The greatest archaeological discovery in history could mean the end of mankind.
Dilara Kenner, an ambitious young archaeologist, must run for her life when an old friend is murdered right in front of her. Before he dies in her arms, he gasps a few cryptic words about a vast conspiracy to hide an awesome historical artifact and tells Dilara that the only person who can help her is a decorated former Army combat engineer named Tyler Locke.
Two days later, Locke is consulting on a North Atlantic oil platform when a ferry helicopter carrying Dilara suffers a mechanical failure and goes down next to the rig. With only minutes before the survivors freeze to death in the frigid waters, the quick-thinking Locke manages to rescue everyone on board, including Dilara. She tells him that the helicopter crash was no accident. Someone wants to stop her from finding Noah’s Ark.
A second attempt on Dilara’s life convinces a skeptical Locke that there is truth to her story. When a movie star’s private jet crashes into the Mojave desert, it proves to be another link to the conspiracy. Locke and Dilara head to Arizona, and their investigation reveals a chilling discovery. A group of religious fanatics has recovered a weapon from the Ark that will let them recreate the effects of the biblical flood and mold the remnants of humanity according to their leader’s twisted vision.
Now Locke and Dilara have just seven days to find the Ark and the secret hidden inside before it is used to wipe out civilization again…
Book Review: ★★★★★★
This is one of those books that is a new take off from the old Indiana Jones theme. Although set in modern day, and the science and technology has come a long way since the days of Dr. Jones, this book in a lot of ways reminds me of the old Indiana adventures. Everything from the quest for the ultimate solution to the greatest mystery of the Bible, gun fights, car chases, mysterious deaths, unexplained mad men trying to destroy the world, and of course at the center of it all the archeologist and her companion who are fighting against the clock to save the world from a fate as old as the flood of Noah. So what is different about this presentation.
Well — certainly the take on the old Biblical Ark story is different. And I don’t know that real religious fans of the Bible that don’t acknowledge science in the modern day will appreciate much of the story line. However, the adventure is based on an attempt to try to merge the Biblical story with the modern day science that is being presented in explaining some of the old interpretations about Noah’s Ark. Is it going to make everyone happy? Probably not. Does it take quite a few liberties with the Biblical story as it has been told? Absolutely. But it works as far as the story goes. I wouldn’t call this one as having been written for the direct challenging of modern day religion. But as far as a suspense mystery novel goes — it isn’t bad. I even found some of the suppositions presented interesting in the end.
The story wasn’t too bad either, and the characters were alright. I wouldn’t class it in the same realm as classic literature with strongly influential stories, and society challenging characters. But overall, it wasn’t bad for an escapist read. The book lends itself more towards a Hollywood portrayal of the next generation of archeology nuts than it does to serious readers. And this is one that I could see a lot easier on the big screen, rather than between the pages of a book.
I was intrigued to see how Mr. Morrison presented a slightly different portrayal, and interpretation of “the flood,” as well as the concept of what exactly “The Ark turned out to be. And while I think there may be some religionists that will take exception to some of the ideas presented in this book — this is a novel, which is by definition fiction. And there are some interesting theories that, in the absence of cold hard facts — this is probably as possible as anything else that is out there.
The book itself is a fast paced read, with a hint of romance and a lot of things exploding around the characters. And it provides a great inter-semester read, for those that are looking for something that is pure enjoyment, without all the mental process to understand the book.
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