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The Ark: A Novel | [Boyd Morrison]

The Ark: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Veneda Wilder, VT, United States 08-23-10
    Veneda Wilder, VT, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "great summer read"

    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.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    J. Adam Bailey Tehachapi, CA, United States 03-31-12
    J. Adam Bailey Tehachapi, CA, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2008

    Words are cool.

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    "Really cool!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Rainier, WA, United States 11-23-12
    Cynthia Rainier, WA, United States 11-23-12
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    "Too Predictable"
    What disappointed you about The Ark?

    The characters were too perfect. Everything came too easy to them.


    Has The Ark turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Boyd Gaines?

    Anybody who could read a little faster.


    What character would you cut from The Ark?

    The Russian female bad girl


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    steven phoenix, AZ, United States 11-18-10
    steven phoenix, AZ, United States 11-18-10

    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!

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    "okay but not great"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Dayton, OH, United States 06-13-12
    Ian Dayton, OH, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Trying to be something it's not"
    What disappointed you about The Ark?

    It seemed to drag on and on unnecessarily.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Boyd Morrison again?

    Uncertain


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not very dynamic


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend James Rollins for anyone interested in this type of book. Much better author.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erik LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 02-21-13
    Erik LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Noah's Ark Meet Da Vinci's Code"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Herb 01-07-13
    Herb 01-07-13
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    "Great story! Always held my attention."
    What made the experience of listening to The Ark the most enjoyable?

    After reading it made the whole story of the ark more believable.


    What other book might you compare The Ark to and why?

    Indiana Jones series, in more modern times!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Noahs Ark is found!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blue Dragonfly 08-27-14

    BlueDragonfly

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    "Quite an Adventure"
    Would you listen to The Ark again? Why?

    Possibly, in a distant future. I pretty much got the whole story with this listening experience.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were some moments that dragged along a bit. However, it picked up as the story rolled along toward the middle.


    Which character – as performed by Boyd Gaines – was your favorite?

    Tyler Locke and his buddy, Grant. Great team and good humor.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Ark isn't what you think!


    Any additional comments?

    I've got another of Boyd Morrison's books on Kindle (Rogue Wave) and loved it.. This is the first series book I've listened to. Although the plot was similar to some others I've listened to ("Judas Strain" by James Rollins and Cllive Cussler's, "Plague Ship") it had its own unique twist. I really loved the characters in the book and their "McGyver-like" solutions to some of the obstacles in their way. All in all a good listen. My only complaint is that it twisted and turned a bit too much and could have been shorter and still have been good. Pretty good story for an early effort, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris United States 04-13-14
    Chris United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting"

    I really enjoyed this book archaeologist Dilara Kenner finds Tyler Locke after the death of her friend. It’s a great adventure finding Noah’s Ark it has everything you want in a book; the bad guy is really bad. What a ride. Now onto the next Tyler Locke adventure. The narration was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Belleville, IL, USA 06-19-13
    Amazon Customer Belleville, IL, USA 06-19-13

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    "Great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Boyd Gaines bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I usually listen only in the car but I also listened to this one at home several times.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader was a tad slow and I enjoyed it more when played at 1.25X

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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