4 out of 4 stars
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The first instance of profanity is on page 7: f**k.
Man Mission is one of those books where you turn to the last page and say "those are guys I would have a beer with" as the book takes you through 15 years of trips taking by a group of four friends. What starts out on a whim (first man mission) turns into an fun trip each year by four friends to spend time with each other, enjoy male camaraderie, physical activities and exotic adventures.
There is even a man mission charter with specific rules (no cry babies) and a pink rubber bracelet (for the biggest cry baby). The places they visit are all over the world and in each of them they stretch their comfort level: physical but also culinary.
We have all had a friend with whom we go out on a trip. But rarely does it last 15 years and with a regular cadence. This is impressive as these guys go through life's changes: marriage, new jobs, children. But it is this dedication to the man missions which shows how important it is to have close and long-lasting relations. In the epilogue it becomes clear that they consider their lives to be one epic journey and that whatever happens tomorrow, they are happy and content today.
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4.
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