Christopher Golden has a knack for writing terror-filled stories with an archaeological setting, as evidenced in his previous book, "Ararat". He continues in the same vein with his new book, "The Pandora Room".
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.