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Ruinen (X-Files #4)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  1,526 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
In the most ambitious and exciting X-Files adventure to date, Mulder and Scully fly to the Yucatan jungle to investigate a missing team of archaelogists. Their exploration leads to a strange electronic signal coming from beneath ancient ruins -- a signal aimed upward, at the stars....
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published 1996 (first published May 1995)
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Jubilation Lee
Back in the day, friends, Monica was quite the X-File fanatic. An X-Phile, if you will. I had every episode on tape. I had the action figures, and the posters, and window-cling decals. My email address was a subtly-fan-based acronym. And, of course, I owned all the Based On The Hit FOX Television Series books.

I haven’t looked at them in years. Years. So I’m not entirely sure what prompted me to pick Ruins up, but I’m going to blame the fact that I just watched The Last King of Scotland followed
Apr 29, 2016 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Τέταρτο αυτοτελές μυθιστόρημα της σειράς X-Files και δεύτερο που συγγραφέας του είναι ο Κέβιν Τζ. Άντερσον. Μπορώ να πω ότι είναι και το καλύτερο απ'όλα τα βιβλία της σειράς που έχω διαβάσει μέχρι στιγμής. Η ιστορία έχει ως εξής: Οι Μόλντερ και Σκάλι καλούνται να ερευνήσουν την υπόθεση εξαφάνισης μιας ομάδας Αμερικανών αρχαιολόγων, τα τελευταία ίχνη των οποίων χάθηκαν σε μια αρχαία πόλη των Μάγια, την Ξικατλάν, στα βάθη της Μεξικανικής ζούγκλας κάπου στο Γιουκατάν. Οι δυο αγαπημένοι μας πράκτορε ...more
Sep 27, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: X-philes
Recommended to Jim by: Clare
Shelves: sci-fi-geek
There are those who dismiss franchise fiction (things like Star Wars books, Star Trek books, etc) as mere fanservice.

Well, let me tell you something. I'm a fan, and goddamnit, sometimes I need to be serviced. And the only person who knows how to do that right is another fan.

I was intrigued by Ruins, but still a bit skeptical on the face of it. I mean, here was X-files franchise fiction, written by someone whose reputation stemmed from writing Star Wars books. (I've never read a Star Wars book, b
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This book is just fun. It's not brilliant and it's not the best ever, but I enjoyed it.

I like how the author nails Mulder and Scully's voice perfectly, imho.

It's just campy fun that you can't take seriously. lol
May 09, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I made it I have managed to read my way through the series. now to be honest if I take away one lesson from all this is that the quality of the books varies so much. Yes I know there are numerous authors involved with vary age brackets being targeted but this series certainly covers it all off - both good and bad. For this instalment I think scale was the target - from the sheer size of the discovery (after all I think its easier to hide a microbe than it is a lost civilisation and their ruin ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
I recently listened to the abridged version of another X-Files novelization called Antibodies and enjoyed it quite a bit (especially the smart dog bits). Ruins, though, just couldn’t hold my attention for any length of time and I found myself doing a lot of rewinding when my mind would wander. Could be the story was a dud or it could be my frame of mind either way I won’t be re-reading this again.

The story is about an archeological dig gone bad. Throw in an ancient curse, a search for a missing
Natasha McNeely
I always enjoyed watching The X-Files growing up, so when I stumbled across this book, I was all-too-happy to get my hands on it.

The book revolves around a case that takes place near the Xitaclan ruins in Mexico. When an archaeological team goes missing, Scully and Mulder are sent to track them down. What follows is a whirlwind of political issues and paranormal - for Mulder, at least. Scully remains a skeptic.

The research that must've been done to write this book is astounding; I loved reading
Kay Iscah
May 23, 2014 Kay Iscah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth X-files book I've read, and the first one I would actually recommend to other people. It was entertaining. K.J.A. really got Scully and Mulder in this one. The story was vivid in my mind...I could really picture everything, and the Yucatan is a pretty place to picture. I WISH the second X-files film had been something similiar to this one...minus the alien connection. Could you image how infinitely more interesting it would have been exploring the pyramids or some remote arche ...more
Oliver Bogert
Jan 22, 2016 Oliver Bogert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a recent trip through my local used book store, I stumbled upon a convergence! An X Files hard cover hidden under a stack of other books, and then pick it up to find that Kevin Anderson, one of the best and most prolific SF/F writers, wrote it, all wrapped up in my exuberance over the return of the show to television next week!

Mr. Anderson really nailed the relationship between Mulder and Scully. The entire time I was reading it, I kept thinking that it would been a great episode if not it's
Jaime Contreras
Mulder & Scully uncover that the flying serpent, Quetzacoatl was an alien. Not bad for a tv-inspired book.
Jose Luis Meza Garcia
Read it many years ago while watching Mulder and Scully adventure's on tv. Thought the story was great, everything was great. Finally I could have an adventure of my favorite FBI agentsthat wasn`t limited to the US (i know shows have a budget but that's where books help, to expand that). If you want that (an x-file outside the US where our agents travel across the world) then this is for yo. If you don't like the show or want to know more about it then you probably won't like the book as much as ...more
Martyn Perry
This book does what all of the previous X-Files books have tried to do but not quite fully achieved. You see, the X-Files TV Show has a thing called a budget, this limits the stories that the writers of the show can tell, but the best bit about a book? There's no budget! The only limitation is the imagination of the author.

