Summit: A Novel

Summit: A Novel

by Harry Farthing

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Summit: A Novel by Harry Farthing

A summit is a summit, and the truth is the truth. But the view from 8,848 meters isn’t always so clear. Two men, seventy years apart, push for the top of Mount Everest, driven by forces beyond their control and something inside that says climb.After eight successful summits, Mount Everest guide Neil Quinn is confident he can handle anything the mountain throws his way. But then disaster strikes steps from the top, leaving him with a lot of questions and 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.But before Quinn can even catch his breath, the combined wrath of his vengeful employer and an angry client drives him out of the Himalayas and back to Europe, where the newly blackballed English guide struggles to make ends meet and discover the truth of what happened that fateful day. He soon uncovers the story of Josef Becker, a Nazi climber who sought the top of the world seventy years before, when Europe teetered on the brink of the Second World War.Quinn’s innocent queries into Becker’s expedition 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 and movements intertwine across history, culminating in one final push for the top of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504710213
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Sales rank: 1,290,325
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

From the moment eight-year-old Harry Farthing first saw the famed summit photo of Tenzing Norgay in his school library, he knew Mount Everest would figure prominently in his future. The years took him across the world and up and down many peaks—not least within three hundred meters of Everest’s summit—until he found a way to combine his knowledge of world travel, adventure sports, mountaineering, and modern history; the result is Summit, his debut novel.

From the moment eight-year-old Harry Farthing first saw the famed summit photo of Tenzing Norgay in his school library, he knew Mount Everest would figure prominently in his future. The years took him across the world and up and down many peaks—not least within three hundred meters of Everest’s summit—until he found a way to combine his knowledge of world travel, adventure sports, mountaineering, and modern history; the result is Summit, his debut novel.

What People are Saying About This

record-breaking British mountaineer and owner of Monix Adventures - Rhys Jones

''Breathtaking and chilling...Summit really takes you up into the Everest death zone.''

1996 Everest climber and protagonist of Into Thin Air and The Climb - Martin Adams

''A wonderful story that instantly took me back to my Everest days. Many shades of the legends of mountaineering, such as the great Italian Walter Bonatti and, of course, the doyenne of Himalayan record-keeping, Elizabeth Hawley.''

bestselling author of Antarctica 2041 and first person to walk to the South and North Poles - Robert Swan

''A gripper. Takes you up to the majesty of Mt. Everest and into the single-minded 'madness' of climbers . . . what a plot. Fantastic.''

New York Times bestselling author of The Blood Flag - James W. Huston

''Magnificent! A compelling, fast-paced novel that reveals a rarely seen dark side of Everest. A must-read!''

bestselling author of Forward to Camelot - Susan Sloate

''A captivating debut novel that combines grand storytelling with a thorough knowledge of climbing. Harry Farthing is a compelling new literary voice.''

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Summit: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry Farthing has written an excellent first book. In fact, Summit would be a great book no matter how many came before. It has believable characters you will care about. The two stories are terrific and never seem forced. The settings are beautifully described. I was excited to get to the end to see how the stories conclude, but I was also sad to see it finish. You need to read this book!
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Silk-Serif More than 1 year ago
When I first noticed The Summit on NetGalley I was pretty excited. I didn't even stop to read the full synopsis because, well, Everest, mountaineering and intrigue? Sign me up! I was a bit nervous when I realized what The Summit was actually about - Nazis. Fortunately, Farthing's novel was an amazing mix of Nazi historical fiction and mountaineering fiction to make this novel pretty fantastic. The fact that Farthing also has extensive real life experience in mountain climbing as well as having been blessed with his own experiences on Everest only added an additional layer of authentic suspense when Joseph and Quinn are on the mountain. Neil Quinn, Everest guide extraordinaire, is on his ninth summit on Everest when things go horrifically wrong. The sixteen year old son of a Long Island billionaire begins to have problems breathing and is in danger of extreme frost bite unless they turn back. However, the expedition leader demands Quinn finish the climb, even if he has to carry the boy to the top of the mountain. As Quinn rushes the boy to the safety of their camp, things go awry and Quinn stumbles upon a seventy year old mystery in the form of a frozen body and a Nazi ice axe. As Quinn rushes to learn the truth behind the ice axe before a group of Neo-Nazis, he is dogged by his previous employer who will stop at nothing to keep Quinn from exposing them as the culpable parties in the death of the billionaire's son. In tandem, we follow Joseph Becker, a German soldier caught helping Jews out of Germany and smuggling contraband. In an effort to save the lives of all he cares about, Joseph agrees to climb Everest and plant the Nazi flag on the summit before the British. The reader follows Becker from Nazi Germany, over sea and onto the mountain where the story culminates in Joseph's fate and Quinn's final, desperate attempt to unravel the mystery of the ice axe. In what appears to be Farthing's debut novel, we are thrust into a world of danger and suspense in which the answers to the mysteries are concealed until the very end. The Summit is incredibly well written, fantastically paced and enthralling. The character development was superb with wily Henrietta Richards, righteous Quinn, vengeful Sarron and persecuted Jospeh all creating a cast that interacted in ways that continued to build suspense until the explosive ending. I also loved how well researched the book was with references to Maurice Herzog, George Mallory and other historical greats of mountaineering. Everest What book wouldn't be amazing with this as it's setting? In the end, I found Farthing's novel to be thrill ride of a read with a exceptional and strong written style that foreshadows Farthing as a future great novelist. I loved The Summit for its quick pace, supreme style and intriguing mystery - but mostly I loved that although Farthings' novel has a great deal to do with Nazi Germany and mountaineering (things I know very little about), I was still able to follow along and appreciate this novel in a profound way. This novel will appeal to readers who enjoy Nazi historical fiction, mountaineering fiction, suspense, world-trodding mysteries and novels that span generations. I would recommend The Summit to any reader who enjoys some seriously beautiful writing and skillful story telling. The Summit was wonderful.