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The Only Genuine Jones [Kindle Edition]

Alex Roddie
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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A challenge for honour turns into a fight for survival at 12,000 feet.

Beneath the polite veneer of Victorian society, a small group of eccentric men and women live double lives as mountaineers. The maverick rock climber O.G. Jones and a young Aleister Crowley are rivals in this dangerous new world. Both are brilliant and ambitious, but their concept of honour could not be more different.

Together their journey takes them from the Highlands of Scotland to the most lethal mountain wall in the Alps, where Jones is confronted with a terrible choice: risk death and dishonour, or allow Crowley to triumph and destroy everything he believes in.


"A smooth read ... the author's passion for his subject matter is abundant on every page."
-- TGO Magazine official review

"A rollicking good yarn"
-- Author Chris Townsend

"Read (it) as a novel and it's a real page turner, building up a flawed but believable hero in parallel with a villain that manages to elicit feelings of sympathy at times. Read it as a mountaineering book and you'll start questioning your own knowledge of history. Either way you'll be left wanting more."
-- MyOutdoors official review

"This is extraordinarily accomplished storytelling - tense, taut and deeply atmospheric... The thrill of climbing is tangible, as is the sense of human frailty. This is an adventure story, a love story, a historical fantasy - but above all, this is a book in praise of the awesomeness of Nature and the men who risked their lives to be amongst it."
-- Susan Fletcher, award-winning author of Corrag, The Silver Dark Sea, and others

"... Aleister Crowley, the north face of the Eiger, murder and mayhem; really, what's not to love? It's a fine winter read. I cannot recommend this book enough."
-- Mike Hogan, author of Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston and others

"...very well crafted with a plot that hung together well and strong characters that pulled things along nicely... The whole alternative reality idea worked well for me."
-- Chris Highcock, author of Hillfit: Fitness training for hiking, backpacking and hillwalking

"The book has a number of strengths and I particularly enjoyed the brisk plot, the cast of historical characters and the fascinating, flawed hero, O.G. Jones. Anyone with even a passing interest in the history of British mountaineering will recognise the names Collie, Raeburn and Crowley to name but three. The settings too will be familiar to anyone with a love of the mountains: the Clachaig in Glencoe and Wastdale Head in the Lake District being popular places in mountain lore then and now."
-- Nick Bramhall, outdoor blogger

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Editorial Press; 3 edition (4 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009R2BBN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alex Roddie is a writer of historical fiction inspired by the mountain heritage of Britain and the Alps. After studying Computing Science at UEA Norwich, he graduated in 2008 and escaped to the hills, living and working in Glencoe until 2011.

In 2009 he established the successful mountaineering blog, Glencoe Mountaineer, which now provides inspiring stories from the peaks of Scotland under the editorship of his brother James. He climbed extensively while living in the Highland and never stopped writing about his experiences.

His goal is a simple one: to bring the drama, heroism, and beauty of the mountains into the lives of everyone. He strongly believes that the British hills aren't only for mountaineers and climbers, and that you don't have to be the member of an elite group to enjoy them.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger, death, deceit and romance 19 Oct. 2012
By Chris H
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Strong characters and a tight plot combine to make this debut novel an exciting and gripping adventure. Alex Roddie's love of the mountains and those that climb them provides the background to this story which imagines a slightly different history of how alpine mountaineering developed. Ultimately though it is not about climbing but about two men with the same goal but very different approaches to attaining it. There is danger, death, deceit and romance amid mountain scenery that the author knows well.

I was involved from the first page, desperate to see what happened to the characters. And that is all you can want from a thriller like this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling read 26 Oct. 2012
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This book had me captivated from the first page to the last, superbly researched, brilliantly imagined and fantastically written. The authors passion for the subject shines through without making it too technical for someone with little mountaineering knowledge.
Not just a tale of early mountaineering but a story with suspense, romance and action featuring great characters in locations, leaving you having to remember you don't know these people and you're not in Scotland or the Alps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 30 Aug. 2013
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It's very clear, when you read this book, that the author has got a huge amount of love and respect for the mountains themselves and for the men and women who climb them.

