I would have to say that the novel Peak by Roland Smith is on my top novel list. Although it was not my personal favorite I did enjoy reading it very much. I would have to say that I would definitely recommend it to someone else. It is a good read, not too long, and the novel is really full of adventure. By always keeping you on the edge of your seat, Peak has great plot and the storyline is most of the time easy to follow. I had read the novel Peak many years ago and could not quite remember the story so I decided to read it again and I am very glad that I made that decision.
Here is my little book review for the novel Peak.
Named Peak by his obsessed by mountain climbing father, Peak finds himself in court about to be sent to juvenile detention cell, for climbing a skyscraper. Peak is snapped away to China for an attempt on Mt Everest with his father. Peak cannot decide if his father is there to use him or because he thinks Peak can make it. A gripping story with great characters, be sure to read this somewhere warm, because the novel PEAK is sure to radiate an icy chill that settles into your bones.
“You can never tell who the mountain will allow and who it will not.”
This passage or quote per say, appears on three pages throughout the novel Peak by Roland Smith, pages 113, 121, and 229. I believe that it is of some importance. These words are true and they are a passage in which describes the strength and unpredictability of Mount Everest. It is something that everyone even considering climbing Mount Everest should consider. If climbing then you need to always be prepared for any situation and carry the necessary materials and utensils that are needed when going on a climb especially one as difficult as scaling the great mountain Mount Everest. The weather there is very tricky to schedule climbing around, it can be very windy and snowy at times sometimes white out blizzard conditions and at others it will be clear and a perfect day for climbing. All possible outcomes and difficulties are things to take into consideration when climbing. If interested in climbing you must have lots of training and experience is a must as well. There are some great sites like this one, where you can find all sorts of information about Mount Everest; including the weather conditions, people climbing, and current news and topics concerning the mountain.
Peak Marcello is a troubled young teen in the adventurous novel Peak by Roland Smith. I find that as the time when he is moving with his father approaches he doesn’t seem as such of a punk kid. He starts talking about how he feels a little more and he doesn’t seem as such of a hellion as the author makes him out to be in the beginning of the novel. He is starting to realize that he is going to be literally moving halfway around the world. He won’t be able to talk to his friends, nor will he be able to his own mother until he gets settled in and is able to write to them back home. I feel that by the way Peak is expressing his feelings more now, that he is changing and becoming more of a behaved and respectable young adult. In that case, I believe that the novel is going to take on a different point of view from Peak’s perspective. I think that it is going to sound a bit more mature and I will be able to receive more of an in depth point of view from Peak. He is going to have to fair with the much harsher weather and also the many diverse people.
So much is running through my mind as I read the beginning paragraphs. Peak Marcello in the novel Peak by Roland Smith is what seems to be a troubled young teen to me. Peak is caught climbing the Woolworth Building in Manhattan, trying to paint his blue mountain peak graffiti on the side of it with spray paint. An act in which I think is a cry for attention. I think that Peak wants people to notice him, and the person he wants to be noticed most by is his father. Peak’s parents, famous mountaineers, had divorced quite some time ago and his father had then moved to China where he operated a commercial climbing operation on the Tibetan side of Mount Everest. After Peak got caught scaling the skyscraper he was sent to a Juvenile Detention Center, for obvious reasons. When the sentencing time came, Peak’s father showed up. I wondered why would he care about his son now? After all of this time what could he possibly want to come all of that way for the sentencing? And then I found out. The angry judge gave Peak probation, with an understanding that Peak would leave New York and live with his famous mountaineer father in Thailand. Peak’s father wanted to take him take to China where he would then climb Mt. Everest. I think his father wanted him to be the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest just for his own personal gain. Peak is then whisked off to Tibet and finds himself in the complex world of an Everest base camp. There large amounts of money are at stake and climbing operations offer people an often deadly shot at the summit. I look forward to finding out Peak’s future, in the upcoming chapters.