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Posted February 8, 2013
Orca's The Seven Series gives us seven authors each writing the story of one of David McLean's grandsons. During the reading of David's will, four of his daughters and six of his grandsons learn that David left letters instructing each grandson to complete a task. At the same time, they learn there was another daughter and another grandson. This book follows the oldest grandson, DJ, as he journeys from Toronto to Tanzania and attempts to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. There DJ is to scatter some of his grandfather's ashes which are stored in the handle of David's cane. DJ is likeable but overly confident; he expects to take just two days to summit the mountain and another to descend. There is lots of action and good information about how conditions at high altitudes affect the human body. I appreciated the story line about females not being able to work as porter and the young girl who wormed her way into such a position for the climb. DJ experiences loneliness, despair, and exhileration, all within a few days. A great read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.