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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries and/or outdoor adventure or is simply looking for a engaging true story...just don't try and read it before your next ski trip!
darkness. It's just not credible. One or two, maybe, but all nine? Nobody flees blindly into certain death unless something more immediately threatening is there, and these folks obviously left in a big hurry, all at once. I don't know what did happen, but I'm not buying this theory. Sorry.
1. A LARGE chunk of the book was devoted to the author telling his own story about traveling to Russia, preparing to hike the Ural Mountains, and other stuff not too related to the mystery surrounding the Dyatlov Pass incident. The reason I read this book, and probably the reason a lot of other people read this book, is to read about the mysterious deaths of the hikers and the theories surrounding their deaths. I don’t much care about some guy’s recent, uneventful trip to Russia and hike through the mountains.
2. I was disappointed with the way he presented the various theories on what happened.
Before presenting his theory as to what happened, Eichar discredits seven other theories. Some of his discredits are legitimate (since the tent was upright and its contents were undisturbed, an avalanche does seem unlikely), but some of them I think are a little too dismissive. For instance, he doesn’t think it’s Russian military or classified government information because he thinks the government would have declassified such information by now. That’s pretty much his only reasoning, which seems a pretty weak reason to dismiss entire theories, particularly given the Russian government’s reaction to the deaths and efforts made to keep the incident away from publicity.
He dismisses UFOs and alien activity as utterly absurd, and here I feel compelled to go on a small tangent. When a group of nine people flee a tent in -20 degree weather without even wearing shoes, we are already in the realm of the absurd. And what really irritates me about these proud, “rational” skeptics is the way everything is either “absurd” or “proven by science.” Seriously? You really think the most rational way to view the world is to dismiss everything that hasn’t been scientifically proven as absurd? You do know that we don’t understand every single thing about this world, right? And that maybe there’s certain things that you can acknowledge are within the realm of possibility, despite the fact that science cannot yet dissect and explain it.
Anyways, the theory he puts forth is the theory of infrasound waves. The basic concept behind infrasound waves, is that there are certain sounds that are at a frequency too low for human ears to hear, but can still be sensed by the brain, and these feelings can cause anxiety, depression, etc. And the way Eichar treats this theory is crazy. After neatly dismissing the other theories, he then proceeds to ignore the problems with his theory. For example, he cites a study showing that when an audience listened to four songs, and two of them had infrasound notes in them, about 23% of the audience confessed to feelings of unease, racing hearts, etc. during the songs. To recap: 1/5-1/4 of people exposed to these sound waves feel unease. To then propose that 100% of people exposed to these sound waves would delve into pure madness and insanity is a huge jump in logic. Also, one of his reasons for dismissing the avalanche theory is that there have been about one hundred expeditions to the same area since the Dyatlov incident, and no avalanche ever occurred. Well, similarly, in those one hundred expeditions since, no infrasound waves caused people to become lunatics, either.
To summarize my review: This book was written as three intertwined stories: the story of Eichar’s experience writing the book in Russia, the experience of the hikers on the hike, and the experience of the search party looking for the hikers. The theories on the incident are tucked in at the end, and only one theory is explored at any length.
I would have preferred for the book to be written like this: keep in the story of the hikers, keep in the story of the search party, and remove the modern day story. Instead, replace all that content with expanding upon and exploring multiple theories in depth, writing out maybe a few alternate histories, and exploring the strengths and weaknesses of each one, rather than proposing one theory as the most likely one.
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obsessed with this mystery.