The Vault

The Vault

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by Boyd Morrison
     
 

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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:

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.

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
From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439181850
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
45,130
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Lisa Gardner

"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
Steve Berry

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

Meet the Author

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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The Vault 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
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.]
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
RL68 More than 1 year ago
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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Come on. Keep going.
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cjmaine More than 1 year ago
Very good book, fast moving.
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Action packed with some interesting geographical, historical, and speculation material concerning a long standing Greco-Roman myth. ------ LME
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brushmanDF More than 1 year ago
I am officially a Boyd Morrison fan. Tyler Locke is a character that rates right up there with Dirk Pitt. A great adventure read. I highly recommend it.
Marcompro More than 1 year ago
The story was nice mind candy. I like the Tyler Locke series and this didn't disappoint. This would be a good book for a quiet afternoon.
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Very enjoyable read. It is another tyler locke novel and expands.on his personal life excellent read