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The Pandora Room

(Ben Walker #2)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  673 ratings  ·  137 reviews
When what appears to be the original Pandora's Box is discovered in an ancient city, neighboring countries fight for ownership and unleash a terrible plague.

The Pandora Room is New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden's chilling exploration of what happens when the original Pandora's Box is discovered in an ancient subterranean city, stirring international
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Thrilling Adventure In Ancient History And Mythology!

This was a very suspenseful trip into the unknown with a touch of believable and eerie supernatural in the background. Top archaeologist Sophie Durand and her team of many highly chosen colleagues and assistants have been working in the desert outside a small city in the middle east for almost a year and have discovered many ancient artifacts during this time. Suddenly they discover a hidden room underground that has been untouched for thou
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.
I'm a sucker for this man's stories. Well, his adult market stuff. Matter of fact, nobody should ever trust me when I review his books! He almost always gets a pass with me.
I did love Ararat, the first Ben Walker story. I almost loved this one too. Almost. One thing Golden can do is develop the scenery and the mood. I could clearly picture this underground system of caves, and feel the oppression of rocks, crazies with this Pandora virus, and then D
3.5/5 stars

THE PANDORA ROOM is a follow up to Golden's novel from 2017, ARARAT. While I enjoyed that book more than this one, it was still an exciting adventure!

In northern Iraq, a team of archaeologists have discovered a room and in that room, a box, and in that box? The information is right there in the book's title. Is it real, or not? It was once said there was a box full of plagues, disease and malice; it was also said there was a box full of peace and joy to all. If both of these sayings
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-dark
The Pandora Room was a solid 5 stars.
With a large cast of characters, this book centers around an archaeological dig in Northern Iraq. Things get very interesting when the team of archaeologists discover what they believe to be Pandora’s Box (jar in this case) in a room they dubbed the Pandora Room. Whatever the jar really is or isn’t-everyone wants it!
I’m a sucker for these types of books and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. The Pandora Room is well-written and full of adventure as well
This one was a lot like the adventure style of Ararat but you were dealing with different challenges on the excavation. This site was underground and the artifact was located in the Pandora Room. If you know anything about the mythology surrounding Pandora then you’ve probably gotten a few hints.
I assure you it gets a lot stickier and messier from there. There are alternate versions of the myth, and those are considered by the archaeologists as well. The problem is which fits ? What awaits
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
We were first introduced to Ben Walker in ARARAT. He was lucky to survive that experience, only to once again have to face evil when he is sent to Northern Iraq where a jar has been found. A jar with a connection to the myth of Pandora's Box. But, that is what it is, right, just a myth? There can't be anything to the legend that the jar is cursed. Ben hardly has time to settle into his new assignment when they are attacked by enemies that are after the jar. And, now trapped in the subterranean c ...more
Martie Nees Record
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
My rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5
Genre: Mystery & Supernatural Thriller
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date: April 23, 2019

This is the author’s second novel with his protagonist, Ben Walker. Think James Bond, only more realistic. This hero actually feels chronic pain from injuries incurred during his fights with bad guys. The reader first meets the character in Golden’s 2017 novel, “Ararat.” He joins an archaeological expedition, digging deep within a mountain located in Turkey. They were look
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
An archeologist discovers a suberranean city in Iraq. Inside a secret chamber covered in ancient writings, there is a jar. Pandora's Box. The ancient story tells of two containing all the blessings of the Gods and the other containing all of the curses. Which jar lies in the secret chamber? Suddenly governments and even ISIS are fighting for control of the jar. Will they unleash ancient curses upon the earth? Some myths are best left buried!

I enjoyed the first book in this series, Ar
A new set of twists on an adventure thriller theme. What happens when an archeological team finds a buried ancient treasure? What terrible forces have they unwittingly unleashed? What ancient terror from the deeps is now stomping through our world ? It may not be Lara Croft and Indiana Jones, but it’s a story in the tradition. Here, an archeological team in Kurdistan has found that ancient treasure - that taste of hell known as Pandora’s box 📦- although in this case it’s a jar. As the Jihadist t ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Christopher Pyrite

Pyrite, also known as fools gold because there was nothing 'Golden' about this book.
What a snorefest. I knew i should have passed on this book after reading Golden's, i mean Pyrite's equally boring book 'Ararat'. Just plain dull. I was rooting for the evil in Pandora's Box i mean jar. Wow what a big reveal! A jar! Then i started cheering for the ghosts. Lets hope the characters end up eating the fish at the end of the book. Ha! No plot, no character development, and at times si
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read my Interview with Christopher Golden On his novel The Pandora Room, writing, and inspirations. | More2Read

Mysteries of the ancient and the modern, women and men dealing with myths, good versus evil, dead bodies piling, terror arriving in many forms.
Location Amadiya, a city of less than 5 thousand, an unstable region of the world, with a gathering of people in search of some things to be deciphered.
There will be archaeologists, researchers, and teachers a project financed by the European Uni
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Michael Hicks
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review of THE PANDORA ROOM can be found at High Fever Books.

The Pandora Room, Christopher Golden’s follow-up to his Bram Stoker Award-winning novel Ararat, sees Ben Walker returning for more supernatural archeological shenanigans and cave-based craziness.

