12 April 2017


A 2017 Top Rated Read

By Christopher Golden

Paperback 320 pages
Publisher Headline (18th April 2017)
ISBN-13 978-1472234308

'If ever we could use a story that reminds us that we're together, a singular race, in religion and gender, that time is now. Bravo, Christopher Golden for sewing such enormous themes into a nail-biting, exhilarating book.' Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box
📕My Review

An earthquake and subsequent avalanche on Mt. Ararat leads to the discovery of a cave in which the final resting place of Noah's Ark is believed to have been discovered. A team of experts is hastily assembled to ascend the mountain and establish whether it is indeed the Ark.

Events take a sinister turn when a coffin-type box encased in bitumen is forced open and the remains of a hideous, horned cadaver are revealed. Could this really be a demon? A growing sense of unease and claustrophobia ensues and the team become increasingly unsettled and unnerved. When events take a violent turn, they need to evacuate the mountain immediately but there's a problem. A fierce blizzard is howling outside and anyone foolish enough to risk leaving may pay for it with their life. If they remain inside the cave they will almost certainly die too. 

Ararat is a must-read for any ardent horror devotee. The sense of claustrophobia and ensuing doom is palpable; so much so that I could not put this book down! Anyone who has seen the movie 'The Thing' will understand the hopelessness and bleakness of the situation presented to the reader. I came to care about the characters and their backstories. I needed to know if they were going to survive or if the evil lurking inside the cave would claim them.

If you don't already own a copy of this book - GO AND GET IT. You won't be disappointed. It's one of the best horror novels I've read.

My thanks to Christopher Golden, NetGalley and Headline for providing a copy of this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

Meryam and Adam take risks for a living. But neither is prepared for what lies in the legendary heights of Mount Ararat, Turkey.

First to reach a massive cave revealed by an avalanche, they discover the hole in the mountain's heart is really an ancient ship, buried in time. A relic that some fervently believe is Noah's Ark.

Deep in its recesses stands a coffin inscribed with mysterious symbols that no one in their team of scholars, archaeologists and filmmakers can identify. Inside is a twisted, horned cadaver. Outside a storm threatens to break.

As terror begins to infiltrate their every thought, is it the raging blizzard that chases them down the mountain - or something far worse?

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