Summit: A Novel

Summit: A Novel

by Harry Farthing


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A summit is a summit, and the truth is the truth. But the view from 8,848 meters isn’t always so clear. Two men, seventy years apart, push for the top of Mount Everest, driven by forces beyond their control and something inside that says climb.

After eight successful summits, Mount Everest guide Neil Quinn is confident he can handle anything the mountain throws his way. But then disaster strikes steps from the top, leaving him with a lot of questions and a very old swastika-embellished ice axe that should never have been so high on the mountain—not if Everest’s meticulously documented history is accurate.

But before Quinn can even catch his breath, the combined wrath of his vengeful employer and an angry client drives him out of the Himalayas and back to Europe, where the newly blackballed English guide struggles to make ends meet and discover the truth of what happened that fateful day. He soon uncovers the story of Josef Becker, a Nazi climber who sought the top of the world seventy years before, when Europe teetered on the brink of the Second World War.

Quinn’s innocent queries into Becker’s expedition soon have neo-Nazis, assassins, and history buffs vying to take possession of the axe—proof of Nazi alpine superiority, and strong evidence that a German climber was the first to summit Mount Everest.

Beautifully written and meticulously researched, Summit follows two climbers across two continents as their stories and movements intertwine across history, culminating in one final push for the top of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504710213
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 418
Sales rank: 434,943
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

From the moment eight-year-old Harry Farthing first saw the famed summit photo of Tenzing Norgay in his school library, he knew Mount Everest would figure prominently in his future. The years took him across the world and up and down many peaks—not least within three hundred meters of Everest’s summit—until he found a way to combine his knowledge of world travel, adventure sports, mountaineering, and modern history; the result is Summit, his debut novel.

What People are Saying About This

record-breaking British mountaineer and owner of Monix Adventures - Rhys Jones

''Breathtaking and chilling...Summit really takes you up into the Everest death zone.''

1996 Everest climber and protagonist of Into Thin Air and The Climb - Martin Adams

''A wonderful story that instantly took me back to my Everest days. Many shades of the legends of mountaineering, such as the great Italian Walter Bonatti and, of course, the doyenne of Himalayan record-keeping, Elizabeth Hawley.''

bestselling author of Antarctica 2041 and first person to walk to the South and North Poles - Robert Swan

''A gripper. Takes you up to the majesty of Mt. Everest and into the single-minded 'madness' of climbers . . . what a plot. Fantastic.''

New York Times bestselling author of The Blood Flag - James W. Huston

''Magnificent! A compelling, fast-paced novel that reveals a rarely seen dark side of Everest. A must-read!''

bestselling author of Forward to Camelot - Susan Sloate

''A captivating debut novel that combines grand storytelling with a thorough knowledge of climbing. Harry Farthing is a compelling new literary voice.''

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