Monday, May 23, 2011

The Final Summit

Book:  The Final Summit
Author:  Andy Andrews
(This book was provided to me from BookSneeze for a unbiased review)

Book Description

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.

First Line:  "It is amazing, isnt it, how one sound can distinguish itself from another"
I have loved all of Andy Andrews books... have marked them as my favorites in the past... so I was excited when I saw he had another one coming out.
This was the follow up to "The Travelers Gift" - which I also loved.  I was anxious to see who David Ponder was going to visit with again.
This time around, it had a more urgent feel, as David has to meet with all the other Travelers & come up with a 2-word answer to save humanity.
I did enjoy some of the characters David spoke with... but some of the others, they just didnt hold my interest.  I guess its the History side of me ... I'm picky about who I care to learn about... & mostly, anything involving battles or politics, it looses me... such as some of the characters in the book.
I did enjoy some of the quotes on certain topics the historical people would give...especially the topic of "Hope"... I wrote down tons of quotes on that one..
"Hope sees what is invisible, feels what is intangible & achieves what most consider impossible"
Good stuff, right?
But then, it would just get weird in places.  I would get frustrated when I saw quotes from people in today's time being used in the book as something someone said.  I saw this happen a few times... one was a quote Billy Graham had used on 'courage'... also saw some of Andy Stanley's ideas being used in this book - it was even labeled exactly as Mr. Stanley's series did with the same ideas of your destination & your direction... I'm sure Mr. Andrews got permission to use this in his book (I would assume) - but it was just weird how it was used ... almost letting these characters who are supposed to be historical, take credit for things other said.
See?  A little weird...
So needless to say, I was a little disappointed with the book.  I really liked some of the ideas - some of the points on hope & courage... but the vibe of the book was just off to me. 
I've seen others who liked it, & others who didnt... so I am assuming this is definitely one of those books you have to choose for youself...
My Rating:  3 Skeins (it woulda been a 2 on the story but some of the quotes really stuck with me marking this up one more skein)
Last Line:  And with a thrust of his wing & a burst of light, he was gone.

1 comment:

Deidre said...

See, I told you! I actually thought the same thing about The Noticer as far as other's ideas being used as something the 'noticer' came up with. For example, the 5 love languages by Gary Chapman were in there, but with a slightly different context. Also, the story about the man with the fork - saving the best for last. I have seen that email circulated for years. So, I couldn't decide whether he got his ideas from all of these sources or tried to claim them for his own.