Thursday, 5 September 2013

The Traveller ~ Garrett Addison review

The Traveller

Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself.

A family man struggling in his pursuit of a work/life balance embarks on yet another trip at the whims of his tyrannical bitch of a boss. But on this trip he is a world apart from his usual self. Suddenly confident, capable and unafraid of his manager, reclaiming his life becomes less about corporate advancement and satisfying his ego than outright revenge on his boss. With nothing but success in his wake and seemingly limitless potential at his disposal, being coerced to work with his nemesis in a remote corner of the world provides the opportunity for not just a confrontation, but a final solution to what he sees as the bane of his life. Succeed or fail, either way this trip will be the making of him or the end of him. 

Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself... because nothing lasts forever. 


We had the honors to be asked to review The Traveller. I must say, it's not my usual read but once I read the blurb, it sound pretty good and interesting, so I thought why not. Really didn't know what to expect from this, so totally fresh from the very first page. 

I must admit the start of the book is quite slow and I felt it dragged on a little bit until later on once you hit the main plot of the story it got more interesting about the traveller's life moving around. Obviously the whole book is about the Traveller, a businessman that has to leave his family behind and consistently sent from one destination to another. His job has been a daily routine, boring and dull but it was necessary in order to feed his family. His job as always been the same, making him think he isn't improving or finding the motivation or challenge, he just know he's go there or here this time for the same thing. Until one day he decide to take a change of fate and challenge himself as well as the company. That's where the story change but of course its still about him doing business but differently, with more confidence and value. You can really tell the old and new him, the author really put it through the change.

However, as I kept reading I felt it was still on the same wave line, it didn't get more interesting, I wasn't drawn into it. After the first few chapter you kind of got the picture of a traveler's life but it just continue the same though the rest of the book. At some points I felt sorry for the guy on how boring his life was, that it kept going round in circles. Towards the middle-ish it became the battle of the sexes with his boss. I guess it is a dog eat dog world out there, not just within the company but out as well, very competitive. The ending was a little surprising, interesting. 

"Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself... because nothing lasts forever" definitely agree...we all need to take a break from time to time and refresh what our priorities are, treasure what you have as nothing last forever and fight for change if you've not happy.   

Overall, I enjoyed that I got a insight of the businessman world and consistent travelling isn't as good as people make it out, well probably not for business anyway. But I'm not sure if it appeals to me as much as the blurb did after reading the whole story, maybe it's just not my cup of tea as the guy do likes scotch more :)  

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