Monday, April 11, 2011

The Final Summit, by Andy Andrews

Time is running out...

The Final Summit tells the story of David Ponder, a 74 year old man who at the beginning of the book is questioning is own will to live, and his journey to convene with several other time travelers - everyone from Joan of Arc to Abraham Lincoln to Anne Frank to Winston Churchill. Their mission is to answer one single question: What must be done in order to save humanity. The answer is only two words, and they only have five chances to get it right. Racing against the clock (or the hourglass, as it were) David and this group of some of the most important people in all of history must work together to discover the answer before it is too late.

Rife with historical references and stories, the book takes place almost entirely at this meeting, this "Final Summit", as the characters discuss possible solution to the question. While Mr Andrews took some liberties with the Travelers' words, the historical facts given are indeed very true. They are also very interesting, very inspirational, and most likely pieces of information you've never learned anywhere else.

I read this book in its entirety in one weekend. It is at once suspenseful and heart warming. I have never been especially interested in history, but Andrews keeps me interested. I've never been a fan of things like time travel, but Andrews makes me a fan. He draws me in, and holds my attention until the very last word (and beyond it) I think the best writers are those that inspire you to continue thinking about their books long after you've finished them, and Andy Andrews is that writer.

This book will touch, inspire, and enlighten you. It's also just a really great edge-of-your-seat story, and I would recommend it to all.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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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