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The pandora room
2019
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"A wonderful, wild ride . " --Michael Koryta, New York Times Bestselling author of How It Happened and If She Wakes

From the New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author comes the sensational new novel that turns ancient lore into a modern-day horror. In one variation on the myth of Pandora's Box, there were two jars, one for Pandora and one for her sister. One contained blessings of the gods, the other all the world's curses...

Archaeologist Sophie Durand has spent her life studying ancient mythology and languages. Years of work have led her to the greatest discovery of her career, a subterranean city deep in the heart of Northern Iraq. When Sophie's team uncovers a secret chamber whose walls are covered in cuneiform, along with a warning from Alexander the Great, history and mythology begin to merge. The writings confirm the Pandora tale of two jars, but the chamber guards only one. It's a find that could makehistory, or start a war.

Weird-science expert Ben Walker is called in as the mystery grows ugly. Those who believe the myth want to know which jar was found, the one containing blessings or the one full of curses. Governments rush to lay claim, but jihadi forces aren't waiting for the dust to settle. Whatever the jars contain, they want it, no matter the cost. For Sophie, Walker, and the others, the Pandora Room may soon become their tomb.

In a novel that breathes new life into the supernatural thriller, Christopher Golden's pulse-pounding tale is not to be missed.

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The follow-up to the Bram Stoker Award-winning Ararat (2017) is another mythologically framed, horror-thriller hybrid. U.S. Department of Defense covert problem solver Dr. Ben Walker and UN executive Kim Seong are summoned to the border between Iraq and Turkey, where Dr. Sophie Durand may have found the fabled Pandora's Box deep in an underground city. Her diverse, international team of experts is trying to secure the box for history, but they are in mortal danger from armed jihadists and the infectious diseases and murderous ghosts seeping out of the box. Though the pacing is quick, and the action is cinematic, Golden provides a detailed setting and excellent character development. Where this novel shines is in the horror. The tension and fear are eerily realistic, while the supernatural monsters are unique and utterly terrifying. The many points of view portrayed ratchet up the dread in this smart, satisfying series that will appeal to fans of supernatural thrillers like Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger series and historically framed horror like The Hunger, by Alma Katsu (2018).--Becky Spratford Copyright 2019 Booklist
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