By Greg Child
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* a distinct kind of actual mountain climbing adventure—this one with terrorists, kidnappings, and AK47s
* New afterword by way of the author
* First time in paperback
Before sunrise on August 12, 2000, 4 of America’s most sensible younger rock climbers—Tommy Caldwell, Beth Rodden, Jason “Singer” Smith, and John Dickey—were asleep of their portaledges excessive at the Yellow Wall within the Pamir-Alai mountain variety of Kyrgyzstan. At first light, they might be abducted at gunpoint by means of fanatical militants of the Islamic move of Uzbekistan (IMU), which operates out of mystery bases in Tajikistan and Afghanistan and is associated with Al Qaeda. the abductors, themselves slightly out in their teenagers, meant to take advantage of their hostages as human shields and for ransom cash as they moved throughout Kyrgyzstan. They concealed the climbers through day and marched them via evening via freezing, treacherous mountain terrain, with little meals, no fresh water, and the consistent risk of execution.
The 4 climbers -- the oldest of them simply 25 -- could see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, performed earlier than their eyes. And in a notable life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they might be pressured to choose from saving their very own lives and committing an act none of them suggestion they ever could.
In Over the Edge, the climbers exhibit the full tale in their nightmarish ordeal to journalist and climber Greg baby. With riveting info, baby re-creates the whole hour-by-hour drama, from the 1st ricocheting bullets to the climatic selection that profits them their freedom. Set in a quarter rife with narcotics and terrorism, this can be a compelling tale approximately loyalty and the desire to outlive. What maintains to make it proper at the present time, 15 years after the occasions came about, is the geopolitical context -- the incident occurred, eerily, at the eve of 9–/11; the truth that a minimum of of the 4 climbers remain favourite within the game; and the main points included into the tale round the media hype and controversy in regards to the climbers and their story.