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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442305126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442305120
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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From Booklist

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I am looking forward to reading his other book The Vault and then his upcomming new one.
The mix of the Biblical story of Noah's Ark with a modern-day madman's desire to reshape the world again as was done during the Great Flood made a great combination.
Amazon Customer
This book had a great story line, was action packed and the characters were well established.

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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 5, 2010
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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 By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 15, 2010
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I recently finished "Bill Warrington's Last Chance" by James King. It's another novel that has a Cinderella story attached as Mr. King won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and the prize for the contest was that his book was published. I thoroughly enjoyed that novel from beginning to end and was thinking this would be another gem that found the light of day through a series of circumstances that had me really cheering for its success. Based upon the product description, I was assuming this would be something along the lines of "The DaVinci Code" or "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown. The quest to find Noah's Ark and the need to discover its hidden secret before the bad guys did really piqued my interest and I settled in for a wonderful, entertaining read.

To be blunt, I was terribly disappointed in this novel. The writing was often awkward and in need of a good editor (it used the word "intruder" thirteen time on one page - so noticeable that I went back and counted). Often, deficiencies in the writing itself can be offset by an mesmerizing tale that makes the reader get so lost in the action that they don't notice some of the writing flaws. That didn't happen here either. The story was totally unbelievable (these types often are and that's part of the genre) but this was just over the top. I couldn't buy into the characters having two minutes to save the world and they have time to be cracking jokes. I couldn't buy into time after time they got themselves into something without any plan or idea of what they were going to do. I couldn't buy into they always came up with a brilliant idea within ten seconds that turned out perfectly. Just so totally over the top that it didn't work.
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