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. 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. The artifact tempts their professional curiosity; so they break it open. Inside, they find an ugly, misshapen cadaver—not the holy man that they expected, a hideous creature with 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. – Goodreads.com
Blizzard conditions on a mountain top, people of different backgrounds and religions stuck in a cave, possibly with Noah’s Ark and an ancient evil? And it was written by Christopher Golden? I clicked so fast on the NetGalley request button, the mouse was a blur.
The gradual building of tension, mistrust, and fear the characters have both for their horrific situation and each other is compelling and intense. Trust me – make sure you’re not disturbed while reading the last thirty or so pages of this book. The characters are wonderfully flawed and fascinating and I found the religious diversity thought-provoking, but relieved it wasn’t the primary focus of the story.
This is the third book I’ve read by Christopher Golden and I’ve yet to be disappointed. I’m a confirmed fan. Ararat is scheduled for publication April 18th, 2017.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the digital ARC.