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The Only Genuine Jones (Tales of Ice and Iron Book 2) by [Roddie, Alex]
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  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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The Only Genuine Jones is not the sort of book I would usually read, however the link to Aleister Crowley piqued my curiosity. I have no experience of climbing or mountaineering, but I was drawn into Jones's world and found the descriptions wonderful. The author has a knack for creating engaging characters, building up the tension so that you want to keep reading, and a wonderful descriptive quality throughout. I have already downloaded Crowley's rival and look forward to reading it.
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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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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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The climbing world isn't short of books as my bookcase testifies but what it is short of is enjoyable climbing fiction that doesn't get too heavy and remains light but engrossing, readable and believable. TOGJ has been so well received because it is as if it was written exactly for that niche. As a debut book TOGJ is something that Alex should rightly feel proud of.
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.

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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.
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Alex's novel is a creative and tightly-plotted thriller which whisks the reader from the sooty streets of Cambridge to the glistening great north faces of the Alps. It brings together interesting characters, iconic settings and deft descriptions of climbers and their motivations as they challenge the mountains for the sake of love and glory.

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.
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