Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (143) Ararat by Christopher Golden

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine where readers share which books they are highly anticipating. This week I want to share Ararat by Christopher Golden

Why I'm WaitingFirst off, I love the premise of this story, it sounds really unique. Actually this story reminds me of the Mummy meets say Dracula 2000. I'm not saying the creature inside is a Vampire but it is at least plausible since it was found in a coffin. Either way I think the premise has loads of potential and I know Christopher Golden is an Author who can do Horror well so I'm optimistic. 

Expected Publication: 
April 18th 2017 from St. Martin's Press

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden’s supernatural thriller about a mountain adventure that quickly turns into a horrific nightmare of biblical proportions.

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.

Since I'm curious, Have you heard of Ararat

If so, Do you plan on reading it?

Sound off in the comments below. I love to read your responses. 

That about wraps up my Waiting On Wednesday for this week.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Gates by Iain Rob Wright


What will you do when the world ends? That's a question that needs answering quickly when the gates to Hell open up all over Earth. Taking place across the globe is an apocalypse like no other, and humanity will find itself at war against a smart and merciless foe. Follow the struggles to survive with several characters as things go from bad to worse. Humanity is dwindling.
Guy Granger is a Coast Guard captain in search of his kids. Mina Magar is a photojournalist taking pictures of horror she could never have imagined. Rick Bastion is a fading pop star with his head in a bottle and no hope for his future. Tony Cross is a soldier stuck on the Iraq-Syria border, but fighting insurgents is no longer a priority as a new threat emerges. Follow them all as they fight to stay alive.
When the gates open, all Hell will break loose!

*Small Spoilers Below
Iain Rob Wright is an Author whom I've followed for quite a few years now. The Gates is a book I've owned many months now but just couldn't seem to bring myself to read. No, I wasn't worried the book would be awful. I've yet to worry about this Author being enjoyable and The Gates it would turn out would be no exception. No, instead I had been in a massive reading funk and just didn't feel like committing myself to a story several hundred pages long. Lazy? Yes. Do I feel bad about that? You bet. It is, what it is though. Thankfully, I  realized I had the Audiobook as well and decided to give it a shot during my many long nights at work and I am so, so, glad that I did. 

A good narrator is crucial to a good audiobook. The story can be the next Great Gatsby but if you have the wrong narrator reading the story to you it will ultimately fail. That is why I knew I'd have no trouble getting glued into The Gates. The narrator  Nigel Patterson was phenomenal. He didn't just narrate the story, he breathed life into each and every character that  graced each page. (yes even the female ones). 

Another thing I really enjoyed about the story was the Apocalypse itself. No Zombies, no Alien overlords looking to enslave us, no RobotVampireNaziApocalylse,. This story was  Armageddon pure and simple. Don't worry though, this is not some preachy Left Behind bs. Rather this is a story that just so happens to take elements of that found in The Bible and melded it with his own thoughts and ideas to make it uniquely his own. I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. Plus their are Giant Demons that can go fe, fi, fo, fum on your ass and that's pretty wicked.. 

Lastly, I really liked the characters. The cast of The Gates spans continents so  naturally that means we run across a lot of characters. Normally a story can feel cluttered with a cast so large but because of the situations they find themselves in and the fact we don't have huge chunks of characters all clamoring to be heard at one time it didn't really feel stifling. Plus despite the large ensemble we do have main characters with a plot driving them but that doesn't deflect from all the other stories weaving in and out of them. It's hard to describe without spoiling but it makes sense when you listen to the book. 

Now despite really loving The Gates I did have one minor gripe about the story and that was the very ending. A minor tweak could have made the events more impactful and really given the story that "Heck Yeah!" ending leaving me pumped to immediately start Book 2. I want to state that the ending was in by no means a disappointment just that it felt like it ran out of steam by stories end. 

Final Thoughts
What more can I say? I loved this story, I highly recommend it. The pacing, the narration, the plot was all  great. I can't wait to continue the story in Legion and hope to see some of the characters reunited despite all the odds against them. Go buy this one, you won't be disappointed I promise. 

With that being said, I'll be rating The Gates by Iain Rob Wright ★★★★★.

*Copy reviewed purchased by me. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any which way for providing them.

About the Author
Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES.

His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover.