By Boyd Morrison
(Touchstone, Hardcover, 9781439181829, 448pp.)
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
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In the latest international thriller from bestselling author Boyd Morrison, former combat engineer Tyler Locke races against time to unearth the truth about the fabled touch of King Midas.
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.
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.
“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