May 9, 2011

Review - The Final Summit (Andy Andrews)

Just like in the preceding book The Traveler's Gift Andy Andrews once again brings Travelers from different times together in his newest book The Final Summit. This time around David Ponder gets summoned by the archangel Gabriel to find an answer to the question that will save mankind. And time is running out.
The premise aka quest for the correct answer certainly piqued my curiosity, but I soon found out that the implementation left somewhat to be desired. After a brief recap on Ponder's past travels, the reader is briefly introduced to historical characters, the only memorable one being Winston Churchill, which help find the right answer before time's up. Historical trivia and a bit of unnecessary humor, to lighten the otherwise serious topic, are thrown into the mix.
Presenting itself in a blend of fiction and non fiction the whole story's purpose is clearly to be inspirational, and while it has been written by an Christian author, it is far from being preachy. Being a fast read, the book is certainly not very deep, neither from a philosophical nor a religious viewpoint. Even more so, I felt the book lacks one basic theme - Belief. All it provides is a cheery can-do mentality and a rather vague answer.
In short: A fascinating question brought down by a poorly executed search for an answer, this book proved to be a rather disappointing read for me.

2/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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