The Vault [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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The Vault

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Chris Kuzneski

"When it comes to thrillers, Boyd Morrison has the Midas touch. The Vault is as good as gold!"--Chris Kuzneski, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Throne
Booklist

“Tyler Locke returns in a rip-roaring adventure . . . The story line is thrilling, and the pace is unrelenting. Thriller devotees will be clamoring for another Locke adventure as soon as they turn the last page. James Rollins fans, this one’s for you. Booklist
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“Excellent . . . [An] electrifying blend of history, myth, and science.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Tyler Locke returns in a rip-roaring adventure . . . The story line is thrilling, and the pace is unrelenting. Thriller devotees will be clamoring for another Locke adventure as soon as they turn the last page. James Rollins fans, this one’s for you. Booklist

"Fast-paced fun! The Vault richochets the reader down a roller coaster ride of gun-blazing action, fascinating historical references, and a nail-biting battle of wits between international supercriminals and a unlikely trio of friends who must solve the puzzle and find the treasure in order to save their families. Move over Dan Brown, and give Boyd Morrison a try."—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Love You More

"The coiling plot crackles with tension and imagination from the first to the last page. One not to be missed" —Steve Berry

"When it comes to thrillers, Boyd Morrison has the Midas touch. The Vault is as good as gold!"—Chris Kuzneski, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Throne

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439181850
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 66,039
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Boyd Morrison
Boyd Morrison has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and has worked for NASA, Microsoft’s Xbox Games Group, and Thomson-RCA. In 2003, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! champion. He is also a professional actor who has appeared in commercials, stage plays, and films. He lives with his wife in Seattle.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    The Vault

    If you like Indiana Jones or Rick O'Connell and archeological thrillers, then you will love The Vault. Tyler Locke and Stacy Benedict are forced to search for King Midas' Tomb (yeah, the guy with the touch of gold). Forced you ask? Yes, a cold-blooded criminal has kidnapped their loved ones and will release them once these two find Midas' secret.

    They travel across the globe (archeology never seems to be so easy or calm) to try and figure out clues left by Archimedes (a Greek inventor from ancient times, for those that didn't know). The closer they get to the secret the rougher it is for them.

    The descriptive narrative and fast-paced action could easily make this a Hollywood blockbuster and I really enjoyed this one!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    The above is just the opening act of an exhilarating action-packed thriller

    Gordian Engineering Special Operations Chief Dr. Tyler Locke was ten minutes into his commute on a ferry from Seattle to Bremerton when his cell phone receives a text message from an unknown caller whose words are answer his phone or die in twenty eight minutes. Locke responds to the person's next call when he says he planted binary explosives on the ferry and wants Locke to defuse it as a test to prove whether he can handle a special job; failure means death for him and the rest on board. He heads to a truck where he finds waiting for him is Chasing the Past TV host and classical languages expert Stacy Benedict who interprets the Greek instructions so he can defuse the bomb that he created from Archimedes' geolabe for Jordan Orr and save her kidnapped sister Carol and those on the ferry.

    Solving the puzzle with seconds to spare, they learn this pretest is to prove they have a reasonable chance to find King Midas's lost treasure. To do so the pair will need to interpret the arcane Antikythera Mechanism's cryptic clues; another puzzling deadly device created by Archimedes over two millennia ago. Failure to find the loot in five days will result in loved ones like Carol being brutally murdered; success will save Carol, but cause mass destruction to others.

    The above is just the opening act of an exhilarating action-packed thriller that hooks the audience from the first text message to the confrontations in New York and elsewhere. Readers will never look at the Hudson sediment in the same way as Boyd Morrison provides a taut thriller that never allows the heroes or fans to take a respite.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    A must read!

    Tyler Locke really gets in the middle of this one. He will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through.
    Anyone who loves a good thriller will enjoy this book.
    Boyd Morrison has quickly become one of my favorite go to authors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    Intriguing, ridiculous, full of action, and not easy to put down

    Let's be clear. Three stars means I liked The Vault. It had an intriguing but ridiculous premise, a tight plot with non-stop action, realistic situations and settings, and solid writing. It was very enjoyable and not easy to put down. That should have gotten it four stars. But minus a half point because I never connected with the characters, especially Tyler Locke, the hero. Perhaps because he's immediately thrown into this race against time, I never felt like I got to know him, other than he's a good friend and a good son and handy to have around when you're in a pinch. Minus another half point for all the viewpoint jumping, my biggest issue and probably what caused my disconnect with the protagonist. We not only see things from the perspective of a few primary characters, we also get inside the head of a host of secondary and tertiary folks, including (however briefly) a soon-to-be-deceased henchman. I found this jarring and distracting, giving the story the feel of a badly edited movie-of-the-week. Otherwise, this was a pretty decent summer read and I will be reading more books by Boyd Morrison. [Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review.]

