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The Pandora Room: A Novel Paperback – February 11, 2020
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"A wonderful, wild ride." ―Michael Koryta, New York Times Bestselling author of How It Happened and If She Wakes
When what appears to be the original Pandora's Box is discovered in an ancient city, neighboring countries fight for ownership and unleash a terrible plague.
The Pandora Room is New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden’s chilling exploration of what happens when the original Pandora's Box is discovered in an ancient subterranean city, stirring international conflict and exposing the archaeological team to curses, whispers, and the terror of a legendary plague.
In one ancient variation on the myth of Pandora’s Box, there were two jars, one for Pandora and one for her sister, Anesidora. One contained all the blessings of the gods, the other all the world’s curses. Now, in a subterranean city in Northern Iraq, archaeologist Sophie Durand has discovered a secret chamber covered in writing that confirms that version of the tale―a chamber which contains a single jar. “Weird shit” expert Ben Walker joins Sophie’s team just as the mystery deepens and grows ugly. Those who believe the myth want to know which jar has been found in the Pandora Room, 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 jar contains, they want it, no matter who they have to kill…or what will emerge when they open it. For Sophie, Walker, and the others, the Pandora Room may soon become their tomb.
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (February 11, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 125025292X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250252920
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.48 x 0.83 x 8.27 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #246,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.