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Title:
White Peak
ISBN:
9781250130082
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Physical Description:
325 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Greg Rask, a dying tech billionaire, has invested millions chasing miracle cures. None of them are worth a damn, but he refuses to give up. Now, he's gathering a team willing to go to the ends of the earth chasing life. Each of Rask's crew has beaten incredible odds to rise from the ashes of their old lives to where they are now. Together, their next task is to retrieve a painting that is believed to hide a map which, if genuine, marks it as a treasure of the Ahnenerbe, the occult wing of the SS, who had devoted dozens of expeditions in search of the three cintamani stones for their combined properties, and the lost city where they were rumored to lay hidden: Shambhala. But a mystical brotherhood sworn to protect the secrets of the ancients--the same secrets that allow its members to defy death--will stop at nothing to ensure that Rask's crew fail.
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Do you think you deserve a second chance?Greg Rask, a dying tech billionaire, has invested millions chasing miracle cures. None of them are worth a damn, but he refuses to give up. Now, he's gathering a team willing to go to the ends of the earth chasing life. Each of Rask's crew has beaten incredible odds to rise from the ashes of their old lives to where they are now. Together, their next task is to retrieve a painting that is believed to have a hidden layer, and within it a map which, if genuine, marks it as a treasure of the Ahnenerbe, the occult wing of the SS, who had devoted dozens of expeditions in search of the three cintamani stones for their combined properties, and the lost city where they were rumored to lay hidden: Shambhala.But forces are working against them. Facing some of the most savage terrains known to man, the crew will be pushed to the limits of endurance and beyond. A mystical brotherhood sworn to protect the secrets of the ancients--the same secrets that allow its members to defy death--will stop at nothing to ensure that Hannah and her crew fail, and die in the process. Can they uncover the secret history of the world before Rask's body finally betrays him? In White Peak, Ronan Frost draws on his experience working for the British Ministry of Defence to create an adrenalin-pumping quest full of death-defying adventure and fast-paced action.


Author Notes

Ronan Frost worked for the British Ministry of Defence where he was a liaison with intelligence operatives working behind the Iron Curtain during the last year of the Cold War. During the first Gulf War, he worked with the Royal Navy. And then, he developed a plan with economic experts for the rationalization and centralization of the British Royal Navy which was presented to the House of Commons. Now retired from that life, he lives in Europe with his wife and dog.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This intriguing thriller from the pseudonymous Frost (The Memory Man, as Steven Savile) ventures into Da Vinci Code territory, complete with puzzles, the Holy Grail, and Nazis. Wealthy businessman Greg Rask, who's dying, offers Ryerson "Rye" McKenna, a skilled mountaineer, the opportunity to avenge his wife's killing at the hands of mall shooter Matthew Langley. Rask arranges for Rye to spend a night in prison under a false name with Langley, and the next morning, Langley's body is found hanging from a pipe. In return, Rye joins Rask's team, which includes a thief, a linguistics expert, a former Soviet intelligence operative, a tech guru, and an African warrior, whose mission is to retrieve a sacred stone, which has been broken into three pieces and is located in a lost city in the Himalayas that a special unit of Hitler's SS discovered decades earlier. One piece has healing powers, with which Rask plans to cure himself. Meanwhile, members of an occult brotherhood try to kill Rye and crew to protect their ancient secrets. The satisfying open ending promises more adventures to come. Credible characters and swift, unrelenting action make this a winner. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Steven Savile, writing under the pseudonym of Ronan Frost, has crafted a compelling and strange mix of a heist caper and an extreme-nature adventure. Ryerson McKenna loses his wife under horrible circumstances, and, when he's asked by a mysterious stranger if he deserves a second chance, he soon is given the opportunity to confront the man responsible for his wife's murder. By agreeing to the conditions so he can enact revenge, he's also now in the debt of a tech billionaire who is dying of a rare disease. McKenna and a few others are recruited for their special skills to steal a painting that might be hiding a treasure map, which might in turn lead to a miracle cure for the financier's condition. Those who love action adventure with a dose of the supernatural, as in the work of Jonathan Maberry, will enjoy this one, and the cliff-hanger ending suggests more to come from these characters.--Jeff Ayers Copyright 2019 Booklist