Article Title

Peak #2: The Edge


Tessa McMillan


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Roland Smith, Mountaineering, Survival, Adventure, Snow Leapord

Document Type

Book Review


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.