John Long’s Icarus Syndrome is the story of a man who has always been drawn to risk and adventure. As a young boy he spent his days exploring the woods near his home, and as an adult he became a world-famous caver and rock climber. But it was only when John embarked on what would become his most dangerous challenge yet—a solo climb up Mount Everest—that he realized just how much danger he was seeking out. Icarus Syndrome is both an autobiography of John’s life thus far and a cautionary tale about pushing oneself too far. It is harrowing, inspiring, and ultimately unforgettable reading.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for those who are interested in adventure, and also want to read about someone’s journey as they learn more about themselves.
- The book is well-written and very easy to read.
- It provides an interesting perspective on adventure and risk.
- The story is compelling and keeps the reader engaged throughout.
- It is dense and may be difficult for some readers to get through
- It lacks a strong narrative arc
- John’s obsession with risk can be offputting
Learn more about the author
John Long is a professional explorer and adventure writer. He has authored more than seventy books, including the best-selling memoirs Drop Zone: From Parachuting to Base Jumping and The Wildest Ride: A Life of Adventure on Wheels. John lives in Southern California with his wife and two young children.
“An amazing read… Couldn’t put it down.”
“John Long is an adventurer with a capital A. His tales of extreme mountaineering and caving will leave you breathless.”
“John Long is an epic storyteller, and in Icarus Syndrome he has created a masterpiece of mountaineering literature. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves climbing or mountaineering—but it’s also much more than that. It’s a personal tale of obsession, adventure, and ultimately self-discovery.”
“An amazing,page-turning read. I couldn’t put it down!”