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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Irion Books LLC (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984161856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984161850
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles G. Irion is a publisher, award-winning author, executive producer, actor, successful entrepreneur, adventurer, and philanthropist. For several decades, he has served as the sole proprietor and broker for U.S. Park Investments, a leading operator of Manufactured Home and RV communities in the United States. Before that, he was a pharmaceutical representative for Johnson and Johnson, McNeil Laboratories after completing two undergraduate degrees in Biology and Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara then completing his Masters of Business Administration in International Marketing and Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

One of his life-long passions is for the written word. Determined to make his dreams a reality, he wrote and published thirteen books comprised of the Summit Murder Mystery series, and the Hell series. Inspired by his 1987 attempt to climb Mt. Everest, and a 2011 summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, each book in the Summit Murder Mystery series is set atop the highest point of the world's seven continents. Deaths from falls, avalanches, illness, heart attacks, and high altitude sickness are a matter of course, and when you add in murder, action and adventure, the combination makes for unforgettable reads. The climb begins with the first book in the series, Murder on Everest, and is followed with Murder on Elbrus, Murder on Mt. McKinley, Murder on Puncak Jaya, Murder on Aconcagua, Murder on Vinson Massif, and ends with Murder on Kilimanjaro. There is also a prequel novella, Abandoned on Everest. The Hell Series includes, Remodeling Hell, Autograph Hell, Car Dealer Hell and Divorce Hell. He also published a fun novelty cookbook for outdoorsmen called, Roadkill Cooking for Campers - The Best Dang Wild Game Cookbook in the World.

Many years ago, his first medical mission was to Benjamin Hill Senora, Mexico with the Phil Am Lion's Club. Even then, he knew that medical missions were experiences he wanted to continue. Charles is currently a Director of the Phil-Am Lions Club in Phoenix, Arizona and participated in a medical mission at Zambales, Philippines in February 2015, to provide approximately 300 free cataract surgeries to needy patients. Irion is also a Director of The 3000 and he has participated in another medical mission in San Pablo, Philippines doing cervical cancer screenings. In June 2011, he went on an expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with the K2 Adventures Foundation. They took Project C.U.R.E. supplies and used them to treat and examine more than 200 patients. The following year, he visited Lima, Peru to help translate for the doctors and nurses at a C.U.R.E. clinic. Since then, he has visited and conducted needs assessments in clinics to a number of other countries in Africa, South America and Asia. He loves being involved in such amazing organizations and helping those that really need it.

Irion's passion for adventure has encompassed the full gamut. He has traveled to over 60 countries throughout the world. SCUBA diving is a favorite hobby of Irion's and he has seen the underwater world from California to Mexico, Costa Rica, the South China sea, Belize, Colombia, Rio De Janeiro, Bali, and in Subic Bay of the Philippines. Irion has also skydived throughout Arizona, loved the thrill of white water rafting on Pacuare River in Costa Rica, and in 1988, Irion completed a week long course in High Wall Mountain Repelling conducted in the Bavarian Alps.

For more information about Charles Irion, please visit You can also visit for more information about Charles Irion's Hell Series, and Summit Murder Mystery Series.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber Murphy on February 21, 2012
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I just closed the last page of Murder on Aconcagua, and WOW! What an exciting book! The action is fast and furious and doesn't let up once in this exciting read! The cliff hanger in this book blew my mind. I can't wait for the next installment! Hurry up Irion and Watkins, I want it now!!
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Murder mysteries are not my primary reading genre of choice, and finding a good fiction book wrapped with a mountaineering or rock climbing backdrop is difficult to come by at best. The only other good one I have read was The Eiger Sanction, penned some 40 years ago by Rodney William Whitaker, and later turned into a very good and fairly technically accurate movie directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. The Seven Summit Murder series is the first series of fiction novels that I have read in a long while that `gets it right' on the mountaineering front. Having climbed a few mountains in my time, I know what a slog and how draining, tiring, and dull it can be. The authors, Charles G Irion and Ronald J Watkins, do a great job in conveying some of the physical difficulty that mountain climbers undertake while not getting massively bogged down in the details of slogging ones way up a mountain.

"Murder on Aconcagua" is the first of the Seven Summit Murder series that I have had the pleasure to read, and if the earlier novels are anything like this, I'll be picking them up in due course. The storyline is engrossing and reads quickly. It is written exclusively from the point of view of the hero, Scott Devlon, who is a mountaineer and ex-Ranger, put in the situations in the mountains by the US Defense Intelligence Agency. During the adventures in the mountains, as Scott attempts to learn more details of his mission and how to best accomplish it, intrigue and suspicions build between the various members of the climbing party. There are a number of reasons various people might want to kill some (or all) of the others in the party, but it isn't borne out until near the end of the book.
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Those of you who enjoy winter sports and maybe even have had your sights on climbing some of the highest mountains around will be thrilled to learn of the Summit Murder Mystery series! Together the two authors have both professional and actual experience to create a realistic escape to the summit of the highest mountains in the world: Everest, Elbrus, Mt. McKinley, Puncak Jaya, Aconcagua, Vinson Massif, and Kilimanjaro.

Readers will learn of the climbing experience itself, seeing both the dangers and the exhilaration in accomplishing a major physically challenging feat...especially in the winter! Other than the professionals who hosted the climb, Scott Devlon was the only other experienced climber and he had also been brought into a surveillance job during the trip. At least Scott had been on this mountain before and had some knowledge; however, climbing during this time of the year was a lot more dangerous. Would he have tried it if there wasn't another reason for him to be there?

In fact, Devlon wasn't sure that there was anybody here who were climbing just for the pure adventure of it!

Because Aconcagua was known to be haunted...

And legend claimed that there were still descendants of the Incas when they had been driven from their home by the Spanish invaders. It was also said that there was much gold, and idols that could give great power and prosperity. But nobody knew where this city was--it was considered a "sacred place..."

But many people also lived near Aconcagua and had traveled in the area...and with the right amount of money were willing to sell anything! It was known that a number of powerful men were seeking the idols, but who was there on behalf of those political giants and who was there to steal and artifacts?
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