I got this book after "murder on Everest". I like climbing books & mystery novels, so the concept sounded good. "Everest" was less interesting than I hoped, but I thought that I'd giveth series another try. I wasn't too impressed with this one either. I still think the concept is solid, unfortunately the writing style just can't hold my interest throughout the story.
I liked this book. But my daughter-in-law who is a guide on many tours says she never heard of a murder. However, as most of you know landslides cause the deaths. I do like it when this author does give us a lot of the facts on climbing, altitude sickness, etc.
Mr. Irion and Mr. Watkins have done it again. Which doesn't surprise me in the least. The series is called The Summit Murder Mysteries and the books all take place on the highest point of the world's seven continents. This is the third in the series. The first being the tales: Abandoned on Everest (Asia) which is a prequel to Murder on Everest. The next being Murder on Elbrus (Europe). And now, Murder on Mt. McKinley (Alaska) which, in my humble opinion, is the best yet.
The main character, Scott Devlon, an experienced mountain climber is planning to go on a climb up Mt. McKinley and, from the beginning is not really happy with some of the so called mountaineers who are also making the climb. Scott realizes that this mountain, although not as rough as some of the others he has climbed, can be deadly for some who believe that this is just a walk in the park. There are some interesting people involved in this climb. There are two Ranger Guides, Scott, a reporter that Scott has met before who is not all that ethical, some executives of an oil company who are planning to build a pipeline in Alaska and a couple of environmentalists who have their own agenda. The climb starts out smoothly enough until the group approaches the summit and then everything falls apart and there are casualties among the group. I'd like to go on with the tale but, that would completely spoil the plot for readers.
So, just know that this is a wonderful adventure and remember there is more to come. Messrs Irion and Watkins have a lot more undertakings to write about in the next books. Keep in mind there are seven major mountains in the world and four more wonderful books to come. Each summit is found in a different corner of the world and each mystery will be unique to the next. Not knowing anything about mountaineering at all was not a problem as the authors explain every fact of the climbs. Which is a good thing for me as I only like to look at snow out the window. I'm also eagerly awating the next volume which is called Murder on Puncak Jaya (Oceania).
At the base of Mt. McKinley, the two rival oil company CEOs meet to discuss a merger on the Alaskan pipeline project. Neither Boggs Integrated Oil & Gas boss Ross Biggs or Consolidated Alaska Energy chief Julius Snowe hide their contempt of the other but as the latter's Chief Financial officer Michael Piquet musingly tells experienced climber Scott Devlon that billions make for a powerful "bonding experience". Although there are disputes between fractious groups besides the oil firms fighting each other, Scott looks forward to the climb until reporter turned author Quenton Stern informs him he is on the team; Quenton implied that Devlon left his best friend to die in Murder on Mt. Everest.
The climb begins led by Rollie Knox and Linda "Pete" Peterson. However what should be a relatively easy climb up North America's highest peak turns deadly as accidental deaths occur. With so much anger over the pipeline project and having homicides accompany him on Everest and Elbrus (see Murder on Elbrus), Devlon believes someone is committing Murder on Mt. McKinley, but has no idea who.
The Summit Murder Mystery series premise of climbing each continent's highest peak accompanied by murder and modern day issues is an entertaining saga as the authors are three for three. The story line is fast-paced with plenty of action from nature and humans. Once again fans will feel they are scaling the mountain with storms, bitter cold and climbing safety rules. However, the key to this great whodunit (and the previous entries) is the ability of Charles G. Irion and Ronald J. Watkins to incorporate local contemporary arguments into the climb and the subsequent whodunit.
Irion and Watkins continue to mesmerize with the continuation of the Summit Murder Mystery Series, now with Murder on McKinley. Scott Devlon finds himself on another climb with a few old friends and plenty of new dangerous characters. What should be an ordinary climb when mixed with Oil Companies, Russians, Native Americans, Environmentalists, and oh, oops, was that lightening and thunder or a bomb? Mother Nature or MURDER? Irion/Watkins have done it again, this is a must read, take this extraordinary journey with Scott Devlon, enjoy the beauty of Alaska and the murder and mayhem that seem to follow him.........Carol
Murder on Mt. McKinley continues to thrill the readers of the Summit Murder Mystery Series! In this novel Scott Devlon again finds himself atop one of the highest mountain in the world only to find a murderous plot. Amidst Russian and American oil companies, environmental protection groups and angry local Alaskan tribes, Scott can barely make it out alive.
One of the best qualities of the novels in the Summit Murder Mystery Series is the research and history that are weaved into the storyline. Murder on Mt McKinley is no exception. After reading Murder on Mt McKinley, I had a much better understanding of Alaska and its internal problems. This information adds to the story so that readers feel like they are there! I highly recommend anyone to read Murder on Mt McKinley, it is a page turner and you won't put it down until you have read it all and are wanting more.