Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dead Mountain-A Book Review

Overview from Barnes and Noble

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident— unsettling and unexplained causes of death, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and signs of radioactivity—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened. This New York Times bestseller is a gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, government case files, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers and a skillful interweaving of their story and the author's investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain.


This was another recommendation from Mrs. Darcy in her daily Kindle email I receive. It is on sale at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $1.99 and at Amazon you can add the audible for $3.99. Also, if you go here you can download the pdf version for free. Thanks Gram of Goodnightgram's Blog 

I loved listening to this book. It is read by the author. At times I felt like I was with him on his journey to figure out the mystery of what happened to these 9 Russian hikers, who died on their journey to Dead Mountain. He tells a masterful story. There is both the perspective of the hikers, as told through their recovered diaries, and his perspective when he travels to Russia to see if he can explain what happened in 1959.
He wraps the story up by showing all the theories and how they were or were not what happened.
Another good book. I give it **** four stars. 

8 comments:

  1. I never heard of this saga ... but now I'm hooked!
    Thanks, Paula!

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    1. I had never heard of it either. But I was only 7 at the time it happened. It was also the exact month and year my dad died!

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  2. I had never heard of this incident before now. Sounds interesting and sad.

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    1. It was very interesting! And I loved all the theories people had of why they died. Shows what we were thinking in the late 1950's!

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  3. Thanks for the review. I made a note of the book, it sounds interesting.

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  4. You already know I'm reading this one because you mentioned it when you are reading it. It's very compelling. I have limited time to read and I'm splitting my reading time between this book and listening to the audio of Girl on the Train read on Wisconsin Public Radio, but have been making steady progress in Dead Mountain. Thanks for the review and thanks for the suggestion!

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    1. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I did!

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