On the vast, sunlit walls of Yosemite's El Capitan, widowed geologist Hugh Glass climbs into a vertical underworld. In a place where obsession kills, he finds himself endangered by obsessive loves, and battling a ghostly revenge in this "atmospheric, aggressive thriller" ("Publishers Weekly") by the author of "The Reckoning."On the vast, sunlit walls of Yosemite's El Capitan, widowed geologist Hugh Glass climbs into a vertical underworld. In a place where obsession kills, he finds himself endangered by obsessive loves, and battling a ghostly revenge in this "atmospheric, aggressive thriller" ("Publishers Weekly") by the author of "The Reckoning."Read Less
In the Wall, two middle-aged buddies reunite to climb El Cap one last time. Instead of rediscovering their youth, however, they find that time has changed more than just their physical abilities? As the climb begins to go seriously wrong, the boundaries between life and death, reality and transcedence, begins to blur.
Jeff Long has returned to his climbing roots and with great effect. The Wall is the best thriller I have read in a long time. I literally could not put this book down until I finished it.. No one writes adventure as well and, in this case, Mr. Long is in ?peak? form.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-11-07 A widowed geologist makes one final, perilous attempt to scale Yosemite's El Cap and winds up running for his life in Long's atmospheric, aggressive thriller (after The Reckoning). Hugh Glass and his climbing buddy Lewis Cole revisit the mountain where 35 years earlier, they shared glory on the 3,600-foot-high monolith and met the women they would marry. Now, years later, Hugh's wife has vanished and Lewis's is divorcing him. Ascending El Cap, Hugh and Lewis yearn for their wives and are humbled by nature's rapture. Their last-ditch adventure is marred by the discovery of a body-one of three fallen climbers-and an encounter with Joshua, a malevolent old "caveman" who steals the corpse. Long casts the dramatic natural setting as a major player in the story and imparts fascinating facts about the art of rock-climbing. Joshua's reappearance and a forest fire complicate the climbers' trek, before a search and rescue guide who seeks his missing fianc?e joins them. Lewis abandons the expedition, but increasingly paranoid Hugh continues on, joining the shifty guide to find the other lost climbers just as a violent storm heads their way. The surprise ending is a true shocker in this hurtling, gripping read. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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