In the book’s opening moments, Sophie Durand discovers she and her team are being followed during a trip into town for supplies. It’s a small leap in logic to realize that whoever is watching her must want whatever is buried in the subterran
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THE PANDORA ROOM is the second in the Ben Walker series, which commenced with the stunning thriller ARARAT. An archaeological excavation in Kurdistan breaks through into a cleverly hidden underground city, possibly the major archaeological discovery of the century. However, there is far more to this site than simply an abandoned civilization covered over by the detritus of millennia. A warning noting a no trespassing order by the King of Asia (Alexander the Great) eventually leads to a room far ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Well, unfortunately this one didn’t really work for me. While I wasn’t completely blown away by Ararat, when I saw that it had a quasi-sequel called The Pandora Room coming out, I thought I might give Christopher Golden and this world another try. Sad to say though, I think I ended up even less taken with this new installment.

And it’s a pity, because I thought the book’s description sounded so intriguing. Just days befor
Sci-Fi & Scary
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Tepid when it could have been boiling hot. I think that's what irritated me the most.

Maybe my expectations were too high.

I've read a few things from Christopher Golden in the past, and enjoyed most of them. I really liked the first book in the Ben Walker series (Ararat), and so going into the book I expected that I would at least enjoy it as well.

This felt like it was written with all the enthusiasm of a man doing his taxes for the 20th year.

I just couldn't care about it. It's not a bad book (
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this action-packed ARC in return for an honest review.

I enjoy adventures where there is a sense of danger, including ones based on mythology and the supernatural. I had problems with the large cast of characters. Many of the people named only existed to become victims, and so wasn’t moved by the illnesses or deaths of characters I never got to know. There were too many factions involved in either guarding or retrieving the relic, either for what t
Andi Montaldi
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really hard to get through after the first 2 thirds. Same scene over and over again.
actual rating: 2.5

Kind of wished I had been less impatient and waited for my hold of Ararat to come through because I think I would have enjoyed that one slightly more, but looking at the reviews it seems like the same basic premise but in a different location [although with the slight bonus of an actual mummy instead of a disease as the horror element] so I think I'm done with this series. I can see how this book could be enjoyable to some people but even now in 2020 I just do not find ~oooh my
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
*4.5 Stars

Ben Walker is living my childhood dream, well, he isn’t exactly living it because he is a fictional character, but you know what I mean. I grew up on a healthy dose of Indiana Jones and Allan Quatermain; Harrison Ford and Richard Chamberlain stoked my love of the adventure of uncovering a lost mythical treasure in an exotic location. Ben Walker is a modern version of my childhood heroes.

The Pandora Room is the second book in the Ben Walker series, but if you haven’t read Ararat yet, do
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think Golden just rewrote Ararat in a different setting. So if you like conspiracies, caves, and quasi-supernatural disease and madness, just choose hot or cold, and you'll be fine with either of these. But you probably don't need both. ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden is book number #2 in the Ben Walker series and a stunning follow up to the exciting and frightening Ararat. A team of archaeologists have found a hidden room deep underground in Iraq. A room that brings to life an ancient Greek legend and the dangers it contains.

"...Her hand wavered, and all the breath went out of her. A numbness spread through her. The excitement of discovery, the thrill of ancient secrets, had driven her until this moment, reminding her o
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the second book starring Ben Walker in an archaeological action thriller/horror novel set in the Middle East. I preferred the first one, Ararat, partially because this one is just too similar. (Not really a spoiler because you get the same information on the jacket copy: demon and Noah's Ark vs. ghosts and Pandora's Box.) This one has a large cast of characters, but only a handful of them are developed well enough to be readily definable. (We do learn, however, that archaeologists are a ...more
Ally (AllyEmReads)
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books, adult
4.5/5 stars

Holy Freaking Crapballs, this was incredible

This is exactly the kind of horror that love. Deep, psychological, with a touch of mythological paranoia. I loved the twists that were taken with the mythology, and that’s saying a lot coming from me, someone who tends to go on frustrated rants atop my soap box when myths are told incorrectly or embellished for continuity’s sake. But the addition Golden made felt natural enough that it didn’t evoke that frustration in me, so applause for tha
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
If I could rate this zero stars, I'd do so. Pretty much nothing happened in the first two thirds of the book, and then pretty close to nothing happened in the last third of the book. To give an idea of the writing "technique", random characters were introduced for a page or so, and then never mentioned again. Reading it was a total waste. ...more
January Gray
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay. Maybe my expectations for this book were too high? Kind of predictable to be honest with you. I finished it, but it isn't something I would read again. ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mediocre archeological thriller.
Jon Recluse
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
3.5 stars
Jun 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: readathons, unhaul
yeah no, this book gave me a migraine.

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Kayla TM
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the dark tunnels and hidden chambers of an ancient city lies a myth. When Sophie Durand stumbles into a, once, sealed off room, she finds a chamber scrawled with ancient writing and a jar on an alter that supposedly belongs to the myth of Pandora’s box. Only in this version, there are two jars: one with horrors and another with cures. But which jar is this one? And to what lengths are people willing to go for possession of this jar?

I’m a huge Christopher Golden fan. He writes novels with so m
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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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