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Publisher's Summary

Eerie, terrifying, and unputdownable, The Ruins is Scott Smith's first novel since his acclaimed debut A Simple Plan earned rave reviews and stormed best seller lists. The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.
This is what happens from the moment the searchers, moving into the wild interior, begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific "other" among them.
©2006 Scott Smith. All rights reserved (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"A stunning horror thriller." (Publishers Weekly "The book of the summer....Smith intends to scare the bejabbers out of you, and succeeds." (Stephen King) "If you love ABC's Lost and the novels of King and Thomas Harris, you'll love this book." (USA Today)
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By Gregory A. Pless on 07-25-06

Disappointing at best

This is my first review after listening to hundreds of books at Audible. I just finished it, so maybe I am little too charged up to be objective, but I feel I have wasted a lot of time and a credit trying to give this book a chance. Not being a big fan of the Horror genre, I was intrigued by the publisher's blurb and decided to give this book a shot, even though it was too new to have any reviews written about it. A little risky, but I thought, how bad could it be? At the very least it will be entertaining and something to while away a long commute. --I was mistaken. I did finish it, hoping for a satisfying end, and was, alas, even disappointed in that.

The book started out slowly, building the characters, but seemed to lack an in depth understanding of what makes a character truly compelling. The author’s descriptive ability is rudimentary at best. I never felt attached to any of the characters even as they were dying one by one. He did do a fair job of internal dialog, giving some insight to their actions but nothing was really outstanding here either, and I grew tired of “xxxx, knew what to say, but didn’t.” The plot was nearly laughable and anything but creepy or eerie. There were some definite gaping holes in the group’s feeble attempts to figure out their dilemma, and a general lack of demonstrated terror for what these people were facing. The characters were too one dimensional and lacked any real sense of desperation. They just moved from one disaster or realization to the next without any cognitive ability, resigned to their fate nearly from the beginning. Stupid, kept coming to mind for everything, the characters, the plot, the plant, the author. Is that too harsh?? Sorry, it’s just what kept going through my mind. Even the Myans seemed stupid in the story for their feeble attempts to keep people from their secret.

Wilted in CA.

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By Bill Burton on 10-14-07

Terrible

There goes 14 hours of my life I will never get back!
I don't usually write reviews but felt I should warn others not to waste their money especially since "This is Audible" radio show has been touting this book again because it was released in paperback.

Book and narrator were equally boring!

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By R. Hunter on 05-31-13

Slow to start but becomes a very gripping book

Really enjoyed this book. It starts off a little slow, setting up the setting and the characters but it's still an interesting read. Then when the action starts it had me hooked. Can be quite gory and can be a difficult listen if you're squeamish! Excellent story and a fantastic ending, highly recommended. Competently read but you can tell it takes him a bit of time to get into it.

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By I. Jamie on 08-07-06

OK, but don't believe the glowing endorsements

OK, they say never judge a book by it's cover, but I was somewhat swayed by the glowing endorsements (eg Stephen King) for this book. It's in the 'teenagers/twentysomethings' in peril genre and as far as it goes, it's ok. However, without giving too much of the plot away - the reasons underlying the peril are never adequately explained. I like my science fiction / horror to have at least a semi-tangible explanation (a la Michael Crichton for example). There are many aspects here that are just not explained, such as where the peril comes from and why the villagers behave as they do (don't think that gives too much away!). However, there is reasonably good tension developed between the characters, and it's not a bad listen - just not quite as great as the blurb would have you believe.

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By Mike Cowap on 07-23-17

Incredibly compulsive dark thriller

This book absolutely hooked me in from the second chapter onwards. A gruelling page turner. I was obsessed with knowing the outcome. Great naturalistic characters in a very original and very tense scenario. An incredible read.

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