• by Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by Harry Farthing
  • 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsfĂĽhrer, 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.


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When spirits meet in the crossroads of life

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" is truly a great story!
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- Allen Anthony "No comment"

Soaring heights of Everest to okay sea level

Totally enraptured in the initial chapters of this book. The author, who is a climber, took me to base camp, the heights, and dangers of Everest, and also caught me up in pre-WW!! Nazism.. My interest waned later in the book (and it IS 17.5 hours long), so I think the story would have been more effective with some tighter editing or perhaps just changing some of the storylines. Once the historical and present day plots strayed from mountain climbing, I found the characters less believable, and the plot "twists" as well. The main baddie is taken to absurd heights of villainy - in action and spoken word. Think of any over-the-top villain and that would be this man. I understand the author was trying to give the tale modern day relevance by introducing the new Right in Germany, but I think it detracts from the story. The conclusion is relatively easy to figure out (will the 1939 duo make it to Everest and what happens if they do). I was hoping for a twist but it wraps up pretty simply and there aren't any loose ends. You'll notice I still gave it 4 stars overall. That is because, for the most part, the climbing portion of the story, while way too minimal a section of the book, is riveting. So the limpness of much of the "sea level" story didn't detract enough to make the overall rating a 3. The author as narrator does an "okay" job. Initially I thought he was really good, but as the novel progressed my opinion changed to just an average job. The main baddie is (again) over the top in actions and dialogue and the author really exaggerates the cheesy evilness factor in his voice. Think Snidely Whiplash, and if you don't know who that is, search youtube for him and listen. Once I began thinking of him as Snidely, I snickered every time he spoke in that "I'll get you my pretty" (oh, so I guess he's like the Wicked Witch, too) fashion. I think the story would have been served better by leaving out the new Nazism, and cutting back on the villainy, and sticking to the heights of Tibet. So it is an enjoyable story, and judging by many reader reviews (other sites), it either reads better than it "listens" or the narrator brings the material down, or my take on this is just different than the majority.
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- C. Vincent "Character-driven, and suspense novels are for me. Not above a good beach read, but keep cheesy romances or poorly written books away."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.