Reading Frenzy

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Ruins by Scott Smith

Two couples, vacationing and partying in Cancun, meet a German tourist whose brother has disappeared into the jungle to an archaeological site. Heading out to the Mayan ruins to help their new friend find his sibling sounds like an adventure to write home about, so the five of them plus a Greek tourist who speaks virtually no English head out for a day trip. After an uncomfortable journey, fighting bugs and heat, the lark turns into horror for the five travelers, and the mosquitos and humidity they endured on the way there are nothing compared to what they do find.

Well, be prepared to suspend your disbelief. Smith does a pretty good job of exposing each of the players strengths and weaknesses, and how they relate to one another, and how they hold up under terror. It's a bloody and macabre tale, a definite page turner.

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