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Missions Accomplished: And Some Funny Business Along the Way

Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
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Are all your trips perfect "missions accomplished?" No? Fear not, you're in good company.

Funny things can happen when you hit the road. This collection of anecdotes and lessons learned are from a traveler focused on the mission, whether business or leisure, and who finds the road itself can be wonderful.

  • Meet a priest in Taiwan who performs less-than-holy conversions
  • Consider a job offer to smuggle gold
  • Enjoy the tender ministrations of the US Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Discover a part of Paris not found on any tourist maps
  • Learn why your friend might stroll buck naked through a hotel lobby at 4:00 a.m.
  • Discover what to do when stuck 100 feet down in a sunken ship
  • Be forewarned of "The Legend of Mount Splatterhorn"
  • Know the one word best unsaid while driving in Finland
  • And more than 40 other silly tales

Missions Accomplished will entertain and educate you; you'll want this book before you take that next flight or anytime you need a pleasant diversion in short bite-size chunks loaded with travel wisdom.

©2018 Timothy James Jenkins (P)2018 Timothy James Jenkins

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Good narration, disappointing book

I was hoping to hear of interesting foreign customs, funny misunderstandings, strange people, wild (mis)adventures, etc. Instead, I got mildly amusing anecdotes that mostly involved the author's friends and could really have been set anywhere -- no travel-specific details required (or present).

It's well-written, but when I say "mildly amusing", I mean *very* mildly. The author's style and narrator's skill renders them tolerable, but when you get right down to it this book features such amazing and entertaining stories as "my friend almost missed a flight, but in the end he didn't" or "I took a taxi and it was OK" or "we ordered some wine at a French cafe and it was decent".

No, that's not an uncharitably reductive way of describing them -- that's really and literally all that happened in those stories, no surprising or interesting details omitted. At first I kept getting surprised when a story would end without any points of interest or amusing twists or fascinating details, but eventually I learned to expect nothing beyond "we went to this place and had an OK, regular time".

Disappointing, but not terrible.

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  • Louis Irwin
  • Richmond, California United States
  • 04-15-19

Conveys all the adventure that modern travel can

With lots of pluck Tim Jenkins does accomplish missions of a great variety, from the childhood bully, to deep sea diving and priests? of a wholly different order. Follow Tim from youth to earfly overseas jobs like teaching English to becoming a business wheeler and dealer. I have done a bit of traveling myself and I know its a whole different ball game when lives are at stake or you are doing business I read a handful of big time true adventure books in recent years where I suddenly exclaimed, "I can't believe this guy is unscathed, or to be more true, can't believe he is still with us writing this book!" It's a good thing and called being a winner. Missions Accomplished, Amen.