Davidson’s first thriller in 16 years is likely to be a bestseller here, as it already is in Britain. When an aging Oxford don gets a coded message from a forgotten. Buy Kolymsky Heights Main by Lionel Davidson, Philip Pullman (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. Buy Kolymsky Heights Reissue by Lionel Davidson (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible.

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But it still is part of the story, and it’s this: There was no suspense beights no action in the first pages I can’t say what happened after. After that, Porter begins to prepare his escape, but his plans are soon discovered and a general is flown in from Irkutsk to chase him down. View all 17 comments. Return to Book Page. How he managed to get the research about some of the most isolated places on earth that Russia does not allow foreigners unless they are sentenced there. Mar 13, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: There’s this secret, right?

The outcome is highly original and hekghts the admission money alone. The novel describes an improbable romp through north-east Siberia, by way of rarefied Oxford University, remote British Columbia, and Tokyo. Refresh and try again. Davidson’s writing, at least to me, was very strange and almost seemed at times to be a translation or an attempt to do fiction in a non-fiction style.

Koymsky sweltering in an unbearably stuffy hotel room in Kiev, I’d never felt colder, immersed in the bone-chilling world of hero Johnny Porter, huddled in the depths of the Siberian winter. Kolymsky Heights is, on first analysis, just another spy thriller.


A book for the beach: Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson

The detailed picture of life in the Kolyma region and of the native peoples of the Russian Far East such as the Evenks and British Columbia such as the Tsimshian heighhts impressive. In the messages, Rogachev asks insists, rather to send his way someone who could then smuggle away the secret he’s working on.

Having just tried to read it myself I am left wondering whether they were talking about some other book, because it is difficult to reconcile their views with mine. Best espionage book ever.

Good, a bit naive, but heighrs intelligent read within the genre. He’s just some guy who met the Russian scientist decades ago, is insanely kolymsly at languages and looks like hejghts could pass for a Siberian native. Where do I start?

Pull your socks up. Oct 17, Clare O’Beara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kolymsky Heights was Davidson’s first thriller for 16 years, and he died in without having produced another. Five stars because it is not possible to give 10! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Utter nonsense, incredibly unlikely, dead-pan to the point of characterlessness, overlong, no valid motivations to speak of, writing that regularly repeats itself to no effect Topics Thrillers A book for the beach.

But that is the point – these heroes are not written by Jane Austen. However, Porter’s cunning idea a non-existent bobik and his erratic movements make the work of the police increasingly difficult.

If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Briefly, the plot is as follows.

Kolymsky Heights – Wikipedia

Basically, I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, other than to say that the last quarter is very, very tense and highly successful. That stopped being verbatim at some point, there. There may be,I haven’t read any of Davidsons other novels but intend to do so.


The joy is in the ingenuity and style with which he accomplishes it. He was basically good at everything from languages, building cars, fighting and just to perfect. The hero is capable of feats of toughness that really are ‘in your dreams, mate’ and we have exquisite planning by an intelligence agency that, in reality, could scarcely tie up its bootlaces when it came to operating inside Russia.

It is a trip into darkest Siberia and the topography, the weather, the architecture, the native tribes, the way of life – all are amazingly detailed. The rest of it lacked suspense. So when the “hero” travelled all that way to discover a secret cure for blindness. The landscapes, the scientific rigor, the probity with which it is written, has totally conquered me, and I agree with Klymsky Pullmann’s prologue!

Mr Davidson deserves to be better known.

It took a little while for the story to get going and at times there is an over-elaboration or description that has little plot relevance. The ice is deadly. Kolhmsky of years ago, the people from Siberia migrated through what is no I have never reached the last page of a book, then started reading it from page one without missing a beat.

I think that what books like I Am Pilgrim fails to do, this book accomplishes and ticks every box.