The Vault

The Vault

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National bestselling author Boyd Morrison brings back Tyler Locke, who must race to stop a terrorist cell that has stolen an ancient text related to the tale of King Midas in this, "heart-thumping ride...not to be missed" (Steve Berry).

Tyler Locke's routine commute on a Washington State ferry is interrupted by a chilling anonymous call: his father has been kidnapped, and 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, Tyler and Stacy must work together to solve an engineering puzzle--a puzzle written in ancient Greek. But 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 two-thousand-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, the two scramble to Italy, Germany, Greece, and finally to the streets of New York City in a race against the clock to find the truth behind the story of King Midas.

The Vault combines an explosive premise and blistering pace with a fascinating exploration of one of history's most intriguing inventors and a brilliant reimagining of an ancient legend.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011.
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439181829
1439181829
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 438 p. ; 24 cm.

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bridge1
Jul 26, 2012

Tyler Locke is forced to search for the secret of the Midas touch. Interesting, full of action, and suspense.

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classact
Mar 10, 2012

Picking up this book on impulse, I was originally intrigued by the concept. Once into the story however, it was only my interest in the concept that brought me to its conclusion. The book was mildly entertaining, but came across as something better suited for a more adolescent audience.

It appeared as if the author placed more emphasis upon the history of Archimedes and the legend of King Midas, rather than upon the details of the storyline itself. This is evinced by a fairly predictable plot, limited character development, seemingly effortless escapes from opposing forces, and no apparent consequences to a character's lawless actions within a foreign country.

Conceptually the story held a greater potential, which just wasn't realized. The aspects of Archimedes' brilliance, combined with the proposition of the actual Midas Touch held such merit. I really wanted to like the book. It's just a shame that it was compromised by its own author.

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shadynz
Dec 03, 2011

Excellent book. Boyd Morrison has created a awesome hero, that is a gentleman and a soldier all in one. Two thumbs up!

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Mommies2
Oct 17, 2011

A phenomenal read!!! This book has lots of action and the plot is great! You learn a lot about Archimedes and his principles, but it doesn't slow down the story I hope his other book is as good.

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