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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review: Ararat: A Novel by Christopher Golden

Ararat: A Novel
by Christopher Golden
April 18, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
ASN: B01LYYHDNF ISBN: 9781250117052
318 pages
Christopher Golden’s 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 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, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses. Inside the coffin they find an ugly, misshapen cadaver―not the holy man they expected, but a hideous creature with horns. 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.

At eight o’clock on the last day of November, Mount Ararat in Turkey starts shaking, like an earthquake. An avalanche of ice and volcanic rock is loosened revealing a cave, buried for centuries. A ancient ship is found inside. And not just any ancient ship, but possibly Noah’s Ark. So, begins a race by those wanting to be the first inside to claim it. People like Adam Holzer, an American Jew, and his fiancĂ©e, Meryam, a Muslim. Both are climbers, and have written books about their adventures together. Feyiz, who is a friend and lives at the foot of Mount Ararat, lets Meryam know about the cave and its prize, so they decide to do this and film it.

Adam and Meryam are the first to reach the cave and stake their claim, and soon they bring in experts of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, faiths, even atheists. Not only do they find timbers of the boat, but mummified remains of people, and a coffin with broken pieces of hardened pitch covering it. The coffin contains something puzzling, but to most it strikes fear, for it has a misshapen jaw, but weirdest of all two white horns. Like a demon. When a massive winter storm hits and no one cannot go back down the mountain until it quits, they realize something is listening and even stalking them.

I liked how Christopher Golden took the story about the discovery of the ark and giving it a creepy twist. This is the bone chilling horror of a haunted house story, except set in a cave on a mountain during a winter snowstorm. It’s also an adventure story, full of heart pounding, nail ripping scariness.

I give Ararat 5 demonic sheep.

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling author of such novels as Snowblind, Tin Men, The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, and Of Saints and Shadows. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers.

Golden co-wrote the illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which became the launching pad for the cult favorite comics series Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies Seize the Night, The New Dead, and The Monster's Corner, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, a BBC radio play, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson), and a network television pilot.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this too. And some friends have read it and loved it also. He's written a winner!