Over the Edge
The True Story of the Kidnap and Escape Four Climbers in Central AsiaeBook - 2015
"In Over the Edge, Greg Child embeds the gripping drama of four young American climbers taken hostage in Kyrgyzstan within a profound account of the geopolitics of radical Islam. It's an amazing story, amazingly told, by one of the best adventure writers of our time." -David Roberts - A different sort of true climbing adventure - this one with terrorists, kidnappings, and AK47s - New afterword by the author - First time in paperbackBefore dawn on August 12, 2000, four of America's best young rock climbers - the oldest of them only 25 - were asleep in their portaledges high on the Yellow Wall in the Pamir-Alai mountain range of Kyrgyzstan. Awoken by gunfire at daybreak, they were kidnapped by fanatical militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which operates out of secret bases in Tajikistan and Afghanistan and is linked to Al Qaeda. The kidnappers, themselves barely out of their teens, intended to use their hostages as human shields and for ransom money asthey moved across Kyrgyzstan. They hid the climbers by day and marched them by night through freezing, treacherous mountain terrain, with little food, no clean water, and the constant threat of execution.The four climbers - Tommy Caldwell, Beth Rodden, Jason "Singer" Smith, and John Dickey - would see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, executed before their eyes. And in a remarkable life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they would be forced to choose between saving their own livesand committing murder themselves.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Mountaineer Books, 
Characteristics: 1 online resource
- › Excerpt