Monday, September 8, 2014

The Traveller by Garrett Addison

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.

The Traveller is an interesting take on one man’s journey not just for work, but also in finding himself.  When this story starts he is his usual mild and meek person.  He is in a rut at work and doesn’t like to rock the boat at home.   

Except on this trip, he emerges as a strong and confident man who can take on the world.  Especially if that world includes his horrible boss.  She is the bain of his existence and someone he would love to get rid of.  With his new confidence he is able to do just that. 

The storyline of this book is a unique one.  You don’t know the names of the main character or protagonist.  But you know you are rooting for the good guy here.  It flows really well and you want to get from one chapter to another to find out what is going to happen. 

Unfortunately for me the ending of the book is quite the letdown.  I won’t ruin it for you but I was disappointed to read the conclusion of this book.  I was enjoying the story so much, and was actually relating to it.  But that all came crashing down by the end of this book. 

This book is a good read and quite well paced.  I found that I wanted to know what was going to happen next (even if I was disappointed with the ending, but that was just me). 

The Traveller is an interesting contrast.  At the beginning of this book he is a broken man, but by the end he finds who he wants to be.  He finds his strength and what makes him happy. 

His boss on the other hand gives a bad name to bad bosses!  She is just nasty and you actually wonder what makes someone like that tick.  Unfortunately you don’t find that out.  You just know you don’t like her. 

I really did like this book and would highly recommend it to anyone.   

Garrett is forty something, Australian, and also a geek, husband, father and novelist. He grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and has been lucky enough to live in or visit most of Australia and much of the world. He now lives in Melbourne with his family. Not averse to change, thus far, he has been an Army officer, software consultant and author. But this is just the beginning. The Traveller is his second novel. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Stephanie

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