Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Ark by Boyd Morrison

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Touchstone; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
***Special thanks to Mallika Dattatreya and Ashley Hewlett of Touchstone/Fireside Publicity, Simon & Schuster, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***


Boyd Morrison is an industrial engineer with ten U.S. patents to his name who has worked for prestigious companies ranging from NASA to Microsoft's X-BOX Games Group and RCA Electronics. He is also a "Jeopardy!" champion and a professional actor who has appeared in commercials, stage plays, and films.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $24.99

Hardcover: 420 pages

Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1439181799

ISBN-13: 978-1439181799


My review:

First off, what I liked about the book: It was very well written, and as far as suspense goes, this book has it. This book was one of those "read in one sitting" books. The plot was really cool - about Noah's Ark, and I really liked the main characters. I have never read anything by this author, but he is an excellent writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and his characters.

However..... I would not classify this as Christian Fiction. From all appearances, it is Christian fiction - after all, Noah's Ark is portrayed as factual throughout the book. But the author does not stick to the Biblical idea of the Ark. Instead of going with a world wide flood of water that destroyed everything, the author had some kind of poison killing the people, and a flood of sorts that spread the poison, and instead of the ark protecting Noah and his family from drowning by the flood, it was to protect them from this poison. Any Christian should have a problem with this view of the Ark and the Flood.

Also... cursing. Unfortunately, some authors writing for Christian publishers are slipping in some, and more unfortunate that some publishers are allowing it, but I would think even the defenders of that would say this book has too many. Any time I read a book that does have curse words, I grab a pen and pad and keep track. Here is the run down for this book:

"D": -  16
"H" -  17
"S" -  5
"B" (female dog) -  6
"B"(illigitmate) - 4
"A" -  4
"P" (urine) - 3

In addition, 10 times God's name is taken in vain, totalling 65 curse words and/or taking God's name in vain.

And one sex scene - though not graphic.

All things considered, even though well written - other than the cursing and wrong view of the flood - I would not recommend this book to Christian fiction readers. I would like to read a book by this author that is curse free and doesn't twist a Biblical story.


Molly said...

Totally agree with you, friend! A good secular thriller but definitely shouldn't be dubbed as Christian!


Anonymous said...

Great honest review. I don't care so much about the cursing to be honest, but it doesn't sounds like it should be classified as Christian fiction, period.

TheWeirdGirl said...

Great post. A lot of books do get mis-classified.
The Eighth Scroll is a really good one, but it is squarely in the right category, and really hard to put down.

Annette W. said...

WOW! 65 curse words in a "Christian" book...someone totally messed up that up!

Andi said...


I totally agree with you 110% I gave it a shipwrecked boat as I said it would shipwreck your faith. Here is my review.