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"..Show More »;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.
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 lea..Show More »rning 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.