Ronan Frost's White Peak is a fast-paced action thriller full of death-defying adventure.
Greg Rask, a dying tech billionaire, has invested millions chasing miracle cures. None of them are worth a damn, but he refuses to give up. Now, he’s gathering a team willing to go to the ends of the earth chasing life.
Each of Rask's crew has beaten incredible odds to rise from the ashes of their old lives to where they are now. Together, their next task is to retrieve a painting that is believed to hide a map which, if genuine, marks it as a treasure of the Ahnenerbe, the occult wing of the SS, who had devoted dozens of expeditions in search of the three cintamani stones for their combined properties, and the lost city where they were rumored to lay hidden: Shambhala. But a mystical brotherhood sworn to protect the secrets of the ancients—the same secrets that allow its members to defy death—will stop at nothing to ensure that Rask’s crew fail.
In an adrenalin-pumping quest through some of the most savage terrains known to man, the crew will be pushed to the limits of endurance and beyond.
This intriguing thriller from the pseudonymous Frost (The Memory Man, as Steven Savile) ventures into Da Vinci Code territory, complete with puzzles, the Holy Grail, and Nazis. Wealthy businessman Greg Rask, who's dying, offers Ryerson "Rye" McKenna, a skilled mountaineer, the opportunity to avenge his wife's killing at the hands of mall shooter Matthew Langley. Rask arranges for Rye to spend a night in prison under a false name with Langley, and the next morning, Langley's body is found hanging from a pipe. In return, Rye joins Rask's team, which includes a thief, a linguistics expert, a former Soviet intelligence operative, a tech guru, and an African warrior, whose mission is to retrieve a sacred stone, which has been broken into three pieces and is located in a lost city in the Himalayas that a special unit of Hitler's SS discovered decades earlier. One piece has healing powers, with which Rask plans to cure himself. Meanwhile, members of an occult brotherhood try to kill Rye and crew to protect their ancient secrets. The satisfying open ending promises more adventures to come. Credible characters and swift, unrelenting action make this a winner.