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The Lost Ark by [Rain, J.R.]
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About the Author

J.R. Rain is an ex-private investigator who now writes full-time in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams. Please visit him at www.jrrain.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1103 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041T4FA2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As the previous reviewer said I also didn't know what to expect from this book / Author. However, I based my decision to purchase it on the fact that the previous reviewer said it was like the work of James Rollins and Andy McDermott. I can completely agree. It is an adventure book set on a mountain where Noah's Ark apparently landed. The "hero" is a mountain guide/photographer who is hired by the daughter of an archaeologist who has gone missing on the mountain whilst searching for the Ark. Some parts are slightly far fetched but for those who enjoy the work of the above two Authors you will love it. Without giving anything away this book has all the makings of a great adventure book with bad guys, guns, mountain tunnels, glaciers, etc - lose yourself for a few hours - I did!
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This is the first of J. R. Rain's novels that I have sampled and overall it stands up very well compared to similar archaeological thrillers which I had read previously. The author's style is casual and easy to read, the first person narrative peppered with humour and witticisms and the protagonist comes across as a likable character who, although multi-talented, makes mistakes, doesn't always win every fight and seems to survive on his good luck and ability to see the amusing side of every situation.

I have noted that the author also writes screenplays and that is exactly how this novel plays out, as though it was written for television or a film, just the right amount of humour, action and archaeological interest with an open ending just waiting for a sequel.

The action is set around Mount Ararat and a search for a missing archaeologist on a quest to find the remains of the Biblical Noah's ark; and there is plenty of action, wild animals, natural disasters, quick triggered Turkish soldiers and Arab terrorists stand between the explorers and their goal.

I personally like my archaeological thriller to be grounded at least partially in reality; it is very difficult to have a successful conclusion to a fictional story when finding the sought for treasure would have a world wide cultural impact and can leave the reader feeling that the boundary has been crossed between fiction and fantasy, proof that Atlantis was real or that a major diety does exist would be unlikely to go un-noticed; but Mr. Rain handles the archaeological parts of the tale well and believably and without the use of over the top and impossible explanations.
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An intriguing plot, fairly well written, pacey and with sprinkling of humour amongst the action, and all set in a stunning location. Sounds like it all should add up to a very good book, right? Well, I did enjoy it but the plot seemed to a bit crazy, and the events that unfold just get more and more unbelievable as the book progresses. The main irritation for me was that the 'hero' of the story puts Jack Reacher to shame with his ability to survive any mishap and defeat any enemy. Plunging into icy waters on a snow-capped mountain, getting shot, or simply knocked out, he shakes it all off with ease, and while the survival skills of a mountain guide are no surprise, being able to take on armed soldiers, be comfortable with various guns and have the ability to fly a helicopter stretch things a little far. Still, 3 starts for the entertainment value!
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Well I didn't really know what to expect from this book as it is a genre I normally read but not a name I had heard of before.

I was really pleasantly surprised, the characters are well written and multi faceted, the 'quest' and premise I have read before from other authors but I really enjoyed this rendition and would recomend anyone who likes James Rollins, Andy Mcdermott etc will enjoy this. In fact I am off to see what else J.R. Rain has written in this genre!
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A woman hires Sam to help find her father who has disappeared on Mount Ararat looking for the Ark.
The story is interesting enough, hardly any filling, lots of action, although this action all the way means that some of the scenes are a bit over the top and unlikely.

I found this a reasonable read. It wasn't high fiction nor was it rubbish.
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Wasnt sure what to expect from this books as i have read J.R Rain's Vampire series and his spin off detective series which are shorter books but i loved this... from beginning to end and hope that one day soon we might see a follow up for these Characters
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Pity Harrison Ford has aged, he'd play this perfectly. Not an archaeologist this time but a guide, hunting the lost Ark accompanied by beautiful feisty woman searching for her father and beset by baddies. The lead character is well drawn with some background and some nice asides and oneliners, though the others are sketchy, and the setting in Turkey comes across well with some quite memorable support characters. The story holds up well as they climb Mt Ararat and, after various clashes with the baddies find first the father then the Ark (cue Sean Connery as daddy).
But the Ark is disappointing - too well preserved to be believable and even has wall paintings - and then it turns into a shoot-em-up. The hero just happens to be a helicopter pilot, daddy can handle a gun, the baddies cant shoot straight and the villains come to sticky ends. Almost as if the author was considering film rights and realised he was short on spectacular action. Cue helicopters, missiles etc.
So started well, shame it didn't stay on the same track. But Very readable and I'll check out others.by this author.
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