- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 872 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
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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!
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.
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.
So, what is it and how to describe it? I dunno but a sort of a fictional romance/climbing/historical/thriller time warped tale that takes you away to Wales, the Lakes, Scotland and far beyond. The writing is such that a non-climber wouldn't need a glossary of terms as it is generally non-technical in a modern climbing sense. The book had me hooked very early in with great character development and events, places and people are meshed together very well and situations are described so intimately at times it is quite possible to imagine yourself there as a third person. The story builds to a climatic last few chapters and it really was impossible to put down until the end was reached. I love the mountains and reading about the mountains and TOGJ teleported me to those very mountains we climbers know and love.
I enjoyed it, it provided entertainment, it made me think, it made me guess plot outcomes (rightly and wrongly) and afterwards it left me slightly deflated it was all over. Aren't those things the exact things good books are supposed to do?
What next? With Alex's imagination and story telling skill I'd like to see something set in the 50/60/70's and see how Alex deals with sex, drugs, drunkenness and hard climbing!
Well done mate, TOGJ is an excellent read and a real story in the true sense.
I actually read TOGJ on my android phone with the "Cool reader" app and it really wasn't any hardship at all so if anyone doesn't have a Kindle or similar then perhaps explore this option.
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 and his arch-rival Aleister Crowley. Alex succeeds in bringing to life the Victorian climbing establishment, filling the corners of mountain hostelries with pipe smoke and banter, and his descriptions of climbing convey an affinity with the high, wild places. The technical writing never gets bogged down in excessive detail, but rather dangles the reader in amongst the rock and ice of some iconic routes.
I had some initial concerns with the female characters, who came across as rather inconsistent in their words and actions. However, as the story developed and the characters matured these concerns were largely allayed. The strongest characterisations came towards the end of the book and the denouement was genuinely emotional. Whilst one or two of the early dramatic set pieces suffered slightly from excessive artistic license, I thought that the climax had a feel of true mountain mythos.
This is a confident piece of work that provides a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish. With clear nods towards the likes of Harrer this is a book that will appeal to climbers and mountaineers but one that will also sit well with those interested in historical fiction and the quirks of Victorian society. I look forward to reading more from Alex.
Most recent customer reviews
A great read for anybody that loves the outdoors and especially the mountains, the descriptions of Glencoe and the Lake District in the 1800s are wonderful.Published 11 months ago by Andrew
Imagine Enid Blyton writing mountaineering fiction and this would be it.
I notice some of the good reviews are from bloggers who are friends of the author and also write... Read more
This is a good old fashion mountaineering yarn I can relate with the climbing and I recommend it very goodPublished 13 months ago by euan
Complete rubbish from start to finish. The worst thing about ebooks is that this sort of rubbish is offered as "books". Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2015 by Peter M
Great book, good plot and very interesting to contemplate the difficulties that faced early alpine (and indeed all mountain) climbers. Boy, were they tough! Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2015 by JinnyG
An interesting look at what climbing in the late 1800's might have been like in slightly different circumstances. I loved it.Published on 12 Mar. 2014 by chris wilson
Alex Roddie has created an intriguing blend of fact and fiction with this tale from the pioneering days of mountain climbing. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2014 by Honeybadger
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 morePublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by Dean Read