4 out of 4 stars
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During a college Food Fair, happenstance introduces Sam to Eytan. While sampling some of the exotic foods at the fair, Eytan brings up a long-term dream to take an annual vacation to an exotic place, to taste local delicacies. Sam seems to be genuinely impressed by this idea and years later, calls Eytan to put the plan into action. The two decide to visit New Zealand and add hiking to their itinerary to eliminate the guilt from all of the food they plan to eat.
Thus began Man Mission. Every year, the men take on a daring outdoor activity usually involving hiking, kayaking or bicycling, and always including adventurous foods and experiences. Eventually, Eytan's other two best friends, Daniel and Alec are sworn into the Man Mission society. Over the next fifteen years, the men see each other through some of the best and worst moments of their lives.
Man Mission: Four Men, Fifteen Years, One Epic Journey is a fast-paced account of fifteen missions, including small passages into the domestic lifestyles of the men. All of the men deal with personal struggles and growth throughout the years, adding drama and depth to the story. Eytan, the main protagonist experiences an immense level of personal growth as he faces financial and marital challenges. These challenges are usually numbed by the promise of the team's next adventure.
In terms of quality, Eytan Uliel has excelled. Each chapter represents a different mission, and is intercepted by flashbacks and foreshadows of events surrounding the mission. I could immediately tell that this book was professionally edited by how nicely formatted it was. I was unable to detect any errors throughout the text. Uliel brilliantly weaves romance, adventure, and humor to create a fully satisfying story.
My favorite part of this book was the use of humor. The men have developed rules over the years, all of which are hilarious in their own right. My favorite was "Rule Ten: He Who Whines Loudest Wears the Pink Bracelet". The men aren't particularly athletic, but they do push themselves to complete their missions. Naturally, this comes with a lot of complaining. Needless to say, the pink bracelet presents itself many times throughout the text. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Man Mission, and I found nothing deserving of a negative comment.
There were some adult themes discussed in this book. For instance, in Japan, while looking for food, the men came across these vending machines that sold various sex toys and erotic supplies. Additionally, there were accounts of adultery. There were no graphic details, however. Profanity was used rather heavily as well. For that reason, I do not believe this would be suitable for young audiences. That being said, I would happily give Man Mission by Eytan Uliel 4 out of 4 stars and highly recommend it to any mature reader looking for a new adventure.
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