The Eiger Sanction

By Trevanian
Read by Joe Barrett

The Jonathan Hemlock Novels: Book 1

11.02 Hours 01/22/2009 unabridged
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In a renovated Gothic church on Long Island lives Jonathan Hemlock, an art professor and world-renowned mountain climber who finances his black-market art collection by working as a freelance assassin. Now, Hemlock is being tricked into a hazardous assignment that involves an attempt to scale one of the most treacherous mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps: the Eiger. His target is one of his three fellow climbers. The problem is that the people who hired him at CII can’t tell him which one. In a breathtakingly suspenseful story that is part thriller and part satire, Trevanian traces Hemlock’s spine-tingling adventures, introducing a cast of intriguing characters—villains, traitors, beautiful women—into the highly charged atmosphere of danger. The accumulating threads of suspicion, accusation, and evidence gradually knit themselves into a bizarre and death-defying climax.

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Summary

Summary

In a renovated Gothic church on Long Island lives Jonathan Hemlock, an art professor and world-renowned mountain climber who finances his black-market art collection by working as a freelance assassin.

Now, Hemlock is being tricked into a hazardous assignment that involves an attempt to scale one of the most treacherous mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps: the Eiger. His target is one of his three fellow climbers. The problem is that the people who hired him at CII can’t tell him which one.

In a breathtakingly suspenseful story that is part thriller and part satire, Trevanian traces Hemlock’s spine-tingling adventures, introducing a cast of intriguing characters—villains, traitors, beautiful women—into the highly charged atmosphere of danger. The accumulating threads of suspicion, accusation, and evidence gradually knit themselves into a bizarre and death-defying climax.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Superior suspense on almost every page…the hero is a masterpiece of conflicting qualities—something for everyone.” New York Times
“Joe Barrett’s gruff voice creates tension and a noir atmosphere. He also nails the sly sense of humor that permeates the novel, from the opening incident, which claims a spy’s life in Montreal, to the irony that follows Hemlock through his adventure in the Alps. Trevanian’s cynical take on the secret agent myth is worth checking out, even decades later, and Barrett’s interpretation makes the amoral Hemlock a character to remember.” AudioFile

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Reviews

by Holly 9/13/2017
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Suspenseful and intriguing

Jonathan Hemlock is an unlikely assassin. An art professor in New York, his students love and admire him, despite his cold demeanor. Still, an assassin he his, a side profession he uses to fund his penchant for black market art. It is his art collection that gets him into trouble when the company he freelances for, the CII, hires him for another job … one he tries to turn down. Ultimately, though, he is roped into taking the assignment, and it proves to be far more perilous than he anticipated. Problem number one: the assignment requires him to climb the Eiger, one of the most treacherous peaks in the Swiss Alps. Problem number two: he doesn’t know who his target is. He’s left to figure that out on his own. What ensues is a suspenseful, intriguing, and utterly enjoyable romp through treacherous terrain, peopled by an interesting array of characters. Joe Barrett’s voice is a great match for the story, and he draws you in and doesn’t let go.

Author

Author Bio: Trevanian

Trevanian (Rodney Whitaker, 1931–2005) was the bestselling author of Shibumi, The Eiger Sanction, The Loo Sanction, The Main, The Summer of Katya, and Incident at Twenty-Mile. He was also an educator in communication and dramatic arts and wrote nonfiction books under his own name. His books have been translated into more than fourteen languages. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 11.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English