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Michael (MG) Edwards is founder and chief executive of investment firm Brilliance Equity (BE) registered as a limited-liability company in Delaware (www.brillianceequity.com). BE invests in equities, bonds, exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and initial public offerings worldwide.
A former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, Michael served as Consular Officer in South Korea, Political-Military Officer in Paraguay, and Political-Economic Officer in Zambia before leaving the U.S. Government in 2011 to found BE. Prior to the State Department, he worked for The Boeing Company and Deloitte. He holds a master’s degree in China Studies and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Washington and four bachelor’s degrees from the University of Idaho.
Michael is the author of six books. His travel memoir “Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill” was a finalist for the 2012 Book of the Year Award and 2012 Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series, including “Alexander the Salamander,” “Ellie the Elephant,” “Zoe the Zebra,” and a 3-in-1 book collection featuring all three stories. His book “Real Dreams” is a collection of 15 short stories.
Michael lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He previously lived in Austria, Korea, Paraguay, Zambia, Thailand, and Singapore and has visited more than 60 countries around the world. He shares his experiences with readers on his website, www.mgedwards.com.
T. Donna Robison
on May 11, 2012 :
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.” You’ll experience life at camp, shivering inside a tent from unendurable chill and relentless downpours, and gaze upon a “crescent moon and an array of stars blossomed in the night sky and illuminated the landscape with twinkles of light dancing on the thick layer of frost that covered every surface.”
M.G. Edwards’ book will inspire not only those who dream of such an adventure, but anyone who faces their own inner Kilimanjaro.
I hope to have whetted your appetite, for this brilliant book will offer an adventure unlike any other that you will relish. Enjoy!
T. Donna Robison
No Kiss Good-bye (coming 2012)
(reviewed the day of purchase)