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The Lost Ark Kindle Edition
|Length: 256 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Just the right amount of intrigue , and a good story to boot. Enjoy itPublished 22 months ago by 00devon
A decent story line spoiled by its continual attempt at contrived humour and host of tired cliches. I found three on one single page. In the end I found them irritating. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2014 by Lucifer
This is the fourth book I have read by J R Rain and is not a patch on the others.
The story starts off quite well, but ends up becoming an Indiana Jones type story. Read more
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