Book Review: White Peak by Ronan Frost
Published: 21st May 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Keywords: Thriller, Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci Fi
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.
In an adrenalin-pumping quest through some of the most savage terrains known to man, the crew will be pushed to the limits of endurance and beyond.
Well what a ride this has been! I’ll start off by saying this isn’t the type of book I usually read and havn’t read many of but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The start of the book had a Mission Impossible feel which lead in to some Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones vibes with little rest in between. This book is very fast paced which kept me engaged the whole way and I found the writing style to be very easy reading, broken up by nice short chapters which I am always a fan of.
The main character we follow is Rye, a few months after hearing the death of his wife over the phone in a mass shooting he is on a downward spiral trying to find reasons to keep on going when he is approached by Vic and Rask who offer him a second chance at having a purpose, a reason to keep living. After being given an opportunity to avenge his wife’s death, Rye agrees to join the team to help Rask solve the hidden mysteries that may well lead to the only cure he has left to hope for.
The team travel all over Europe in fast paced action and mystery sequences where they soon realise they are being hunted by the same man that has already died, twice? Their adventure leads them on a treacherous mission climbing unclimbable mountains in search for something they’re not even sure exists, so what do they find? I found the whole reading experience enjoyable with so much action, twists and turns and needing to find out if they succeed and what awaits them within the mountain.
The book also addresses the biggest problems we face as humans and questions the reasons behind religion, war and humanity itself, asking the big questions like do we even deserve to keep surviving on a planet that we are ultimately destroying. Do we deserve redemption?
This book is adult so there are some graphic scenes of gore, violence and some body horror, I highly recommend this to anyone that wants to go on a wild ride adventure with some great characters and humor. I was more so impressed as this is the authors debut novel and I will certainly be picking up more of his work to read in the future and, hopefully, a sequel to White Peak.
Thanks to the author and the publisher for sending me an advance readers copy of this novel.
My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars
THIS BOOK WAS SENT TO ME FOR REVIEW BY THE PUBLISHER