Now, Hemlock is being tricked into a hazardous assignment that involves an attempt to scale one of the most treacherous mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps: the Eiger. His target is one of his three fellow climbers. The problem is that the CII can't tell him which one.
This spine-tingling adventure, part thriller and part satire, introduces an intriguing cast of villains, traitors, and beautiful women into a highly charged atmosphere of danger and suspicion that builds to a death-defying climax.
©2000 Rod Whitaker; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Superior suspense on almost every page...the hero is a masterpiece of conflicting qualities - something for everyone." (New York Times)
"Trevanian can write hoops around Ian Fleming." (Boston Globe)
No novel by Trevanian is a straightforward matter. Part thriller, part satire, EIGER SANCTION is an extremely well written treatise on mountain climbing, a dig at celebrity culture, an examination of the mind of a killer and in the final analysis; a great story. While a little slow to get going, the novel quietly builds up a head of steam, and while there is lots of diversion along the way,once the tension starts rising the pace never lets up.
The narrator is really good.
I just loved this book. The story is build up very well towards climbing the Eiger. The climbing itself is an awful good chapter with a surprising final. The narrator Joe Barret is really excellent. And folks; I am a girl and did not mind the fancy bits at all.
I'm a guy, so I didn't mind the sexism as much as much as a woman might. The protagonist is a cliche, but if you can accept him for the arrogant pig that he seems to be, then you might start to actually like him by the end of the story. Even the names of the characters are "tongue in cheek"- an indication that they represent stereotypes- but they are all interesting. I'm sure there is some "deeper meaning" in the story that could be explored by a college Literature class, but I'm not "that deep" and just enjoyed them all at face value.
It was narrated very well and the story kept my interest- it is an action/mystery more than a romance. This one might be enjoyed more by a "guy" than a woman... I don't think easily offended feminists will like the main character very much. There definately IS much commentary on society in general and, if you "get" the satire, it will make you smile.
Some mystery - story enough to hold the reader's attention - and just enough to provoke some anger at the protagonist.
An author that knew what he was talking about
Learn his subject matter
The house was neat, that part was believable
Definitely worth the time to listen. Like one of his other books, Shibumi, Trevanian shows off his "worldly" knowledge of languages and stereotypes of various mostly European cultures. Despite his overtly chauvinistic style, the author still managed to weave a tale that is an entertaining one that doesn't disappoint.
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