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Book Title: The Ascent|
The size of the: 5.58 MB
Edition: Medallion Press
Date of issue: September 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9781605420677
The author of the book: Ronald Malfi
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Well, that was fun. I should have read this book when the weather was warmer, as I'm cold enough as it is. I had to read half the book under the duvet.
Tim OverLeigh, who is (was) a sculptor and teacher, is offered the trip of a lifetime, when he happens to meet Andrew Trumbauer at the Filibuster bar where he's trying to drain his sorrows away. He met Trumbauer a few years earlier: as he was a friend of Tim's wife, Hannah. Since the death of his wife; which he blames himself for, he's been unable to sculpt anything worth a damn; lost his talent, somehow. Anyway, Tim has been getting involved in extreme sports; skydiving, spelunking and white-water-rafting. After a few minutes of conversation between the two, Trumbauer asks Tim if he's heard of the Canyon of Souls (an ice canyon), Nepal, in the Himalayas. Trumbauer tells Overleigh that it's never been seen, nevermind transversed - and Trumbauer wants Tim to accompany him on a trip to do what no-one else has done before; cross the canyon, which won't be for a year, at least. He declines.
Anyway, months later, he receives a ticket to Nepal....where he is supposed to meet his friend from the past at a lodge, in Katmandu. This is where he meets other people who have also been invited on the journey up to the Godesh Ridge. They are all there for their own reasons, or so they think, but there is only one reason they are there, which some of the group will eventually find out.
I really liked the book, which is told in the first person. Tim is a troubled character, since the death of his wife, he's been on a downward spiral. He keeps seeing his dead wife's apparition, or thinks he does; he's not sure if he's hallucinating or losing his sanity. Maybe, if he goes on this trip, she'll stop bugging him? Although, a few years earlier, he had an accident in which he nearly died - and he believes Hannah was the one to guide him to safety. I also liked how it ended, some of the revelations caught me off guard; especially about one of the characters who came along for the ride. There were a few typos, throughout: no spacing between words, spelling errors, etcetera, but nothing that bothered me too much.
Read information about the authorRonald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including Little Girls, this summer’s 2015 release from Kensington.
In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for best novel, received a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel, and the Vincent Preis International Horror Award. His novel Cradle Lake garnered him the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Award (silver) in 2014, while December Park, his epic coming-of-age thriller, won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense in 2015.
Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
Visit with Ronald Malfi on Facebook, Twitter (@RonaldMalfi), or at http://www.ronmalfi.com.
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