Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Sacrifist by T. Mason Gilbert [4 stars]

From the Description:

Sir Randolph Barrington hires a mountaineer to look for his son who has disappeared, leaving nothing but a lot of blood in the snow on Mt. Kangchenjunga, the third tallest mountain in the world. Was it the fabled yeti? Any witnesses aren't talking. Torleif Günner, who guided the expedition in which Rand disappeared, meets with Dane "Lake" Nielsen and forwards Sir Randolph's terms. Dane has been hiding out at his ranch in Leadville, Colorado since an avalanche accident, but money talks.

Dane and Torleif organize an expedition to find Rand's remains. Before Dane leaves, he receives a strange call from a woman warning him not to go. Meanwhile, the High Lama of a monastery near Kangchenjunga sends his emissary, the Sacrifist, to the Sherpa guide who is heading up the crew used by Dane. The guide agrees to take the Sacrifist along, disguised as a porter for the expedition, but has no idea what the Sacrifist's intentions are. Is he a monk? He doesn't look like one. Besides these competing factions, Sir Randolph has also hired the TV show host of 'Big Game, Big Times' to look for the animal who attacked his son.

Will Rand or his remains be found? Who will find the beast first? Who will die?

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

The Sacrifist is an action packed thrill ride that takes an interesting look at the Yeti. The storyline was a fast paced and fun adventure. The characters are believable and for the most part likeable. I really liked Dane, Torleif, and Phurba. The locations and use of real legends and myths made it easy to get lost in this novel. I loved the Ojibwa lore and traditions that were included along with the Buddhist legends. It made the story deeper and more complex. The Yeti's were also well done, I didn't feel as though I was reading the typical sci-fi Abominable Snowman fare. I'm looking forward to seeing what T. Mason Gilbert does with part two of the trilogy. A solid 4 star read.