The Abominable: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Oct 22, 2013 - Fiction - 672 pages
15 Reviews
ALA Reading List Award for History, Short List
A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the bestselling author of The Terror

It's 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers -- a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American -- find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home.

Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers -- joined by the missing boy's female cousin -- find themselves being pursued through the night by someone . . . or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet - but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. A pulse-pounding story of adventure and suspense, The Abominable is Dan Simmons at his spine-chilling best.

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Review: The Abominable

User Review  - Hilary - Goodreads

Um ... good? kinda? If I hadn't already read at least two books about Everest and a few others about mountain-climbing in the Himalayas, I probably would have found this insufferably boring. It was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christopher H. - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this novel. As a former mountain climber, and a lover of all things mountaineering in the Himalayas, I really found this fascinating. I grew up with the story of Mallory and Irvine's ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Olympos and The Terror. He lives in Colorado.

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