biblical history, mysticism,
a stunning archeological
find and mind-boggling evil results in
a breath-catching adventure. Morrison's protagonists are brilliant and dedicated, resulting in a pitch-perfect combination of plot, action and dialogue. This could easily be the most audacious and compelling novel -- and perhaps the most fascinating debut -- of the year.
Archeologist Dilara Kenner is running for her life as a friend dies in her arms after telling her that an engineer, Tyler Locke, is the only one who can help her. They learn that an extremist group has recovered a weapon from Noah's Ark that could result in a disaster of biblical proportions -- and possibly the end of mankind. With seven days to find the Ark and the secret hidden within, Locke and Dilara battle time, the elements and religious fanatics to save civilization. (TOUCHSTONE, May, 420 pp., $24.99)