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The Devil's Ark Audiobook

The Devil's Ark

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Stephen Bywater (P)2014 Headline Digital

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    Liz Carter Cambridgeshire UK 06/12/2014
    Liz Carter Cambridgeshire UK 06/12/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing dirge"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Bywater again?

    Yes, provided they were not 'supernatural' stories or about ancient religious groups in desert countries!


    What three words best describe Daniel Weyman’s voice?

    Smooth, varied, entertaining


    Did The Devil's Ark inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Matthew
    SEATTLE, WA, United States
    14/07/14
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    "Please do your ancient biblical homework first !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Devil's Ark the most enjoyable?

    The combination of the sparkling performance by Daniel Weyman which brings to life the crafty writing of Stephen Bywater. A classic matchup in the matking!

    The characters jump off the page ( orally! ) and the skillful dialogue, and suspense with moments of terror, are at once scary and exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Ark?

    There are many moments, but frankly the epilogue is the most thought provoking IMHO.


    What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything. This is one of those books that works best in an audio environment.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Closing up the tomb at the end was scary as hell.


    Any additional comments?

    This book came highly recommended, and I am very glad I followed up on downloading it. Right from the first words, it grabs the listener, and does not let go.

    The performer is very notable for his use of accents, singing, and overall authenticity. He does not just read the words, he lives the book for, and with, the listener.

    One of the best of the year. Get it and enjoy it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Menlo Park, CA USA
    23/06/14
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    "Outstanding Story with Nuance and History"

    This was a great story - well written and well performed.

    This is much more sophisticated than most of the horror novels I've read. Nuanced and subtle in its horror. Great character development.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    United States
    17/10/16
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    "Just can't endure......"

    This was way too slow for me......too methodical - the first hour and a half felt like a newspaper article - nothing to pull me in.
    I don't usually bail on books this early....just can't endure this one........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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