June 7, 2011

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

The Final Summit is the follow up novel of author, Andy Andrews, first successful literary hit, The Traveler's Gift.

David Ponder is nearing the end of his life, his wife has recently died, leaving him lonely and miserable.  At seventy four years of age, life is slowing down and there are no more surprises around the corner.  Or so it would seem for the average person, however, David has a destiny to fulfill.

One night, after another boring, routine day, David is visited by the angel Gabriel who informs him that he is to be the head of a summit for "travelers", those people in history who have shaped it, for better or worse.  It seems God is not happy with humanity and wishes to end its misery, however, David and his cast of historical figures must answer one question, "What does humanity need to do, individually AND collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization"?

David is allowed to converse with historical figures from history in order to come up with an answer to the question set before him.  Taking advice from the likes of Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, King David, Eric Erickson, George Washington Carver, to name a few, the group discuss hope, self-discipline, ego and other of humanities aspects.  During the discussions, a huge hourglass is increasingly dripping grains of sand, when the sands have stopped, then David must provide his final answer.  Will the group figure out testimony that will save humanity or will the sands of time run dry and this age with it??

As a stand alone novel, this isn't one that works well, you truly should read the first book to get the real significance of The Final Summit.  David often refers to his youth throughout the pages, in which the prequel novel was set, and if you have not read it, you will wish you had in order to understand more of the motivation of David and the characters he meets.

The book is easy to read, good flow and often times comical in its approach.  The idea is rather a neat concept and it is intelligently written.  David Ponder is one of those characters that you like, he is believable in character and prose.  I found the historical figures a little stiff and less believable than I would've liked.  Though the mannerisms are precise, their characters prose and thoughts did not match my interpretation of them.

As well, I would've liked a little more oomph in the outcome of the situation.  The final decision of the group wasn't what I had expected and it is much easier said than done.  Andy Andrews may have given a solution to a problem but without the motivation and the enabling skills, the empowerment to act, then they are just that, words.  As a fiction work though, it was a unique read that I am sure most will enjoy.

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.

** Disclosure: I did not accept any compensation from the sponsors other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by me..as I see it~!! **

1 comment:

  1. I've been very curious about this book! On one hand the story seems intriquing; yet, on the other, it sounds so farfetched that it's not something I'd want to read at all! I guess my curiousity will only be sedated if I actually get around to reading it!
    This is a good review. I love how you made the point concerning the outcome of the book. Very perseceptive!