It took me a while to get into the book just because the elaborate story-telling felt overdone after having read so many works of non-fiction that captured my interest with a recounting of true events (or some version of them). Once I shifted my perspective though I really enjoyed the novel. It was interesting to think about it through the same lens as the other books we have read, asking the question: "what is the author's focus?"
Touching My Father’s Soul focused on the emotional aspect of getting close to Norgay’s father’s experience. Touching the Void dedicated a great deal of writing to setting the reader up for the disaster, and Annapurna was focused on the overall expedition. The Eiger Sanction is more about the mystery. The focus on establishing the character and the backstory for the mission is a means of setting the reader up to be invested in Hemlock’s mission.
The focus on the mystery and mission did, however, raise the question of whether or not I felt like this was an adventure narrative. I think on the one hand it is because it does involve the same kind of extreme adventure that we have been reading, but it is inherently different because the focus is definitely not on the extreme nature of the climb but rather the mission that Hemlock is on that happens to be taking place on an extreme climb.