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The Ark: A Novel

A book by Boyd Morrison

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A Very good start for new author Boyd Morrison...

  • Jul 30, 2010
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now he just needs to maintain it through the entire novel!

I am sorry, that is unduly harsh on Mr. Morrison. "The Ark" is a certainly a worthwhile read. My only disappointment was that it started out excellent, and had me bragging to my friends once I hit the half-way point and then it started to fizzle. It is hard to describe, but the further I read the story became more predictable and less inspired.

The premise of the story is a winner: The daughter of an archeologist is in great peril as she tries to find the secret that led to his disappearance. His life-long pursuit was to find the real Noah's Ark. In order to stave off death she teams with a brilliant combat engineer - think MacGyver. With the help of luck and some super-engineer problem solving that are thrust into a quest to save humanity.

In many ways the story works, especially in the beginning. It is well-paced and offers a (semi) believable plot. It is refreshing to see a lead character that uses engineering skills to get out of his tight spots. It is clear that Mr. Morrison is truly an engineer as many of his details seem to pass the sniff test (I am also an engineer, so I can be hyper-critical of scenarios that break laws of physics and such).

Final verdict - As a whole I am very impressed that this is Mr. Morrison's debut novel - it is at least on par with the early works of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler. Now if he can take the next step and maintain the momentum of a tale's first half we may have a blockbuster. This is not to discount "The Ark" too much, since it certainly is worthy as being your selection to take to the local pool or beach!

4 Stars

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review by . July 30, 2010
now he just needs to maintain it through the entire novel!      I am sorry, that is unduly harsh on Mr. Morrison. "The Ark" is a certainly a worthwhile read. My only disappointment was that it started out excellent, and had me bragging to my friends once I hit the half-way point and then it started to fizzle. It is hard to describe, but the further I read the story became more predictable and less inspired.      The premise of the story is a winner: …
review by . May 05, 2010
Once again I must thank Wendy from Simon & Schuster for sending me another (awesome) book. This one caught my attention in an e-mail that was sent out a few weeks back. Biblical history, sounds good. A discovery that could end mankind, even better. High suspense and non-stop action, oh you got me now! I got the book in the mail, turned it over and the entire back was fully of accolades from authors like; Douglas Preston, Steve Berry, and James Rollins. Getting an endorsement from these guys is like …
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At the start of Morrison's debut, a routine quest thriller that attracted attention through Amazon's self-publishing Kindle program, combat engineer Tyler Locke executes a daring rescue after the helicopter carrying archeologist Dilara Kenner crash-lands in the sea near the floating oil rig where Tyler is working 200 miles off the Newfoundland coast. Dilara has come to enlist Tyler's help in finding Noah's ark, previously discovered by her father, Hasad Arvadi, who was murdered before he could announce this momentous find. Arvadi's killer, Sebastian Ulric, the head of a religious cult, plans to use a prion disease found on the ark as a weapon. Tyler, Dilara, and Tyler's sidekick, Grant Westfield, are all that stands between Ulric and the death of virtually every human on earth. Morrison breaks the story into several main sections involving various battles before finally honing in on what impatient readers will have been awaiting, the actual discovery of the ark.5-city author tour. (May)
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ISBN-10: 1439181799
ISBN-13: 978-1439181799
Author: Boyd Morrison
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Touchstone
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