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Publisher's Summary

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, a former army combat engineer, 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.
©2011 Simon & Schuster (P)2011 Boyd Morrison
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4 out of 5 stars
By Snoodely on 09-18-12

Fun escape-fiction

If you enjoy fun, popcorn-ready thrillers, then Boyd Morrison is writing for you. I think that you will get a kick out of "The Vault," while even learning a bit about the third-century-B.C. genius, Archimedes, and the (probably) mythical King Midas — he of the "golden touch." Morrison writes successful thrillers, because he gives us really bad bad-guys, whom we can hate unconditionally, while his heroines and heros have strengths, weaknesses, flaws, and vulnerabilities ... like us! In the case of "The Vault," Morrison gives us a despicable villain aptly named Jordan Orr (get it?), who lusts after the Midas touch. Morrison also provides us with a formulaic -- but, none-the-less enjoyable -- plot, where the reluctant hero and heroine (falling in love along the way, of course) must chase all over the western world, searching for the crypt of King Midas, in order to save their loved-ones from the clutches of the evil Jordan Orr. Satisfyingly, good triumphs over evil in the end; and the bad guys get their just deserts, while the good guys live happily ever after. The narrator, Boyd Gaines, does an adequate -- if not spectacular -- job of reading "The Vault." He has a nice voice, while lacking the range of voices and accents needed for a story like "The Vault;" but he reads slowly and enunciates clearly. I would have preferred that he worked up a little more thespian excitement during the edge-of-your-seat nail-biting parts of the story; but the plot, itself, made up the difference. In summation, I recommend "The Vault" to all thriller-lovers; and I will probably listen to it again sometime.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kedco on 09-25-12

Another great adventure by Morrison

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way Morrison uses myths as the bases for his stories

Any additional comments?

Morrison always uses historical facts or myths in his book such as Noah's Ark and the Midas Touch.

He doesn't use the standards like Atlantis Which I like because how many times and way can you find Atlantis.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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