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The Ascent

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Having lost himself in extreme sports since the death of his wife, sculptor Tim Overleigh joins a team of men bent on climbing the Godesh Ridge in Nepal in order to stop his downward spiral, only to find what was supposed to be a journey based in Tibetan mysticism to be an experiment in terror.
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Medallion Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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How often do you come across a thriller that genuinely thrills? Malfi here with The Ascent has accomplished just that. This book was awesome, I couldn't put it down, finished it in about 3 hours. There is so much going on here, it's a story of redemption, love, revenge, survival, camaraderie, perseverance and all tucked into an umbrella of a grand action packed adventure. Malfi's strength as an author really shines through here, elevating the book (no pun intended) above the average action adven ...more
Patricia Esposito
If you were asked to traverse the Himalayas--through the Valley of Walls, the Sanctuary of the Gods, the Hall of Mirrors--to find the Canyon of Souls, a place no human has ever crossed, would you go? If you were tortured by the death of someone you love, would it look like salvation? Beautifully written, The Ascent will take you on this journey.

Malfi’s novel begins with pain: physical, as Timothy Overleigh is trapped in a cavern chamber, alone with a broken leg, the “jagged serration” of his shi
In Ronald Malfi’s The Ascent, thrill-seeking sculptor Tim Overleigh is invited on a treacherous hike through Nepalese mountains that have killed nearly everyone who’s attempted to cross them. Having lost his wife a year or so earlier, and his ability to sculpt with her, Overleigh agrees. Unfortunately for Tim, and the other men invited on the climb, the harsh cold and hostile terrain might be the least treacherous part of the journey.

The Ascent is best categorized as a thriller and the easiest d
Giovanni Gelati

I had to wonder about the title of this, as I began to read it all the action was happening underground in a cave. I quickly got over that and moved on as the action was beginning to kick into high gear. This novel covers a lot of ground both geographically and emotionally. Here is a synopsis of the novel so maybe you can better understand what I mean:
“After the death of his wife, successful sculptor Tim Overleigh trades in his lucrative career for the world of extreme sports. But when a caving
Tony-Paul Vissage
In some novels, you can guess what’s going to happen, in some you haven’t a clue. The Ascent is one of the latter. It’s also one you won’t put down once you start it, so don’t begin reading late at night. I can usually figure out what’s going on but this time… I was only going to start a few pages… Right. I didn’t put it down until I read the last sentence. As usual in Mr. Malfi’s novels, his characters are delineated realistically; they’re not superheroes, just people only half-aware of what th ...more
Russell James
Tim Overleigh, a stalled sculptor derailed by self-destructive tendencies and the death of his ex-wife, accepts an invitation to trek to the Himalayan Valley of Souls, a mythical location. The invitation comes from Andrew Trumbauer, a shadowy man whose life intersected both Tim and his ex-wife’s past.
Malfi gathers a great cast for this perilous mountain journey and sets them in a frozen location so well-described you’ll shiver reading this at the beach in summer. Great prose highlights a page tu
Daniel Rudge
This is the second book of Malfi's that I've read (Floating Staircase) and I absolutely loved this book. Malfi has a way of setting a disturbing tone to his books and this book was at points disturbing and at other points retrospective. In the Ascent, we are treated to some excellent prose, and some interesting although not immediately likable characters. After the death of his wife in a car accident, Tim Overleigh falls in to a state of despondency. He attempts extreme sports which ultimately a ...more
Lorraine Versini
A good action story turning into a thriller towards the end, easy to read. I expected it to be like those mountain action movies, and that's mainly why I read this story, as a bit of an experiment to see if books could provide the same enjoyment. The Ascent didn't fail me.
The reason for the four stars, though, is that I read through pretty much the first 2/3rds of the book not because there was suspense, but because I was curious. There was something weird, I couldn't really put my finger on it
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It was a fast read, the writing is smooth, the dialogue well done. Highly recommend.
Ronald Malfi's “The Ascent” takes readers on a mountain climbing expedition in the Himalayas of Nepal. Andrew Trumbauer, a rich thrill seeker invites six men to join him on this dangerous quest. Each man for his own reasons, agree to go with him. Six men attempting the impossible must rely on each other or die. One of these men has a whole different agenda putting them all at a much greater risk.

Interwoven in the daring climb is the story of Tim, a sculptor who has lost his thirst for the beaut
Patricia Esposito
If you were asked to traverse the Himalayas--through the Valley of Walls, the Sanctuary of the Gods, the Hall of Mirrors--to find the Canyon of Souls, a place no human has ever crossed, would you go? If you were tortured by the death of someone you love, would it look like salvation? Beautifully written, The Ascent will take you on this journey.

