Ark of Fire

Ark of Fire

by C. M. Palov

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Ark of Fire by C. M. Palov

“Heart-stopping suspense, ancient mysteries, and roller-coaster action . . . A true gem.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

Photographer Edie Miller is eyewitness to a murder—and the theft of an ancient Hebrew relic known as the Stones of Fire. Fearing the D.C. police are complicit, she turns to historian Caedmon Aisquith for help. At first neither understands the breadth of the crime: what was captured on film, its ties to a government conspiracy, or the true value of the astonishing work of art that could lead the bearer to the most valuable relic of all…the Ark of the Covenant.

Marked for execution, Edie and Caedmon are on the run. From Washington, D.C., to Canterbury Cathedral to the island of Malta, they must follow the clues of the quatrains if they are to discover the truth, ward off a global conflagration, and stay alive.

“Part Dan Brown, part Indiana Jones, and part James Bond . . . What an ambitious debut!”—Karen Dionne author of Freezing Point

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101151778
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 358,760
File size: 933 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

C. M. Palov graduated from George Mason University with a degree in art history. The author's résumé includes working as a museum guide, teaching English in Seoul, Korea, and managing a bookshop. Twin interests in art and arcana inspired the author to write esoteric thrillers. C. M. Palov lives in West Virginia.

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Ark of Fire 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Fred60 More than 1 year ago
An exciting book written in the Dan Brown way with a murder in a museum starting it off. It's an exciting quest for the Ark of the Covenant. It's a bit edgier and sexier than the Dan Brown books so not recommended for children. There's less lecturing than in the Dan Brown books, but still some good information to be accidently learned along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The villian is a private military contractor - himself ex-military - who operates a company much like Blackwater. He's a religious zealot fueld by the Bible. Last month, national headlines revealed that biblical references are etched along with serial numbers on bullet casings used by our military. As far as I know our military actions are not fueld by religion. Neither do we take lives in the field in the name of religion. The book's villain recites that the Bible justifies his military-like actions and his pursuit of the Ark for military purposes. Initially, I thought this plot point was pure fiction - but recent headlines makes this point plausible. Similiar books are out there but the above plot point makes it topical. Recommended for lunchtime or rainy day reading.
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GeneJH More than 1 year ago
I would give this 2.5 stars if I could, but I can't. I don't think this book is a five-star book. For the most part the writing is pretty good, but the dialogue is juvenile at times, and Edie comes across as an American stereotype at times. Similarly, Cadmon is the quintessential British intellectual, who just happens to have spent years as a spy as well, so extra points for merging the two. And I found the villain and his evil plot to be one big cliche.
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IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
I have had the book on the shelf for the longest time and finally decided that I needed to read some more thrillers and suspense since Spa Week is coming up and I need a stack of thrillers and suspense to take to my dad and sister. I've been heavy into the cozies/amateur sleuth and paranormal and my fam isn't into those as much as I. I like having something to bring out. Reached into the back of the third drawer of chest of drawers one of Mt Git'r'Read and found ARK OF FIRE. And so very glad I went a diggin'. ARK OF FIRE is what Dan Brown wishes his books aspired to now that he's all big name and doesn't have to try anymore. My own personal opinion, but that's what reviews tend to be, so there it is. Edie is a photographer who finds herself in a situation of flee or die, but she knows she has to do the right thing and tell the recipient of an emailed file that his life is in danger. Edie has the fleeing part down in part, but Caedmon, the recipient of the email, is ready with the rest. He is a professor now, but used to be with MI5. The chemistry of Edie and Caedmon is fiery and interesting to watch as they find their way through the clues of the quatrains they need to decipher and keep as far ahead of the religious army that is after them. Highly intriguing and stay-up-late-past-bedtime excellent!!! I can't wait to get the next in the series, THE TEMPLAR'S CODE and TEMPLAR'S QUEST. Five archeological thriller rockin' beans.....
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queensassafras More than 1 year ago
The history in the story line was fabulous. The characters were great. The only thing that was a little bothersome and distracting was the use of "gonna" instead of "going to" and "would ya" instead of "would you". The 2 main characters were supposed to be college educated and a former spy. I doubt that someone in either profession would use language like that. Overall this book was great and I look forward to reading the next one by this author.
Megalith More than 1 year ago
Ark of Fire is a thriller in the tradition of the DaVinci Code, with the heroes on the trail of a biblical treasure. When photographer Edie Miller is hired to photograph an artifact, and witnesses the murder of the researcher who hired her, and the theft of the artifact, she becomes a target herself. She seeks help from Caedmon Asquith, a former MI5 agent turned novelist, and the person to whom the photographs were to have been sent, for help. Caedmon quickly determines that the stolen artifact is the breastplate that allowed Hebrew priests to safely manipulate the power of the Ark of the Covenant, and the quest begins, with the bad guys hot on their trail. The plot proceeds in a pattern most readily indentified with the Robert Langdon books: A murder and a single clue sets our wise academic, along with a female companion, off on a perilous quest. There's a meeting with a former mentor, clues hidden in the arts, visits to sites of historical interest, powerful enemies with a religious/political agenda, and the final showdown. Despite the use of these common tropes, however, Palov has crafted an engaging first novel. Caedmon is an interesting character with spectres looming in his past. Palov does a good job of unreeling some of the important details of the bad guys' plot and of the characters' lives at a measured pace. The locales are interesting, though I would have enjoyed more descriptive details. The resolution is also fitting and nicely done. A few details did detract from my enjoyment of the book. The first 180 or so pages are very slow. There's action and narrow escapes, and plenty of talking, but we don't get to the first clue until that point. Narrow, sometimes providential, escapes for our main characters in the first one-third of the book are not suspenseful. We know the hero or heroes will be around until the end, and thus are not in fear for their safety. Once Caedmon and Edie find the first clue, however, the story moves along nicely. Another negative is the way some of the escapes are handled. I can deal with Edie escaping the murder at the outset through dumb luck, but the dumb luck goes too far: Two guys who are about to shoot people and dump them in the woods suddenly decide they can't spare the few seconds it will take to do the job, because one of them has the sudden urge for a bowel movement (luckily, he keeps wipes in the car- seriously), and his partner decides this will be a good time for a smoke, so both guards leave the prisoners unattended. There's also the tried-and-true "hammer falling on an empty cylinder", and of course all the villains are terrible shots. In fairness, it's hard to find a cliche-free thriller. Readers in this genre tend to be forgiving of such things. Overall, I would rate Ark of Fire as a pretty good book. I liked it enough that I will give the sequel a try. There's no reason to believe Palov won't improve with each novel. If you liked DaVinci Code, you'll enjoy Ark of Fire.
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Edie has just witnessed a murder and a theft that could change the face of history. The item stolen was the breastplate that Moses wore to protect himself from the Ark of the Covenant. Edie has no idea who she can turn to. Unable to trust anyone but a historian named Caedmon, together they embark on a journey unlike anything they have experienced before. Running for their lives while playing detective searching for the truth, they find inner strength that will change them for the better. This was an extremely fun read. I love trying to put the pieces together and figure out what is going to happen before I finish a book. This one kept me on my toes!