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The Abominable [Hardcover]

Dan Simmons
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10 Oct 2013

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?

A gripping thriller by a master of the genre, The Abominable blends historical fact with spine-tingling drama - this is one of the most chilling and unforgettable novels you will ever read.


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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751550280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751550283
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 15.8 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am in awe of Dan Simmons (Stephen King)

Dan Simmons is a giant among novelists (Lincoln Child)

A bone-chilling tale of intrigue and mystery . . . thoroughly researched (Western Daily Press)

His last 'cold' book, The Terror, was terrific. This appears to have sprung out of that and is cleverly presented as if true. It's a wonderful, chilling tale of an Everest expedition just after Mallory vanished . . . It is stunning (The Bookseller)

Astonishingly well researched...heart-in-your-mouth action (The Sun)

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An epic, genre-defying thriller, The Abominable blends historical fact with spine-tingling drama to create one of the most chilling and unforgettable novels you will ever read. From the bestselling author of Hyperion and The Terror.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Abominable is a novel of peaks and troughs, unfortunately more troughs than peaks. To start with, the blurb on the back is very misleading, hinting at a supernatural thriller instead of a book anchored solely in the art and lore of high-altitude climbing. Yetis are hinted at in the book very briefly, yet they never appear despite the hints offered by the blurb, cover and the title of the work (this in itself would be fine, yet I can't help but feel that this was a cynical and intentional misleading to cash in on the success of Simmons' much more successful effort The Terror). Instead, in true Simmons' fashion we are inundated with a deluge of climbing facts and minutiae, have obscure name after name and fact after fact thrown at us until we sometimes forget we are reading a novel and become sure we have picked up a training manual.

Simmons once again provides us with a door-stopper of a tome, flaunting his penchant for grossly over-writing and his disregard of the benefits of a good editor. For me the author's pompous, opinionated and egotistical leanings become more obvious with each book he writes. His disdain of editors is evident in this needlessly lengthy, often repetitive book. Sometimes his prose leans towards the unbearable; certain passages are rehashed repeatedly, are inexplicably drawn out and jam packed with huge chunks of baffling and/or confusing facts and explanations.

The story proper starts atop the Matterhorn as the novel's lead trio of Jake Perry, Jean-Claude Clairoux and Richard 'The Deacon' Deacon learn about the disappearance of famous climbers Mallory and Irvine on Everest and resolve to go climb the mountain to discover more about their fate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Abominable 23 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Usually I can tell whether I will enjoy a book after a few pages. Sadly this was one of those books that I did not enjoy. I persevered but it was slow moving and a big disappointment. Sorry Dan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars He does it again! 25 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Yet another novel of Dan Simmons that promises a lot yet delivers another throat singing bear ridiculousness! Promises a lot delivers little!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Abominable 18 Mar 2014
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Very dissapointing. This is a long and very slow tale that is more a history of mountain climbing than a tale of horror. The best bits are just trying to copy the success of "The Terror" while the supposed true story approach is tedious at best. Unless you are specifically interested in reading a novel about climbing I would suggest giving this one a miss.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A long rope 10 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback
Having read a number of Simmons' works I was excited to dig, or more aptly climb into his take on ascending Everest. Sadly I was bitterly disappointed; the mountaineering descriptions are wonderful but the story is flabby, the characters shallow, & the Apex low. Using historical settings is one thing but to build on history with such, at best, abandon, and at worst frivolity made an unsatisfying conclusion to a story in desperate need of editing. It was only in closing the book for the final time that I felt a mountain had been climbed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending 26 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
Really well written and stylish book which unfortunately descends into farce. Absolutely ridiculous ending spoils an otherwise very entertaining read. The last part of the book is just downright silly and frankly annoying, having invested a serious amount of time in the book. Still 2 stars for the first 500 pages or so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 out of 5 - neither his best nor his worst 26 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I approached this book with trepidation. I loved most of Simmons' ground-breaking early and mid-career work (Hyperion, Illium) and really enjoyed the slow burn of The Terror, but I was bored by Drood, and hated the constant political intrusion of Flashback. Where would this book fit in?

Well, it's in between. It's got some tension, although not as much as The Terror. It drags a little in places, though not as much as Drood. And without giving away any spoilers, I was a little disappointed at the reveal (which I thought was a touch prosaic) but it still kept me turning the pages.

To be honest, if this was the first book I'd read by Simmons, I'd think it was a decent read. It's just that we expect so much more of him, because he's been so brilliant in the past. It's not a bad book, it's just that Simmons' not back on the top of his game yet. Still, at least he's moving in the right direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what it may appear 12 Jan 2014
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Format:Paperback
A word of warning - this book has recently appeared on supermarket shelves and, given its title, cover photo and a cover quote from Stephen King, it's understandable that people might expect some horror-strewn story about Yetis. If that's your thinking as well, you'd be very very disappointed. This is a very long 728p novel - vastly overwritten in my opinion - and up to about p500 is largely to do with mountaineering. If you're not interested in that and have possibly never heard of Mallory and Irvine, then avoid it at all costs.
I confess I was getting along with it fairly well until that 500 page point but then it descends into what I would call 'farce' and I couldn't take it seriously.
If you haven't bought it yet, some homework might be advisable - a number of theories abound about Mallory and Irvine's disappearance. An easy-reading version is Jeffrey Archer's novel of a few years ago. Further reading might show why the 20s and 30s attempts on Everest were from Tibet via the North East ridge and not from Nepal via the Western Cwm and the South Col as used by the successful 1953 expedition. I haven't read Dan Simmons before. I found his research generally spot on even if it sounded a bit like a lecture at times. No spoilers, but don't assume the title refers to what you're lead to believe it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peak endeavours...
Not quite in the same league as Simmons THE TERROR, but as an extremely well plotted, strong characters conceived adventure story- part Bulldog Drummound, part INDIANA JONES, part... Read more
Published 5 days ago by S. Weller
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware!
If you are expecting to read a horror story about the Abominable Snowman, then you're in for a disappointment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Abominable
I have always enjoyed Dan's books and this one is up there with all the rest,especially The Terror.
The detail of climbing Everest is astonishing,and I could actually feel... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris
2.0 out of 5 stars It was supposed to be Everest. Mount Everest. It ended up being Hill....
I liked a lot the beginning of this book, but quite quickly it collapsed and turned into a completely ridiculous mess. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding historical fiction
First off, the title of this book is intentionally misleading which has resulted (perhaps fairly) in some very critical reviews here. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. A. Milne
3.0 out of 5 stars Like climbing Everest only to find at the summit a DVD of "Carry On...
These days, frankly, I am nervous about reading a new Dan Simmons book. I love many of his early novels – The Hyperion Cantos remains one of my favourite works of any author in any... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Philtrum
4.0 out of 5 stars stick with itovella
I chose this rating because as with all dans books you stick with the story.Dan allways writes an epic,that is his style,if you want a novella fine. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bigt
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Everest read.
Like reading an early 1920's climbing story of Everest but using modern equipment and techniques. Interesting story and full of correct historical facts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Redvd. John N. Merrill
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the book it says it is
This book promotes itself as a thriller along the lines of a Stephen King novel. Yeti's chasing climbers up Everest.... It is far from that. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pierce Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars great historical/horror book
Never read a Dan Simmons book before but seeing he was recommended by Stephen King I thought i'd give this book a go. Read more
Published 4 months ago by shed leveller
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