Murder on Elbrus
World famous mountaineer Scott Devlon has scarcely recovered from the disaster told in Murder on Everest, when the Defense Intelligence Agency dispatches him to observe an EU sponsored conference in southern Russia. This casual assignment turns deadly with the murder of a Russian official atop Europe's highest mountain. Joined by the beautiful Natasha, the most powerful woman in the media world, Scott must run for his life, uncertain of her loyalties and true motives. Joined by a tread worn CIA agent, a Russian mobster and Georgian nationalist, they flee across war torn Chechnya with Russian Special Forces in hot pursuit. Along the way ethnic vendettas play out while old secrets are revealed. Scott can't know where his greater enemy lies: with him or on the fields of fire. Set against the bleak terrain of the north Caucasus this action packed thriller unfolds at a breakneck pace. Murder on Elbrus is the second in the thrilling Summit Murder Mystery series. While each book stands alone each will provide a deeper connection with the characters and story lines. Every book is set against an exotic backdrop amidst some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth. Be sure to read all seven of the Summit Murder Mysteries: Murder on Everest, Murder on Elbrus, Murder on Mt. McKinley, Murder on Puncak Jaya, Murder on Aconcagua, Murder on Vinson Massif, Murder on Kilimanjaro.
A fascinating and fast paced read, highly recommended - Going up against the Russian army is easy. It's his allies that seem to be the real problem. Murder on Elbrus tells the tale of Scott Devlon as he becomes entrenched in the murder of a high ranking Russian official on a mountain in Europe. With the Russian army on his tail, Scott is forced to battle the media, the Russian mob, and plenty of people with their own agendas, leaving him with little to trust and an ever growing pile of problems. Murder on Elbrus is a fascinating and fast paced read, highly recommended. -- Midwest Book ReviewTerrific mountain climbing murder mystery - The latest Summit Murder Mystery is a terrific tale as readers obtain a sense of elevated geography for instance how one reaches the summit of Elbrus inside a whodunit with espionage and international geopolitical issues enhancing the thriller. Scott is at his best rushing across vividly described war ravaged Chechnya as he has not fully recovered from the ordeal at the top of the world, but now needs to extract himself from a new dangerous situation in which he unsure who to trust. This is another majestic mountain climbing murder mystery. -- Harriet Klausner, Amazon.com #1 Reviewer
I am very happy to say that Murder on Elbrus lives up to my hopes after reading Murder on Everest. Once again the authors don't disappoint, delivering a novel full of non-stop action and climbing excitement. This time around, hero Scott Devlon is running for his life after he becomes entangled in the murder of a Russian official. Oh, and did I mention that he has the Russian Army on his tail?! Kick back, relax, and get lost on Mt. Elbrus! - Jennifer, Amazon.com Reviewer
After reading Murder on Everest I was extremely excited to move on to the next book in the series, Murder on Elbrus, to find out what Scott Devlon encounters on his next adventure. Once again, I was taken on a roller coaster ride of intrigue and suspense. I am looking forward to following Scott as he tackles Mount McKinley. - Kira Hoover
Murder on Elbrus is an amazing book and I found that I couldn't put it down. Irion throws action at the reader from the very beginning. From the romance and sex appeal to the gun fights, this is a page turner. Also Irion does an amazing job at providing the reader with an idea of the culture of the setting. There are many cultural disputes and harsh feelings on the Russian-Georgian border. Irion introduces the reader to all of it. Not only does Murder on Elbrus entice the murder mystery lovers, it completely envelopes its readers in the history and culture of the surrounding area. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an action packed murder mystery. - Erika, Amazon.com Reviewer
I'd been right, it appeared. The Tiger was alone. When it was 100 feet distant Osip opened up, followed at once by Pyotr. The sound caught me by surprise as it had been some time since I'd heard gunfire in anger. The bright flashes from the snout of the weapons was like as strobe light, brightening the scene in an irregular staccato. I could not tell if the bullets were having any effect but the Tiger slowed then came to a halt. The machine gun barrel atop waved side to side as someone inside moved into position.
But I had my target now and opened fire on the right front tire. The tires would be puncture-proof, meaning they could run some distance even when flat. But I didn't plan to merely flatten it. Once I had the range I switched to full auto and let fly into the tire. When the magazine was empty I inserted the second and did it again. I could make out bits and pieces of rubber flying away from the wheel.
I spotted a figure in the darkness move, then swivel the machine gun barrel towards us. The flash came, then the zip of bullets striking boulders, grass and asphalt, followed at once by the muzzle blast. I instinctively pulled into myself and buried my head.
The problem with such a weapon so mounted was that it exposed the gunner as there was no turret for protection. Osip had the range and easily killed the man before he'd had time to zero in on us. Then behind me I heard an automatic pistol. I looked and there was Natasha, standing fully exposed in the roadway blasting away at the Tiger with a handgun.
“Natasha!” Pyotr shouted. “Get to cover!”
She ignored him as she emptied her gun, screaming in a language I didn't understand.