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The Ark: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Boyd Morrison
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In national bestselling author Boyd Morrison’s debut, the unraveling of one of the greatest archeological mysteries from the bible—Noah’s Ark—could threaten civilization itself in this blockbuster hailed by James Rollins as “a stunning thriller.”

When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet him. But at the airport, Sam speaks instead of Noah’s Ark—the artifact her father had long been searching for—and the possible death of billions. Before Sam can explain, he collapses. With his dying breath, he urges Dilara to find Tyler Locke—a man she’s never heard of.

Two days later Dilara manages to track down former combat engineer Tyler Locke on an oil rig off Newfoundland. Her helicopter transport goes down well short of the oil rig’s landing pad and Dilara and those aboard nearly drown. No sooner is Dilara safely on the rig than she convinces Tyler the crash was no accident. Tyler agrees to help her uncover the secret behind Noah’s Ark and, more important, her father's disappearance. As the picture begins to come into focus, they realize they have just seven days to find the Ark before its secret is used to wipe out civilization once again.

With a chilling premise and a blistering pace, Boyd Morrison combines all the best elements of a blockbuster thriller with an intelligent and fascinating exploration of one of the Old Testament’s great mysteries.

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Morrison's debut, a routine quest thriller that attracted attention through Amazon's self-publishing Kindle program, combat engineer Tyler Locke executes a daring rescue after the helicopter carrying archeologist Dilara Kenner crash-lands in the sea near the floating oil rig where Tyler is working 200 miles off the Newfoundland coast. Dilara has come to enlist Tyler's help in finding Noah's ark, previously discovered by her father, Hasad Arvadi, who was murdered before he could announce this momentous find. Arvadi's killer, Sebastian Ulric, the head of a religious cult, plans to use a prion disease found on the ark as a weapon. Tyler, Dilara, and Tyler's sidekick, Grant Westfield, are all that stands between Ulric and the death of virtually every human on earth. Morrison breaks the story into several main sections involving various battles before finally honing in on what impatient readers will have been awaiting, the actual discovery of the ark. 5-city author tour. (May)
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An elderly archaeologist is murdered. Before he dies, he manages to speak a few cryptic words to a colleague, the beautiful Dilara Kenner, whose own father disappeared three years earlier while pursuing his life’s work, the search for Noah’s Ark. Now, it seems, the ark and the solution to her father’s disappearance are within Dilara’s grasp, as long as she and Tyler Locke, an adventurous engineer, can keep ahead of the shadowy people who want to use the ark for their own purposes. This is a solid, well-written thriller, full of action, villainy, and close calls. Fans of James Rollins, Matthew Reilly, and Douglas Preston: take note. --David Pitt

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  • File Size: 2094 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439181799
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI6T2
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's hip to be square May 5, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Archeologist Dilara Kenner has rushed back to the States at the behest of Sam Watson, an old family friend. Sam meets her flight at LAX and explains, "Three days ago, I made a startling discovery at work. It has to do with Hasad." Hasad, Dilara's father, has been missing for three years. Just as Sam begins to tie Hasad's disappearance to a plot to "kill millions, maybe billions" that will culminate eight days hence, the old man collapses, the apparent victim of a very suspiciously-timed heart attack. His final words "Listen! Tyler Locke. Gordian Engineering. Get... his help. He knows... Coleman. Your father's research... started everything. You must... find the Ark."

(I know, I know, we've all seen exactly this sort of opening to any number of thrillers. There are always some adventurers off in search of some holy grail or other, and who also have to save the world along the way. Yes, we've seen these types of stories before, but the thing is, when they're well done, they're entertaining as hell. And folks, this one is REALLY well done. No plot description or talk of well-developed characters will ever give you a sense of why this book stands out so well against the pack of clichéd thrillers. At some point the reader must take a leap of faith and give a new novelist a try. I'm telling you right now, THIS is the one to give a try.)

The eponymous Ark is Noah's, of course. Dilara's father has been hunting it for decades and she's been as dismissive of his work as the rest of the world--but apparently someone was paying attention. First, however, Dilara needs to stay alive long enough to find out who Tyler Locke is. From the moment she leaves LAX, the attempts on her life come fast and furious.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend belief and have fun! July 13, 2010
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As I was reading "The Ark", I thought that I was reading a Clive Cussler novel for a few minutes. The story is just as fast paced as any Dirk Pitt novel and just as good. The premise centers around Tyler Locke, who happens to be rich, successful, good in a fight, handsome, smart and personable. Basically, he's James Bond but he's an engineer. His best friend, also an engineer, is an ex-wrestler and Army Ranger. So if you can run with this much silliness, then hang on.

Dilara Kenner is your heroine who also happens to be decent in a fight and pretty. Good attributes for your heroine. It turns out that her father was off exploring for the lost Ark from Noah's ark and happens to have found it. But he went missing and Dilara has not heard from her father in three years. Except that a family friend insists on meeting with her and is immediately poisoned in front of her. And the crack assassin teams sent to kill her keep failing. Tyler Locke to the rescue... Good times ensue.

