Message From The Author
I love the romance of adventure. We tend to think of romance as a torrid affair between two star-crossed lovers, but romance can also mean being swept away by the thrill and passion of a new discovery. In life, sometimes it can be difficult to find either kind of romance, which is one reason we read. We want to experience that visceral emotional response, even if it’s in a story. Or maybe especially because it’s in a story, because life can be so messy, and in stories the guy usually gets the girl and the bad guy gets his comeuppance in the end. It’s satisfying. So in a way, romance is what made me want to write thrillers.
I’ve enjoyed adventure stories since I was a child reading King Solomon’s Mines and Treasure Island. Ancient mysteries capture the imagination. We want to know the answers to questions that have tantalized us throughout recorded history, and the discovery of a relic no one has seen for thousands of years can be exhilarating. Think of Heinrich Schliemann uncovering the fabled city of Troy or Howard Carter opening King Tut’s tomb. Who wouldn’t have wanted to be the first to gaze on those wonders? But there are many legends still to be unearthed, which leaves a lot of uncharted waters for thriller writers like me.
More recent history can also provide fodder for an exciting adventure. One of my favorite books is Raise The Titanic by Clive Cussler. There’s nothing more romantic than the notion of bringing that doomed vessel up from the depths and seeing her complete her voyage after so many years on the ocean floor. Since the book was written, explorers have actually found the resting place of Titanic and discovered that such a scenario would be impossible because the ship broke in two when it sank, but the persistence of those real-life adventurers shows just how powerful the passion for discovery can be.
Biblical relics are especially intriguing. That’s why Indiana Jones’s search for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail had so much resonance. We’re all familiar with those artifacts, so when Indy goes on his globe-trotting quests to find them, we’re already invested in the outcome. Then throw danger, tension, action, and romance (the torrid kind) into the mix, and you’ve got a story that would make anyone want to don a fedora and crack a whip.
In my novel, The Ark, I wanted to bring that sense of adventure into the modern day, and for my first story, I took on one of the oldest biblical legends--Noah’s Ark, the vessel built to save the human race from destruction. I’ve been fascinated with the notion of such a huge structure being built in antiquity, but I also wondered how it could still exist somewhere on Mount Ararat. Then I thought, maybe the reason we haven’t discovered it for six thousand years is because someone didn’t want us to find it. Maybe the Ark was hidden because it held a secret so terrible that it could wipe out humanity all over again.
That idea was all I needed to set the plot in motion. In their quest to find the Ark, former combat engineer Tyler Locke and archaeologist Dilara Kenner face off against a madman who has the resources to make his cult’s doomsday vision a reality. Thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, Tyler and Dilara must find the Ark in seven days to prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
The Ark features loads of action, despicable villains, mysterious relics, and, yes, good old-fashioned romance. I hope you enjoy the adventure.
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