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And it then proceeded to keep me so hooked that I read WAY past my bedtime cos I wanted to finish it. There was just the right amount of intrigue to keep me wanting to read on without it being laid on too thick. I think that's the difference I guess between HAVING to read on and WANTING to read on.
The characterisation was great - I really did feel something for the characters. I especially loved the differences between the guys and the fact that the one thing they had in common was enough to outweigh the very big differences in their characters, goals and beliefs.
The action was thrilling, I actually held my breath at a couple of points. The balance between action and description was perfect. Enough description to assist the story but not too much that it distracted the reader away from it. There was one bit that I do admit to speed reading through but that was because, for me, it was a little techie and tbh I am not really into ice mountain climbing but in no way did it spoil anything in the story for me. And I absolutely loved the twist at the end ;)
And the best bit - Sam returns in a new story next year!
including her, to be superficial, not really interesting or downright unpleasant.
Two men want to snowboard down a "virgin" mountain, whilst being filmed by Lens. None of them know each other well.
For a flimsy reason, they ask Sam to join them on the 4 - 5 week trip - having only met her the night before and
believing her lie that she is a top-notch journalist. I didn't see why they needed her supposed publicity for their
film, or why she would trust herself on a possibly dangerous mission with 3 unknown men, however much she needed
to make her reputation
The men also lied to her about their destination (a forbidden country, like Tibet) and how difficult the climbs
would be, which could (and obviously does!) put her and their lives in danger as they were ill-equipped for the expedition.
Pete fancies her, but Vegas is a chauvinist pig and he and Sam argue regularly. I almost gave up half way through the
book as it was repetitive - climbing mountains; altitude sickness; erecting tents; eating powdered rations, etc.
Interesting if you like climbing, I suppose.
They encounter two locals needing help and the party splits up as Vegas doesn't want to give up his dream of the
snowboarding film. The locals are not as innocent as they seem and there is a supposedly magic sword involved.
The second half of the book did pick up, but I found the ending weak.
Sorry to be in the minority, but I downloaded this and other books by the author as I liked The Wrecking Crew so much.
The other books have proved disappointing, and this one the worst. I will not be buying any more.
I thought this story would be about snowboarders, but it was about way more than that. It turned out to be an action adventure story with some silly plot devices in there for them to get out of trouble.
On the whole, I really enjoyed this. I read it in one day, snuggled up under a blanket as the story was cold, cold and more cold.
There was none of the passion, tension and complex characterisation of The Fulcrum Files and the plot was rambling and unconvincing. Yes, it was a page turner, but rather as you might listlessly watch something on TV with half your mind on something else. Only the scene with Lens struggling on the ice fall was a gem, and made the rest seem even more mediocre.
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