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(Ben Walker #1)

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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
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
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.
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
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2019-shelf
Perfect for the heart of winter, this high-altitude psychological horror at the top of the mountain has a bit more going on than most of its ilk. That's to say, I LOVED the ancient history poking its head up out of the landslide. :)

It's a pretty classic horror romp, too, moving well beyond the usual thriller aspects and diving, head-first, into some rather great and surprising twists that make me feel like I'm back in a comparative religion course, shaking hands with devils, and dealing with can
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love books about mountain climbing. Or books that take place on mountains in sub zero temperatures. I've had a fascination with mountains and mountain climbing since college, when John Krakauer and the team of climbers he was with lived a devastating horror on Mount Everest. I watched all the news footage and interviews from that expedition, and I was immediately hooked on stories about people who risk their lives for adventure. ARARAT definitely delivers. I immediately had to pick it up when ...more
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.
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 adventurers wh
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To say that I've been waiting a very long time for this book, would be a vast understatement. Maybe, not this book in particular, but a Golden book that would knock my socks off. Mission accomplished! I love the horror and mythology that Mr. Golden does so well. This story had all of that, plus some decent character development. Which makes it sooooooo much better when the poop hits the fan! How can one little ole' demon cause such a ruckus? Best thing I've read from this author in maybe a decad ...more
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
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: local-library
HOW THE HELL DID THIS WIN A BRAM STOKER AWARD??? If you want to read a book with two-dimensional, unlikable characters, that uses every cliche ever written from the horror genre, and reads like a cheap predictable spy novel hacked together by Dan Brown, then knock yourself out, this is the one for you. If, however, you want to be engaged with the characters, feel a genuine sense of unease and creepiness while exploring the darker corners of yourself and humanity in general (which is what GOOD ho ...more
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 th
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come. This was a great novel
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
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
This was not a bad book, it was not a great book; and I "liked" the read. That is exactly how I feel about it, wasn't a waste of time and I have no regrets. Absolutely agree with the mediocre rating. Found myself envisioning the movie "The Thing" through most of it. Predicted the ending not long after I realized where the story line was headed, which is at the point you're introduced to what lies behind the plastic on the first level.
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
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
Jeremy Hepler
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story and characters. Golden never disappoints.
Steve Stred
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Growing up, my Grandma Hankins always had issues of the Weekly World News kicking around her place. For a fertile young imagination like mine, these editions were a goldmine of discoveries; Bat-boy, Bigfoot, Yeti’s, Vampires, Aliens and the like.

I remember vividly every six months or so, the Weekly World News would feature an issue dedicated specifically to religious things and findings. Usually on the cover were pictures of the Arc of the Co
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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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“But she hadn’t done it for herself. Numb, she put a hand over her belly and felt the roundness there, four months along and a little bigger every day. If her baby was a boy, she would name him Adam, and pray that he took after his father. Sometimes, though … Sometimes she let herself consider the possibility that the thing growing inside her might not be a baby at all. And then she would scream, just for a moment or two until it became irritated and seized control from within, silencing her. It didn’t like her to scream like that. Bad for the baby, the demon would whisper inside her mind. And the baby needs to be strong. Meryam wondered how much it would hurt to give birth to something with horns.” 1 likes
“But if there is any way to help Adam and to protect the rest of us, the only thing I can think of is an exorcism.” Mr. Avci began to shake his head immediately. “I think this is a very bad idea. Very bad. Several of the Turkish students are troubled enough already. And the guides, Hakan’s workers—” “Don’t speak for them,” Polly interrupted. “They’ve all just seen what’s happened with Adam. If you have your own troubles with it, say so, but we’ve all been working together for weeks. The Muslims and Jews on staff don’t need to believe in Christianity to want us to try everything to protect them.” 0 likes
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