Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Roland Smith, Mountaineering, Survival, Adventure, Snow Leapord
Peak honestly wants to forget his time on Everest. But the film crew who taped his and Sun-jo’s Everest climb seek out Peak with a proposition. The richest man in the world, Sebastian Plank, is hosting a Peace Climb for young international climbers, and Plank wants Peak to represent the US. Except there is a catch. The film crew only know the climb will be in Afghanistan. Peak accepts the offer with the condition that his mother join him. Their trip begins with a private jet to Afghanistan and a helicopter ride to the Hindu Kush Mountains. Before the climb begins, film director Phillip Stockwell pushes the crew and climbers to film shots for a documentary ordered by Plank. Peak dozes off during a scene set-up but awakens to find two Afghan guards murdered, one climber badly injured, and nine members of their group kidnapped. With the help of film crew member and ex-Marine, Ethan Todd, Peak and Ethan track down the mercenaries holding the group for ransom. Through Peak’s know-how, Ethan’s military skills, and a snow leopard’s helpful stalking, they foil the mercenaries’ plans and escape.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Peak #2: The Edge,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 36
, Article 44.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol36/iss7/44