One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill

Non-Fiction - Memoir
220 Pages
Reviewed on 05/07/2012
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Author Biography

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, his blog,, by e-mail at, Twitter @m_g_edwards, and on Facebook at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite

My husband teases that he lives vicariously through me because like author M.G. Edwards, I was on the verge of a midlife crisis in my 40’s and yearned for adventure, trekking off to Kenya, Russia, and dozens of other places. “Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill” is a tale of Edwards who, at 40, Decides he wants to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. His wife had already accomplished this great feat and he wanted to conquer it as well. His adventures read like a private peek into someone’s personal travel journal and it felt good to be inside of his head as well as read the chronicles of what went on at each step. I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous photos that were included in the book depicting many of the major steps throughout the climb, of his team of climbers, and of his family. The photos helped me relate more closely with the author.

I can certainly relate to Edwards’s trepidation about his ability to complete the climb when he was experiencing heart palpitations and was generally under-the-weather just prior to the climb. But he plunged ahead and found the encouragement and confidence he needed to make the journey and the climb. As he reports, it wasn’t easy, but it was an adventure that changed his thoughts on life. At the end of the book, Edwards provides tips for others who are considering climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as well as a glossary of relevant climbing terms and a list of gear that a climber might want to bring along.