The Final Summit is a continuation of David Ponder’s story from The Traveler’s Gift. Having just met David Ponder in this story, I think that Andy Andrews does an excellent job of introducing Ponder to those of us who have not read the first novel. In The Final Summit, David is taken to lead a summit of all the travelers to determine “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?” There are several historical figures that are present at the discussion table. My favorite was, Winston Churchill. I enjoyed reading about his depression or as he called it, “the black dog.” As someone who has suffered from depression, it was encouraging to read how not only Churchill but also Abraham Lincoln fought against “the black dog.” I feel that my fight will be victorious more often armed with this knowledge.
The Final Summit does an excellent job of discussing the components of striving towards a full life. The historical characters are a wonderful blend of fiction and fact. Andrews has a way of encouraging readers to discover more than just what’s on the surface of the average history book.
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