Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

dead mountainPublished by Chronicle Books, October 2013 *****

I love a good historical mystery and when it combines Soviet era history and mountain climbing, I’m hooked. This is a solid piece of journalistic writing. 9 young, Russian hikers perished under inexplicable circumstances in 1959.  Despite their skill, they were victims of “unknown compelling forces.”  When authorities cannot determine the cause of their sudden abandonment of their campsite, conspiracy theories abound.

Eichar creates an engaging narrative, recreating the events leading to the fatal incident and the subsequent investigation. His own research and travels to Russia were just as intriguing, and his obsession with the case became my obsession. The theory he presents to explain the demise of the hikers is well-supported and entirely plausible. He writes with confidence on how a fluke phenomenon could cause 9 individuals to flee the safety of their tent without adequate clothing or supplies.  Any fan of adventure, intrigue, and history would adore this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.

 

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5 responses to “Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

  1. I love narrative non-fiction! This sounds so good. Have you read anything by Mitchell Zuckoff? He writes about pretty similar topics, so you might enjoy his books too :)

  2. I think I would like to read this one. Great review!

  3. A librarian I work with read Dead Mountain and has been trying to get the rest of us to read it!

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