I have to preface this by saying I very rarely listen to or read fiction. So this was a change for me to begin with and I was hesitant for that reason. But I needed a break from my usual serious non-fiction topics. I guess I would describe this as "ear-candy". By that I mean it's an enjoyable listen but I didn't expect it to be very deep, and it wasn't. I'm a little surprised at some reviews that seem shocked and disappointed at how unrealistic aspects of this are; just read the description, are we really expecting realism in a "thriller novel" about a Bible story? I would think anyone wanting realism might try the non-fiction section. But again, I admit that I don't typically read fiction, so maybe there IS realistic fiction out there, although I'd be slightly surprised if it exists on this sort of topic.
I suppose my lack of disappointment is in part due to the lack of high expectations I had regarding the realism in the story. Having said that, it certainly is unrealistic! Much of it had me thinking "yeah right" or "as if" in my head, but the storytelling was good and the story was still fun, so I enjoyed it nonetheless. The narrator was very good, he had a lot of voices and accents to juggle and I didn't find anything in that regard lacking. I do feel the author got too far off-track from the "Ark" storyline, but it would have been a very short, pointless story otherwise. The main idea of the storyline I think was the "mystery" of the ark claim, and so the characters really had to do a bunch of running around to solve it, otherwise it wouldn't really be a story, would it? The "twist" wasn't much of a twist, I saw most of it coming save a few details, but not to the extent that it ruined the listen for me.
One thing I disliked was the inevitable romance factor; that just annoys me and it ultimately served no real purpose to the story.
One important note; I probably would be annoyed had I paid the full price amount for this book. I got it for MUCH less on sale so I felt it was worthwhile, especially given the length of it. Overall I think it was a fun listen as long as you aren't expecting a literary masterpiece. "Ear-Candy", I maintain.
Serving God For His Glory!
This book has a lot of action and adventures in exotic locations.
Similar to the Indian Jones Movies
Tyler Locke, he is the main character and the hero.
Love the story; lots of action, interesting characters, exotic places. However, I was not thrilled with the narrator. Had to increase the speed of narration just to get it to a normal listening mode. He spoke every word as if it were the most important word of the book. That gets old fast.
This book was entertaining and good to pass the time, but not one that I would consider a great listen. It just didn't catch my undivided attention. The story board was good, but kind of fizzled at the end.
Yes. I found the book kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen next.
A globe trotting adventure story where the hero saves the world and gets the girl? Nothing wrong with this genre, in fact I'm a big fan of this type of story. But The Ark, which seemed like a really great idea as a premise, was lacking in execution.
I know these books can be great without having to be a literary masterpiece, but the author's complete reliance on blind luck to get our heroes out of any jam was quite annoying.
...a scholar who just happened to take hand to hand combat and weapons training, accessing weapons that are always found when she really needed them.
...Multiple ambushes averted because of a lucky glance in the right direction.
... Truth serum used on someone that just happens to be in the 5% of people unaffected.
...A backpack that performed more like a magicians hat and always seemed to have the one unique object to foil the bad guys plans?
The coincidence and luck required to propel this story forward went beyond the suspension of belief.
I think the inclusion of the main protagonist into the story was forced. Our hero originally had no idea what was going on, was in fact clueless. Only after attempts on his life (ordered because he knew to much) did he decide to get involved and discover who was behind this. I'm still trying to understand that logic.
I actually enjoyed the narration, the multiple dialects made the conversation easy and enjoyable to follow.
Overall, I was disappointed because the story idea was great. This is the start of a series, and I hope the author's storytelling will continue to improve throughout his novels because as much as I disliked this first effort, I'm liking the ideas enough to give his second novel a shot.
The story was good, but it went on and on and on... You get the picture.
This book had way too much back story that didn't seem necessary to me. The ark is mentioned throughout, but only explored at the very end. Too much going on.
When the found the jewel room on the arc.
Good book, but way too much back story that didn't seem necessary to me.
Basically Evil Bible thumping Greenie-Weenies seek to destroy the world. Try to imagine how idiotic a tale of Mad Hindus would seem, yet we are sold over and over in our culture the story that a people whose PRIMARY beliefs are Love their God and their neighbor seek the mass destruction of others. I know for certain that last time we met at my church in the Billions of dollars Bunker we like to sarcastically call THE HIVE, we agreed to put a new roof on our wee church, fix the heat/ac, and feed the poor.
Never mind that there is a religion of peace that publically declares a desire to bath the world in the blood of millons so that their messiah may return and their martyrs may recieve their 72 virginal rewards...maybe its just easier to kick sand in the face of a religion that turns the other cheek, instead of cutting your head off.