of the longer walks include sections which can be walked as day walks using a hut as a base, such as Zavizan (which you can even get to by road if you want) in northern Velebit, as (I hope) the book makes clear.
I’m afraid I’m a little perplexed at the references to ‘peak bagging’. Yes there are optional routes/side trips to peaks and other features of interest off the main trails, as many would consider it a great shame to walk past an excellent viewpoint that was only an additional 10 minutes easy walk away. And yes I include several less well-known mountain areas (eg Mosor and Biokovo) which I consider worth visiting (one of the purposes of a guidebook, I think), rather than just Paklenica – though there are also plenty of others which I don’t include, if I don’t think they’re as interesting/attractive/accessible or whatever.
As for the walk from Bast, I’m sorry you got lost there – I agree it’s frustrating when guides don’t help you find the start of a route, which is why I included a long paragraph on finding it (though perhaps I’ll need to revise this for the next edition if it’s considered unclear?). I can only think that, from your description, you attempted to continue up the scree too far, whereas the correct route should ‘veer to the right, leading off the scree and… onto more stable ground’. Proper hiking boots are of course strongly recommended for this and any other routes in the introduction.
Best wishes, Rudolf Abraham (author)