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Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: The Vault by Boyd Morrison

The Vault

The Vault by Boyd Morrison is the second book in the Tyler Locke series and it doesn't disappoint at all. The Vault continues the fast-paced action and memorable characters that The Ark: A Novel introduced us to. We even get to meet some new characters (The General, anyone?) and go on a new adventure with Locke and Grant Westfield! Who's ready to find King Midas and his golden touch?

Although Locke doesn't go looking for trouble, it seems to find him on a regular basis lately. He is told that there is a bomb on the ferry he is riding and he only has twenty-eight minutes to diffuse it or everyone will be killed along with him on the ferry. This scenario brings Locke together with a new face, Stacy Benedict, and sends them on a wild adventure to rescue their loved ones and stop a thief from stealing a mythical treasure and changing the financial status of the world. Jordan Orr, the stories bad guy, uses Locke's engineering genius and Benedict's PhD in the Classics to solve a ancient puzzle in the Archimedes Codex and find King Midas's final resting place.

The adventure takes the team from Seattle to a deadly race on the autobahn to the underground canals of Naples. This adventure is just as good as The Ark: A Novel and Boyd Morrison does a great job at bringing this story to life. Morrison does a great job at mixing history and science together to bring about a believable story that makes you wonder just how much of this is actually possible. I am sad that Dilara Kenner didn't make it back in the picture but Stacy Benedict did bring a nice touch to the story. Also, just as Indiana Jones has a whip and John Rambo has a knife, Tyler Locke carries his Leatherman everywhere he goes and it helps to get him out of a lot of trouble along the way.

I highly recommend this book and know fans of this genre will not be disappointed. I haven't had this much fun reading a series in quite a while and it is refreshing to see such new perspectives on these histories and legends. Keep up the great work Boyd!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Ark: A Novel by Boyd Morrison [Book Review]



The Ark: A Novel by Boyd Morrison is a fascinating adventure with intriguing characters and a epic quest that will have you turning the pages faster than ever before. I picked this up after getting the The Roswell Conspiracy off of Amazon on a Daily Deal and since I like to begin a series in order, I decided to give The Ark: A Novel a shot. I have to admit I was really surprised with how well this book was written and I couldn't put it down. There is a lot of fast-paced action, twists and turns, a completely new view (for me, anyways) on Noah's Ark, and the characters are great.

Archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by an old family friend with information regarding her father who has been missing for several years. This meeting is the beginning of a wild ride that spans from Seattle, WA to Turkey and everywhere in between. Although the story starts with Kenner, the main focus is on Tyler Locke, former Army combat engineer and current engineer at Gordian, and his best friend Grant Westfield who served with Locke and is currently an electrical engineer at Gordian as well. The purpose of these characters coming together and flying all over the world? To stop the destruction of the world's population and find Noah's Ark of course!

The ideas, places, events, and characters are so real that you feel like you are a part of the adventure too. Reading the Afterword, Morrison explains a lot about the ideas used in the book and how they are real or used in the story. Morrison's blend of reality versus imaginary is extremely well done and helps to make the story move in a very believable direction that a reader can immerse in. It would make for a great movie too!