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Ghosts of Babylon [Kindle Edition]

R.A. Mathis
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Book Description

Set against a backdrop of escalating terror, Ghosts of Babylon is a fast-paced dark 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, archaeologist 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 to survive with deadly enemies on both sides of the fence. 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 armored 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.

Editorial Reviews


"R.A. Mathis is one of those rare authors who knows what he imagines. In the tradition of Conrad and Melville, and with all the vivid authenticity and heartbreak of 'Hurt Locker,' Mathis finds the God inside his details and makes surreal patterns real."

Jay Wurts Coauthor of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Honored and Betrayed.

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This book is dedicated to those who serve our country. It is also dedicated to the families who have waited patiently, prayed ceaselessly, and cried countless tears for their loved ones in harm's way.

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  • Print Length: 204 pages
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soldier-Scholor November 6, 2012
This book was a page turner from the beginning. R.A. Mathis' attention to detail can only come from some who has BTDT (Been there, done that). The interplay of modern combat and political intrigue, mixed with Middle Eastern mythology created a great story line that had me wanting more. Reading this book brought me back to my days while serving in the Army, the terminology may have changed but the soldiers never do. I hope this is the first of many books by R.A. Mathis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very lively, engaging novel! August 12, 2014
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I came across this book by chance and was intrigued by the premise. I was immediately taken by the writing style and curious of where the story would take me. The character the book radiates out from is a man confronted with the demise of his marriage, his aspirations and his lack of success in general. When he catapults himself into the middle of the Iraq war, he makes up for many lost years of living. Utterly uninitiated in military life, he learns everything the hard way, though he does capture the compassion of the most honorable men where he is stationed. It is through bonding with them that he begins to understand what war is all about.
This book held my interest all the way through, though at one point I began to wonder where the author was taking the story. He did not lose his thread, and the ending is a satisfying tying together of all the various POVs. I hope to read more by this talented writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Off the Beaten Path May 7, 2013
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The novel takes place during the occupation of Iraq. Stuart Knight, a professor of archaeology, has volunteered to be a translator for American forces (since he speaks some Arabic) with an ulterior motive: he wants access to the priceless archaeological finds he is sure are waiting to be discovered in the Sandbox. He is attached to a battalion-level command which includes Regular Army soldiers and National Guard, so there's conflict to be found everywhere--not just between Kurds and Iraqis.

It doesn't take that conflict long to heat up, either. A local terrorist known as Al-Khayal is developing more and more sophisticated improvised munitions to use against occupation troops. Captain Allen, an intelligence officer (not an oxymoronic title in this case) has an old score to settle with the phantom killer, so finding Al-Khayal is a personal obsession for him. Fellow captain Crumm and their C.O., Colonel Thorne, have their own agenda in-country, and it doesn't line up with Allen's.
Then there's Hadi, the young Kurdish boy who likes to explore. He finds just the sort of archaeological treasure that Stuart Knight is looking for, and that puts his and his family's lives in jeopardy. There are some adults willing to kill for the artifact, and Hadi eventually runs afoul of Al-Khayal himself.

Stuart is an underachiever (if not a full-blown loser) when we are introduced to him teaching at the university back in the World...and an arrogant one at that. But his transformation begins shortly after his arrival in Kuwait. By the climax, he is fully sympathetic (besides being a civilian pogue).

Author R. A. Mathis has always been a writer, according to his bio. And it shows. The characters are well-drawn and the plotting is tight and well-paced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic feel to a paranormal war story November 27, 2012
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 paranormal these days, instead there is a feeling of dread caused by something looking over your shoulder. It is a great way to slowly build the tension in a book leaving the reader eager to see what will be revealed.

If you are at all a fan of realistic military books or psychological thrillers then this book is for you. Well done Mr. Mathis and I look forward to seeing what other offerings you will have in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book, well done! September 30, 2012
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The book was very readable, it moved along like a good book should. The Ghosts of Babylon appeared often enough to remind the reader of that extra thing we all know is out there. I don't like war stories of any kind since I grew up watching newsreels of WWII and lived through the Vietnam Nam war on TV every day as well as stories from everyone around me. That being said, this book had me riveted. It was recommended to me and I'm glad I read it. I cared about the characters and felt every emotion the author describes on his site . I hope to see more from this author. This book was better than many I have read by well known authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Babylon? Impossible ? December 3, 2014
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This was a very enjoyable book ,for the dark side . Not that I usually read dark but how it was worked into the plot kept you reading long past the time when you usually quit. It also gave a little bit of what our servicemen have to put up with. Some of the characters ended up dying ,I don't usually like books that end that way but there was a good ending to a part of it. Altogether a great read .Expect great things from this author!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of Babylon
I'm not sure what I was thinking when I downloaded this book. It's totally not my usual read. But the book was really good. The author did a good job of making it realistic. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of Everything...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I would have said I love it except the National Guard was portrayed in this as incompetents. As a wife of a former AD solider and now a National Guardsmen I know that this is not... Read more
Published on March 15, 2013 by Army Wife 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars A good distraction
An excellent read for the daily commute. Would like to have seen more character development, but considering the price (free) it fulfilled my needs as a good distraction.
Published on March 14, 2013 by Wurdehoff
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good read
I got this for free a few days ago. It seemed like a good premise for a story. The author's summary is not too bad, although some of it does not make as much sense after reading... Read more
Published on February 16, 2013 by ilbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this fiction?
Once I started reading...I could not put the book down. I need to know more about that part of the world and look forward to finding books that give me a more historic view of how... Read more
Published on January 7, 2013 by Skeeter
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Excellent portrayal for someone who was not there. This novel will give you better insight into what our brave men and women and their families went through and a lot still go... Read more
Published on January 3, 2013 by TRinTN
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim reality
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. Read more
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A jack-of-all-trades and master of some, R.A. Mathis has worn many hats as a husband, father, student, teacher, soldier, and public official. As a high school math teacher, he was voted Teacher of the Year in 2004 and was honored by the Tennessee State Legislature for work in his community in 2009. However, he has always been a writer. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a BS in mathematics, he served nine years in the army as an armored cavalry officer, rising to the rank of captain and holding a secret-level clearance. During that time, he served a yearlong combat tour in Iraq. His articles about the war have been published in several periodicals and he has lectured extensively on the subject. In 2010, he was elected to public office in Tennessee where he currently lives with his wife, three children, and a dog named Max.

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