Don't take this novel very seriously. It's a work of fiction and fun at that. Light reading. You know that the villians are going to come back with a diabolical grin and think they've won. And you know that the hero (Tyler) is going to win. Just how it is. But very entertaining. Again, reminds me of some of the earlier Clive Cussler novels before he got too derivative and producing junk. Enjoy this one.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I was expecting... June 11, 2010
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I have to warn people straight off the bat- this book is more action adventure than Indiana Jones. While the character of Dilara is interested in the ark, most of the book doesn't focus around that interest- it is mostly chases, intrigue & action. It is entertaining, but a part of me was disappointed that there wasn't more buildup for it.

After watching her mentor die in front of her eyes, Dilara only really knows two things. One is that he was poisoned by a mysterious woman. The other is that before he died, her mentor told her to search out Tyler Locke to help her search for her missing father's life dream: Noah's ark. With an insane cult leader planning on releasing a horrific virus on the entire world, both Tyler & Dilara know that their time is running out.

The reason I devoted the entire first paragraph of this review to stating that this was mostly an action driven book rather than a James Rollins or Indiana Jones-esque thriller is because I was very much disappointed by it. I did enjoy the book & this is an easy read, but I'll be honest with you- the ark doesn't really come into play until the last fourth or fifth of the book. The book goes into more detail about the high tech gadgets (the coolest of which was a Tesla-powered car) used in the book than any religious or historical information & during some parts of the book I just really wanted a bit more description.

Now for the rest of the review: there's some decent pacing to the novel & I liked the gadgets & technology mentioned in the book. For the most part I liked the main characters, although they never really seemed to be all that deep to me. I'd have liked to have known a little bit more about them.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Premise Buried Under Cliche-Ridden Tripe June 28, 2010
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When I read the jacket description in my local bookstore, it sounded like a very interesting read. Frankly, it was quite disappointing.

The basic premise, based on Noah's Ark and a plot to destroy most of humanity is actually a decent one, but in typical churn-em-out thriller fashion, Morrison puts plot before plausibility in several key moments.

The worst part of the book is that the two protagonists are like some 19 year old's wet dream. Dilara Kenner, the rugged, yet perfectly beautiful and brilliant UCLA archaeologist (stop me when you stop believing) is bad enough. But Tyler Locke, the brilliant, handsome, perfectly fit, nerd/engineer ex-special forces, pilot, weapons expert dude who gets to test race cars, airplanes, and giant dump trucks and who flies on private corporate jets wherever he needs to go and just happens to have connections wherever he needs them, plus has a bad relationship with his father and miraculously finds he totally misunderstood his dad and actually has his respect, who makes every right decision, and finds that his enemies never guess at even his simplest ruses...

Sorry, have I lost you yet? Tyler Locke could never, will never, SHOULD never exist, and if he does, all other men with any sense of self-respect should hunt him down with torches and pitch-forks and string him up outside of town.

That said, their primary enemy, Sebastian Ulric, is actually a pretty cool character in some ways, but he's still a walking cliche'. The only thing missing is a lovely long hair Persian cat for him to stroke while he outlines his malevolent plan for world domination.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oy
Amateurish. Heavy-handed. One-dimensional cardboard cutout characters.
The promotional blurb on the front cover, supposedly by author James
Rollins, is better written... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jmchale1959
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read. Picked up one of his books
Well of course. Another good read. Picked up one of his books, Now I have them All.
Published 2 months ago by donI
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A good read.
Published 2 months ago by Gary Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was innovative and a good read.
Published 3 months ago by MJD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is one of those books you can't put down. Great characters and a fantastic mystery. You know it's not true - but it could be. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars High adventure,fun reading.
This is a great action adventure along the lines of Clive Cussler. If you like Dirk Pitt or any of the NUMA stories, this will do it for you. Nicely written, great fun.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good thrill writer. Really good story.
Published 3 months ago by LeBlue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read, prompt delivery
Published 3 months ago by Lawrence G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Just finished reading it for the second ...
Great book. Just finished reading it for the second time.
Published 4 months ago by A. Oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars Did Noah Do This?
An interesting exposition of the author's theory of Noah's Ark. The author uses many devices that lead the viewer to feel he is looking for a film offer. (Explosions and such).
Published 4 months ago by Margreta Klassen, Ph.D.
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Boyd Morrison is an author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. He started his career working on NASA's space station project at Johnson Space Center, where he got the opportunity to fly on the Vomit Comet, the same plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity. After earning a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech, he used his training to develop eleven US patents at Thomson/RCA. Boyd then managed a video game testing group in Microsoft's Xbox division before becoming a full-time writer. For non-fiction thrills, he enjoys white water rafting, skiing, scuba diving, and bungee jumping. Boyd is also a professional actor, appearing in films, commercials, and stage plays. In 2003 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! champion. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife.

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