Touchstone, May 11 2010, $24.99
Archeologist Dr. Dilara Kenner flies from Peru to Los Angeles because family friend Sam Watson asked her. They meet at LAX where he informs her; the Ark has been found while cultists plot to eradicate humanity with the release of a disease found on the Ark. Someone accidentally bumps into Sam. As he falls to the floor, Sam realizes that was no accidental bump; he has been poisoned with contact venom and is dying just like Dilara’s dad Hasad Arvadi was murdered. Sam’s last breath to Dilara, of whom he considers a beloved niece, is to flee to Gordian Engineering’s Tyler Locke and with him find Noah’s Ark.
Dilara locates Locke on a floating oil rig about two hundred miles off the Newfoundland coast. , When her helicopter crashes near his locale, the combat engineer rescues the archeologist. Her father’s assassin cult leader Sebastian Ulric plans to release the deadly prion protein in eight days. Tyler and his friend Grant Westfield believe Dilara’s tale, but know that no one else will; so they must prevent Ulric’s extinction scheme.
This is an exhilarating quest thriller that grips the audience throughout. The story line is action-packed from the opening contact poisoning scene to several encounters and finally a final battle on Noah’s Ark. Fans will appreciate the heroism of the dynamic trio while tensely waiting for their anticipated arrival on the Ark. One caution is not to skip to the last section though the temptation is almost as great as Eve offering Adam the apple as the reader will miss out on some exciting action that leads to the climax.