4 out of 4 stars
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In Eytan Uliel's Man Mission.The protagonist and narrator does a fine job in being the catalyst for bringing his closest friends,Alec,Sam and Daniel together.Where they embark on an annual action packed trip in exotic locations across the globe from kayaking in Fiji to cycling in Japan.
Each location,carefully picked out by the enforcer of the group. Offers up a unique part of nature flora, fauna and
a birds' eye view into the hearts of the characters. Where they urge us to drink the cocktail of whatever is happening in their lives in that very moment.
After the inaugural trip hiking in New Zealand,we see the formation of a group called man mission develop into an annual mancation. A vacation for men only and the rules were simple. Travel from point A to point B. Men only. Whining tolerated. No luxuries allowed.
"He who whines the loudest wears the pink bracelet."
"For sure he gets botox."
"I've never mustered up the courage to ask Alec if it was true."
What does botox,steak,a pink bracelet and drinking beer all have in common to the exclusive club known as man mission? They are all unique pieces of a strange puzzle when put together forms a road map into the mind of a man.
As the men go from one location to the next we take a delightful bite into the pie and are left hungry for the next one. fresh news of their lives and according to the man mission handbook no subject is off limits.
As if we received an open invitation
to be a part of their families. Welcome to man mission.With each adventure we are left hungry for more. After we have journeyed with them from boyhood to husband,and eventually fatherhood. We see not only the growth of the characters but witness the vulnerable side of men kept hidden under the guise of male chauvinism.We laugh and cry at their crowning achievements even cheering them on and jeer at them when they fall.
I give man mission a four out of four star rating because it is the sex and the city for men.Only the playing field is not to meet up for cosmos but drink beer and eat steak and engage in some form of physical exercise, be it kayaking
or cycling in the heart of nature. Where no topic is off limits and men can be boys again.
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