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Ronald J. Watkins lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Irion Books LLC (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984161805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984161805
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,858,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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 go back and pick up first in the series. After all, that's the grabber--the one that pulls us in, so that we might want to read the whole series.

And Murder on Everest does that!

The Prologue sets the stage by providing the important scene of a previous climb on Everest. when Derek Sodok had climbed, but never returned. He had died on the mountain...

Derek had asked his friend Scott on this climb. And it was Scott who had left him there, leaving him so that he could hopefully bring back help. He had waited so long, trying to take him down himself, but then Scott knew he'd have to leave him...

Interestingly, a book had been written, Abandoned on Everest, by Quentin Stern...Interesting, because Stern had not been on that climb and the book had been completely fiction. This novel, Murder on Everest, includes excerpts from that book as chapter headings. Indeed there is a book by that name but written as part of the series...

Now it was the subject of much discussion and finger-pointing as the individuals gathered for the climb arranged by Derek's father to, hopefully, find Derek's body and bring it down...

Derek's father blamed Scott! And was ready to blackmail him regarding his career if he refused to go this time...

Readers should understand that once the climb begins, there is nothing but the mountaineers and the mountains. You will be there with them--when it is cold or when they find a little bit of sun in which to sit. You will grab the hot tea just as they do because it helps to warm you, to reclaim some semblance of normal body temperature.
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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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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. Good character development for a book of this sort. I will read the next book in this series.
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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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