Reviewed by Eefje Koppers
Ancient relics and biblical myths have recently been a popular topic for crime and adventure novels: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; Atlantis, Excalibur, Genesis by Andy McDermott; and Sphinx by T.S. Learner to name but a few. In fact, there aren’t many artefacts, myths and works of art left to which an author can tie a good read. For The Ark, his debut, Boyd Morrison makes a valiant attempt. His choice is Noah’s Ark and the biblical story of the flood that cleansed the earth of evil, corruption and pretty much all living things.
Archaeologist Dilara Kenner is still coming to terms with her father’s disappearance three years ago when an old family friend is murdered just as he is about to tell her a grave secret. All he leaves her with are a string of seemingly unrelated words and a name: Tyler Locke.
Engineer Tyler Locke is on board an oil rig and he has no idea why an attractive brunette is so desperate to speak to him that she has agreed to fly out to the rig. But then the helicopter Kenner is in goes down and, following the rescue of everyone on board, an attempt is made to blow up the entire oil rig. Realising their lives are in serious danger but without understanding why, Kenner and Locke are plunged into a quest for survival and answers.
The trail leads to rich entrepreneur and religious fanatic Sebastian Garrett who will stop at nothing to achieve his new world: A world inhabited by chosen ones and cleansed of corrupting and corrupted humans. The discovery of Noah’s Ark by Dilara’s father has enabled Garrett to develop a chemical weapon that will allow him to do so. Now, in order to prevent the end of the world, Kenner and Locke have a race on their hands to find Noah’s Ark and a way to stop Garrett’s plans.
The story is well-written, action-packed and covers interesting material. However, I could never shake off the scepticism about anyone going to such great lengths to literally cleanse the earth of all evil. Also, there seemingly is no end to the twists and turns in the story. And while Morrison goes to great lengths to describe his protagonists, the villain of the tale remains a bit one-dimensional. Still, if you can overlook the unrealistic conspiracy theory and don’t get motion sickness from all the twisting and turning, The Ark is an entertaining read.
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