Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill Paperback – 1 Apr 2012
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About the Author
M.G. Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the mystery, thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service in 2011 to write full time. He lives in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife Jing and son Alex. Edwards published “Alexander the Salamander,” a children's e-book he co-wrote with his son Alex, in May 2011. He released a collection of short stories from different genres, “Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories,” in November 2011. His latest book, “Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill,” published in April 2012, chronicles his quest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. It's the first book in the World Adventurers Series of travel adventures. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com, his blog, worldadventurers.wordpress.com, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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This inspirational true story chronicles the day-by-day hiking trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Fascinating by itself, the real story is the courage and fortitude of the author as he summons the will to confront not only the perils of the mountain, but a far more dangerous demon: a burning mid-life crisis.
At forty years of age, out of shape, and struggling with an unsatisfying and demoralizing career, Michael Edwards knew that something had to give. Life had to change. For many people, such frustration and fear is all too real and paralyzing. Better the demon we know, no matter how unhappy and unfulfilled we are.
Virtually overnight--well, several nights--Michael Edwards changed his stars. Tackling something as monstrous as a mountain, he overcame adversity, cold, heat, searing aches and pains, channeling all of these victories toward a single goal: to prove to himself that from this point forward, nothing could stand in his way. Not a mountain, not an unhappy life.
Read this book. Change your stars. It's that good.
I felt that some of the thoughts and ideas were retold unnecessarily, and that some of the sentences could have been more concise. That said, Edwards is a skilled storyteller, and KILIMANJARO seems an ideal story for anyone contemplating major life decisions. The detailed information guide at the end and gorgeous photographs throughout add to the book's enjoyment and usefulness, making it well worth the purchase price. I look forward to learning more of Edwards' adventures as he journeys on!
Once I started reading the book I could not put it down - I wanted to find out if he made it to the summit. Finding about his reasons for climbing the mountain and preparing for it was somewhat interesting but the trek itself was gripping. Would he? Could he? I did not know and I wanted to find out.
Having read this book do I want to climb Africa's highest mountain? No! However I would recommend to family or friends who wanted to go on this incredible adventure to read this book so that they might be prepared to take their "quest over the hill."
I started reading it because that's what friends do.
I couldn't put it down because it is a well written story about a real person's adventure, triumphs, fears, challenges and success. It's not about a superhero but a person like me going on the type of adventures I like to go on. I take that back. He is my hero.