The book is a gripping review of the 1997 Everest Disaster , which the author witnessed firsthand. His narrative is fast paced and written like a thriller. Though his interpretation of things is one sided. And his pillorying of late Anatoli Boukreev is uncalled for. Only after you read "The Climb" by Anatoli Boukreev do you realise why he acted the way he did. The real hero to emerge from the tragedy through his sheer selfless , heroic acts was indeed Boukreev, and guess who made his millions by writing a book on it? One must not take this book as the last word on the disaster. Do go through "The CLimb"too, to get a fair, unbalanced nd unprejudiced view of how disaster struck and who, unmindful of dangers , ventured out into raging blizzards to save fellow mountaineers, some of whom were just there for the joyride!