A dark historical thriller with a supernatural twist, The Devil's Ark is Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile meets The Exorcist.
'The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist.' (Baudelaire)
Twelve years after fighting in Mesopotamia in the Great War, Harry Ward returns to the land where he lost his faith, his mind and almost his life. Haunted by bloody visions of bayonets, shrapnel and shells, he takes up the offer of a simple job, working as a photographer on an archaeological dig outside of Mosul.
As the dig progresses, Ward begins to realise that what they have uncovered is no ordinary temple; it holds a terrible secret. Now flashbacks are the least of his problems...and he must face a new kind of terror.
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I would cut out some of the endless repetition and move the story along a bit. It did drag. I chose the book because I have heard the reader before, like his voice and the storyline seemed intriguing. I am a historian and hoped the story would enlighten me about ancient civilations in the area. However, I soon tired of the key character who appeared flawed from the start and the setting of the story - none of the characters seemed real but very two-dimensional, flat and stereotyped. I got to the stage of thinking, who cares if the spirits get them? it was all a bit too contrived and fantastical.
Yes, provided they were not 'supernatural' stories or about ancient religious groups in desert countries!
Smooth, varied, entertaining
Avoid ancient religious groups and not to dig up hidden burial sites in the desert! Seriously, I was interested in the archaeology aspect but this book did not really dwell much on that side of the story.
Disappointing, one of the very few books I have listened to that I was tempted to ditch half-way through. I would not personally recommend this book, but that is my opinion and may not be shared by others.
- Liz Carter