- File Size: 2813 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Publisher: Irion Books LLC (November 15, 2009)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003B3O5P4
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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.
I throughly enjoyed this book.
I am not a climber nor do I know anything about the sport. That being said, I found the information imparted through and I did not feel that it had been 'dumbed down' to fill space in the book.
I found the characters to have been built very well over the course of the book and as with people in real life, I liked most, tolerated some and flat out disliked a few.
There were definitely enough twists and turns to keep me interested in the book and I found myself caught up in the story line more often than not.
I like the writting style, the pace of the book and the format of the book.
I would definitely read another in the series and will reccomend it to others.
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.
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