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    Entertaining Read

    I've now read all of the Tyler Locke series, and I enjoyed them all. They have all of the key elements that have made Clive Cussler books best sellers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Midnight

    Come on. Keep going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    PTS

    Great, continue, i am in mystery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Lunamoth

    Continue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Al

    ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    The vault pt 1

    I went through the door wich happened to lead to a dark ominous hallway up ahead i saw blue walking to where ever he was going. I walked down the dark hallway carefull not to make any sound and reveal myself. As i walked i thought *where is he going its really strange to just walk off and go through a door that was obviously marked do not enter but why didnt he mind the sign i figured if he wouldnt i wouldnt either mkes sence what fair is fair unless*i looked up and saw blue step over a rats skeleton gross i thought as a lightly stepped over its corpse*unless he put the sign there then that would make sense that means hes keeping a secret from everypony but we are his friends he can tell us anything unless its so dark and evil he thinks we will no longer like him hmmmmm*i went back into reality and sw the end of the hall *here goes nothing*i thought i stepped out of the hall and into the shadows of the room. THANKS FOR READING im aware that there might be some mistakes and stuff but comment! -Beats Dilemma

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Good book

    Very good book, fast moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Stella's Bio

    NAME: Stella Banks •~• GENDER: Really? Ima girl •~• AGE: 19 •~• WEAPONS: Two silver daggers and a gold short sword •~• LOOKS: Blonde hair to my collar bone with dark green eyes. Ive got somewhat tan skin from always being in the sun. Usually wear dark brown skinny jeans and a black shirt and a belt for my weapons. •~• PERSONALITY: Just talk to me and find out. •~• CRUSH: First off, its none of your buisness, secondly I may have one but Im not telling. •~• Nuka Cola?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Renezmae

    Name...... hidy
    Date of birth........ 1-12-98
    Colo of eyes........ baby blue
    Hieght........ five foot seven
    Legs........ long
    Hair...... medium an dirty blonde
    Freakles...... yes
    Intrist........ anything andwilling to risk
    Hibbies....m softball an art

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Grey

    Name-Grey Gender-Female Age-16 Description-Long blonde hair,gray eyes,short,gray t-shirt,and blue jeans. Abbilities-Is psycic and can sing to make people fall into a trans. (Doesnt always work) Others-She walks barefoot and is practically like...a ninja. Beautiful smile and loves to see new things.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Strength Yuu

    Name: It's right up there.

    Gender: Female

    Likes: Black Rock Shooter

    Dislikes: Too many to list.

    Well. Im not the type to type so long. Also, Im sticking out my tounge a bit while typing. Bad habit of mine. So I'll just tell you. I stole my character from BRS. Well, my skin is tan. I always where a hood, and my arms are normal sized. When i put my my weapons, the two bigger robotic arms (think gorilla) they can easily lift my weight. Connected to my robo arms is a tail. The tail is behind me though. Its robotic. The tail has a sword tip at the end which is cool. I dont want to talk too much about my character. Search up Strength BRS into google images, now, okay? When mad, the fingertips of my hands pop out making them 10 guns. Yes. I have ten fingers. When shooting though. Its rather amazing with the ammunition going all bang bang! I am generally Yuu's counterpart. Her "other" self. My eyes are orange with rings in them. I just fight her pain her emotional pain. Strength, Chariot, and Dead master are all my friends. I am also the first character to have a tarot card name. Next,

    Personality: Strength gets her strongness from her arms. When taken off, she looks like a normal girl. She is quiet. Her only friend is Black Gold Saw. Furthermore, Im generally nice! But I get bored easily. I reply quicker than you think.

    Weapons: Arms. Lasers. Guns. Missles. Some magic that i know how to incant in Latin.

    Finally: Closure. I wanna roleplay too! I dissapear a lot though so dont count on me too often.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Skyler's bio

    Name: Skyler legendrider.•Age: 15•Apperence: short 4'7",long blonde hair with electric blue eyes. Super smooth skin.•Race: morphisis.•Powers: can morph into anything desired.take shape of abybody at a time.•Weapons: knives up all over her body. Lightning staff.•Personality: protective over anybody who has helped her. But mostly indepentent.•History: last morphisis living after the dequin bombed and destroyed the entire population.•Crush: Kai•

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Angel

    Name**Angel Lea Dulae// Age**19// Gender**Female// Looks** Pale with forest green eyes and long raven colored hair. She is long legged with high cheekbones.// Race**Dhamphir// Personality**Blunt and usually unsociable. Good with one handed weapons and she can be talkative. Scared if ruins.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Misaki & Hikaru

    Name: Misaki.
    Appearance: Short, J<_>apanese, 12 years old, black hair drawn into a long ponytail, wears a red t-shirt and a white long skirt, wears a metal headband.
    Personality: Light-hearted despite the situation, often goofy, but can turn uber-serious in the blink of an eye.
    Skills/Powers: A slightly good strategist and good at fixing electronics, specificly robots. That's it.
    Name: Hikaru.
    Appearance: 12 feet tall. Appears to be a doll, but in actuality is an android. Has pixie-cut reddish hair. Wears a red leotard and tights, and arm-length white gloves.
    Personality: A great deal more serious than Misaki, protective of her, and very cold to anyone who isn't Misaki.
    Skills/Powers: Extremely fast, skilled in many forms of martial arts, has a special force shield funtion that can protect herself and a person.
    History of the pair: Misaki was an ordinary person (as ordinary as you can be on Tulva) before getting nearly kidnapped by a mysterious group of people. She was rescued by a stranger, who gave her Hikaru to protect her. The stranger then abruptly disappeard, leaving almost no trace he had ever existed, except for Hikaru. The two now wander Tulva.
    (Nuka-Cola)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Amber

    Gender: girl•age: 21•looks:long black hair put in a braid, greenish-blue eyes, tall, kinda pale•personality: kind, usually sad, stubborn, protective, loyal, understanding (has a lot of mood swings)•ability: good with any weapon, fast, has 10 years of martial arts training• nuka-cola

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