You can usually find a great number of novels about any given subject, especially a lost treasure. But sometimes a story comes along that emerges as the definitive work on a particular topic. A few examples off the top of my head would be Raiders of the Lost Ark (it would take a dramatically new and skillful interpretation to top Indiana Jones, likely never happen, this was about the Ark of the Covenant NOT Noah’s Ark) and The Loch by Steve Alten (a great story and theory about the Loch Ness Monster). As a writer, after reading and seeing these stories, the chapter seemed to be closed for me on these topics. I now feel the same about Noah’s Ark. Boyd Morrison’s interpretation is so good that there’s little hope of topping it.
I could throw out some zippy one-liner comments here like “it’s a thrill-a-minute rollercoaster ride that grabs you from the first page and never lets go,” but we hear that about every new thriller. The best way for me to describe The Ark is that it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time and possibly ever. It’s a magical blend of action, adventure, interesting new insights, and fun. And it contains a quality that I feel is hard to come by: a true sense of adventure. A couple of examples as a point of reference: Raiders of the Lost Ark=true sense of adventure, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull=lacking that sense – Original Star Wars Trilogy=adventure, Star Wars Prequels=lacking…I’m sure you get the idea.
Another great thing about The Ark is that, from a Christian perspective, it manages to provide a new interpretation of a famous and established biblical event without demeaning or degrading the foundations of the Christian (and Jewish, for that matter) faiths. It simply provides a slightly different interpretation that if found to be true could actually have the opposite effect. The easiest illustration is that if The Da Vinci Code or The Templar Legacy were found to be true, it would rock the religious world and make individuals the world over question their faith and their belief in God altogether. If The Ark were found to be an accurate story, I think it would actually give credence to the faith of many and make many others give greater consideration to the Bible. Although I’m a Christian, I can still enjoy a good story that contradicts something in which I believe. My beliefs aren’t shaky enough that a fictional thriller is going to offend me, but it’s nice to find a story that can provide a new interpretation without diminishing the original. And no matter how good the book, a story that claims that Moses was a transvestite is never going to be a favorite among the 2-3 billion Christians in the world. This isn’t the case with Boyd Morrison’s The Ark.
Another interesting tidbit is that the author’s bio reads like a work of fiction. If a novelist created a character in a story that had done everything that Boyd Morrison has, readers would find that character’s back story far too unbelievable. I won’t go into detail here, but check out his website for more information. Also, you can find a great story about Boyd’s road to publication on Joe Konrath’s blog.
The Ark is a great book that I highly recommend to any action adventure fan, and Boyd Morrison is well on his way to being one of the top thriller writer’s in the world. My only concern: how is the sequel going to live up to the original? For more information, I’ve listed some links to Boyd’s site and the Amazon/B&N/Borders pages for The Ark below….
The Ark on Amazon – currently $16.49
The Ark on Barnes and Noble – currently $17.99
The Ark on Borders – currently $17.49