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.
©2010 Boyd Morrison (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
I enjoyed this book, as did my two daughters. The story was taut and exciting - the characters engaging; Tyler Locke reminded me a lot of Cussler"s Dirk Pitt, but since I love Pitt I don't mind the resemblance if Clive doesn't.
I also enjoyed the twist on Noah's Ark and the flood, strange, yet as plausible as any of the current theories out there.
I found this a perfect summer read - not too light,not too heavy - just right.
Words are cool.
Really cool. Right up there with Clive Cussler, James Rollins and Matthew Reilly. Love the twist on the Noah's Ark story. Tyler Locke is a great protag and I'm looking forward to his next adventure
Gaines does a fine job narrating. I really enjoyed this book. Next please.
The characters were too perfect. Everything came too easy to them.
Anybody who could read a little faster.
The Russian female bad girl
All in all, I found myself preferring to listen to the news on the radio rather than plug in my iPod and listen to this book. I make myself listen to everyhing I pay for even if it is bad but it was not easy with this book. I read all the reviews before purchasing and thought that some of the people who reviewed it were being overly critical so I clicked 'Buy' anyway. Guess I should have paid more attention to those reviews.
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
Pretty good overall concept, but as USUUAL, the military folks were stereotypical, and the egghead types were either evil geniuses or high minded academics. Could have been much better. I'm tired of "delta force" being portrayed as robots, etc. I'm not saying the authors have to be military experts BUT if they're going to make it part of the story they should be accurate, ex. over reliance on this or that kind of weapon that we ALL know about and comic book dialog between the soldiers, etc. Narration was fine, but I never let the narraration ruin a book for me.
It seemed to drag on and on unnecessarily.
Not very dynamic
I would recommend James Rollins for anyone interested in this type of book. Much better author.
After reading it made the whole story of the ark more believable.
Indiana Jones series, in more modern times!
Noahs Ark is found!
I really enjoyed this book. It is not a sappy love story, which I much appreciate. It is just a really good story. It is sort of science fiction but it is also sort of a thriller because the scenario could happen someday in real life. I liked it a lot and have since read both the other books based on the character Tyler Locke which although quite different in storyline have some similar elements in that their stories could really happen/have happened. Great reads!
The fact that things in the story could happen/have happened in real life - it was fiction and a bit far-fetched, but still easily in the realm of the possible.
Well after getting into the story I realized that I actually had read the book, but I was better able to picture the scenes and action by his reading. I did like that he changed his voice a bit for the different characters. I think that helps follow the dialogue.
Yes. I usually listen only in the car but I also listened to this one at home several times.
The reader was a tad slow and I enjoyed it more when played at 1.25X
A top rate story line with an interesting twist on Noahs Ark. The story has some expected scenes and twists, though the overall plot is sound. It could have been a little shorter, but filled in the areas that could have dragged on with action. I have read a few Flood/ark stories lately, and this on was a different twist.
Similar to the Dan Brown book. The Ark contains fairly cinematic writing. You can see how this could be made into a movie either for TV of the theater. The tale is engaging and contains some of the trademark trivia minutiae that Dan Brown wows us with in his books. If you are fan of the Dan Brown books, you will like this. If you are not, it's still worth a listen.
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.
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