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2.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Premise Buried Under Cliche-Ridden Tripe, June 28, 2010
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This review is from: The Ark: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
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.

I can't elaborate on this without a bit of a SPOILER, a minor one, but nonetheless, here I go:

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With all Sebastian's meticulous planning, his clever coup-de-grace is ridiculously easy for the heroes to uncover and disarm. On the Genesis Dawn, his little plague machine is booby-trapped, but it's just left out in the open and horribly easy for the FBI and CDC guys to secure and disarm.

If I were Morrison (and I'm not)... wait, better yet, if I were Sebastian, I would have gotten to my cabin a day early with all my clout and hooked up a hidden plague machine that nobody could see, disguised as a normal piece of furniture, then hooked up the obvious one as in the book, so that the good guys would secure the obvious one, leaving behind my more malevolent hidden one to do its nasty work on the ship
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Anyway, it is a terribly flawed book, and I hope that whomever is hired to write the screenplay has the guts to slash it up a bit to make it a little more plausible, and a little more realistic.
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Initial post: Aug 11, 2010 1:02:22 PM PDT
Not a fan of the genre, huh? Everything you hated is why I LOVE adventure fiction! It's an escape--if I want reality I'll watch the news. Good point about the doomsday device, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2011 10:09:24 AM PDT
ToonForever says:
Actually, I *am* a fan of the genre. There are those who execute well, such as James Rollins, and those who execute poorly, such as Morrison, and of course, Dan Brown.

It's fun to escape, but give me something to identify with, not some eye-rolling uber-ideal, and I'll come along for the ride.
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