978-0-7472-0733-7 / 074720733X

The Ascent

by Long, Jeff

Publisher:Headline Book Publishing



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Ten men and two women on the brink of an abyss...
Mount Everest is every climber's ultimate dream - or nightmare. Its treacherous 'dark side' is the Tibetan face, accessible only through that harsh, inhospitable, forbidden land.
This is the tense and gruelling story of a small climbing team: men and women determined to pit themselves against the 'Ultimate Summit'. For all of them the ascent will provide a supreme test of courage and discipline, where the slightest error of judgment means a headlong plunge to certain death.
Yet this legendary mountain - magnificent in its otherworldly, ice-sheathed beauty - offers two of them final release from a haunting, torturing memory. Abe Burns is the expedition's medic, filling the gaps of his empty emotional life. Daniel Corder is its leader, driven by a personal demon no other human being can pacify. Both of them share the unspoken guilt of a long-ago tragedy.
Underlying the climbers' unending battle with the mountain is the real-life struggle of the local people, crushed by an occupying Chinese army. And finally it is a young and pitifully brutalised Tibetan monk, seeking refuge in their midst, who will provide them with the key to their separate destinies.

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