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(Ben Walker #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,297 ratings  ·  474 reviews
When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snow fall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah’s Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborat ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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This was okay story with a pretty neat premise. Not super awesome or anything. Here are my thoughts on a few items:

The writing – I think this would have worked better as a short story. Even thought it was not a very long book, it felt very repetitive and drawn out. Because of this, I don’t think the suspense and thrills really ended up being all that suspenseful or thrilling.

The plot – I cannot say too much about the plot without giving it away, but I will say that I thought the main crux of the
After an earthquake in Turkey, a massive opening is revealed in the side of a mountain, and the ship discovered inside that opening is the setting for Ararat.

Adam and Meryam, an adventurous engaged couple, lead an expedition to explore what is thought by many to be Noah's Ark. Their team includes archaeologists, representatives of Turkey, mountain guides and a priest, among others. Once up the mountain and inside, they discover what seems to be some type of coffin. Is this really Noah's Ark? W
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I was really bummed when I was not once, but twice declined for this book on NetGalley. So, when the book was released did I actually buy it, despite the fact that I seldom buy new books. But, just luck at the cover, it's fabulous and the blurb really intrigued me. I couldn't wait to read the book.

Perhaps I did have too high expectations because the book didn't really rock my boat. Sure, it was interesting to read, but it was never intense or terrifying, not even a bit chilling to read. It wa
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Book hits stores on April 18th!

Like puzzles? Feel like you need to tangle with the supernatural? Enjoy dabbling in the odd horror? Well, this book might hold the key to quenching your literary requirements. In regards to whether or not those were the requirements I was looking for, I think I was more strongly swayed by some of the earlier reviews of the book. The Da Vinci Code comparisons sealed the deal.

Ararat takes place in the mountains of Turkey, when a group of mountaineers make a staring
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Adam and Meryam are a newly engaged couple from very different backgrounds, but they have always bonded over their love of adventure. In recent years, they have even achieved moderate fame for their series of videos taken from their travels around the world. Now they are eyeing their next great challenge, an expedition to climb Turkey’s Mount Ararat after an avalanche has reportedly revealed a massive cave up high in the
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book with a wee bit of stink eye because although most of my friends loved Snowblind, I really didn’t love that one. I enjoyed the setup but when the novel decided to time jump 12 years into the future it tested my memory and my memory failed. I am so glad to say that Ararat didn’t hurt my brain, is genuinely chilling and the pages fly.

It’s about a couple who take the trip of a lifetime and leave for Turkey in order to be the first to document a discovery that will quite possibl
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An avalanche high up on the Ararat mountain unveils a hidden cave which holds the archeological find of a lifetime. Meryam and her fiancé Adam want to be the first to claim it. What they find after scaling the frozen mountain dwarfs even their greatest expectations. The possibilities are staggering. It will need to be studied. Analyzed. Recorded. It will test the very fabric of their religious belief systems (or lack thereof). And shit…it just woke up.

This was my first Christopher Golden. And it
Ararat is set in that always dependable horror environment: the cold, unyielding snow. It also works as a pretty effective locked-room thriller as well, taking place almost entirely in a recently-opened cave thousands of miles high up on the side of a mountain. In it, a group of scientists and adventurers discover what they believe to be the mummified wreck of Noah's Ark. But it really starts to get freaky once they find a tomb there with a body inside. A body with horns on its head.

As I mentio
Chris Berko
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really more like 4.5. This reminded me of my favorite Michael Crichton books, Sphere and Andromeda Strain, with the slight supernatural leanings of early Preston and Child. It's a bunch of different people from a bunch of different fields and backgrounds that come together to study something that hasn't been seen for a very long time. I thought the story was cool as hell and towards the end when I said to myself "oh shit, it's about to get corny"... it didn't, very cool. This is the first book I ...more
Frank Errington
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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After an earthquake in the mountains of Turkey, a new cave is uncovered on Mt. Ararat.

