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The Pandora Room

(Ben Walker #2)

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3.40  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  105 reviews
"A wonderful, wild ride." --Michael Koryta, New York Times Bestselling author of How It Happened and If She Wakes

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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 23rd 2019)
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Luvtoread
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lisa
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Char
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
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Tammie
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
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Shaina
3.5
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
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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 ...more
Martie Nees Record
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
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Juli
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 jars....one 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,
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Lou
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dave
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 ...more
Michael Hicks
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
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Aristotle
Apr 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/06/01/...

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
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Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | "Empathy" - Look it up.
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
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Carolyn
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
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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,
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Al
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andi Montaldi
Really hard to get through after the first 2 thirds. Same scene over and over again.
 Reading Divergence
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
Albert
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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January Gray
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.
Jason
May 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mediocre archeological thriller.
Jypsy
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you found Pandora's Box, would you open it? The Pandora Room explores this question when an archeologist discovers what she believes to be Pandora's Box. Of course, something so monumental can never be kept secret. Now, nations will fight for this box. This is my first book by the author, and I enjoyed it. It's confusing at times because a lot is happening, but overall this is a solid thrill ride. I will read more from the author. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest ...more
Jeffrey W Brigham
Before sitting down to read this book, make sure you have a magnifying glass close at hand so that you can see what page number you're on. If you don't care about page numbers, then you're good to go. Apparently this book is number two, the latest installment, in a series of Ben Walker books.

The story begins with a car chase (original and thrilling, right?) and goes on to become an action thriller / ghost story. Christopher Golden's zest for horror really shines starting at about page 280,
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Hannah
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC REVIEW

Ben Walker #2, Walker is back for another adventure. I think this can be read as a standalone since they are two separate stories but for the two returning characters a bit of character development happened in the first book; you can always go back and read the first book if you feel the need to after reading this one. I enjoy Golden's writing, for me this one was quite a bit more enjoyable to read than the first, topic-wise I have always been more interested in Pandora's Box than the
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Jon Recluse
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
3.5 stars
Valerie
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m really enjoying the character Ben Walker in this story and the previous novel I read from Mr. Golden! He gives us an action packed adventure that revolves around the legend of Pandora’s Box.

An isolated location, excavations, and a discovery that could be devastating in the wrong hands. We have people underground with a contagion loose, jihadis above attacking. But an evil also lurks below with the group of workers and scientists! I liked that the author mentions the thawing of the permafrost
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Matt
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Just didn't grab me that well.
Kitten Kisser
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yawn, It's So Exciting I Can Hardly Stay Awake

I knew I should have given this book a pass. I listened to Ararat on audio book & was very disappointed in it. Yet, once again I get sucked in by a books description. It just sounds so good. Pandora's Box. Yes, I'm interested! Plus I thought this might tie in with the escaped evil from Ararat. Authors can have a bad book or two. Perhaps Golden finally found the right rhythm in this book. Oh, how I now laugh at my naivety.
All I can say is this was
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Harold
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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