Years ago, I read The Celestine Prophecy and Millman's first book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Recently, this book fell into my hands and I found myself reading it in a few sittings. It's written with the simple language and enough descriptiveness to keep the reader interested and eager to turn the next page. The characters are developed with enough gusto to keep you interested in their stories. In fact, I even researched Millman's current happenings, as I know this book was written decades ago. Overall, it does have a New Age slant to it-- but the story is interesting enough to make you wonder what happens to Dan after it ends. The setting of the book is also a draw-- a beautifully described island in Hawaii. Part of me felt like I was there on the island. Dan also describes being lost at sea for three days with enough intensity to make you feel his thirst and sunburn and wonder how he did not die! Overall, I felt like I got to know Dan in this book, more than in the first (which I must admit I read some years ago, and don't recall with total clarity). I feel like his selfishness turned to selflessness from the start to finish of this book is a wonderful representation of those that are "seeking" in our own culture for that sense of happiness and inner peace that goes beyond day to day "routine". He makes it known that you can literally shift your perception of your life as it is, and thereby alter your inner state of happiness. This is the age-oldhero's quest for self-understanding in a more modern guise. It ranks with books like Siddartha and The Alchemist. If you like these books and this type of tale, I recommend Millman's second book (the first is not necessary to read beforehand). I also think it makes a nice segway into the first book, as it's "behind the scenes" of his journey.