Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: The Vault by Boyd Morrison

  The Vault
Author:  Boyd Morrison
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Fiction
Published:  July 2011
ISBN:  1439181829
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Source:  GalleyGrab via S & S for honest review


Tyler Locke's routine commute on a Washington State ferry is interrupted by a chilling anonymous call claiming that his father has been kidnapped and that a truck bomb is set to detonate on board in twenty minutes. When Tyler reaches the bomb on the boat's car deck, he's stunned to find classical languages expert Stacy Benedict waiting for him. She's received the same threat and her sister has also been taken. In order to disarm the bomb, they must work together to solve an engineering puzzle--a puzzle written in ancient Greek. Preventing the explosion is only the first step. They soon learn the entire setup is a test created by a ruthless criminal who forces them to go on a seemingly impossible mission: uncover the legendary lost riches of King Midas.

Tyler and Stacy have just five days to track down the gold. Armed with an ancient manuscript penned by brilliant Greek inventor Archimedes, they begin a quest to unravel a 2,000-year-old mystery whose answer is hidden within the workings of a cryptic artifact: the Antikythera mechanism, a device designed by Archimedes himself.

To save their loved ones and prevent their captors from recovering a treasure that will finance unspeakable devastation, Tyler and Stacy head to Italy, Germany, Greece, and finally the streets of New York City in a race against the clock to find the truth behind the story of King Midas
A crazy car chase on the Autobon, a well planned theft from an exclusive art gallery, a museum, private jets, expensive cars, a lost treasure worth millons, terrorists, kidnapping, bomb threats.. all this and more can be found between the pages of Boyd Morrison's newest book!

Tyler and Stacey are forced to help Orr - a manipulative villain.  Orr is trying to track down the mysterious treasure & tomb of King Midas - and of course the golden touch!  What thief/villain or mob boss wouldn't want to get their hands on such an amazing thing?  Also on the hunt is a woman from Orr's past - she is ruthless and willing to do anything to thwart Orr and all those who are 'helping'.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story - it was filled right from the beginning with intrigue, and action.  I am looking forward to more adventures with Tyler - who is also the main character from the Ark!  Morrison's characters are well written and engaging.  While Tyler & Stacey were thrown together - they worked well as a team, maybe even some feelings are brought to the surface?!

Boyd Morrison's writing reminds me of amazing authors Clive Cussler, Matthew Reilly, Steve Berry and Andy McDermott.  All authors who sit proudly on my bookshelf.  After reading The Vault I went and hunted down a couple of his other books to read - boy was I not disappointed!  Mr. Morrison will now have a permanent place on my bookshelf - I am going to have to go and buy this book when it's available!

Also by Boyd Morrison:

The Ark: A NovelRogue WaveThe Catalyst

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