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This in not The Terror part 2,
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This review is from: The Abominable (Hardcover)
There are many positive things to say about the The Abominable, however my main concern is the marketing carried out by the publisher. This book is not The Terror in The Himalaya it is something quite different.
I actually preferred this book to The Terror, the first 400 pages are an absorbing analysis of mountaineering in the 1920's, encompassing its history and techniques. It is truly remarkable the amount of excellent research Dan Simmons has put into this book and it is strong atmospheric material.
Where as the The Terror had a supernatural element to the novel for the beginning The Abominable is really a thriller (the last descent take in some supernatural elements), which brings me back to the marketing. If you are expecting a Horror novel like The Terror (as the cover would have you believe) be prepared for a long wait and 400 pages of mountaineering expedition first.
The characters are strong, the descriptions of climbing exhilarating and realistic and the action when it comes is tense. I found the pay off at the end rewarding despite the ridiculousness of Macguffin (The true Abominable of the title that Bromley is carrying on Everest) which was a little too out there, but once the book is completed it did make more sense. Although did not the Gene Hackman film Loose Cannons use the same plot device?
As noted by other reviewers there are some grammatical errors in the book, but there is a strongly likelihood that 99% of the reviews on amazon have grammatical errors including this one so I am not going to mark the book down because the proof reader made a mistake. I almost marked the book down for the marketing though, the sleeve notes are way off the mark.
This is great book to lose yourself in for a week, enjoying the rich atmosphere of mountaineering with a reasonable thriller added for the last 1/3 of the book to accompany the excellent descriptions of exploration and climbing on Everest.