Ghosts of Babylon

Ghosts of Babylon Set against a backdrop of escalating terror Ghosts of Babylon is a fast paced military thriller that features an intense gritty and powerful cast of characters In a desperate attempt to salvage bot

  • Title: Ghosts of Babylon
  • Author: R.A. Mathis
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 389
  • Format: ebook
  • Set against a backdrop of escalating terror, Ghosts of Babylon is a fast paced military thriller that features an intense, gritty, and powerful cast of characters In a desperate attempt to salvage both his career and a wrecked personal life, archeologist Stuart Knight volunteers to serve in Iraq as a translator, but his real objective is to get his hands on Babylon s anciSet against a backdrop of escalating terror, Ghosts of Babylon is a fast paced military thriller that features an intense, gritty, and powerful cast of characters In a desperate attempt to salvage both his career and a wrecked personal life, archeologist Stuart Knight volunteers to serve in Iraq as a translator, but his real objective is to get his hands on Babylon s ancient treasures Once on the ground, he meets Captain Allen, a battalion intelligence officer determined to catch Al Khayal, the insurgent who blew off his leg and annihilated his entire crew with an IED Entangled in the grisly web of Allen s private war, Knight s quest for redemption turns into a struggle for survival with deadly enemies on both sides of the wire Stuart soon finds himself staring into the face of terror, his own mortality, and an evil as old as Babylon itself Written by R.A Mathis, a veteran ard cavalry officer, this unique novel exposes the pain, horror, and exhilaration of the Iraq War harsh realities that can only be revealed by one who was there Spiked with elements of the supernatural, it peers into the abyss and reveals how unchecked obsession can damage those around us and ultimately lead to our destruction Will Knight heed a final warning, lest he, too, loses his soul to the ghosts of Babylon Nobody believes in Hell until they get there.

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    1. A powerful novel of soldiers in the desert war, vividly written by an author who has clearly been there and is able to articulate the terror and the chaos of warfare. This is not a comfortable book to read but it is a painfully accurate window into living and fighting in an occupied, hostile environment.I'm the wife of a Viet Nam vet and also worked in a VA hospital that primarily treated veterans with PTSD, so this is a story I have listened to all too many times. I have read and enjoyed many b [...]

    2. 3.5 stars due to a few editing errors (I probably would have given it 4 stars if not for that). There were a number of questions that for me remained unanswered. However, despite this, I found this book to be an enjoyable and thought provoking read.

    3. The Ghosts of Babylon tells the very personal stories of several characters against the backdrop of the conflict in Iraq. Archeologist, Stuart Knight has his own demons to fight ( and his own agenda) but soon finds himself caught up in a web of lies, deception and terror at the military base where he is stationed. Nothing is what it seems and there is a much bigger picture of corruption and disloyalty as the deadly insurgent Al - Khayal endangers the whole area. I really enjoyed the thriller sty [...]

    4. Ghosts of Babylon is a fantastic book written by a man who has been there and it shows in the writing. Telling the story of a group of soldiers overseas chasing down a bomb maker who has killed many people from the view of the translator is a new twist to a familiar kind of story. Adding just a hint of paranormal enriches the story drastically and is done with a light hand. This book is not swarming with zombies or ghosts or any of the other elements that are rife in books that get described as [...]

    5. Actually 4.5 stars. I like how Mathis wrote a military story without overwhelming the reader with military-ese; having the main character be an outsider to the military truly helped with avoiding the cliche of military writing wherein it reads like an after action review (or AAR in military-ese) The supernatural aspects of the book are well done; more William James or M.R. James than Scooby Doo or Lovecraft-lite.

    6. I liked this book for several different reasons, and it did make me think about how I would react were I one of the characters. It the main it is a suspense thriller, with some quite dark undercurrents, set against the backdrop of peace keeping forces in Iraq. A lot of the characters are fighting their own demons, and the author has dealt with these in a believable fashion. So all in all well written but i would only recommend this to people that I knew had an interest in the field.

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