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Loading comments… Trouble loading? And the main crux of the book is following this implausibly adept guy get in to find out what it is. I remember very little of it, including who the author was, but I do kolumsky her top tip was to make sure the tone was set early.

Women also throw themselves at him. His thrillers and adventure novels have won him enormous international acclaim.

Kolymsky Heights

Published September 1st by St. The novel was preceded by an introduction by Philip Pullman who waxed lyrical about ‘the perfect thriller’.

Basically, I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, other than to say that the last quarter is very, very tense and highly successful. But get all that nonsense out of the way and you have a very much above average effort. The novel is more than competent.

A book for the beach: Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson

It molymsky off well enough, the prologue while written in laborious detail set up something that kolymsoy very interesting but then the story I was expecting to read never happened! It transpires that the messages are indeed seeking to engage the Native American, inviting, or even exhorting him, to make his way to an ultra-secret Soviet base in the depths of Siberia where strange things, including the development of a quasi-Neanderthal race, are happening.


But for me it was the setting of Siberia itself which left a palpable chill in the room after I put the book down. I did not sign up for the incredibly tedious detail of what goes into a spy mission not sparing anything about driving trucks in Siberia!

I thought I better give one a go before I see her and she asks if I’ve read any. Absolutely a good read! May 06, John rated it really liked it.

Well, I saw ‘Kolymsky Heights’ on a list of the best 25 thrillers of the past few years, read a couple blurbs by other authors about it Charles Cumming, what have you done??? Instead of one’s eyes glazing over and feeling forced to skip the next few pages, Davidson educates and informs so that you cannot finish the book without having a much better understanding of the world in which it is set – the Canadian and Siberian frozen backlands.

Finally, the rough-cut, Hemingwaian style of most passages was not to my liking. In fact, the first message is sent in such a convoluted manner that Professor Lazenby never receives it. Maria Carmo, Lisbon, 3 July There was nothing “thrilling” about it.

Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson

In the messages, Rogachev asks insists, rather to send his way someone who could then smuggle away the secret he’s working on. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He also wrote children’s books under the name of David Line. This is a book I keep coming back to as it is a masterful story of an amazing resourceful but believable main character isolated in a cold and frozen land but somehow I warmed to him. In the detachment of its authorial viewpoint and the meticulous focus on practical problem-solving, it’s reminiscent of Jack Vance and Patricia Highsmith.

Jan 31, Luffy rated it it was amazing Shelves: At the centre of the adventure is a premise which takes some swallowing – though total disbelief was suspended while reading. Life is too short for boring books. Mr Davidson deserves to be better known.


The climate is bad, though. The plot, viewed dispassionately, is ridiculous. The detailed picture of life in the Kolyma region and of the native peoples of the Russian Far East such as the Evenks and British Columbia such as the Tsimshian is impressive. After that, Porter begins to prepare his escape, but his plans are soon discovered and a general is klymsky in from Irkutsk to ko,ymsky him down.

Apr 07, Louis rated it it was amazing. This all occurs in excruciatingly slow motion, but based on the level of risk he had to deal with on an almost minute-by-minute basis, perhaps that was the only way to proceed?

But that is the point – these heroes are not written by Jane Austen.

A very fine novel and congratulations to Faber to thinking to disinter it after over 20 years of neglect. But the eventual discovery of what has been going on at the top secret, isolated, virtually impregnable Russian scientific research station is somewhat underwhelming and of little interest to the author himself.

There were “episodes” that weren’t really necessary kolymeky include in it, but that’s one of the few disadvantages of this novel. He knows they will hunt him down like a rabbit and they will not stop until they have him, he knows he is alone and must use his wits to survive.