by Harry Farthing

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BN ID: 2940158103421
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Publication date: 06/04/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 133,653
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Harry Farthing is an English writer who lives in Charleston, South Carolina. As a mountaineer, he has climbed Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn in the Alps, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Denali in Alaska, and Shishapangma and Mount Everest in the Himalayas. As a writer, he is interested in archaeology and world history, particularly the twentieth century, and inspired by the writings of Bruce Chatwin, Ted Simon, Laurie Lee, Antony Beevor, and James Ellroy, as well as the cinematic works of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, among others. He is compared to Dan Brown and Ted Bell for his mix of history and thrilling plotlines. His debut novel, Summit, marries his knowledge of world travel, adventure sports, mountaineering and modern history to create an exciting action story that is both compelling and thought provoking. A sequel about Africa and the continent's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, is already in the pipeline.

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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.