A quest novel and a historical tour de force, The Steady Running of the Hour unravels a tale of passion, legacy, and courage reaching across the 20th century.
In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson - whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley's solicitors search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed.
Nearly 80 years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate's rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen's descendant, the inheritance will be his. But with only weeks before Ashley's trust expires, Tristan must hurry to find the evidence he needs.
From London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan races to piece together the story behind the unclaimed riches: A reckless love affair pursued only days before Ashley's deployment to the Western Front; a desperate trench battle fought by soldiers whose hope is survival rather than victory; an expedition to the uncharted heights of the world's tallest mountain. Following a trail of evidence that stretches to the far edge of Europe, Tristan becomes consumed by Ashley and Imogen's story. But as he draws close to the truth, Tristan realizes he may be seeking something more than an unclaimed fortune.
The Steady Running of the Hour announces the arrival of a stunningly talented author. Justin Go's novel is heartrending, transporting, and utterly compelling.
©2014 Justin Go (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
The author wove a compelling story - or rather two compelling and extremely detailed story lines. Sometimes it seemed a bit long but it all seemed worthwhile as I was anxious to learn what happened to all the characters. Well, the author doesn't tell you. He does not resolve either plot line - and leaves huge holes in the stories at the very end. After listening for hours and hours and hours... I have no idea what happened. So if Audible still lets you return books that are profoundly unsatisfying I will return this one. That said, the author is clearly a talented writer. If his next effort actually includes a conclusion worthy of the story I will read it.
This was a book for people who enjoy the narrative of war and struggle. Vibrant descriptions of battle and survival.
This book marked itself as a riveting, enthralling, whirlwind tale. In actuality, it was a slow paced, but at times gruesome narrative that never went anywhere. The story lacked the proper investment of its characters to draw you in and never truly develop to keep you hooked.
The narration was superb! Unfortunately, the content lacked depth or emtion and never concluded. Leaving the listener feeling unsatisfied.
Mere, she was supposed to be a driving force in the story. However, she felt like an annoying distraction.
I really wanted to like this book. I should have liked this book. But I simply couldn't. The characters lacked any depth. The end was incredibly unsatisfying. Who ARE these people and why do I care about them?
For me, this book came out of nowhere; I'd never heard of it or the author.
It turned into a most excellent surprise.
Exquisitely written and read.
The relational observations of a female character with about 40 minutes left in the audiobook.
ALL of them. Incredibly talented reader.
This book humbled me as a reader/listener.
They describe it as a quest novel. Nicely juxtaposed current day with 1916-1924 events. Superbly read by Steve West. I listen to books driving to and from work. This book, I found I would steal extra moments such as while doing wood work or vacuuming around the house, just to get the extra minutes in!
The prose is beautiful and the subject matter -- World War I, the early days of Everest expeditions, a mystery inheritance spanning generations -- is interesting.
I don't think all the lose ends were tied up. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it did leave me with questions that I wanted answered. Of course, this probably was the author's intent.
The meal scene at base camp in Everest. Something about the camaraderie of the men touched me. Especially since they were engaging in something far less destructive than war.
I felt there were one too many coincidences and the motivation of Imogen bordered on the irrational. Since the separation of Imogen and Ashley is one of the most significant events in the novel, the fact that it didn't seem realistic took away from my listening pleasure.
All this said, the author writes well and I look forward to seeing what he does next.
After living with these people for so many hours and finding the whole thing pretty interesting when I got to the end I thought my iPhone had skipped something. To end with an "oh well, it didn't work out . . ." is, I believe, pretty inconsiderate of the author. I can imagine all sorts of possible reasons why this might be so, but that's not my job. With all of this laborious sleuthing and traveling and unbelievably serendipitous meetings that Tristan went through I don't think it's asking too much for a little more explication at the end. Or am I being too prosaic and unsophisticated? I wasn't that crazy about that French Chick to begin with and she just came off as a petulant whiner. Their story was not developed sufficiently for me to care very much whether or not they ended up together.
Steve West was terrific and made the hours go by luxuriously.
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