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“Murder on Everest is an exciting murder mystery, featuring not just the usual dangers of mountaineering but those brought by man as well. Power, greed and envy all abound in a delightful mix of intrigue set in a fascinating and little known locale. The first of a new series it is a great read and I highly recommend it.”
– Mike Hamilburg, Literary Agent
“The characters in “Murder on Everest” really stand out. The novel is also really informative, in a way that isn’t preachy. We learn a lot about the world of climbing, the differences between those who dabble and those who make it into a way of life, the impact of this industry on the people indigenous to the mountains, and the dangers involved for everyone. I really liked the dynamic of the group. Even the slimy people inspire moments of pity, and even the best people have their bad moments.” — Writer’s Digest
When Derek Sodoc, only son of the world's richest and most powerful man dies attempting to climb Mt. Everest, questions are raised. Was it the mountain? Or perhaps something more sinister. After reading the book Abandoned on Everest that details Derek Sodoc's untimely death, Sodoc's father coerces the surviving expedition members into return to Everest - presumably to recover Derek's body. With billions at stake and a relentless father searching for someone to blame, everyone is a suspect. Set against the backdrop of the world's highest and deadliest mountain, Murder on Everest is filled with intrigue, sex, betrayal and mystery. It is unlike any murder mystery you've ever read. This book is the first in the thrilling Summit Murder Mystery series. While each book stands alone each will provide a deeper connection with the characters and story lines. Every book is set against an exotic backdrop amidst some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth. Be sure to read all seven of the Summit Murder Mysteries: Murder on Everest, Murder on Elbrus, Murder on Mt. McKinley, Murder on Puncak Jaya, Murder on Aconcagua, Murder on Vinson Massif, Murder on Kilimanjaro.
Charles Irion and Ronald Watkins are wordsmiths extraordinaire! Abandoned on Everest was an exciting preguel to Murder on Everest. As the story continues, more characters are introduced and the excitement builds to frenzy after frenzy, people literally dropping like flies, along with the temperatures. Bundle up in front of the fire and prepare yourself for an adventure you are not soon to forget. Can't wait for the next book in the series. This is the stuff that Book Clubs live for.
I love murder mysteries in general but I never have read one about a murder on Mt. Everest. Who would have thought to murder someone on Mt. Everest. How original!---It was well written and full of great information about climbing.
A new series of books by Charles G. Irion and Ronald Watkins (the Summit Murder Series, planned for 7 books) has been pushed out with the premier volumes - ABANDONED ON EVEREST (Irion Books November 15, 2009) and MURDER ON EVEREST (Irion Books November 15, 2009) being set up as the initial entrants in this series. I've shown brief synopses, with review[s] afterward, for both these books, as to review them separately would be to make it impossible to do justice to either; I apologize for the length of this post, but to explain it in context takes a little doing. The premise is as follows:
ABANDONED ON EVEREST ("AOE") is a prequel-cum-companion book to MURDER ON EVEREST ("MOE"). Purportedly, AOE is written by the fictional author Quentin Stern, a tabloid journalist turned blogger-novelist, and it details the story of the "doomed Sodoc expedition" to conquer Everest, during which famed adventurer, and son of one of the world's richest men, Derek Sodoc, dies. Allegedly, Derek Sodoc is climbing Everest with his friends/crew, filming the event for his adventure television series (plot elements here are VERY similar to the movie "Vertical Limit" with Chris O'Donnell). The attempt fails, and Derek Sodoc dies and his body is left on Everest. AOE raises numerous questions as to whether Sodoc was willfully abandoned or worse, murdered on the sides of the famous peak. In essence, this is a locked-room mystery with a number of suspects, the most prominent of which is Sodoc's widow, Tarja. AOE has its own website (...) (don't bother, it's just a promo site) as does MOE (...) . In AOE, we meet all the usual suspects, all painted very dark and devious with the faux tabloid journalist's brushstrokes.
MURDER ON EVEREST ("MOE") picks up where AOE leaves off, with the print publication of the sensationalist AOE having embarrassed and motivated Sodoc's wealthy father, Michael Sodoc, to launch his own expedition, which of course contains all the members of the original party, plus an addition or two, to recover the body of his dead son. Like the first expedition, he sends along camera crews to film the event (including, naturally, a "perky" female journalist) and broadcast it live (the father is a media mogul, think Rupert Murdoch). He also sends along the tabloid journalist, Quentin Stern, the "author" of AOE, who blogs from along the trail from Kathmandu to the mountainside. The widow is in attendance, as well as the protagonist (and MOE narrator), Scott Devlon, who was on the first expedition and, purportedly, was the last person to see Derek alive...and of course is considered by the father to be the likeliest suspect.
