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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Final Summit

From the publisher:
David Ponder is back. This time the fate of mankind is in his hands.

This is mankind’s last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent humanity hurtling toward disaster, and far from its original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship, and it consists of only two words.

With time running out, it is up to David Ponder and a cast of history’s best and brightest minds to uncover this solution before it is too late. The catch? They are allowed only five tries to discover the answer.

Readers first encountered David Ponder in The Traveler's Gift. Now, in The Final Summit, Andrews combines a riveting narrative with astounding history in order to show us the one thing we must do when we don’t know what to do.

 My Review:
I had been so very looking forward to this book.  The Traveler's Gift was the first Andy Andrews book that I had ever read and I really wanted to see what became of this character.

The story opens with David Ponder in the later years of his life.  He had made a fortune, lost it all, and came back even stronger.  The lessons he had learned in The Traveler's Gift changed and shaped him into a better man.  However, he discovers that his mission isn't over.  Gabriel arrives and takes him to a secret location to join all of the other travelers throughout history in an attempt to save humanity from the path they are on.  David, as the only traveler living in the present time, is given the task of heading the group as they attempt to answer, with only two words, the ultimate question, "What must humanity do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?"

In typical Andrews fashion, he draws upon historical characters and their lives to illustrate each answer that the group gives.  Expect to see characters such as Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, and Abraham Lincoln as well as some that played a critical role in history that you may never have heard of before this book.  The characters are developed well enough that the reader "feels" their personality without them becoming the focus of attention.

In addition to the story, which causes us to address the state of our actions as a society and the path it is leading us on, Andrews includes a study guide for each chapter making this an excellent book for a small group or to just lead the reader deeper in thought.  Something I wish I would have known about before reading it on kindle.

If you have read Andrews before you will be familiar with some of the characters, however you will not be bored.  I would definitely recommend this book!

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