Darkness Descending



Darkness DescendingOn New Year S Eve, 2004, As 27 Year Old Former Special Forces Soldier Ken Jones Attempted The Ascent Of Moldoveanu, Romania S Highest Peak, He Was Caught In A Horrific Avalanche That Tossed Him Back Down The Mountain, Leaving Him With Severe Injuries Including A Broken Femur And A Smashed Hip Socket Alone In A Snowy Wilderness Without Any Way Of Calling For Help He Knew His Chances Of Survival Were Slim Darkness Descending Is The Harrowing And Psychologically Compelling Account Of The Next Four Freezing Days And Nights As He Dragged Himself To Safety, Battling Constantly With Extreme Pain, Biting Cold, And His Own, Often Hallucinatory Swings Between Hope And Despair.

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[KINDLE] ❅ Darkness Descending By Ken Jones – Heartforum.co.uk
  • Kindle Edition
  • 320 pages
  • Darkness Descending
  • Ken Jones
  • English
  • 14 June 2019

10 thoughts on “Darkness Descending

  1. Linda says:

    Ken s story is extremely interesting and inspiring.Although this is in essence a survival story there are many elements to his book that elevate it above much of the survivalist or man vs nature fare His occassional references to his training in the Paras and SAS both physical and mental and how this helped save his life on several occasions are fascinating Best of all is his humility, and how he candidly highlights all the fear and doubts he has had on his journey.

  2. chucklesthescot says:

    This book was a bit vague and messy for my taste at the beginning We start with a vague tale of his military career where he tells the reader he had a big mouth, hated authority and wasn t much of a team player so his career never really went anywhere Not really the kind of person you want as your Army buddy huh He mentions maybe going to University but is then suddenly talking about being on a train to climb a mountain in Romania The sudden jump was puzzling as was the unfinished story He This book was a bit vague and messy for my taste at the beginning We start with a vague tale of his military career where he tells the reader he had a big mouth, hated authority and wasn t much of a team player so his career never really went anywhere Not really the kind of person you want as your Army buddy huh He mentions maybe going to University but is then suddenly talking about being on a train to climb a mountain in Romania The sudden jump was puzzling as was the unfinished story He mentions his interest in Dracula and I d have liked him to maybe expand on it rather than a brief mention of places he wanted to visit like Castle Bran Most Everest books cover the visits to a monastary for a blessing so it s a shame that this one didn t have a Dracula chapter to set the scene of where he was climbing and the local legends I didn t much like the guy to be honest He spends a lot of time bragging about his superior skills and talents, his strength and how he can do hikes and climbs faster and better than others I found him a bit of a blowhard with a superiority complex It was this inflated view of himself that led to his downfall as he ignored all the warning signs, local advice, even his own gut feeling as he climbed Even when noting the signs that there were avalanche risks in the area, he decides to ignore the safer route to have the challenge of taking the risk It ends in an avalanche and him being badly injured and alone on the mountain I just found his attitude really offputting and it left me not really caring about how he escaped his crisis, so I DNFed

