The Abominable

The Abominable

A Novel

Large Print - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, c2013
New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2013
Edition: Large print edition First edition
ISBN: 9780316239912
Branch Call Number: LPF SIM NVD
Characteristics: 1126 pages (large print) ; 25 cm

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tjdickey
Oct 10, 2017

This novel weaves in and out of every kind of thrilling conflict possible. There is human vs. human (in suspense, mystery and sudden death), human vs. his environment (in the terrifying battle to remain alive in the "Death Zone" above 26,000 feet), human vs. himself (the climbing narratives alone set my own sense of vertigo spinning), and the menacing supernatural term Yeti which first slips in to the book on page 161...

AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

I loved how this is written as a 'found manuscript' tale. I so wanted to believe Jake Perry was real. And Dan Simmon's did a very convincing job!

The detail included about Everest and the trials and tribulations of climbing in the 1920s was extensive was impressive but occasionally confounding as I was waiting for the 'hook' for 3/4s of the book but at the same time, once the action started and the mystery unraveled I kind of wished the climb would have been described to it's summit.

I listened to it and the narrator did a very good job, but jeeze! It took almost 2 months to listen to!

My rating ranges from 2 -4 stars for different aspects so I've settled on a comfortable 3.

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marenilona
Jul 24, 2016

The premise of the story is good but there are so many details that it takes pages and pages to make something happen. I kept skipping five, six pages and when I read the pages following, the book was still in the same place. I found it very long and unwieldy even though it was interesting. I gave up after halfway through because I became irritated with the writing.

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hauntzd
Jul 10, 2016

I was expecting some kind of Yeti story at first, but the more I read the more my interest grew. I was able to follow the places the story took me to using Google Maps. Simmon's description of the ascent up Everest was so well-told I had to frequently stop reading in order to be sure I was at home sitting in my chair just reading.
This is one of my all-time best books.

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morrich
Feb 14, 2016

Excellent tale loosely interweaving history and fiction, that takes place in the Himalayas. I enjoyed every page of this.

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gusmcrae
Aug 08, 2015

When I picked up this 600+ page book, I had to talk myself into actually giving it a try. Several reviews I read were not terribly positive and so I worried it would potentially be a dull read.

I can happily say, it was not dull. The book *mostly* held my attention throughout the long, thrilling journey to the top of Mt. Everest (or did they actually make it to the top? I don't want to spoil it for anyone.)

"The Abominable" is a "found manuscript" book that attempts to weave historical figures and events into a fictional tale. I think Dan Simmons managed this fairly smoothly (perhaps because I don't know enough about the time period covered to recognize any glaring errors).

Although the book sells itself as a bit of a horror story, it isn't exactly what I anticipated. And I will admit to skimming through several of the paragraphs of descriptions of the mountain and their climbing techniques. The last 1/3 of the book is also a bit (ok, a lot) unbelievable. But I was able to suspend my disbelief to get through it. All-in-all, I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys a tense, action-packed tale (there are several nail-biting scenes) and I will be sure to check out more by Simmons in the future.

athompson10 Aug 13, 2014

Great climbing story. The mystery/horror was extremely unrealistic but the first 3/4 of the book is great. Not as good as Flashback, The Terror or Carrion Comfort but a solid adventure/thriller.

Bunny_Watson716 Apr 17, 2014

An excellent, detailed, story about climbing Mount Everest in the 1920s that will keep you awake at night. If you like adventure stories and enjoy suspenseful fiction, this could be your next favourite book.

linjacobson Feb 07, 2014

One of Dan Simmon's best. Totally spellbinding story of mountain climbing. Focused on a specific team's struggle up Mount Everest. Presents an interesting snapshot of the competitive nature of mountain climbing within Europe during 1920's, prior to WWII. Great character development captured in a plot that twists and turns up the mountain.

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stephaniedchase
Jan 08, 2014

Brilliant, unwieldy, messy -- while the third part was not the horror I expected (and honestly, was a little too out there), I enjoyed the fantastic characters and the exquisitely detailed look into a time and pastime that no longer exists. Fans of THE TERROR will be disappointed, but of adventure stories (think INTO THIN AIR, or SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, or anything by James Tabor) -- will most likely enjoy it.

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