REVIEW(S): Watkins and Irion do a decent-enough job with MOE. The reveal is a nice surprise, although the build-up to it is a bit lacking. The characters are not particularly well-developed, with a little too much tell and not enough show. We learn exceedingly little about their backstories, even if you slog through the unreadable AOE (more about that shortly). The book is overall decently written, although the suspense element is a little shortchanged, and as we aren't really drawn into the characters, it's hard to care about what happens to any of them. Because we learn nothing particularly GOOD about the late Derek Sodoc, it's very hard to care about catching the person who killed OR abandoned him on Everest (and if you read AOE, to a certain extent, you're probably cheering for the killer NOT to get caught). The authors try to create a connection through the narrator, Scott Devlon - the suspect - but unfortunately, this ain't "Presumed Innocent." Overall, I'd give this (Murder on Everest) a B to B- for writing and execution, but the plotting wasn't bad at all. They could really use some better than made-for-TV-movie character development for the rest of the Summit Murder series to help drive the reader connection, which we readers know is all-important. There are some basic writing errors like conflicting data (X knows about something on page 76, but doesn't on page 102) and omniscient character information descending out of the sky which the narrator POV can't possibly know...that sort of thing, but it's not terminal...just noticeable. Again, a B-.
ABANDONED ON EVEREST, however, is another story altogether. Watkins and Irion apparently tried too hard to make the faux-author, Quentin Stern, look like the yellow journalist they envisioned, and the resulting book is simply UNREADABLY bad. I suppose one could say that they succeeded too well; but their editor should have put the brakes on before this sucker got to print. The unfortunate part is to completely understand MOE (and to fully "get" the motive), you have to have read AOE; and in my opinion, no one will ever finish AOE, much less then be motivated to read MOE (because, seriously, why would ANYONE think that MOE would be any better? Or think it was DELIBERATELY awful?).
AOE manages to accomplish all the wrong things; it's all tell, with literally NO show; by "sensationalizing" the plot elements, in the style of tabloid journalism, it points out all the MOE plot weaknesses and stereotypes (e.g., the wife is a "promiscuous tramp," the father is an overweening mogul, the "victim" is a womanizing, self-centered, self-congratulating rich (insert euphemism for male appendage here), the Sherpas are all superstitious (and promiscuous, if female!), etc., etc., etc. All it needed was the self-sacrificing Nurse Nancy, and the plot would have been complete. ;-) It uses racial slurs, chauvinistic cant, offensive stereotypes...it's hard to think of a single writing crime of which it isn't guilty. It's really a shame, because the marketing idea of having both books is pretty good and the MOE plot works, overall; but AOE just can't be read by anyone with more than one brain cell. Worse, it's hard to put the sensationalized stereotypical plot elements out of your head if you read this first and then move on to MOE. I had committed to read these in full, and therefore did so...but I only made it to page 9 of AOE before I put it down and seriously considered NOT picking it back up, regardless of my commitment. I'd give AOE a D- if I was being kind, an F if I was being truthful.
Overall, the marketing idea for the two books was pretty creative; a supermarket-store checkout line tabloid tell-all book and the resulting expedition; the reveal was a nice surprise, the plot was decently conceived. Unfortunately, the execution was marred by over-enthusiasm in creating the work of the Quentin Stern character. We'll see if the authors get it together for the rest of the Summit Murders series.Read more ›
I love reading about Mt. Everest and those who climb it. I was excited to find this fictional story set on the mountain that wasn't of the young adult variety. The only other novel I had previously found was Jeffrey Archer's Path's of Glory about George Mallory. But while the story is interesting, the writing is poor. Other reviewers have remarked about the inaccuracies in the book (ie camp 5 on the south col route - I've never seen a reference to it in any modern account of the climb). The book was littered with typos and at least one issue with continuity. As the expedition trekked toward base camp, at one point the author says that they left all life behind, no longer any settlements or teahouses. Then on the next page they come upon a village. ??? I settled on 3 stars to divide my enjoyment of the story with my disappointment with the writing. I can even forgive the camp 5 references and attribute them to literary license. One of the authors, Charles Irion, owns the publishing company that produced this book so I'm not surprised that it didn't undergo typical publishing editing. But, as I enjoy the subject matter I will try another in this series and hope some improvements were made.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I am a lover of mysteries and this one hit me from all angles. The descriptions of the experiences from the preparation to the summit made me feel as if I were there on the expedition. The characters are well thought out and I am sure you will find that you know a few people like these - the opportunist, the snob, the overachiever.... all make the book that much more exciting. I didn't know anything about climbing until reading this book but felt every ache, pain and the overall physical agony of the climb. The book is as much about adventure as it is about murder. Can't wait to read the other books in the series as I am hoping that some of the characters return.
I hadn't expected much when I began this read, having not heard of the author nor knowing anything about the series. It's few books I finish in a single sitting, but Murder on Everest was one of them. I found it to be a gripping story and, contrary to one of the other reviews here, I feel the interruptions to the narrative for historical or cultural context made the story all that much better. The detailed research presented was fascinating and incredibly well done. I, for one, look forward to reading the entire series. This book is one fine argument for the talent and quality readers can find in the self-published book market.
Ever wonder what it feels like to climb the highest mountain in the world?
Reading `Murder on Everest' is about as close as you will get to experiencing it - and with an extra treat of a murder mystery to boot.
Charles Irion is a climber and he let's you feel the experience of scaling the world's highest mountain with all its chilling dangers as he weaves a murder plot with multiple plot lines that keeps you tuning page after to page.
So put on your hiking boots, lean back in your sleeping bag and take an exciting journey up Mt. Everest.