Esau [Philip Kerr] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The accidental discovery of a mysterious fossil skull unleashes a political and scientific. An electrifying discovery in the high Himalayas sends a group of scientists— complete with the requisite bad apple— scurrying for traces of the. Esau by Philip Kerr – book cover, description, publication history.

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Looking for fortune and glory, Swift and Furness assemble a team and set up a camp in the Himalayas, in the dead of winter, to find a yeti. The characters were well developed and only added to the storyline itself. However, the India-Pakistan conflict is about to explode into war, and a CIA that is desperate for any information inserts a mole on the team, but we don’t know who it is though it’s easy to guess. I don’t think that it is a book for everyone.

He also wrote young adult books under the name P. Academics rehearse sequences of previous research and theory. Nonpareil mountaineer Jack Furness returns from an illegal and abortive climb of the forbidden mountain of Machhapuchhare without his friend Didier Lauren, killed in an avalanche, but with a consolation prize: Perhaps people’s attitudes really would change after such experiences.

Intrigue and violence ensue. He studied at the University of Birmingham from togaining a master’s degree in law and philosophy. Obvious who the secret bad buy w Could have been worse. Kerr was born in EdinburghScotland, where his father was an engineer and his mother worked as a secretary. He was best known for his Bernie Gunther series of 13 historical thrillers and a children’s series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.

Fast forward to the year I was 22 then.

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Sep 28, John rated it liked it. The story tells of climbing, a bit of science, and is entertaining. Lists with This Book.

Retrieved 29 March Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Views Read Edit View history. In fact, as his lover, Berkeley biologist Stella Swift, gradually realizes, it seems to kerd to a hitherto undiscovered species- -and, according to the most advanced carbon-dating techniques, it’s either been miraculously preserved in a glacier, or it’s no fossil, but the skull of a creature only recently dead.


Renowned mountain climber Jack Furness an unfortunate name for a protagonist finds a s It’s been a while since I read anything, fiction or non-fiction, about the yeti, or Abominable Showman, or Bigfoot, or whatever you want to call the mythical ape-like creature. I would give this 3. Glad I bought the hardbound version phklip the clearance rack for five bucks. Esau is a phklip about Yeti and anthropology and though to an extent very educative but in my view it is somewhat boring Such a hunt in the Himalayas has in itself enough potential danger and interest to make a worthwhile subject for a thriller without the political element introduced here, and the activities of the CIA agent seem to me to detract from Esau wsau a whole.

Apr 22, Granny KiP rated it really liked it. Archived from the original on 7 November There were some pretty cool and phikip parts, and I did laugh a couple of times!

Adventure in the Himalayas, this one gives you the thrill of high peaks, high espionage, high international tension that may or may not result in nuclear war and, if that’s not jerr, say hi! Oct 14, Sue rated it really liked it. There’s an interesting element to the story regarding the CIA – that’s all I’ll say.

But the stereotypical treatment of the female scientist what is it with genre writers and women with long red hair and “emerald green” eyes, oh, and sensual mouths.

I enjoyed the characters. Feb 19, Chuck rated it really liked it Shelves: As the blurb promises, we have a hunt for the yeti, a crisis between nuclear states and an out-of-control American agent working under cover. I bought quite a few books because they were all so cheap and then I proceeded to get home, stick them on my shelf, and I never read any of them.


Character development was almost an afterthought, that with the large cast of characters could lead a person to get confused as to who was where at times.

To ask other readers questions about Esauplease sign up. It is obviously well researched and this adds to the suspense and action. And in a lab on the Berkeley campus, a paleoanthropologist learns that what she took to be a fossil find of the first order is in fact the scientific discovery of a lifetime — proof of an alternate line of hominid development.


Not everyone on the journey is who or what they say they are! Hard to complain about a thriller that references Jared Diamond. Obvious who the secret bad buy was from the moment he came on stage.

The book was fascinating to me. Books by Philip Kerr. The climbing sequences sound convincing, but I have no technical knowledge of this area.

I skipped most of the long winded scientific details and just stuck to the story line, so finished this book in no time. Of course, they mount an expedition to search out the origin of the skull and the story takes off from there. Please provide an email address.

An entertaining holiday read rather than anything profound but well written for its genre. I enjoyed the setting of this book. Jun 24, Rosie rated it liked it. And with the expedition to go back to the mountains in an attempt to find something more we get a spy story thrown into the mix that I felt could have been left out.

Jun 20, Eric rated it liked it Shelves: Whether you believe in something like the yeti or a sasquatch, this was a good, fun read and left you wondering