4 out of 4 stars
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Man Mission by Eytan Uliel follows the lives of Eytan and his three friends over 15 years as they traipse around the world on yearly expeditions. In each chapter, the writer aptly includes glimpses of his life back home that correlate to the lesson learned during each adventure. The author shares highlights of these excursions to various locations along with the insights he learns about himself and his mates on these trips. His reflections are candid and thought-provoking. After a decade and a half, he learns about life and remarks about his perspective on his resilience.
These four friends push themselves to the limit physically as they tackle foreign terrain and weather conditions. Their days consist of groaning over challenging feats like kayaking in Australia, ice-climbing in Iceland or bicycling in Taiwan. In-between all the grunting is laughter and earnest talk, which leads to tears at times. As they experience togetherness, they have the opportunity to share their stories about relationships and careers along the way. They discover truths about each other and what it means to be genuine men who can express their emotions freely.
I appreciate the author's writing style. He recounts his tales with an honesty that captures my attention. He brings the adventures to life with remarkable stories of the people, food, and culture of each region. Neatly organized, this book contains three sections, and each part is composed of five trips. Each chapter is a combination of a mission and a corresponding home-life snippet that matches the theme of each journey. For a hint, the writer includes a map, a quotation, and a Bible verse before each chapter. After each mission, Eytan includes relevant statistics to summarize each outing and that phase of his life.
Including actual photos of some of their experiences would contribute to the book's appeal as well. There is some adult subject matter and profanity throughout the book, so this story is for mature readers. This book is well-edited as I detected just a few errors. Those who like autobiographies, memoirs, or traveling would enjoy this novel. This book is more than a travel diary because the author is very insightful and transparent in his musings.
I give this story 4 out of 4 stars. The male bonding adventures are entertaining to read, and the author's descriptions are vivid and telling. He ultimately discovers his formula for success while he explores these unfamiliar territories with his life-long friends.
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