Tyler Locke's routine commute on a Washington State ferry is interrupted by a chilling anonymous call claiming that his father has been kidnapped and that a truck bomb is set to detonate on board in twenty minutes. When Tyler, a former army combat engineer, reaches the bomb on the boat's car deck, he's stunned to find classical languages expert Stacy Benedict waiting for him. She's received the same threat and her sister has also been taken. In order to disarm the bomb, they must work together to solve an engineering puzzle - a puzzle written in ancient Greek. Preventing the explosion is only the first step. They soon learn the entire setup is a test created by a ruthless criminal who forces them to go on a seemingly impossible mission: uncover the legendary lost riches of King Midas.
Tyler and Stacy have just five days to track down the gold. Armed with an ancient manuscript penned by brilliant Greek inventor Archimedes, they begin a quest to unravel a 2,000-year-old mystery whose answer is hidden within the workings of a cryptic artifact: the Antikythera mechanism, a device designed by Archimedes himself.
To save their loved ones and prevent their captors from recovering a treasure that will finance unspeakable devastation, Tyler and Stacy head to Italy, Germany, Greece, and finally the streets of New York City in a race against the clock to find the truth behind the story of King Midas.
©2011 Simon & Schuster (P)2011 Boyd Morrison
If you enjoy fun, popcorn-ready thrillers, then Boyd Morrison is writing for you. I think that you will get a kick out of "The Vault," while even learning a bit about the third-century-B.C. genius, Archimedes, and the (probably) mythical King Midas — he of the "golden touch." Morrison writes successful thrillers, because he gives us really bad bad-guys, whom we can hate unconditionally, while his heroines and heros have strengths, weaknesses, flaws, and vulnerabilities ... like us! In the case of "The Vault," Morrison gives us a despicable villain aptly named Jordan Orr (get it?), who lusts after the Midas touch. Morrison also provides us with a formulaic -- but, none-the-less enjoyable -- plot, where the reluctant hero and heroine (falling in love along the way, of course) must chase all over the western world, searching for the crypt of King Midas, in order to save their loved-ones from the clutches of the evil Jordan Orr. Satisfyingly, good triumphs over evil in the end; and the bad guys get their just deserts, while the good guys live happily ever after. The narrator, Boyd Gaines, does an adequate -- if not spectacular -- job of reading "The Vault." He has a nice voice, while lacking the range of voices and accents needed for a story like "The Vault;" but he reads slowly and enunciates clearly. I would have preferred that he worked up a little more thespian excitement during the edge-of-your-seat nail-biting parts of the story; but the plot, itself, made up the difference. In summation, I recommend "The Vault" to all thriller-lovers; and I will probably listen to it again sometime.
I like the way Morrison uses myths as the bases for his stories
Morrison always uses historical facts or myths in his book such as Noah's Ark and the Midas Touch.
He doesn't use the standards like Atlantis Which I like because how many times and way can you find Atlantis.
This book is another fast paced, action filled Tyler Locke adventure. It has it all! Tyler is such a great character and so modest, I thoroughly enjoyed this book now onto the next one in the series. The narrator Boyd Gaines does a fantastic job with it.
The story line is not quite as good as The Ark, but is very exciting.
Tyler Locke, he has a relationship with a very pretty girl.
Good, but his female voices need work.
Very disappointed. Much more history lessons than action. The narrator sounded more from Jersey Shore Show. I will not read anything by this author or listen to by this narrator again.
Retired: paramedic, senior maintenence electrician, sudent
I feel that the audio versions immerse the reader into the story line more so that your imagination can visualize what is happening.
I feel Boyd Morrison writes an excellent story and give you a good understanding of not only what is going on around the characters but of the strengths and weaknesses of the characters,
Yes, I only stopped long enough to eat and sleep than ontinue on.
I personally feel Tuler Locke is a better character than Jack Reacher whom I also reader I finish all three of Boyds audio books,
I would say similar to the description of the title.
But please use a stronger character than Tom Cruz (biger and wider) whom I think is one of the greastest,
I almost cried at the end of the book from letdown and the end of the story wanting more,
As I did when i finished the ARK, I went right into this one, and have already downloaded the ROSWELL CONSPIRACY,
thanks Mr Morrison.
FYI I am a 56 year old male, who served as an E2 in the USAF during the viet nam era stateside.
As a person with an extensive mechanical background, many certificates and an AS degree, I volunteered as a EMT and Firefuighter (ll) before I became a PARAMEDIC.
With the premed education to go on to nursing school (was accepted for 2003) I permanently injured myself on an ambulance doing work as a paid PARAMEDIC.
Only needing a few classes to complete my BS degree at CCSU, in CT., I am now a homeboby with a lot of pain and free time. the downside is I can no longer work or lift.
No Sympathy required, just keep those great books coming.
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