While in college, a group of four young men establish a tradition: every year, they take a week-long adventure trip together. They go hiking, biking, or kayaking, traveling all around the world. They call it their Man Mission, an annual ritual that they keep for fifteen years.
In the course of their travels, they hitch a ride with drug dealers in New Zealand, down kava shots on Fijian beaches, come face-to-face with a roaring lion in South Africa, luxuriate in a resort intended only for Vietnamese Communist officials, trek to Machu Picchu, and go ice climbing in Iceland. Over the years, they get married, start families, establish careers, and do all the stuff upright men are supposed to do. But when the challenges of real life come into conflict with the perfect lives they are supposed to be living, the yearly Man Mission becomes more than an annual getaway. It’s a source of stability and a place to find redemption.
Part travel narrative and part roman à clef, this novel follows four regular guys as they find adventure together, and seek meaning and purpose, in a world where the traditional rules of “being a man” are no longer clear.
“5 out of 5 stars”
–Foreword Clarion Reviews
“A fast-moving, fresh, multi-faceted story of exploration”
–Louise Herron AM, CEO, Sydney Opera House
“A candid account of a man’s viewpoint–4 out of 4 stars”
–Online Book Club
“For men and women – no matter whether you are single, married or divorced”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Avi Ifergan
I immensely enjoyed this book. Uliel’s writing is easy to read. Witty, charming, self-effacing and incredibly honest in its introspection. Following the journey, I recognized my own, and recognized, as we all should, that we are not alone in the challenges we face. Important for women, to better understand the men in their life. There were parts I read out aloud, to my wife, in bed. For me, this is the greatest indicator of a book worth reading. Highly recommend it!
About the Author
Eytan Uliel is a storyteller, global traveler and seriously committed gourmand. After graduating from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, he practiced corporate law for several years, before moving on to a career in investment banking, private equity, and oil and gas finance. He chronicles his travels on his blog, The Road Warrior. Born in Jerusalem, he currently divides his time among Los Angeles, Nassau, and Sydney.
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