When the 2008 financial crisis threatens his small software company, owner Daniel Prescott scrambles to arrange financing for his expanding business. Shut out from local funding providers, he seeks international sources of credit. But, as he flies over the Black Sea, a more immediate threat arises: anti-Russian terrorists hijack his plane, killing or imprisoning crew-members and binding the passengers. Confronted by this new emergency, Daniel finds his early military training reawakening and jumps into action.
As word of the hijacking gains worldwide attention, his close friend Arianna goes on a journey of her own, taking her from Seattle to Washington, D.C., to high in the Swiss Alps, in search of the man she thought she knew.
"Whenever predator hunts prey, there is always an element of risk...the balance of power, strength, and vulnerability that all beings possess, a theme that Douglas W. Farnell explores in his novel The Snow Leopard and the Ibex...will catch the interest of readers who enjoy the works of Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy..." -- Clarion Review
"...when Daniel goes up against the hijackers, the book delivers a series of detailed and exciting scenes that are as well-choreographed as an action movie...A fast-paced, globe trotting adventure, equal parts action and emotion." -- Kirkus Reviews
"...Is his business saved? Do the terrorists take revenge? Is true love served? Only a dangerous...trek up the Matterhorn...holds the answer...The characters are fully realized, the plot advances logically...this is a fun read..." -- Blueink Review
After completing his MBA at Syracuse University, Douglas W. Farnell served as Chief Financial Officer for several small businesses through the 2008 financial crisis and its multi-year aftermath. That period of upheaval inspired this work, as did his pursuit of summits, which has taken him from the North Cascades to the Rockies and Alps, as well as to Europe, Asia, and Central America. Farnell makes his home in Seattle, where he volunteers as an instructor in business and finance for high-school students.