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The Abominable by Dan Simmons
  

The Abominable

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Simmons is one of the most protean of writers, equally excelling in science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime. This time around, his doorstopper of a book further challenges expectations and proves a gripping historical thriller, set on the brutal North East Ridge of Mount Everest. It's 1924 and two famous adventurers have vanished into the snow-whipped night. A valiant explorer embarks in their footsteps and the expedition sets out for the heart of darkness. Atmospheric, scary, evocative and unputdownable, this is storytelling at his best, and will bring the cold into your living room to unsettling effect. Not to be read at night, either.

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A book about a mountain and a mountain of a book, Dan Simmons is a master of the slow-build thriller. The charming prologue states that he, Dan Simmsons, once met the hero of this book and inherited some of his papers, here transcribed. So in effect, the author wishes us to believe this book is true. It is certainly possible. It centres around an attempt to climb Everest in 1925 but it is so much more than that. Espionage, politics, prejudice, notions of sexual equality, the horrors of the First World war and the rising shadow of the Second. It is huge in scope. The detail of period and climbing technique is exquisite. The characters are wonderful, the plot compelling. Yes, it’s big, it’s long, it’s complicated, but it’s also a fabulous place to get lost for a while. A real adventure.

If you like Dan Simmons you might also like to read books by Tanis Rideout, Neil Stephenson and Diane Setterfield.

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The Abominable by Dan Simmons

June 1924. On the brutal North East Ridge of Mount Everest, famous adventurers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine vanish into the snow-whipped night. Daredevil explorer Richard Deacon devises a plan to follow in the men's footsteps, accompanied only by two friends. Off piste and with no support team, the three men strike for Everest's peak and the most vicious climate on earth. As the winds rise and the temperature and oxygen levels drop, Deacon and his companions hear howls in the distance. Some dark creature is tracking them up the mountain, sending them scrabbling blindly into Everest's dangerous heights to escape it. Soon they will discover what happened to Mallory's crew - but can they escape the same hideous fate?

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'I am in awe of Dan Simmons' Stephen King

'Dan Simmons is a giant among novelists' Lincoln Child

About the Author

Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest. He received his Masters in Education from W ashington University in St. Louis in 1971. He worked in elementary education for eighteen years, winning awards for his innovative teaching, and became a full-time writer in 1987. Dan lives in Colorado with his wife, Karen, and has a daughter in her twenties. His books are published in tw enty-nine counties and many of them have been optioned for film.

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Publication date

10th October 2013

Author

Dan Simmons

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Author's Website

www.dansimmons.com/

Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback

Categories

Horror - Fantasy - SF
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780751550283

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