Synopses & Reviews
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.
“Excellent . . . [An] electrifying blend of history, myth, and science.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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
“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
A combat engineer and linguistics expert must find the connection between Archimedes and the legend of King Midas before it is too late.
A combat engineer and linguistics expert try to stop a terrorist cell intent on unearthing King Midas's gold.
In the latest pulse-pounding thriller from Boyd Morrison, bestselling author of The Ark, industrial engineer Tyler Locke races against time to save his father from a terrorist organization bent on unearthing the truth about the fabled touch of King Midas and using it for their own deadly means.
Tyler Locke is on board a Washington State ferry when he receives an anonymous call informing him that a bomb is set to detonate on deck in ten minutes—long before the boat reaches port. When a frantic Locke races to the location, he finds classics professor Stacey Benedict has received the very same tip; in order to disarm the bomb, the two must work together to solve an engineering puzzle, a puzzle written in ancient Greek. But the entire setup is merely a test created by a terrorist cell intent on using them to undertake an incredible mission: uncovering the legendary lost riches of King Midas.
The cell is using Tyler’s father as their bait, holding him hostage and giving Tyler just ten days to track down the gold. Armed only with an illuminated manuscript penned by ancient inventor Archimedes, Tyler and Stacey begin their quest to solve a mystery whose answer is hidden within the workings of a famous artifact: the real-life Antikythera Mechanism, a three-dimensional treasure map built by Archimedes in 300 B.C.
To save his father and prevent his captors from recovering a treasure that will fund their terrorist activities for decades, Tyler must race against the clock to decipher the secret of the mechanism and find the truth behind the story of King Midas. Full of white-knuckle moments and new twists on some of history’s most intriguing legends, The Vault is set to become a sensation.
About 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.