The Abominable Paperback
by Dan Simmons
June 1924. On the brutal North East Ridge of Mount Everest, famous adventurers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine vanish into the snow-whipped night.
Daredevil explorer Richard Deacon devises a plan to follow in the men's footsteps, accompanied only by two friends.
Off piste and with no support team, the three men strike for Everest's peak and the most vicious climate on earth.
As the winds rise and the temperature and oxygen levels drop, Deacon and his companions hear howls in the distance.
Some dark creature is tracking them up the mountain, sending them scrabbling blindly into Everest's dangerous heights to escape it. Soon they will discover what happened to Mallory's crew - but can they escape the same hideous fate? A gripping thriller by a master of the genre, The Abominable blends historical fact with spine-tingling drama - this is one of the most chilling and unforgettable novels you will ever read.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 736 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/01/2014
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780751548709
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Review by adpaton
Action, the golden age of mountaineering, adventure, and excessive verbiage - if any three of those appeal then Dan Simmons' latest outing, The Abominable, should not be missed: if you have any interest in climbing Everest, the exhaustive [and, to the armchair traveller, exhausting] research Simmons details feels like all the preparation needed. Shortly after the disappearance of George Mallory on Everest a team sets out secretly for the great mountain: blizzards, intense cold and superstitious Sherpas - to say nothing of the climb itself - are soon the least of their troubles as base camp is ravaged and the porters savaged by what a survivor describes as marauding yetis. Unlike many of Simmons' previous stories, there is no supernatural element here, and the Abominable creatures of the title [spoiler alert] turn out to be all-too-human monsters in the form of Nazis rather than the fabled snowmen. It's a good plot with interesting characters, and would be an exciting story were more tightly written - still, highly recommended for climbing enthusiasts.