Want Mulder and Scully to sit on a beach in the Bermuda Triangle before jetting off to Russia? "They board at Bermuda airport and land in Moscow." Easy. Want to blow loads of
Dec 01, 2013 Zoltán rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Azt a világért sem állítanám, hogy nem olvastam jobb, elmésebb, nagyobb fifikával kigondolt sci-fi-kalandregényt, de azt sem, hogy nem élveztem a könyvet az elejétől a végéig. Hozzáteszem, az X-akták történeteit eleddig csak a tévéből ismertem (igaz, ott hiánytalanul), így a könyvváltozatok terén nincs kellő összehasonlítási alapom. Az áldozat c. regény (apropó, micsoda elcseszett magyarítása ez a sokkal kifejezőbb eredeti Ruins címnek!) mindenesetre sikerrel oldotta meg a két főhős egyedi, senk ...more
Jul 03, 2016 CJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another case to be filed. Another mystery coming to an unsatisfactory end...not because this novel wasn't up to par or bad. On the contrary, Anderson once again captured the spirit of the series and the characters into a satisfying episode by way of novel. Unsatisfactory in simple that true X-File fashion where cases aren't necessarily solved, but more survived.
Jan 30, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this book packed away from when I first got it as a kid. The X-files is the best show ever made in my opinion. And the book series is pretty darn good as well. Ruins is a fun easy read that has its share of action, suspense and drama. Great read. Couldn't put it down.
Nick Rivard
Nov 30, 2015 Nick Rivard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm rating this book as five stars not because I think it's the best book I've ever read but, for its sheer entertainment value. This book reads like a movie and is sort of like xfiles meets the 4th Indiana Jones. If you even vaguely enjoy either of those things then this is the book for you!
Megan Johnson
If you like the show you will like the book. Ruins stays on par with a typical Mulder and Scully investigation. The plot to Ruins I found to be fun and thrilling to read. Definitely not a literary masterpiece but worth the read.
Oct 18, 2015 oxana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of X-Files
The plot keeps up a good, interesting pace for the most part - in the true spirit of The X-Files. We are introduced to all sides of the coin (of which there seem to be many), but left with a plethora of unanswered questions.

I liked how the story was built, but found the final leg a bit lacking. The answer to all those mystifying questions seemed too easy and convenient. For some reason, I had expected more - or perhaps waited the ending to be on the same note as the beginning (but this, again, i
Bryan Schmidt
Dec 12, 2015 Bryan Schmidt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling and captures the feel of the series well. A really good read. Far better than Anderson's first X-Files novel. Grear plot, tension, and alien tie-ins, good use of setting. A must for true fans, a good choice for others
Sep 13, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although it's not long in number of pages, this felt like an endless read. It's unnecessarily descriptive of things that don't matter and takes far too long to go anywhere. I've read a handful of these X-Files novels in the past and I've always been fairly disappointed with them, but this was probably the worst one I've read yet.
Feb 22, 2010 Meagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-files
This X-Files adaptation from TV to book works quite well. Reading the books I still get the same kind of sexual tension between Mulder and Scully and the same buzz from their paranormal adventures that I do from the TV episodes. This particular book is not set on an actual X-Files episode but is nonetheless exciting. A team of archaeologists go missing and Mulder and Scully fly to the Yucatan jungle to uncover the reason why. Their exploration leads to a strange electronic signal coming from ben ...more
Timothy McNeil
Anderson has an odd fixation with using character's full names for an extended period (even when they don't seem necessarily appropriate to the region from which the character hails...though I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to research that in 10 minutes in '96) and inserts a US Major into the story that could have been at home in a Irving Greenfield novel. While those are things that I can chalk up to how a novel may not age well, what weighs down Ruins is that there is no suspense or wonde ...more
May 05, 2016 Savio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A light read. Though i had half the mind to leave it midway. Too much of far fetched imagination does that to me.
The best of the books I had, but I don't like it quite enough to keep it on my bookshelves.
Aug 16, 2015 Diego rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book as a kid, loved it. I wish I could buy a new copy since I lost the oldie.
This book would have ranked 4 stars as I enjoyed the journey through very much but several elements of the ending were way too predictable, as well as Anderson's apparent lack of military knowledge (special forces types don't leave dead comrades behind, they don't stand up straight out in the open during a firefight, and, to reduce [destroy] an ancient Mayan-type pyramid, they would detonate explosives inside and underneath it, rather than blasting it from the outside with mortars, which is main ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so this one was better than the other two X-Files novels I've read (Goblins & Whirlwind) probably because of the different author. It had a better story, & lots of suspense. I liked the fact that it wasn't in a domestic environment like the other two; instead, it was in the middle of a jungle which made it creepier in my opinion. However, this guy didn't put as much funny banter between Mulder & Scully like the other guy. There was some, but not near the amount of the other two I ...more
Bobbi Jo
Mar 22, 2016 Bobbi Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this book
Gabriel Mero
Mar 09, 2016 Gabriel Mero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovediot! the characterizations were a
spot-on and it read just like an episode.
Oct 22, 2014 Adrijan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pseudonyms: Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson

He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll
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“Scully,' [Mulder] said, his voice quiet and serious, 'with the... unorthodox explanations I often find when studying the evidence, I know you're always skeptical-but every time you're at least fair to me. You respect my opinion, even when you don't agree with it.' He looked at his hands. 'I don't know if I've ever told you, but I really appreciate that.'
She looked at him and smiled. 'You've told me, Mulder. Maybe not in words... but you've told me.”
“When I was doing preliminary research on this case, I remembered the story about Tlazolteotl.' [Mulder] glanced at the old archaeologist. 'Am I pronouncing it correctly? It sounds like I'm swallowing a turtle.” 8 likes
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