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  • 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: #4,313,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Kochte on June 18, 2012
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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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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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