The Ganden Gambit by Lesley Dimmock is her second novel and the second Lindsay and Kate adventure.
The Ganden Relic is a sacred statue essential to the enthronement ceremony of every Dalai Lama. Hidden and kept safe from the Chinese for over sixty years, after the destruction of the Ganden monastery in 1959, it is now needed once again.
Fearing an imminent raid on his Tibetan monastery, Abbot Galden Paldo, instructs the monk, Rinzin Wangdue, to smuggle the relic out of Tibet. Rinzin is told to choose two companions to aid him in his quest and take it to safety. This involves a dangerous trek through the Everest region of the Himalaya.
After losing his companions, Rinzin crosses paths with Lindsay ap Rhys ap Gruffud, her girlfriend, Kate Spencer, and their Sherpa, Passang. Kate, an experienced trekker, has persuaded Lindsay to join her on a trip through this incredibly beautiful, but most perilous expanse on Earth, as they are soon to find out with devastating consequences.
They become involved in a terrifying race to escape their Chinese pursuers and return the Ganden Relic to its lawful owners in time for the ceremony in Kathmandu.
This breathtaking novel of the nailbiting drama of the chase, coupled with survival of the terrain and climate, has the reader on the edge of their seat throughout. It is literally a cliffhanger!
Lesley’s own trekking expeditions in the Himalaya greatly enhance the narrative. The reader experiences Lindsay and Kate’s journey through Lesley’s eyes. Not only the hazards of the expedition, but the warmth and hospitality of the local people and the wonderful food and accommodation that they provide.
This is a page turner that you’ll read in one sitting and yearn for more. Here’s to the further adventures of Lindsay and Kate.
About Lesley Dimmock
Lesley Dimmock has been writing on and off for nearly thirty years, but has only become serious about it in the last five. She began her writing career writing poetry and short stories, one of which won a competition way back in 1986.
After her first novel, Out of Time, self-published in 2012, and featuring a time-travelling Tudor Queen, her second novel is partly drawn from personal experience. The trekking bits are all based on treks she has done in the Everest region of the Himalaya.
Lesley lives with her partner in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba, where they share their old Queenslander with assorted geckos, possums, lorikeets and kookaburras.
Ideas for Kate and Lindsay’s third adventure are already rattling around Lesley’s brain.