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Title:
The pandora room : a novel / Christopher Golden.
ISBN:
9781250192103
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Physical Description:
307 pages ; 25 cm
Abstract:
New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden's chilling exploration of what happens when the original Pandora's Box is discovered in an ancient subterranean city, stirring international conflict and exposing the archaeological team to curses, whispers, and the terror of a legendary plague. In one ancient variation on the myth of Pandora's Box, there were two jars, one for Pandora and one for her sister, Anesidora. One contained all the blessings of the gods, the other all the world's curses. Now, in a subterranean city in Northern Iraq, archaeologist Sophie Durand has discovered a secret chamber covered in writing that confirms that version of the tale--a chamber which contains a single jar. "Weird shit" expert Ben Walker joins Sophie's team just as the mystery deepens and grows ugly. Those who believe the myth want to know which jar has been found in the Pandora Room, 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 jar contains, they want it, no matter who they have to kill--or what will emerge when they open it. For Sophie, Walker, and the others, the Pandora Room may soon become their tomb.
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Summary

"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.


Author Notes

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker award-winning author of Ararat, Snowblind, Dead Ringers, and Of Saints and Shadows , among many other novels. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of two cult favorite comic-book series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective . Golden is also the editor of such anthologies as Seize the Night, The New Dead , and Dark Cities , and the co-host of the popular podcast "Three Guys with Beards." He lives in Massachusetts.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Solid prose and well-developed characters lift bestseller Golden's sequel to 2017's Ararat. After an assignment in the Arctic to study deadly prehistoric microbes, Ben Walker, who works for the National Science Foundation, a front for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is ordered to Iraq to handle another unsettling discovery. Archeologist Sophie Durand has excavated an underground city in Kurdish territory, DerveyAr, and within it has found a hidden chamber that holds what appears to be the source of the myth of Pandora's Box, a sealed vase. Given the legend that the box "contained all the evils that might plague mankind," Walker's bosses dispatch him to insure that proper containment protocols are observed while it's extracted for further study. That mission is endangered by Islamic terrorists and by something making members of Sophie's expedition sick. Golden makes the oppressive atmosphere inside DerveyAr palpable. Preston and Child fans will clamor for more of Walker. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.