"They spotted a cavern up on the southeast face that wasn't there before. Big one. Geologically, it shouldn't exist."

The news reaches documentary adventurers, and engaged couple, Meryam Karga and Adam Holzer who were eager to be the first to the site so they could potentially control the project. They are not alone on their quest and when the Turkish government finally gives their permission to start
Eli Easton
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best full-on horror novel I've read in some time. It feels like vintage Michael Crichton to me, with a plot something like: Dan Brown meets "The Thing".

A huge earthquake and avalanche at Mt. Ararat (in Turkey) exposes a cave in the snow. That mountain has long been rumored to be the final resting place of Noah's Ark, so a number of teams set out to explore the newly uncovered cave hoping to find archaeological gold. The first team to the cave will win the scoop. This "race to the cav
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
WHAT IN THE EVER LIVING FUCK?!???? How the shit is this even a book that exists as something that someone *actually* published? This author is, I am not even exaggerating, no better than some of the worst NoSleep writers. And, in fact, I'm pretty convinced this guy reads--closely--that subreddit. That's not to say NoSleep authors are bad, some can be good, but this story is such a travesty I'm honestly amazed the editor wasn't like, "Uh...did you lift this from a NoSleep story?"

But that's not al
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-dark
Ararat is exactly the type of book that I love to read-creepy! Ararat takes place in Turkey where an earthquake/avalanche creates a large opening in the side of a mountain-not such a big deal until people start thinking that it may be in fact Noah's Ark. As a team is put into place and exploration begins- isolation, snowy/frigid conditions, and the finding of a sarcophagus (more of what's inside of the sarcophagus) causes tension and violence to rise among team members. Overall-an enjoyable and ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will start by admitting that I am not sure what to make of this book. I have known of the author for time and have read a couple of his books to know I like his style and he has clever and interesting stories to tell.

However this book I am not really sure what to make it. Now as usual I will try not to give away any spoilers which will make the next part a challenge.

Okay so the confusion (on my part) the story starts off with an intriguing idea and the whole atmosphere and environment are ver
Jon Recluse
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
After an earthquake reveals a cave where none should exist on Mount Ararat, uncovering an archaeological find that could prove the reality of the Great Flood, a diverse group of experts, each with their own beliefs, expectations and secrets, brave the deadly terrain and brutal cold to decipher the ancient riddle.
What they discover challenges everything they believe....and believe they know. For there is an evil evil that cannot die, cannot be that doesn't care what hu
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
An expedition to Mt. Ararat in Turkey to uncover what is supposed to be Noah's Ark. Sounds interesting...especially with a horror twist. Unfortunately the delivery was disappointing. I was never able to really connect to the characters. The plot was predictable and the story could've easily been 100 pages shorter.
It’s true that ambition is the path to success. But when ambition leads them to the top of Mount Ararat, ambition might turn to be out a lot more. Ararat is the horror novel by Christopher Gold which is one of the best horror books for 2017.

Maryam and Adam are a newly engaged young and very ambitious couple. Together they have coauthored a lot of books about their adventures and travels to thrilling and dangerous places. To them, that thrill is not only about making a living, it’s the way they
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
For me, the hard part for authors when writing a horror/suspense story is maintaining a feeling of tension, unease or fear throughout the tale. Golden does a better than average job with this book and he accomplishes this through multiple POVs as well as different character nationalities and religious idealogies. As he jumps from chatacter to character you get a different sense of fear and dread from each one.
After an earthquake(or possibly something else?) a section of Ararat is sheared away e
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
ARARAT was a Christopher Golden book that I eagerly awaited, but I was disappointed with the novel in the end. The premise was great, but I thought it was handled rather poorly and unconvincingly. It was also difficult to care about any of the characters. For me, this was a potentially great book that just fell flat.
David Brian
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy horror stories based around history, mythology, archaeological sites, and/or isolated inhospitable places, so Ararat was always on my radar.