There are a number of characters in the book and I gather most of them are based on real characters who were climbing at the time. They were all so well drawn that I could almost smell their steaming socks in the highland inn and hear them squabbling over a tot of whisky.

The plot is very accomplished, and given that the story stretches across Europe and involves some very strong characters, this is no mean feat. I was particularly impressed by the way the author effortlessly switched from writing about a filthy Victorian London street to a spectacular ice wall on the Eiger.

I was a little concerned that I might struggle with the technical aspects of the climbing scenes, but not at all. For me there was enough technical detail to draw me in (and encourage me to look at a few things outside of the book!) but the suspense and overall atmosphere were the only overwhelming things about the story.
I know and understand that this book is a tale in which mountains and mountaineering are the centrepiece and when you read it you understand why, but for me it is just a bloody good book.
Regardless of what genre you think you enjoy, read this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first book 6 Nov. 2012
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This is a great first book by a young author he has done a great job of bring the main creators to life on the page. Once started I found it hard to put it down the settings were graphically set out in real and pleasing detail, I will look forward to his next book .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 29 Oct. 2012
By Neil
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Once started I didn't want to put this book down - an excellent read, interesting characters, places I've been (and others I've not been) and a real ability to feel like you are there yourself. Definitely recommended, especially for anyone who likes mountaineering books but also for anyone who just enjoys a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read! 10 Sept. 2013
By owlart
I bought this book at Christmas and to my embarrassment only got round to reading it whilst on holiday now! The story is fast paced and believable. I didn't want to put it down and really wanted to find out what happened to the main characters. I felt myself climbing alongside Jones and Crowley, sharing in their trials and discomforts. I shall look forward with pleasure to reading the next book that Alex writes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great read. 16 July 2013
By DavidS
Just finished this book,I had put off starting it ,concerned that it would not live up to its reviews, I need not have worried.I found it extremely hard to put down and totally engrossing.The author's interest in the romance and history of mountaineering is clearly evident.
Put it in your bag for your travels this summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Genuine Jones 6 Jan. 2014
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A thoroughly enjoyable read from cover to cover written with the benefit of a deep knowledge and love of the hills and mountains both in the UK and the alps. The main story and it's subplots had a superb balance and it was hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A very good read.
Published 3 months ago by Pagnmagik
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
An interesting look at what climbing in the late 1800's might have been like in slightly different circumstances. I loved it.
Published 10 months ago by chris wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing blend of mountain fact and fiction
Alex Roddie has created an intriguing blend of fact and fiction with this tale from the pioneering days of mountain climbing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Honeybadger
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adventure that had me hooked from start to finish
The Only Genuine Jones is an inspiring tale of adventure, danger, friendship and love. Set in some of most iconic locations in British and Alpine mountaineering. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dean Read
5.0 out of 5 stars OGJ
First book I have read on mountaineering. I really enjoyed it, not that I am a climber. I have no intention in getting cold on top of mountains. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Edward Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A brilliant book with great characters and plot. What sets this book apart is that it really evokes a sense of the wonder, majesty and appeal of the mountains. Read more
Published 12 months ago by GMQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended fantastic read
I give this book a 5 star rating a gripping story with brilliant characters and thrilling storyline. Read more
Published 12 months ago by lee oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written romp...
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It is a well written tale of adventure and the author paints a beautiful picture which fires the imagination.
Published 13 months ago by B. C. Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent yarn
This was bought for me as a xmas present as I wasn't sure I'd really go for this new to me genre despite knowing of Alex Roddie and his writing through UKC and the Glencoe blog. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth Oldham
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all mountaineers or lovers of a great tale!
For anyone who likes mountains, mountaineering or climbing, likes intrigue, loves the Scottish or Lake District landscape or simply enjoys a well written, strong plot this is a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr Alan McIntosh
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