Regular price: $20.28

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $20.28

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

On the vast, sunlit walls of the world's greatest monolith, two veteran climbers unwittingly ascend into a vertical underworld. In a place where obsession kills, they quickly fall prey to past loves, old demons, and ghostly revenge. Hugh and Lewis were Yosemite legends. El Capitan was their holy grail, and their destiny seemed written on its big walls. Here they met the women who married, then left them. Now, 35 years later, Hugh's wife has long since mysteriously disappeared into the desert and Lewis' wife is divorcing him. The old friends reunite to climb El Cap one last time and make a fresh start. But "the Captain" seems cursed this time around. Even before the aging "wall rats" leave the ground, disaster strikes three young women high on a neighboring route. Hugh discovers one body in the forest and spies a second dangling a half mile overhead. He and Lewis launch their ascent, desperate to leave the terrible omens behind. But there is no escape. Doubts haunt them, the elements plague them, and an eerie reptilian woman invades their sleep. Every vertical inch, the men must battle the stone, their aging bodies, fear, and the memories of great loves lost.
©2006 Jeff Long LLC; (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc.
Show More Show Less

Critic Reviews



Audie Award Finalist, Thriller/Suspense, 2007
"Heart-stopping vertical adventure." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The surprise ending is a true shocker in this hurtling, gripping read." (Publishers Weekly )
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

By Bikerclimber on 06-20-07

Enjoyable

Having been a longtime climber ( of middling talent at best), I really enjoyed the book as the author truly understands climbers and their motivations and captured the climbing experience very effectively. A bit heavy on the supernatural, but it didn't really take away from the book. I also agree that you can see the twist coming from afar, but it still had plenty of suspense and adventure. Well produced and found the narrator agreeable. I enjoyed the technical climbing terms, it made the book much more authentic.

Read More Hide me

3 of 3 people found this review helpful


By Jacqueline on 02-19-08

Great!

This story held my interest straight through- I didn't want to stop listening. The author is very skilled at bringing a scene to life, and I could picture every event as if I were there. I will look forward to more of his books. The narration was perfect!

Read More Hide me

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews