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Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill (World Adventurers Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.G. Edwards
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Book Description

The first book in the World Adventurers Series, Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill chronicles the author's attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. At forty years old and on the verge of a midlife crisis, he tried to change his life by climbing a mountain. This is his true story of facing Kilimanjaro and other challenges at middle age.

This book is for anyone who feels over the hill and needs encouragement to make a life change in the face of difficult odds. It's also for the casual climber or hiker who is interested in climbing one of the world's tallest mountains. Filled with insights and advice for those who are contemplating their own Kilimanjaro climb, this book will put you on the mountain and inspire you to go over it.

Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill features more than 60 photos from the author's trek.


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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 me@mgedwards.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3066 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brilliance Press (March 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QCDDLS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M.G. Edwards' book changed my life May 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
M.G. Edwards' Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill represents as much of an extraordinary personal journey as it is a physical challenge.

Forty years old and on the verge of midlife crisis, the author is at a crossroad - continue in an unfulfilling career as an American Diplomat or follow his heart's true desire since childhood of becoming a writer. One choice brings admiration, glamor, security, but also dissatisfaction; the other is tentative at best. He writes:

"The future weighed on my mind. Approaching middle age, I was overweight and out of shape, living a sedentary lifestyle, and stuck in a rut. A series of personal setbacks left me a bitter man. Every time I was convinced life would get better, another letdown hit me. A midlife crisis, something that just a few years ago I never thought possible, was brewing."

He lifts his eyes toward Mt. Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet above sea level, the catalyst to finding the answer. Refusing to allow a barrage of misgivings, doubts, and severe ailments diminish his resolve to attempt the climb, he sets out with three friends to tackle Africa's highest peak.

His words capture the magnificent beauty of nature, while candid revelations let you glimpse into the epicenter of personal conflict. "The barren wasteland reminded me how close we were to touching the heavens yet still bound to earth like ants on a giant mound." He lets you see, "the heavens opened up to reveal the summit of Kibo Peak" that reached "for the sky yet seemed close to the touch, and it beckoned me to head for the summit, a temptation that instilled me with a false confidence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down April 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I admit I bought this book because the author is a friend.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Inspirational April 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As the previous reviewer had already commented. A book written on this topic would not be something I'd have chosen, since I'm neither a climber, have no interest in athletics, nor am I someone who would normally physically challenge myself in this way. That said, I read it for no other reason then I was already somewhat familar with this writer's work, having previously read his collection of short stories which I'd enjoyed considerably.

And what I found to my astonishment, was a book that was not only exceptionally well written, holding the readers rapt attention from first page to last. But it's also a book that gives you a glimpse into the writers inner conflicts, as he grapples with his career, along with the life changing decisions for himself and his family, that go along with it.

Every step along the way he challenges his physical endurance and stamina, as much so as stretching the mental alertness and dicipline needed in the quest to achieve the goal he'd set out for himself. Ultimately reaching his goal no matter how lofty even when it seemed unattainable.

This book and M.G. Edwards achievement,should serve as a lesson to us all. Even goals that may initially seem beyond our reach, often are more within our grasp then we realize.

Blaise Hanagan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Uplifting Read September 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love when M.G. Edwards, thru his writings, makes me feel like I am right there with him during the preparations and the climb. His colorful use of words throughout the book brought this non-fiction journey right to me. I love that feeling. I enjoyed the many personal goals he shared on this climb, showing how to work towards them. Equally enjoyable for me is his take on how he and his teammates worked together and managed their own personal goals and struggles during the adventure. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Kilimanjaro – One Man’s Quest to Go ‘Over the Hill’

I’ve often dreamed of climbing Kilimanjaro. You too? This is a great place to start – if only to nurture your dream.

I had been told that it was a non-technical climb and although you may succumb to altitude sickness that no climbing expertise was necessary. Wanting to make the climb with my two sons before I was ‘over the hill’ I eagerly picked-up M.G. Edward’s book. I found it educational, thrilling, and inspiring. The author confessed that his intention in climbing was to surmount a ‘mid-life crisis’. His eloquent retelling of his journey admitted that it became the doorway to ‘expanded-life opportunities’.

My initial interest in reading Mike’s account had been focused on the ‘how-to’ aspects of preparation and execution. These interests were satisfied as he described his training, selection of an outfitter, operator, and guide and recounted every aspect of his climb. Thankfully the author includes a detailed list of recommendations relevant maps, a glossary of terms, and even a helpful list of basic Swahili language phrases.

What I also found was an insightful, articulate, and emotionally charged recounting of his life-expanding experience. The author was not an athlete, avid trekker, or even a part-time adventure seeker. Either was he unaware of the physical and psychological challenges promised by the climb. Mike was determined to carryout the journey with courage and resolve. He did – not without challenges.

The author’s eloquent retelling of the driving rain, soaked sleeping gear and clothes, and bitter cold emotionally describes how these tested but did not deter his efforts as his forced will pushed him forward, one step at a time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting over the hill :)
A well written guide for anyone considering climbing Kilimanjaro (or facing a mid-life crisis!). The author has a gift for turning a phrase, and I found his description of his... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tai Pan
4.0 out of 5 stars I could relate
It was as if I were living it in his shoes. A very descriptive and emotional story without being overly sentimental.
Published 18 months ago by James Delillo
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring analogy for personal change
As MG Edwards departs the confines of his usual life in seek of something more, his hike up Africa's tallest mountain becomes an analogy for personal change. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. McLaughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great preview of what is to come
I really enjoyed this book! I feel like the author gave a great account of his experience and I enjoyed his style of writing. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Swanny
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly written book that can change your stars.
When I began reading Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest To Go Over The Hill, I quickly realized two things. First, M. G. Edwards is a superbly talented writer. Read more
Published 20 months ago by David C. Cassidy
4.0 out of 5 stars Parts of the book were gripping........
I bought this book because I know the author and it is always fun reading books written by people I know. Read more
Published 21 months ago by jewel-light
5.0 out of 5 stars Over The Top
A friend referred me to this book. Even though I don't normally read inspirational nonfiction, I gave it a try. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Judith T. Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Conquering your own Kilimanjaro
This book is about many things. At forty, the author, M.G. Edwards, finds himself at a crossroads. Leaving behind the unfulfilling job as part of the American Foreign Service, he... Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by Lada Ray
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Michael Gene (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.

He is author of six books, including the travel memoir "Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill"; "Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories"; and four picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: "Alexander the Salamander," "Ellie the Elephant," "Zoe the Zebra," and a 3-in-1 book collection. He lives in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife Jing and son Alex.

For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or his blog, worldadventurers.wordpress.com. Contact him at me@mgedwards.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/migedwards.com or @m_g_edwards on Twitter.

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