The Abominable

A Novel
By Dan Simmons (Audiobook, 2013)
ALA Reading List Award for History, Short List

A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the bestselling author of The Terror


It's 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers -- a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American -- find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home.

Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers -- joined by the missing boy's female cousin -- find themselves being pursued through the night by someone . . . or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet - but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. A pulse-pounding story of adventure and suspense, The Abominable is Dan Simmons at his spine-chilling best.

ALA Reading List Award for History, Short List

A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the bestselling author of The Terror


It's 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers -- a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American -- find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home.

Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers -- joined by the missing boy's female cousin -- find themselves being pursued through the night by someone . . . or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet - but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. A pulse-pounding story of adventure and suspense, The Abominable is Dan Simmons at his spine-chilling best.

Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Olympos and The Terror. He lives in Colorado.
  • PRAISE FOR FLASHBACK:

    "[An] outstanding mystery thriller set in a near-future dystopic United States...Simmons keeps the action moving briskly and smoothly." (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)).

  • "Simmons is a consummate master of intriguing spins, shifting between time periods and situations more gracefully than a chameleon changes colors...[he] gives us a noirish thriller set in a grim, broken future...If you've ever read Simmons before, you know that he's adept at constructing immense, complicated frameworks, and Flashback is no exception." (Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times).

  • "Enthralling near-future political thriller...Flashback is a nifty thriller, and the murder mystery will hook the reader hard and early." (Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press).

  • "A scary, dystopian sci-fi thriller...Enjoyable. Simmons is an excellent storyteller and a master at cinematic pacing, and the best parts of his book are summer-blockbuster fun. " (Michael Schaub, NPR).

  • "Abundantly entertaining...Simmons provides a strong narrative and well-imagined characters - the man can write." (Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post).

  • "[A] gritty, ambitious thriller....As usual, Simmons creates a remarkably vivid and nuanced fictional universe. And Nick Bottom is a beautifully drawn, memorable character. Another winner from Simmons, whose imagination seems to know no bounds." (David Pitt, Booklist).

Product Details

The Abominable
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $40.00 US/$44.00 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 1770
  • ISBN-13: 9781619693050
  • On Sale Date: 10/29/2013
The Abominable