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"A wonderful, wild ride." —Michael Koryta, New York Times Bestselling author of How It Happened and If She Wakes
From the New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author comes the sensational new novel that turns ancient lore into a modern-day horror. In one variation on the myth of Pandora’s Box, there were two jars, one for Pandora and one for her sister. One contained blessings of the gods, the other all the world’s curses…
Archaeologist Sophie Durand has spent her life studying ancient mythology and languages. Years of work have led her to the greatest discovery of her career, a subterranean city deep in the heart of Northern Iraq. When Sophie’s team uncovers a secret chamber whose walls are covered in cuneiform, along with a warning from Alexander the Great, history and mythology begin to merge. The writings confirm the Pandora tale of two jars, but the chamber guards only one. It’s a find that could make history, or start a war.
Weird-science expert Ben Walker is called in as the mystery grows ugly. Those who believe the myth want to know which jar was found, the one containing blessings or the one full of curses. Governments rush to lay claim, but jihadi forces aren’t waiting for the dust to settle. Whatever the jars contain, they want it, no matter the cost. For Sophie, Walker, and the others, the Pandora Room may soon become their tomb.
In a novel that breathes new life into the supernatural thriller, Christopher Golden's pulse-pounding tale is not to be missed.
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"The Pandora Room is a marvelous collision of adrenaline-fueled plotting and graceful writing. Christopher Golden knows how to tell a story, and he knows how to work the reader's emotions. This hybrid of high adventure, supernatural thrills, and all-too-plausible chills is a wonderful, wild ride.” ―Michael Koryta, New York Times Bestselling author of How It Happened and If She Wakes
"Award-winner Christopher Golden’s latest razor-edged thriller The Pandora Room is sure to garner a slew of new trophies. The opening grabbed me by the throat and continued to strangle ever tighter as tensions climbed page by page to the explosive conclusion. Here is a master storyteller at his finest. Brilliantly told, arcanely crafted, with an ending that chills the marrow of your bones." ―James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Demon Crown
"Though the pacing is quick, and the action is cinematic, Golden does not sacrifice the detailed setting and excellent character development. Where this novel shines is in the horror. The tension and fear are eerily realistic, while the supernatural monsters are unique and utterly terrifying. The many points of view portrayed ratchet up the dread in this smart, satisfying series that will appeal to fans of supernatural thrillers like Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series and historically framed horror like The Hunger by Alma Katsu." ―Booklist
"One of the best novels of the year." ―Cemetery Dance
"Christopher Golden knows how to thrill.The Pandora Room is such a spooky adventure. Political intrigue and mythic threats mingle to make a story that plays with your sense of reality. On top of that, it’s also just a lot of fun!" ―Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling
"A haunting look at what happens when a legendary myth crashes into our stark reality, Christopher Golden’s THE PANDORA ROOM has it all ― a chilling premise, taut pacing and a compelling protagonist in the complex and heroic Sophie Durand. A globe-trotting supernatural thriller that also feels deeply personal at the same time, Golden’s sharp and powerful prose will keep readers glued to this book. You’re in for a wild ride." ―Alex Segura, acclaimed author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends
"I was completely swept away by this book. Christopher Golden takes us deep underground in an edge of your seat thriller steeped in mythology, international turmoil, and terror. Want to catch a glimpse of what true evil looks like? Brace yourself and enter The Pandora Room." ―Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People and Promise Not to Tell
"Solid prose and well-developed characters...Preston and Child fans will clamor for more of Walker." ―Publishers Weekly
- ASIN : B07CWQB3KS
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (April 23, 2019)
- Publication date : April 23, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5826 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #269,717 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately, that common experience and support did not prepare him to face the what was buried in an ancient buried city beneath the hills of Iraq. And, it was his job to make sure that, whatever they faced, it would be brought back to the American Government and not allowed into any one else's hands to be used as a possible weapon.
But, he wasn't prepared for what they found buried in the depths for centuries.
Christopher Golden is one of the modern day masters of all things horror. His stories typically are the slow build towards the unveiling of the true evil in the story, pulling the reader along in his wake as he weaves strand after strand into his web of fear and fright. As a reader, these are the type of stories that keep you on the edge and wanting to read just that one page more...just that one chapter more... as Golden reveals the next piece of the puzzle, a puzzle that you can feel is just out of reach and you keep seeing out of the corner of your eye but can't quite visualize until the trap is sprung and your caught. His "heroes" are created to be strong and represent "good" but eventually reveal their weaknesses and failings while his "villains" appear to be despicable but are never truly evil. It's only the horror that they face that is truly evil!
NEW READERS - This is the second of a series and the question is always... "Do I need to have read the first book?" Absolutely not. Golden crafts his stories in such a way that you can enjoy the adventure in and of itself. But, I would recommend that you then go back and read the first book... if only for the fun and thrill of it...and book 3 coming on 2020.
Note for Christopher - What the heck happened in Guatamala?
Sophie Durand and her team are on an archaeological dig in northern Iraq when they come across a hidden room. Contained in this room is a jar. Legend has it that there were two jars in the Pandora's Box story; one for Pandora and one for her sister, Anesidora. One contained all the blessings of the gods, while the other contained all of the curses. Which one is it?
As the days pass, it becomes clear which jar it is, for the members of Sophie's team begin to show signs of sickness as well as seeing scary apparitions.
Expert Ben Walker (from "Ararat") is called in to lend his knowledge and assistance. But things soon come close to anarchy, as a militant band of jihadists storm the complex and try to take possession of the jar. Now, Ben, Sophie, and the others must keep the jar from falling into the hands of the jihadists while at the same time maintaining control of themselves as the mystery contained within the jar slowly seeps into each one of them. Will they make it out alive?
I've read several of Golden's previous books, Including "Ararat", and I've come to enjoy his style of terror very much. His characters are well-developed, and his stories always have a fast pace and a twist. Both are in evidence here. The ending is very good, too. If you enjoy reading good, scary tales, then give Christopher Golden a try.
Great, diverse cast of characters, ties in with Ararat in satisfying ways with a few overlapping characters. An all around fun read-I read it in one sitting!
I'm happy to say that Christopher Golden didn't disappoint. The Pandora Room picked up where Ararat left off and kicked it up a couple of notches. Golden's characters continue to live, breathe and grow on the page. It's refreshing that Christopher Golden's character Ben Walker isn't the perfect hero, giving him a sense of depth.
Any fans of Supernatural Thrillers will enjoy this book.