4 out of 4 stars
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Four men, the Protagonist, Sam, Daniel, and Alec, maintained their friendship from the University. They had this dream of exploring the world, which led to the birth of Man Mission. This mission was an annual adventure trip that lasted for 15 years. The Man Mission trips had them visit various places in the world like New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Fiji, Spain, Thailand, and Africa. The mode of transport used for the trips included hiking, kayaking, and biking. The benefits of visiting the places are that they learned new cultures, beliefs, discovered their abilities and weaknesses and appreciated nature.
Man Mission by Eytan Uliel is an exciting and adventurous story that grips the reader's attention. The story reveals to the reader the answer to the question "Who is a man?" Exploring different cities is the best treat one can offer to him/herself. The four gentlemen did well-to-do that, albeit the responsibilities they had as employees, husbands, and fathers. Though they suffered injuries on their annual trips, they never gave up.
Sam’s reaction to the death of his dad reminds the reader that even the strongest gets broken. Some events in our lives are inevitable, but are we ready to embrace them when they happen? How will we react once they happen? The protagonist lived and enjoyed a good life, though he had numerous weaknesses. Noteworthy, he acknowledged his weaknesses and found a better way to cope with them. Additionally, he had a supportive wife, Rachel. She too had her weaknesses, but despite all that, she helped him make better life choices for the sake of their family.
I like the diverse culture and beliefs portrayed in the book. One belief that amuses me is the Siberian belief that "a real man catches and kills their own food." Notably, the characters interact freely with each other. The reader can feel their bond of love reading through their conversations. Moreover, the mission rules are hilarious, funny, and thought-provoking. One of my favorite and the funny rule is “He Who Whines Loudest Wears the Pink Bracelet.” This seasons the mission's course. Remarkably, the author did a diligent job switching the past and present events enabling the reader to navigate through the pages of the book without losing track of the story-line.
Initially, I didn't understand why the protagonist wasn’t identified by a unique name. I kept asking myself, is it a feature in writing? Or is the protagonist the author of the book? Only to find out that the protagonist is the author of the book.
One thing I learned about men is that they are secretive, reason being, they don’t want their business to be noised out in public.
That said, I rate the book at 4 out of 4 stars. It’s exceptionally edited (no error detected). The profanity in the story is mildly and scarcely used. The tone of the narration is heartfelt and humorous too. Noteworthy, the narration swiftly and rightly switches from the first-person to the third-person point of view. I find the author’s writing style incredible, which makes him my second-best author from William H. Cole. Ultimately, there is nothing to dislike about the book.
Those who love travelling and exploring different region and cities in the world will find the book appealing. They might get an idea of their next adventure trip.
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