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Summit (2016)

by Harry Farthing

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An excellent piece of good old fashioned, intelligent, thought provoking storytelling surrounding the mystical Mount Everest. The author expertly blends two timelines; 1939 and Josef Becker has been blackmailed by the growing power of the Nazi party who want him to be the first person to scale Mount Everest and by doing so bring power and prestige to a fanatical national socialist party; 2009 Neil Quinn, hired by the ruthless Jean Philippe Sarron, is tasked with the mission of guiding Nelson Tate Junior to the summit. Both events create a masterful and visual reading experience, the two stories run seamlessly side by side but with a connection running throughout and beautifully blended and concluded in the final chapters. The only slight criticism I have is in the length of the novel and, I felt it might have benefited from a slightly shorter page count. ( )
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Summit - a novel. In the autumn of 1938 Germany’s Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block 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 in the charge of the sixteen-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 questions 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.   Amidst a rich and diverse cast of characters, each with their own reason to possess the mystery of his discovery, Neil Quinn has to fight, increasingly desperately, for order and the truth. In doing so, he reveals an older story of man and mountain to its shocking conclusion.

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The view from 8,848 meters isn't always clear. Even after eight successful summits, Mount Everest guide Neil Quinn can't handle anything the mountain throws his way. Disaster strikes steps from the top, leaving him with a very old swastika-embellished ice axe that should never have been so high on the mountain - not if Everest's meticulously documented history is accurate. Danger doesn't stop at the descent. When he heads back to Europe, blackballed and alone, he struggles to discover the truth about this lost relic. Quinn's investigations soon have neo-Nazis, assassins, and history buffs vying to take possession of the axe - proof of Nazi alpine superiority, and strong evidence that a German climber was the first to summit Mount Everest. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, Summit follows two climbers across two continents as their stories intertwine across history, culminating in one final push for the top of the world.… (more)

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