The beautifully detailed story about the climbing of Everest in 1923. I have a much better appreciation about what an incredible feat summiting Everest was. The story also gave you great background on George Mallory's last attempt and some idea about the horrors of World War I.
The story was about a fictional attempt at Everest in the year after George Mallory died in the attempt the previous year. There are a couple of side stories about some dangers along the way and the actual purpose of the climb that were not completely developed, but I didn't care because the story of the climb itself and the climbing history was so good. This is a long book. It is perfect for an audio book for that reason. I gardened through the entire thing last week. My gardens are much the better for it.
Kevin Collins is an okay reader, not my favorite. I wouldn't choose a book because he was the narrator.
Jake's description of climbing the Matterhorn, and the first time he sees Everest are wonderful
The description of the development of climbing gear was very interesting. When you realize that Mallory was climbing in Alpine gear with the first rudimentary oxygen that leaked, he had spent an entire season just trying to learn how to climb it, but had no way to know what he was in for until he got up there. This is a far cry from the professionally guided tours of today.
A much better plot development. He telegraphed where he was going, but took half the book to get there and it was torturous. No Navy Seal would behave like this. The set up is so contrived and so full of holes that I was talking back through the first half of the book. The action part was nicely done.
I have just started Line of Vision. I just finished Lee's Child's latest book about Jack Reacher - Outstanding.
No, but he was just excellent.
I would have rewritten the whole first half of the book to set it up properly.
I was very disappointed.
If you like stories about rats, cholera and bodysnatching in the 19th century this is for you. Otherwise, it would be a good idea to choose something else.
It is a dreadful book, I wouldn't have published it at all.
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