Ararat

Christopher Golden

Book - 2017

"Fans of Dan Simmons' THE TERROR will love ARARAT, the thrilling tale of an adventure that goes awry. 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. But when a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate co...ffin in its recesses...and when they break it open, they find that the cadaver within is an ugly, misshapen thing...and it has horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain...but they are not alone"--

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
305 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250117052
1250117054
Main Author
Christopher Golden (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Since religion's conception, human beings have striven to find proof that some higher power exists. Sometimes the search is abstract, but in the case of Golden's latest novel, the unearthed proof is horrifyingly real. Engaged thrill seekers Meryam and Adam spend their time traveling the world, publishing books about their adventures, but it isn't until an avalanche on Mount Ararat occurs that they decide to cement their claim to fame. With the help of guides, their group reaches a newly exhumed cave at the site of the avalanche, to discover what looks like Noah's Ark. But the Ark isn't the only thing they find; a mummified body with long horns is uncovered in the ruins, and its presence causes tension among the team of archaeologists and scholars sent to study the artifacts. Fights escalate, people start disappearing, and even the nonbelievers of the team begin to suspect the worst: they've unearthed a demon. Golden takes readers on a terrifying journey into their own worst nightmares with a novel that is sure to chill to the bone. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Trapped in a blizzard on Mount Ararat, a couple discover what looks to be Noah's Ark, and scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers rush in for their own purposes. Alas, the sumptuous coffin they find contains a wretched-looking cadaver with horns. From a two-time Bram Stoker Award winner.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Adventure writers Meryam and Adam are thrilled when they discover what they believe to be Noah's Ark in a cave inside Turkey's Mount Ararat. Among the treasures they find is an ancient coffin bearing a disfigured human, but the archaeological expedition quickly goes awry. Golden weaves political and religious elements into this scary tale of people trapped on a mountain with a demon. VERDICT Those who dare to read this novel will enjoy a spine-tingling tale with rich imagery and a buoyant cast of characters. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The whole is more than the sum of its parts in this exceptional supernatural thriller from bestseller Golden (Dead Ringers). An avalanche on Turkey's legendary Mount Ararat uncovers a cave that may contain the remnants of Noah's Ark. Adventurers, authors, and filmmakers Adam Holzer and Meryam Karga are determined to be the first to stake a claim on the site, and thus get the Turkish government's permission to excavate it. They succeed, despite fierce competition, only to find that the ark contains a hideous and unsettling humanoid skeleton with two horns on its skull. While the scientists and rationalists on the team, including Ben Walker, whose National Science Foundation affiliation is actually a cover for the U.S. Department of Defense, dismiss any talk of demons, someone—or something—begins to pick off members of the expedition. While the contours of the story line will be familiar to genre fans, Golden makes them feel fresh through solid prose, effective characterizations, and a willingness not to pull any plot punches. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Apr.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A group of scientists and filmmakers gather to explore an ark found inside a cave on Mount Ararat, but after they are trapped in the cave by a blizzard, they make the disturbing discovery that a coffin in the ship contains a misshapen cadaver with horns.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Fans of Dan Simmons' THE TERROR will love ARARAT, the thrilling tale of an adventure that goes awry. 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. But when a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses...and when they break it open, they find that the cadaver within is an ugly, misshapen thing...and it has horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain...but they are not alone"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When an ancient relic believed to be Noah's Ark is discovered in the aftermath of an avalanche on Mount Ararat in Turkey, a team of investigating scholars, archaeologists and filmmakers find the corpse of a monster on the ship before a massive blizzard traps them on the site with a mysterious predator.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Bram Stoker Award Winner for Superior Achievement in a Novel "An extremely gripping story, with echoes of John Carpenter’s The Thing...It’s a creepy, chilling book." —Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan"Part psychological horror, part supernatural thriller, Ararat is a masterclass in supernatural suspense. Don't read it before bed!" —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes"Ararat is a rollicking and horrifying adventure...as relentless as it is addictive." —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's RockNew York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden’s Ararat is a supernatural thriller about a mountain adventure that quickly turns into a horrific nightmare of biblical proportions.Ararat is the heart-pounding tale of an adventure that goes wrong…on a biblical scale. When an earthquake reveals a secret cave hidden inside Mount Ararat in Turkey, a daring newly engaged couple are determined to be the first ones inside…and what they discover will change everything.The cave is actually a buried ancient ship that many quickly come to believe is Noah’s Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses. Inside the coffin they find something hideous. Shock and fear turn to horror when a massive blizzard blows in, trapping them thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain. All they can do is pray for safety. But something wicked is listening to their prayers…and it wants to answer.