Review of “The Ark”


“The Ark” eBook was published in 2015 (November) and was written by Patrick S. Tomlinson This is Mr. Tomlinson’s second novel and the first in his “Children of a Dead Earth” series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are instances of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. This Science Fiction Mystery novel is set in a future where Earth has launched a ship to Tau Ceti with the last survivors of the human race.

The primary character is Bryan Benson, a former star athlete and now the Chief of Police for one of the two habitat modules. The Ark is rapidly approaching it’s destination after eleven generations in flight. A scientist is reported missing and that draws Benson into the story. Soon, the facts spell out a strange murder rather than a missing person.

As Benson continues to investigate, not always making the crew and officers of the Ark happy, he finds that there is something more to this than a ‘simple’ murder. His efforts lead him into the crosshairs of the killer, and he finds himself under scrutiny as a criminal himself. He must fight to clear his name as well as to save the Ark from destruction.

I found this Science Fiction Mystery an enjoyable 7 hour read. The mix of Mystery with the Science Fiction setting was different. The generations of isolation in the controlled society of the Ark have left them in a setting that makes this novel different. I also enjoyed the twists that were alluded to in this book that will bring some interesting turns in the anticipated future installments in this series. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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