Compact Science Fiction
4.5 out of 5 stars
I went into this one pretty blind. I saw the cover and I remember reading part of the synopsis when I posted it in my New and Notable post a couple of weeks ago. Going into it knowing that Scott Brick narrated it honestly put it up a couple of pegs in my eyes. I knew that it was going to be a great narration – I just hoped that the story was going to hold up.
And, boy, the story did hold up. Khalifa really took his 60 pages (around an hour audiobook) and ran with them. This was a short story that had a full story arc in it. The Ark didn’t really leave anything hanging out there (except to leave it a bit open ended so that you can finish it in your mind). The reveals and shocking parts of the book were just that. I didn’t see them coming at all and that’s pretty impressive in such a short medium.
A.M. Khalifa’s storytelling was on full display here – really shining in my opinion. The Ark didn’t hold back any punches. I honestly kept getting I, Robot (the movie) feelings while reading this and having really enjoyed that movie – that wasn’t a problem for me.
Parked outside a remote motel, Herbert and Jacinda are meeting for the first time. Both of them know what the mission is: kill the woman in Room 27.
But are they about to administer justice or commit a coldblooded murder? Only one of them knows the truth.
Audie-award winner Scott Brick narrates The Ark, a spellbinding science fiction thriller from critically acclaimed author A.M. Khalifa.