  3. Janette Fleming says:

    On 5 January 2003, former Special Forces soldier Ken Jones was caught in a devastating avalanche as he climbed in the frozen wilderness of Romania s Transylvanian Alps Flung from a cliff, he regained consciousness to find himself shrouded in darkness, separated from his supplies, suffering from overexposure in the sub zero temperatures and in horrendous pain from a broken leg and shattered pelvis Heavily frostbitten and bleeding internally, Ken dragged himself to safety over three agonizing da On 5 January 2003, former Special Forces soldier Ken Jones was caught in a devastating avalanche as he climbed in the frozen wilderness of Romania s Transylvanian Alps Flung from a cliff, he regained consciousness to find himself shrouded in darkness, separated from his supplies, suffering from overexposure in the sub zero temperatures and in horrendous pain from a broken leg and shattered pelvis Heavily frostbitten and bleeding internally, Ken dragged himself to safety over three agonizing days only to discover that his true ordeal had yet to begin.His account of life saving surgery and his battle to walk again is a classic tale of triumph over adversity and what it means to never give up Heart stopping and inspiring to the very last page, Ken Jones s story of endurance and survival is an unforgettable testament to the strength of the human spirit.Powerful story of survival and endurance, recommended if you like Joe Simpson s Touching the Void Fascinating to read about Romania, Europe s last great wilderness, in places untouched by 21st century In the tiny village he eventual crawls to, despite being at death s door, he is offered vodka, invited to discuss football and treated as a celebrity with all the villagers trooping in to inspect him I slept for a good part of the journey and when I woke the landscape outside had completely transformed Rural charm had been replaced by a wild Carpathia of jagged mountains, deep ink black forests and old stone forts with crooked battlements guarding secret corridors into the mountain valleys I felt a mounting joy this was the Romania I had come to see This was a place of myth and legend, where the distant howl of the wolf still chilled the night air, where bears left their claw marks on the towering pines and the lynx lurked ghost like among the high forests and crags My excitement reached a crescendo as a scene that could have been straight from a Dracula film eerily presented itself Strategically positioned on a rocky outcrop was a grim and mythical looking old stone fortress with a solitary tower, surrounded by an evil looking wood All that was needed to cap the scene off was a flurry of bats, but it wasn t to be.

  4. Gia says:

    This is a 3.5 star book, from an objective standpoint But the tale itself, and Ken s ability to make the reader feel like a companion on his adventure and subsequent desperate bid for survival makes this a 5 star book There were so many chances you wish you could have helped him, or to have been able to stumble upon him while on your own hike through the Romanian wilds I shed a few tears It isthan a survival story and there are definitely some spooky and heart wrenching moment This is a 3.5 star book, from an objective standpoint But the tale itself, and Ken s ability to make the reader feel like a companion on his adventure and subsequent desperate bid for survival makes this a 5 star book There were so many chances you wish you could have helped him, or to have been able to stumble upon him while on your own hike through the Romanian wilds I shed a few tears It isthan a survival story and there are definitely some spooky and heart wrenching moments.But the battle between an insidious voice in Ken s head telling him to quit and another primeval and almost supernatural voice pushing him forward is what makes this book stand out among many other stories of survival This is not a book that should be pigeonholed into a rating The story itself is something that shouldn t be taken as anything short of inspirational

  5. James Kidd says:

    The quote on the cover from the Telegraph says this book is simply gripping Is that accurate Boy, yes An extremely well written account of the author s mountain trek that goes badly wrong Not a spoiler to say avalanches are involved A long crawl to civilisation ensues.I was skipping a few pages ahead to see how much longer he would have to endure the pain and suffering of crawling out of the wilderness, only to go back and devour every word What makes this stand out from other other sur The quote on the cover from the Telegraph says this book is simply gripping Is that accurate Boy, yes An extremely well written account of the author s mountain trek that goes badly wrong Not a spoiler to say avalanches are involved A long crawl to civilisation ensues.I was skipping a few pages ahead to see how much longer he would have to endure the pain and suffering of crawling out of the wilderness, only to go back and devour every word What makes this stand out from other other survival books that I have read was the quality of the writing and the insights gained Highly recommended

  6. John Evans says:

    As far as I m concerned, this is on par with Touching the Void and fargripping than Between a rock and a hard place, both of which I consider good books Not just a adventure survival story, it follows his recovery and relationship with his friends and family throughout the ordeal Inspiring book written by a strong minded soul

  7. Jamie Bowen says:

    An incredible story of survival

  8. R W ELLIS says:

    Excellent readA book that s easy to read and to get some understanding of how there are people out there who have tremendous courage and will to live in almost impossible situations.This book would interest sporting and outdoor types.

  9. Jenn says:

    Spectacular I just completed this late last night and loved it Well written, interesting What a brave man to survive so much When you think of all your problems, so insignificant in comparison Best of luck to you, you are an inspiration

  10. Nancy Seamons says:

    An amazing story about survival and what a person can do when they are motivated to stay alive.

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