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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.


Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

5 thoughts on “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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