Malfi's novel begins with pain: physical, as Timothy Overleigh is trapped in a cavern chamber, alone with a broken leg, the "jagged serration" of his shi
My enthusiasm for the book took a real hit as just after purchasing it, I opened it, got to the "Acknowledgments" and read the following words by the author, "Having never attempted to climb a mountain..." I disregarded any opportunity for firsthand, albeit fictional, insight into mountaineering and reluctantly pushed ahead.

The story of Tim Overleigh, his love for Hannah, his unusual relationship with Andrew a friend of Hannah's, a relationship which eventually gets Tim and several other adventu
Ever read one of those books that just defies a person to place it into any certain category? Pick this book up and read it and you will find that this is one of those books. A man loses his wife and decides to go climb a mountain with a group of guys to get over his grief. One simple sentence right? With this book you would be so far off the mark as too not even come close to hitting the jacket cover. I cannot give it all away but there is a blend of adventure, thriller, ghost story and even lo ...more
This was an interesting book. Richly detailed and filled with mysteries all around, I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening to Tim. Malfi manages to tell the story without giving too many hints as to what is going to happen and the ultimate reason behind the trip to Nepal. There wasn’t as much mysticism as I expected from the description, but there was enough to justify the references to it as the story unfolds. For someone who would love to trek across the mountains of Nepal, but will pr ...more
Wow! Now this is a pshycological thriller! I'm not sure how I stumbled on this book, but I'm glad I did. This book has the same title as another great book by Jeff Long. It's hard to believe I haven't found Mr. Malfi before now. This story was written in alternating chapters of what happened in the past to what is currently happening to Tim Overleigh, a broken down man/sculptor who continues to mourn for his dead ex wife. He is invited on an all expenses paid trek through a region of the Himalay ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Zora marked it as couldnt-get-into
the cover promised a story of ghosts and adventure, but by page 80, I'd really only read about some guy whining and drinking, so I'll pass on finishing it.
Very interesting story with some pretty well done characters. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once they got past the beginning stuff and went on the climb I got really interested in the story. I really enjoyed the ending. It wasn't a happy ending and it wasn't a completely sad ending.

I noticed quite a bit of spelling errors and missing spaces and whatnot throughout the book. Usually I'll dismiss a few, but there were a lot. Could've used another round of proofreading I gues
Barbara Huffert
This is not what you expect which makes it even cooler!
Hunter Shea
A brilliant, taut thriller. Reading it on an 80 degree day, I was shivering!
Jeff Heimbuch
Going to Nepal and, at the very least, being able to see Everest, has always been a dream of mine. Despite his claims to never have been there himself, Malfi does an excellent job of making the reader think he has! Combine that with a fantastic thriller, and you get one book that I couldn't put down. Excellently written, and masterfully executed. I highly recommend it, even if there was a severe lack of pheasant paintings.
This was a freebie through "Book Bub" a free website that sends notices of free or low-cost books for Kindle, Nook, etc. It took me a while to get into it, but as the story unfolded, it sucked me in...and I mean sucked me in. When the narrator gets trapped in a cave in the beginning chapter, I wondered where the title came from, but very soon it becomes evident. Good read!
What a great book. Exciting, thought provoking, you never knew what was going to happen next. The story follows a team of men invited to go on a mountain climbing trek, but soon sinister and freaky accidents start happening. This is the first Ronald Malfi book I have read and I'm definitely going to be reading more.
This book holds an inspiring story. Although it is full of grammatical errors, it is still readable. I enjoyed the book based on the story of one man's journey to find his true self. The characters were quite good. I enjoyed reading the quest this book holds. Recommended, even with the errors in editing.
Very good thriller but as an eBook I bought I was very disappointed in the poor editing. Words run together, line and paragraph breaks where not even sentences ended,etc. Detracted from the enjoyment significantly. I haven't seen such a poorly edited eBook before, including numerous free ones.
Jun 08, 2011 Karla added it
Extremist "Mountainterring" - Good mystery - different than most - revenge
Whoever would have thought that THAT was going to happen! Great read!
Fast, suspenseful!
Great book but publisher needs to clean up the spelling.
Ian O'brien
interesting read, nothing too amazing but a solid book
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Ronald Malfi is an award-winning novelist and short fiction writer whose most notable works include the novels Via Dolorosa and Shamrock Alley. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and collections throughout the US and abroad. Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi writes fiction that transcends genres to gain wider acceptance among readers ...more
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