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"An extremely gripping story, with echoes of John Carpenter’s The Thing...It’s a creepy, chilling book." ―Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan
"Part psychological horror, part supernatural thriller, Ararat is a masterclass in supernatural suspense. Don't read it before bed!" ―Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
"Ararat is a rollicking and horrifying adventure...as relentless as it is addictive." ―Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock
New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden’s Ararat is a supernatural thriller about a mountain adventure that quickly turns into a horrific nightmare.
Ararat is the heart-pounding tale of an adventure that goes wrong…on a biblical scale. When an earthquake reveals a secret cave hidden inside Mount Ararat in Turkey, a daring newly engaged couple are determined to be the first ones inside…and what they discover will change everything.
The cave is actually a buried ancient ship that many quickly come to believe is Noah’s Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses. Inside the coffin they find something hideous. Shock and fear turn to horror when a massive blizzard blows in, trapping them thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain. All they can do is pray for safety. But something wicked is listening to their prayers…and it wants to answer.
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"The whole is more than the sum of its parts in this exceptional supernatural thriller from bestseller Golden (Dead Ringers). An avalanche on Turkey’s legendary Mount Ararat uncovers a cave that may contain the remnants of Noah’s Ark....While the contours of the story line will be familiar to genre fans, Golden makes them feel fresh through solid prose, effective characterizations, and a willingness not to pull any plot punches." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A thriller with an intellectual bent, Golden's latest effort ruminates on the nature and existence of good and evil while providing the chills and tingles fans of this prolific author have come to expect." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Chilling and atmospheric...a spooky, entertaining read." ―Washington Independent Review of Books
"If Ararat is a standalone novel, it is a missed opportunity to further capture an audience that is now at attention." ―New York Journal of Books
“ARARAT has that horror-adventure vibe that’s like candy to me. Delicious Terror Candy! Golden seizes your heart in his hands with a tale as terrifying as it is thrilling!” ―Chuck Wendig
“Golden gives a face and a name to the darkness inside us. A compelling read!”
―M.R. Carey, author of The Girl With All The Gifts and Fellside
“Let the other blurbers tell you how thrilling, how frightening, how robust this book is. They’re right to do it. But the thing that struck me deepest about Ararat is how timely this tale is for the world right now. The men and women in the book are treated as equals; in strength, in smarts, in power. Muslims are set to marry Jews. Scientists and Christians are working on the same edgy project. And yet, they all fear the same way. And they hope the same way, too. If ever we could use a story that reminds us that we’re together, a singular race, in religion and gender, that time is now. Bravo, Christopher Golden, for sewing such enormous themes into a nail-biting, exhilarating book." ―Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box
"Ararat is Christopher Golden's masterpiece. A chilling thriller in the spirit of Dan Simmons's The Terror, H.P. Lovecraft's 'At The Mountains of Madness', and John Carpenter's The Thing. I loved it!" ―Brian Keene, best-selling author of Pressure and The Complex
“Christopher Golden’s Ararat blends modern politics and age-old superstitions into a claustrophobic snowstorm that will leave you terrified. Part psychological horror, part supernatural thriller, Ararat is a masterclass in supernatural suspense. Don't read it before bed!” ―Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
"Christopher Golden's Ararat is a rollicking and horrifying adventure that avalanches from the top of the famed Turkish mountain. A clever, original, and macabre re-imagining of one the world's oldest stories, Ararat is as relentless as it is addictive."―Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock
"Christopher Golden has written an extremely gripping story, with echoes of John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s not simply the icy setting of Ararat; Golden has also mastered a similar (and similarly thrilling) sense of claustrophobic dread. It’s a creepy, chilling book.” ―Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan
"I cannot say enough good things about this book. This is the Lovecraftian horror, mountaineering, 1970s-style paranoia, theologically philosophical, paranormal, Satanic love story I've been waiting for. A scary and smart must-read." ―Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling thriller writer
"Christopher Golden's new novel, Ararat, takes a high concept idea and delivers hours of chills. Rarely does a horror novel maintain the unrelenting momentum achieved in its early pages, but Ararat offers shock after shock, achieving an escalating suspense that becomes truly horrific by the bloody, action-packed climax. The novel will draw comparisons to Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's early work, as well as the intrigue of a Dan Brown thriller, but Golden is a better writer than those gentlemen! Whatever you do, don't start this one late at night as you will be compelled to read until the last page. This is a great one!" ―William Carl, Assistant Manager/Newsletter editor, Wellesley Books
About the Author
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (August 21, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250181348
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250181343
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 0.78 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #780,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love Golden's crisp writing. He adds just enough details to paint a picture for readers with his words, but does not overdo it. (As I find too much kills the story tempo, and turns a book into a boring snooze-fest). No fear of that with Golden,
After an earthquake a face of the Ararat Mountain crashes away during an avalanche. A cave is exposed. Teams from all over the world race to be first to explore the cave. A husband and wife team that writes books, and shoots documentaries about their adventurous waste no time getting to Turkey and securing the best guides for their journey up the mountain.
Adding to the mix government and U.N. representatives, professors, archaeologists, paleontologists, a priest (while muslims are most popular in the area), and Ben Walker from the "National Science Foundation," you've got yourself an explosive mix of Type A personalities. With a storm moving in the time for exploring the discovery is limited.
But the entire world is watching.
Because it is not a cave that has been unearthed. It is a ship --and potentially The Noah's Ark. The Biblical ark. The find could change the world. Forever.
The problem isn't the boat --or the natural questions about how it would up at the top of a mountain in the first place. The issue comes from a coffin found inside the ark, and the remains discovered inside the sealed sarcophagus. Is exposing what is within, a something not human-like with horns to the world be the best choice? Could something so old carry unknown diseases?
Ancient writings, wards, and spells . . . Noah?
Imagine being miles above the earth in the side of a mountain with a storm brewing and a demon among the cast and crew?!?!?
ARARAT is like part The Thing, and part The Exorcist. An exciting and absolute fast, tense read!
Author of Absolute Zero
and Damn the Dead
If not knowing — or even having characters consider — these questions doesn't bother you, you might enjoy this novel for its basic scary premise, though that also leaves us with a zillion unanswered questions.
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....also the characters are broadly drawn, the dialogue is clunky and littered with exposition dumps, and the entire premise manages to both underplay what the impact of finding Noah's Ark would actually be, whilst way, way overstating what the impact of finding a deformed corpse would be.
It's just...really not very good.
But then it's almost as if the author got bored and we begin a metronomic journey through one character after another dying until he gets totally fed up and ends the story in a perfunctory and very predictable way.