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Ruinen (X-Files #4)

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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 1995)
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Monica!
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
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Jim
Sep 27, 2008 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Andrew
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
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
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Kay Iscah
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
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
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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
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Zoltán
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
Lainie
Loved the TV series, loved Mulder and Scully. This book was so poorly written I nearly set it down many times. But I wanted to see how Mulder would save the day, so I persisted. 'Twould be nice to have those two hours back!
Meagan
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 wonder ...more
Read1000books
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
Katie
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
David
Being a big X-Files fan I thought I'd give this a go. The story took a while to get going but it was an enjoyable book come the end. The story is written much like one of the shows and Kevin J. Anderson does a good job of using Mulder and Scully's personalities into the story. Definately recommended to a fan of the show, those who aren't fans might still find some enjoyment but I would imagine if you didn't like the tv show you most likely wouldn't find as much enjoyment out of this as a fan wou ...more
Amber Weinberg
Loved this book as a kid and have come back to reread as an adult
Kara
I love the X-Files, but I had a hard time getting through this one. It was an entertaining read and I liked that it involved the Maya. That being said, the writing was mediocre at best and it felt like Mulder and Scully were a bit forced. Their names could have been replaced with those from the author's imagination and I doubt I would have been able to tell the difference - sunflower seed references aside, of course :)
Theresa
A team of archaeologists go missing in the Yucatan jungle while uncovering the most significant find in Mayan history. Mulder and Scully go to the ancient ruins to find out exactly what happened, where they find much more than they bargained for.

This was a nice quick read, and like all other X-files books, kept me in suspense. It was a little predictable, but overall a good read!
Kirsten
Adventure in the jungle, Mulder and Scully style! I was always a sucker for their trip-into-the-woods stories on the show, and this one delivers in style. The familiar Mulder/Scully banter is there, along with a storyline that really keeps you hooked. A nice blend of mystery and adventure, rather like reading an X-Files version of Indiana Jones.
Bianca
Wieder einmal eine sehr interessante Story, die sich auch als Folge sehr gut gemacht hätte. Die Theorie, dass die Maya-Kultur maßgeblich von Außerirdischen beinflusst wurde, liest sich sehr gut.
Die Charaktere waren wieder einmal sehr gut getroffen und auch der Humor (Mulder!) kam nicht zu kurz.
Irissska
Mar 23, 2013 Irissska rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: X-Files fans
Recommended to Irissska by: my husband
I was a huge X-Files fan about 10-15 years ago!
I read this book at least twice, and probably will read again sometime in the future. The story is thrilling and absorbing (At least that's what I felt when I first read it).
Samantha
I like the show, but doesn't translate too well into book form. The storyline was interesting, but the characters seemed off and it seemed like there were too many attempts to bring out their quirks from the show into the book.
Fayd Eaton
Probably there is a nostalgic reason behind the full 5 stars.
I loved the story, our two agents lost in the jungle and with a UFO mystery to solve. All things a fan wants to have in a X-Files book.
Nicole
This book was a Christmas present from my best friend. She actually sent me her copy, so it has a lot of sentimental and personal value and I'm enjoying reading it so far!
Travis
Interesting, as it has a very different setting from most X-Files stories, but is otherwise pretty bland.
The scene with the Lone Gunmen was amusing.
Kerry
I liked it, i was really involved with the h=whole thing. I love the x files TV series and i've got a lot of the other books and things to read
Bradley
Fairly interesting. Always enjoyed that show. =)
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Jason Kauzlarich
May 24, 2007 Jason Kauzlarich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of X-Files
Shelves: science_fiction
It's a fun read. It's like reading an episode that was never made. I am a huge X-Files fan and anyone else that is will enjoy the book.
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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.”
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“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.” 6 likes
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