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1.0 out of 5 stars DELIBERATELY MISLEADING - I WANT A REFUND !, 27 Aug. 2014
This review is from: The Abominable (Paperback)
Let me cut straight to the point , I bought this book purely on the merits of it being a Horror / thriller , it is no such thing. The inside cover reads ' As the winds rise and the temperature and oxygen levels drop, Deacon (one of the main characters) and his companions hear howls in the distance. A dark creature is tracking them up the mountain, sending them scrambling blindly into Everest's dangerous heights to escape it'
SPOILER ALERT (Read no further if you don't want to know what happens)
There is no 'Dark creature' , there is no 'Abominable' snowman - as suggested by the title of this book. The abominable in question is supposed to be some candid photographs of Adolf Hitler with several young boys, taken before his rise to power in Germany. The book is a deliberately miss-marketed and promoted as something it isn't. Its dull as dishwater and obviously the marketing people realised they had a stinker of a book and decided to deliberately mislead people into thinking it was a horror novel.
The plot concerns three climbers who mount an expedition to find the remains of a english nobleman, at the behest of his rich family and who is feared lost on Everest in mysterious circumstances .The book is set shortly before the second world war and involves a German plot to recover some damning photographs of Adolf Hitler, eventually , after a long and very very dull plod , we discover that both threads are interwoven, unfortunately by this time you simply couldn't care less, as you realise you've been tricked into buying a book that isn't anything like its been marketed.
I found this a slow, unrelentingly tedious read,with the author ( a mountain climbing enthusiast in real life ) taking almost full chapters to describe the type of knot used when tying a rope . He obviously finds the subject worthy of such a drawn out, long-winded description but its simply mind-numbingly tedious.
Please avoid this book , unless your the kind of person who finds knots interesting .
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