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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Boyd Morrison Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tyler Locke Adventures Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781442305137
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The greatest archaeological discovery in history could mean the end of mankind in this blockbuster new thriller hailed by James Robbins as, “A stunning thriller with a premise as ingenious as it is flawlessly executed.”

When beautiful archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend, to say that he has new information about her father, now missing for three years, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig to fly to Los Angeles to meet with 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 in the North Atlantic. 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. She begs Tyler to help her uncover the secret behind Noah’s Ark and more importantly, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What is the recipe for an awesome artifact thriller? Take an important relic (preferably biblical), a megalomaniac with unlimited funds and plans for world domination, a handsome and masterful hero, and a beautiful scholar. Sprinkle liberally with painful pasts, opportunities for redemption, and burgeoning romance. Here, Morrison, a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, sends us on an action-packed adventure with Drs. Tyler Locke and Dilara Kenner as they fend off assassins, save the world from a madman, and find Noah’s Ark. Accept the general premise, and both the action and the archaeology seem totally plausible.”

    Library Journal

  • “With impeccable timing and flawless handling of multiple accents, characterizations, and plot shifts, [the narrator] engages listeners in this perfect blend of biblical history, archaeology, and religious fanaticism.”

    AudioFile

  • “This is a solid, well written thriller, full of action, villainy, and close calls. Fans of James Rollins, Matthew Reilly, and Douglas Preston take note.”

    Booklist

  • “Heart-stopping action, biblical history, mysticism, a stunning archaeological find, and mind-boggling evil results in a breath-catching adventure. Morrison’s protagonists are brilliant and dedicated, resulting in a pitch-perfect combination of plot, action, and dialogue. This could easily be the most audacious and compelling novel and perhaps the most fascinating debut of the year.”

    RT Book Review

  • “Boyd Morrison’s novel is a stunning thriller with a premise as ingenious as it is flawlessly executed. Lightning paced, chillingly real, here is a novel that will have you holding your breath until the last page is turned. One of the best debuts I’ve read this year.”

    James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Ark by Boyd Morrison skillfully entwines Biblical history, archaeology, and religious fanaticism with high technology to create a riveting adventure of high-stakes terror and international intrigue. Wow. This is one fine heart-stopping thriller.”

    Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author

  • Selected for the May 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/10/2014

    " Love this book and only 100 pgs in. First book of this author, and just happened to see it at the library. Great adventure book. I hope he writes more. Easy read, I like the way he writes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Doug Warnock | 2/10/2014

    " I gave up. Too much descriptive text where it really wasn't needed made me feel like a chapter took a lifetime to read! Not for me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jedidiah | 2/7/2014

    " Pretty good Matthew Reilly type Indiana Jones-ish thriller. Hard to put down once I started, I think I read it in less than three days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lloyd Elliott | 2/4/2014

    " This was a great book! It is a great adventure, like Indiana Jones mixed with a bit of Angels and Demons! Morrison takes you on a fast paced trip through history with bumps and curves at every chapter! I look forward to reading more from this under-recognized author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hanscom | 1/28/2014

    " Raiders of the Lost Ark redux "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Clasper | 1/27/2014

    " Excellent mix of history, technology, and fiction. Good, fast moving story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Lindy | 1/20/2014

    " A good read, brilliant storyline and very interesting to boot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/20/2014

    " What a great adventure. I enjoyed having my notions on the story of Noah's ark tweaked. It made me think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Carpenter | 1/18/2014

    " Loved it. Biblical archaeology, military ops, and action (explosions, gun fights, and escaping death) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 1/17/2014

    " This book is a wild and original take on the Bible's Noah's Ark story - at times too wild for me, but it still made for an interesting story. At times my interest waned, but it was always recaptured. I'll give The Ark 3 1/2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Wood | 12/1/2013

    " Read like an inferior James Rollins knock off, but it was fun despite that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/6/2013

    " Fun, fast paced thriller/mystery. I listened to it on a download from audible and it was entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Warden | 8/24/2013

    " This was an AWESOME book. It was entertaining and I couldn't put it down as I was reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate McCartney | 10/20/2012

    " I liked it. It was predictable, but still interesting. I also like Dan Brown so there you have it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eire | 8/26/2012

    " So far so good! Can't put it down... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 7/4/2012

    " A somewhat Cussler-esque novel with an interesting take on the "real story" behind the Noah's Ark. All in all, a good fast-paced adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Bartels | 6/14/2012

    " Assholes Finish FirstAssholes Finish First "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aisha Khan | 3/2/2012

    " fantastic futurastic book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy Vogel | 1/17/2012

    " Great stuff. Can't wait to read Morrison's other stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 1/10/2012

    " I liken this to a Dan Brown novel in it's content (semi-biblical with a twist) but it has even more twists, turns and action/adventure. Stick in a love interest and whamo you have a hit! I found this book captured my attention straight through and I never knew what would happen next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 10/13/2011

    " This book was a real treasure to read. I was a bit skeptical about the whole Noah's Ark concept but it worked great as a back drop on an excellent adventure. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Clive Cussler's earlier works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 8/27/2011

    " Great Book.. read it in three days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaon | 7/22/2011

    " This was originally an ebook only. Readers championed the work until it was grabbed up by a publisher! Great story in the book and of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 6/15/2011

    " This was the first book of this author that I have read. I thought that it was great. Lots of action and science and I love how the author tied Noah's Ark in the bible with science and did it in a credable way without critizing either one.
    I plan to read more of his books.
    great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/1/2011

    " Read like an inferior James Rollins knock off, but it was fun despite that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 5/19/2011

    " The book was ok, but the characters and events reminded me too much of Cussler's Dirk Pitt-- ex-military and sidekick save the world from destruction from a mad man and save the beautiful woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/18/2011

    " Reads just like an action movie. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 5/15/2011

    " A fun read, but pretty cheesy. Like a Da Vinci code rip-off with a more masculine protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/27/2011

    " Very interesting twist on the ark and its location. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 4/20/2011

    " as far as suspense and mystery goes I really liked this one. very interesting concept and I liked the back story of Noah's Ark. quick read. read it while on vacation. perfect for that "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/11/2011

    " What a fantastic page-turner full of thrills, chills, and non-stop adventure. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 4/6/2011

    " An interesting take on Noah's Ark... a fast-paced book with lots of action and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kym | 4/2/2011

    " Good action, suspense and intrigue right from the beginning. Also, it's an interesting interpretation of the story of Noah's ark. I thought that part would be lame but found myself completely immersed in the story. "

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About the Author
Author Boyd Morrison

Boyd Morrison is an author, actor, and engineer. He started his career working on the NASA space station project. After earning a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech, he used his training to develop US patents for various companies as well as manage video game testing for the Xbox division of Microsoft. Now a full-time writer, he has written several popular novels. He lives in Seattle.

About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines’ many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time. He has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.