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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,471 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Trevanian Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jonathan Hemlock Novels Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781455192205
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominick | 2/12/2014

    " This really is a clever and fun book. I don't know if I'd have seen the twist coming so clearly as I did had I not read it first decades ago and remembered enough to know what was coming, but the fact that I even remember such a detail speaks to the staying power of the book. Assassin Jonathan Hemlock is hired/coerced into carrying out a dangerous "sanction" or assassination only he can manage, since the target is a mountain climber, as Hemlock was in earlier pre-assassin days. This book includes all you'd expect in a spy/thriller kind of book--amoral protagonist, shadowy agencies, violence, lots of sex--but all twisted slightly sideways, not enough to turn the book into a parody of the form but just enough to make it something of a satire. You can take it straight, of course, as a solid thriller, but the spark of the book really lies in its cold humour and the way it tweaks the very conventions its exploiting. Great fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 1/1/2014

    " This was a good spy novel with interesting and well-developed characters and an intriguing plot, enhanced with interesting and detailed descriptions of mountain climbing, but spoiled by excessive profanity, sex, and violence. I was very disappointed - this is just not my style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 12/7/2013

    " The main character in these novels is just a badass. Really. Bourne has nothing on him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manoj Srivastava | 11/19/2013

    " The movie was better entertainment. I have always found Trevanian somewhat pompous, and fairly unrealistic, (e.g. Shibumi, apart from flashbacks). this book is a fun, though not necessarily good, read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 11/19/2013

    " Lots of fun. The Clint Eastwood movie plays very close to the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marzie | 11/5/2013

    " Read many years ago. I still think "Shibumi" is the better read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 10/31/2013

    " Interesting plot. This book definitely held my interest This was a good spy novel with interesting and well-developed characters,I had not realized that the movie followed the book so closely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morris | 9/26/2013

    " In my memory I have never said this but skip the book and see the movie. This reads like a romance novel with spies. The only reason I didn't give it 1 star is that the plot at the end was engaging. Don't waste your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moe Shinola | 9/24/2013

    " Better than the movie! I know that's hard to believe if you've seen the 70s Clint Eastwood flick(and you should) but just read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Carter | 9/9/2013

    " A very good book that engages the reader with a swift flowing narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/21/2013

    " Hilarious. Good for fans of James Bond. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chet | 5/13/2013

    " This was an enjoyable read. A hit man thriller combined with mountain climbing. I grew up climbing with my father and the climbing descriptions fit the climbing of the era the book was written. There was a movie made of the book which follows quite closely but as usual pales in comparison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Herman | 12/10/2012

    " Excellent story. I had not realized that the movie followed the book so closely. The movie follows the book to the letter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 11/29/2012

    " A great spy/mountain climbing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Flanagan | 11/28/2012

    " A fairly enjoyable thriller spoof that ended up being pretty exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/20/2012

    " Fast paced, interesting and fun to read. I loved the twists and turns and surprises. A nice change of pace for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 9/8/2012

    " Remember the scene in Jurassic Park where the guy says "clever girl" before the raptor pounces? The author is the raptor. You are the guy. It's a hell of an enjoyable time. Immaculately written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladyjexie | 4/28/2012

    " I remember being quite impressed with this book in the early eighties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nutska | 4/18/2012

    " Well, this was very enjoyable story, but the plot wasn't very special. I think the Clint Eastwood movie was better, but I really like this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 3/6/2012

    " A suspenseful, page-turner of a novel from a very interesting author. Forget the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Roman | 8/20/2011

    " Better than the movie with Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, et al. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 4/23/2011

    " I liked it enough to get the DVD. Espionage, action, high (literally) adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 2/23/2011

    " Lots of fun. The Clint Eastwood movie plays very close to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/14/2011

    " Hilarious. Good for fans of James Bond. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 1/28/2011

    " Remember the scene in Jurassic Park where the guy says "clever girl" before the raptor pounces? The author is the raptor. You are the guy. It's a hell of an enjoyable time. Immaculately written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/25/2011

    " Better than the movie! I know that's hard to believe if you've seen the 70s Clint Eastwood flick(and you should) but just read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 1/16/2011

    " A climax on the climb; exciting to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/12/2011

    " A great spy/mountain climbing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/5/2011

    " no one is more sarcastic and ironic than this guy...and the "I´m better than you you borgeoise pig" style doenst hurt either! eally entretaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 10/6/2010

    " Excellent story. I had not realized that the movie followed the book so closely. The movie follows the book to the letter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 9/16/2010

    " A very good book that engages the reader with a swift flowing narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 7/12/2010

    " A fairly enjoyable thriller spoof that ended up being pretty exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 2/12/2010

    " It was entertaining, but I wouldn't necessarily say it was good. I read something else by Trevanian before, and found that one kind of misogynistic too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 9/14/2009

    " This was a good spy novel with interesting and well-developed characters and an intriguing plot, enhanced with interesting and detailed descriptions of mountain climbing, but spoiled by excessive profanity, sex, and violence. I was very disappointed - this is just not my style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/4/2009

    " I liked it enough to get the DVD. Espionage, action, high (literally) adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/2/2009

    " Fast paced, interesting and fun to read. I loved the twists and turns and surprises. A nice change of pace for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morris | 6/22/2009

    " In my memory I have never said this but skip the book and see the movie. This reads like a romance novel with spies. The only reason I didn't give it 1 star is that the plot at the end was engaging. Don't waste your time. "

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About the Author
Author 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. 

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.