Part thriller, part mystery, Summit is a new take on adventure fiction that travels between the Himalaya and Europe during pre-war and current times to follow the journeys of two men as each becomes subject to the desires and devices of a cast of diverse characters - all seeking to impose their own agendas on both them and the world's highest mountain.
I wrote Summit because when I travelled for work or to go climbing I was always reading – alternating between best–selling fiction and the verité of the mountaineering classics - one day, Stieg Larsson or James Elroy, the next, Hermann Buhl or Maurice Herzog. Throughout it all I never really found a book that satisfactorily melded the two genres.
Summit is my attempt at doing exactly that – a fictional adventure story set within accurate historical and mountaineering contexts. It is a novel written with first hand knowledge of what it is actually like to climb above 8,000 m / 26,000 ft without the benefit of an oxygen mask, to feel the joy and pain of an ascent of Mount Everest, to be inspired by the incredible stories of how some of the world’s most extreme places were first conquered and to let them lead you there also.
Summit is a big story designed to be read by anyone, be they sat on a long plane flight, trapped in a collapsing tent being lashed by the weather, or simply sitting by a roaring log fire with a nice glass of wine....