In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest.
Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel. As a desperate fight for their lives begins in the freezing air high above Tibet, Quinn stumbles across a clue to a story that challenges everything he thinks he knows about the great mountain.
When the bitter aftermath of Quinn's disastrous climb turns to violent tragedy in Kathmandu, his discovery pushes him into a relentless journey that takes him from the dangerous heights of Everest to the equally treacherous margins of a new Europe, where history hungers to repeat itself.
Amid a rich and diverse cast of characters, all with their own reasons to possess the mystery of his discovery, Neil Quinn has to fight, increasingly desperately, for order and the truth.
©2013 Harry Farthing (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Sometimes when I s search through titles and thumbnail clips of stories, I rarely expect to find a story that resurrects my belief in human nature, but this is one of those books. The story is a historical setting for a group of fictional characters.
This story begins with a group of young nazi soldiers smuggling Jewish refugees to safety at the onset of WWII, these men are caught and systematically killed off by the German SS and the one remaining soldier is trained to climb to the top of Everest and wave the 3rd Reich flag in the face of the world.
There is a 2009 parallel going on within the pages of this book and it is a thrill ride, and no less dramatic than the SS story.
There is so much going on in this book that I could not even begin to do justice to it.
There are antiquities dealers, renegade soldiers, love interests, Russian strong arms, true villains to the max.
The ultimate lesson of this story shows how difficult it is for people to do the right thing, and how difficult it s to remain on the side of truth, honor, and loyalty.
I hope you enjoy this one"....it is truly a great story!
I did not have high expectations of this book, given I had recently selected some real duds. This is a well thought out intricately woven story bringing the past & the present together to create an adventure, a mystery and a character driven story. Well worth the credit!!
This book was amazing! The story is great and I would have thought it was read by a variety of people not just the author basses on how well he was able to alter his voice to convey various charters and emotions.
What a remarkable ability to be able to make you feel the mountain. Comparing this to Joe Simpson's books is not a stretch at sll. My heartiest congratulations. please write more of these Throne Rooms of the Mountain Gods!!
Pretty impressive story and narration, given the author narrates and the fact it is fictional and contains a number of characters of varying nationality and language. This, for me, was a pretty ideal combination, pre-WWII and climbing due to the drama of one and the adventure of the other. The statement regarding Unbroken, it's the period and perseverance. It may not be the best comparison, but I am confident if you enjoyed one you will the other. I look forward to future work by this author and will enjoy recommending to others. The only aspect I felt may have been overdone were the ongoing actions of the Frenchie that seemed to go on unimpeded, but that was pretty easily accepted given the quality of the remainder.
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
Been negelecting writing any reviews of late, but was compelled to give a brief one for this. If you're a historical fiction and in particular WWII era fan,this is a must. Great story that had me a bit confused at first with multiple time lines, but they come together almost seamlessly into a well written first rate mystery thriller. I don't give 5 stars very often, felt this one deserved at least one.
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