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Murder on Everest: A Summit Murder Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Charles G. Irion , Ronald J. Watkins
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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.

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  • File Size: 2587 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984161805
  • Publisher: Irion Books LLC (November 15, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003B3O5P4
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Highest Point in the World January 25, 2010
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent midlist effort. February 15, 2010
By Hitch
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written but interesting March 19, 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on Everest March 28, 2011
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly enjoyed this novel November 19, 2010
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The writer knows his stuff February 25, 2011
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Informative and Worth Your Time.
This novel is quite unusual for a mystery. The fact that a murder actually occurred doesn't even get proven until about 3/4ths of the way through the novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mountainhombre9
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 9 months ago by austinsweetie389
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Got to meet the authors!
Meeting the authors Irion and Watkins always adds to the experience of reading a book. These guys know their stuff and keep you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Writing In Style
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on Mt. Everest
Exciting from cover to cover!
Even if you've never climbed anything...This Book and all the others in the Series, let's you feel the adventure! Read more
Published on January 19, 2013 by Janita Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars A "you are there"mountain mystery
Photogenic murder mystery with enough twists to keep you guessing. Mt Everest is really the main character, and you feel like you are on the mountain. Read more
Published on November 11, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good murder mystery!
Murder on Everest was an interesting read with an ending I was not expecting! I really enjoyed reading about the different aspects of what it takes to participate in such an... Read more
Published on October 19, 2012 by Darcie L. Sherrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare For Realistic Adventure on Mount Everest!
I started in the middle of this series, reading Murder on Aconcagua and providing my review, Of course each of the books can easily stand alone, but I was happy to have a chance to... Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery
This is a story of a group of climbers together again to climb Everest to find the body of Derek Sodoc lost on expedition the previous year. Read more
Published on July 27, 2012 by druidgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on Everest
I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure because I felt I knew the characters. Definitely not a predictable ending and I enjoyed the mystery of it.
Published on May 15, 2012 by Gail M. Staudacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Murder on Everest kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt like I was actually on the expedition. I didn't know anything about climbing before reading the book, but that didn't... Read more
Published on February 11, 2012 by Becky Burchard
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