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Mountain of the Dead: A suspense horror mystery (World's Scariest Places Book 5) by [Bates, Jeremy]
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Book 5 of 5 in World's Scariest Places (5 Book Series)

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"Mountain of the Dead is the fifth book in Jeremy Bates' 'World's Scariest Places' series, and charms the imagination with a series of tense encounters based on true experiences and a story line that reads like a combination of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Clive Barker... Bates keeps readers involved and guessing, providing twists and turns that lead the story line towards the seeming inevitable before taking a big turn in another direction. The result is a powerful thriller that is thoroughly engrossing, packed with surprises, and steeped in the culture and atmosphere of both Russia and a remote mountain world filled with intrigue."  - Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
 
"In 1959, a party of ten set out on a trek through the Northern Ural Mountains. After one withdrew due to illness, the other nine continued on in order to gain their Category III hiking certificate. Their route took them to Kholat Syakhl, the Mountain of the Dead. None of them returned. Files relating to the incident remained classified for years and even now not everything has been released to the public. The state also subsequently restricted access to the Dyatlov Pass area for three years after the incident.

This tale, based on true events, weaves a narrative between the recreation of events at that time and the story of a writer following in their footsteps to discover the truth behind the tragedy. As the story inevitably propels the members of the party to their end, told in the form of a countdown, you are invited to share the dreams and hopes of some of the group, ideas of a future and love and family. Together with the inclusion of expedition photos showing young faces full of laughter and promise, the story is brought to life and the poignancy of what is to come heightened. 

In addition, the writer chasing their ghosts has his own demons to confront and this trip is his attempt at closure over a personal loss. That he insists on seeing the trek through to the bitter end, despite appalling conditions, has catastrophic consequences.

Here communism, the gulags, the folk belief of the Mansi tribesmen who live in that area and supernatural elements combine to give real authority to a powerful story.

Full of horrifying suspense and well-researched, the author guides the reader to a shockingly believable conclusion. A page-turner in the true sense of the word and a thoroughly entertaining read."  Goodreads Review
 
Awards for the World's Scariest Places series:
 
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS AWARD (WINNER, 2016)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (GOLD, 2016)
READER VIEWS LITERARY AWARD (WINNER, 2015)
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS  AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (FINALIST, 2014)
THE SKOUTZ AWARD (GERMAN, FINALIST 2017)
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2016)
NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2017)
 
Praise for the World's Scariest Places series:
 
"Will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like" Kirkus Reviews
 
"With a shout-out to Stephen King, Bates's series seems to draw inspiration from other contemporary classics such as the Final Destination film series and the American Horror Story anthology...Voracious readers of horror will delightfully consume the contents of Bates's World's Scariest Places books" - BookLife Prize
 
"Thriller fans and readers of Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art will find much to love" - Midwest Book Review
 
"Will make your skin crawl" - Scream Magazine
 
"Told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight" - Richard Thomas, Bram-Stoker Nominated Author
 
"Takes any preconceived notions of 'horror' and turns them on end" - Midwest Book Review
 
"Grabs and doesn't let go until the end" - Writer's Digest
 
"You won't be disappointed" - HorrorAddicts
 
"Bates knows how to creep into his reader's mind and toy around" - Horror Palace
 
"Spellbinding" - Bestsellersworld
 
"Readers will be on the edge of their seats until the very end" - BookLife Prize
 
"Something to give you chills before you go to bed" - San Francisco Book Review
 
"Excellent!" - Andrew Peterson, international bestselling author of First to Kill
 
"Will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense as well as action" - Midwest Book Review
 
"Invites you to read it in one sitting" - Hellnotes

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  • File Size: 3770 KB
  • Print Length: 508 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1988091225
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ghillinnein Books; 1 edition (May 5, 2018)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B079KW3N72
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