The Ark

The Ark

A Novel

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In national bestselling author Boyd Morrison’s debut, the unraveling of one of the greatest archeological mysteries from the bible—Noah’s Ark—could threaten civilization itself in this blockbuster hailed by James Rollins as “a stunning thriller.”

When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet 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 off Newfoundland. 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. Tyler agrees to help her uncover the secret behind Noah’s Ark and, more important, 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.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439181799 | 
  • May 2010
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Boyd Morrison Discuss His Riveting New Novel, THE ARK

Boyd Morrison reveals how the story of Noah's Ark inspired him to write his terrifying debut novel, The Ark.

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PROLOGUE

Three Years Ago

Hasad Arvadi’s legs wouldn’t cooperate. He strained to pull himself to the wall so he could spend his final moments propped upright, but without the use of his legs, it was a hopeless task. The stone floor was too slick, and his arm strength was sapped. His head dropped to the floor. Breaths came in ragged gasps. He remained on his back, the life draining from him.

He was going to die. Nothing would change that now. This inky black chamber, a room hidden from the world for millennia, would become his tomb.

Fear over his own fate was long past.... see more

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Ark includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.



Introduction

When archaeologist Hasad Arvadi's quest to uncover the truth and power behind one of the Old Testament's most mysterious artifacts, Noah's Ark, ends in his brutal murder, his daughter Dilara assembles a team of super-engineers to help connect the dots and pick up the pieces. Meanwhile, mastermind Sebastian Ulric has unearthed the secrets behind what caused the Genesis catastrophe, and is ready to cleanse the world once again; only this time, he plans to decide who lives—and who dies.

Dilara, along with engineer Tyler Locke and his best friend, former Army Ranger and pro-wrestler Grant Westfield, begin a frantic quest to save humanity. But they only have seven days to do it. Their quest takes them to the holy peaks of Mt. Ararat, where the discovery of the Book of the Cave of the Holy Treasures reveals the location of the greatest man-made wooden structure the world has ever known. They don’t have much time to revel in their success, however, as their awe-inspiring discovery soon turns into a cat-and-mouse game of survival in th see more

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Author Revealed

Boyd Morrison
Q. how did you come to write The Ark?

A. I had been looking for a story in which to feature an engineer as a hero because that's my background. One night I was watching an archaeology documentary about the search for Noah's Ark and why it's never been found when an idea sprang into my head for an alternative explanation to the mystery. I thought it was the perfect puzzle for my hero to solve. Plus I wanted to see how many things I could blow up in one thriller novel.

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