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The Wall

Jeff Long, Author
Jeff Long, Author . Atria $25 (296p) ISBN 978-0-7432-6616-1
Reviewed on: 11/07/2005
Release date: 01/01/2006
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-1-4516-1335-3
Book - 1 pages - 978-1-4001-2228-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 386 pages - 978-0-7434-9870-8
Open Ebook - 304 pages - 978-1-4165-1040-6
MP3 CD - 978-1-4001-5228-5
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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 fiancée 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.)

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