The Ruins

The Ruins

A Novel

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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While partying on holiday in Cancun two young American couples befriend a German tourist named Mathias, and three friendly Greeks. Mathias had been travelling with his brother, Heinrich, who's disappeared off to the Mayan ruins with a woman working on an archaeological dig. Mathias is worried for his brother and, using a hand-drawn map Heinrich had left behind, sets off in pursuit. The Americans and one of the Greeks join him in his adventure to the interior. After an exhausting journey, the six reach a Mayan village. But there they receive a frightening reception and turn around, despairing of ever finding Henrich and the ruins. Following a camouflaged trail out of the village, the group come to a hillside covered in bright red flowers. As they pause at the base of this hill, transfixed by the beauty of the vision, a horseman approaches behind them. It's one of the Mayans; he's got a gun and, in his own language, orders them away from the hill. In the midst of the confrontation, one of the group steps backward, into the flowering vine. The Mayan falls silent then orders all six up the hill. As they follow the trail across the hilltop and down the slope they see yet another group of Mayans waiting for them, weapons out-and a mound, covered with the flowering vine. They examine it and find Henrich's corpse, shot full of arrows. They are mystified. And the Mayans won't let them leave. Trapped, the group try to figure out a way to survive until someone comes to find them, imagining they've been made irrational by thirst and hunger. But as they move through their first twenty-four hours, another, far more terrifying foe reveals itself ...
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: ADVENTURE
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,25 cm.

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travistar
Apr 12, 2017

great book!!! the movie didn't do it justice! A believable premise, blending archeological mystery, horror, and suspense that builds to the creepy climax! worth the read!!!

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Memawrayne
Dec 19, 2016

Should be in the sci-fi section so that readers can have an idea of what they will be reading. I enjoy a good story with suspense and dangers, but please make them real!!

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missypoo66
May 01, 2012

I quite enjoyed it, different, Scott Smith wrote another called "The "Simple Plan" I believe and it was quite different again and very different from "The Ruins". Try it....

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albacelt
Nov 02, 2011

This was a very disappointing read. The pace was glacial and the characters one-dimensional.

stasia03 Jul 21, 2011

Great summertime read, even though its not my normal preferred genre. Would love to know of similar suspense driven book suggestions.

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buzzed
Mar 15, 2010

The loony I donated to purchase this book was worth the entertainment. I thought it a long and teenage-type read once the ruins were finally reached half-way through the book. That's when my stomach felt queezy until the very last word. Enjoy

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cathyf3 Apr 05, 2016

This is a real horror story. Starts with a nice trip to the Aztec ruins in Mexico. Then it becomes a freak of nature, it becomes an ordeal to survive.
There is something in the ruins.
A flowering plant that is able to mimic sounds and smells. It seems to be able to move around, but it likes the dark.
Is it an alien presence? It grows fast and is carnivorous. Beware and don't fall asleep.

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