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The Ascent
The Ascent

The Ascent

A Novel of Survival


376 Pages, 6 x 9

Mobipocket, $4.99 (US $4.99) (CA $4.99)

Publication Date: September 2010

ISBN 9781605422640

Rights: WOR

Medallion Press (Sep 2010)

Price: $4.99
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Murder in the mountains

After the death of his ex-wife, successful sculptor Tim Overleigh trades in his lucrative career for the world of extreme sports, but when a caving accident nearly ends his life, Tim falls into a self-destructive depression. On the cusp of madness, an old friend convinces him to join a team of men climbing the Godesh ridge in Nepal. When this journey of mythical and spiritual discovery rapidly turns deadly as the climbers fall victim to a murderer within their group, the remaining survivors begin to wonder if any of them will escape the mountains alive.


"Malfi, like the great documentarians, really makes us feel as though we are there." —Booklist

"Richly detailed and filled with mysteries . . . I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening to Tim." —Urban Bachelorette

"Fast-paced, the story line spins . . . into something more hazardous than hanging off a cliff at the top of the world. Readers will relish Ronald Malfi’s exciting tale as the men make a dramatic ascent to the top of the world but cannot ascend man’s insidious nature."' —Harriet Klausner

"A thoughtful and fun thriller that will prove hard to put down." —Midwest Book Review

"It will haunt you after you read the last page, giving you that delicious chill as you wonder whether what seems to have happened really did." —Marcie Brandriff, The Online Librarian (February 11, 2011)

Author Biography

Ronald Malfi is the author of The Fall of Never, The Nature Of Monsters, Shamrock Alley, and Via Dolorosa. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.