Following a powerful quake on the slopes of Mount Ararat, a bizarre find is unearthed. Could this really be the remains of Noah's Ark, embedded in ice halfway up the mountain? Furthermore, the wreck contains something unpleasant which the Bible-log didn't indicate would be on the boat. Cue a call to Adam and Meryam, two intrepid adventures who
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
I was drawn to Ararat by the prospect of reading a horror novel based around Noah’s Ark. I’ve never read Christopher Golden before, never read anything marketed as fiction involving Noah’s Ark either. So, really, I had no clue what I was getting myself into when I picked up the book.

Ararat is a fast-paced horror thriller with a good dose of atmosphere. When they’re inside the ark, you can immediately feel the evil settling into the air. What do you get when Jews, Muslims, and Catholics all find
Jeremy Hepler
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story and characters. Golden never disappoints.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
A Jew, a Muslim, an Atheist, and a Priest
walk into a cave...which is actually the entrance to Noah's they think...and then people start dying.
I found this book to be a struggle. Plodding along with one dimensional characters and mediocre writing.
I was thinking this was going to be more like Davinci Code but ended up with a bad syfy movie.
Was the ship the ark? S.S. Minnow?
Who was the demon? A back story would have made this a better book. And the ending? Uh,no.
'The power of Christ comp
I may never go near a mountain again.... tense, gory and dark. 3.5 stars.

A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

Book source ~ NetGalley

An earthquake and a landslide reveal a hidden treasure. Or is it? Many think the long-buried ship up on Mount Ararat in Turkey is Noah’s ark. Some aren’t sure what to believe, but all of the workers laboring on the dig agree that something menacing is inside this incredible artifact and they’re sure it’s tied to the coffin and the deformed corpse inside.

Told from many POVs, this story is a chilling tale of regretting what you wish for. Buried for thousands of years is t
Kevin Lucia
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing


Wow. That last line. Wow. An excellent horror/thriller which moves at an unrelenting pace. Highly recommended!
Michael Hicks
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prior to Ararat, I had only been familiar with Christopher Golden's work in comics, primarily Baltimore with Mike Mignola. Thankfully, this book was as good a place as any to experience Golden's long-form prose, and post-Ararat, I expect to be reading plenty more this guy's work in the years ahead.

Convinced that they have discovered Noah's Ark after an earthquake reveals a hidden chamber inside Mt. Ararat, a team of researchers dig deeper, hoping to find answers to a series of questions thousand
Andi Rawson
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ararat is the first book that I have read that was written solely by Christopher Golden. Previous to this I read Bloodstained Oz which was co-written by him and James A. Moore and it was wicked. I had been seeing a lot of hype for Ararat everywhere and was lucky enough to get approved for an ARC through NetGalley.

Ararat was not what I was expecting. It was so much better. An inhospitable mountain. The discovery of what very well may be Noah's Ark tucked into the side of the mountain. The remain
Riju Ganguly
The setting:
A Turk mountain-top close to Iranian border, undergoes an earthquake and consequent avalanche. A hitherto hidden cave gets revealed. For some reason, mountaineers, archeologists, intelligence operatives, and sundry people full of religion and hostile attitude rush towards that cave presuming/BELIEVING it to hold Noah's ark. A horde of spectacularly fidgety, discourteous, sanctimonious, and liable-to-be-massacred people converge at the site.
The result:
The cave doesn't hold Noah's Ark.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
An earthquake and subsequent avalanche reveals an age-old secret on Mount Ararat. The timbers and hulking remains of a ship encased in ice. Scientists, historians and others rush immediately to Turkey. They all want to be the first to explore and document what might be Noah's Ark. Adam Holzer and his fiance Meryam pull strings to get exclusive access to the discovery. They climb the mountain with a group including guides, a priest, turkish officials, a UN rep, scientists and historians. As they ...more
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more

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