From the book’s description:
“This is humanity’s last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent mankind hurling toward disaster, and far from its original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship-and that answer is 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 the solution before it is too late. The catch? They are allowed only five tries to solve the ominous challenge.”
I didn’t particularly care for this book. Maybe I miss-read the above snippet, but I was expecting a fast-faced, almost suspenseful read that would keep me captivated and on the edge of my seat. This book was not that at all. In fact, I felt the narrative was drawn out, which I found strange since it is only a 230 page book and a little – well – boring.
On top of that, I was disappointed with the anti-climatic, unsatisfying ending. The one thing about the ending that was excellent though, was the “Personal Declaration” read by David Ponder.
What I liked:
Although this book is a sequel to The Traveler’s Gift, there was enough of an introduction in the first chapter of The Final Summit to get the gist of David Ponder’s character (even if I never got emotionally invested in him) and what the first book was about. I didn’t feel like I missed out on something by not reading the first book.
I was impressed that the main character – David Ponder – was a 74 year old. It’s not often you read fiction where the main character is on the older side. He was portrayed beautifully and with intelligence.
The premise of the book is very good, too. What does humanity have to do to get back on track in following the path of “successful civilization”? All of us, as individuals and as a society need to get back to our roots and remember God and His plan for us.
The best thing about the book – and surprising – was the life of Eric Erickson and his role in ending World War II. Amazing. I definitely want to find out more about this strong, courageous man.
What I didn’t like:
First off, like I eluded to earlier, the book read very slowly. When reading this book, you get the impression that in spite of the fact that time was running out the summit gatherers acted as if they had all the time in the world; except in a few places where the urgency of time would present itself.
Also, as each character was summoned to the leader’s table, there was more time then necessary spent on introducing him or her.
Secondly, the way some of the characters were portrayed really put me off. The characters of the Archangel Gabriel and King David was particularly off-putting to me. Archangel Gabriel was depicted as condescending and purposely – not sure how to put into works – unhelpful or mean maybe. And King David was (in the beginning) downright pompous and arrogant; but became more human as the story bore on.
Finally, the emphasis on how each particular summit leader overcame adversity and difficulties was on their own power and abilities, rather than God – the origin of all our good and abilities. As a matter of fact, his references to God was too subtle; at one point God was referred to as ‘the boss” (which is a term for God that I personally despise).
I give this book 2 stars.
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