The Ark

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  • The Ark
  • Patrick S. Tomlinson
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  • 01 February 2019
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About the Author: Patrick S. Tomlinson

Kindle Edition ñ The Ark PDF/EPUB ´ The ArkThe Ark PDF/EPUBPatrick S Tomlinson lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, a menagerie of houseplants in varying levels of health, a Mustang, and a Triumph motorcycle bought specifically to embarrass and infuriate Harley riders When not writing sci fi and fantasy novels and short stories, Patrick is busy developing his other passion for writing and performing stand up comedy in the Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago scenes.


The ArkKindle Edition ñ The Ark PDF/EPUB ´ The ArkThe Ark PDF/EPUBHumankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship the Ark Bryan Benson is the Ark s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can t be beatBut when a crewmember goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the centre of an ever expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard.

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10 thoughts on “The Ark

  1. Patrick Tomlinson says:

    Hell yeah I liked it I wrote the damned thing I d better like it.

  2. Eric says:

    I find it off putting in science fiction when hyper sexuality is embedded within a novel for no real reason From the introduction scene s repeated tactless reference to the scent of sex, the tacky flirty dialogue embedded throughout the novel, to the infatuation with most female leads to be flirtatious with the protagonist all of this takes the wind out of the sails of a decent sci fi story, and leaves you saying did I really just read that cringeworthy line and what genre is this novel I find it off putting in science fiction when hyper sexuality is embedded within a novel for no real reason From the introduction scene s repeated tactless reference to the scent of sex, the tacky flirty dialogue embedded throughout the novel, to the infatuation with most female leads to be flirtatious with the protagonist all of this takes the wind out of the sails of a decent sci fi story, and leaves you saying did I really just read that cringeworthy line and what genre is this novel again I get it the characters are sexual beings like real people I don t think there s any artistic value in shoving this idea down readers throats It felt as pointless as the seemingly required sex tales in the Takeshi Kovacs series Be tasteful, not tacky And I can t believe I m pointing to the Expanse of all series, but there is an example of a series that knows how to leverage sexual tension and intercourse between believable, dimensional, realistic characters without making it feel like you re being bludgeoned with the tired sex sells gimmick.Two examples I clipped once I realized this wasn t going away Don t worry, lieutenant You are the sexiest thing on this boat And the scariest Benson cut the link before the banter got any thicker, among other things I was tempted to read on, as the end of Book 1 opens up a satisfying teaser for both short and long term arcs of exploration If I have to endure tacky nuanced references to erections and sexual tension throughout, I would rather instead find an author that can pull it off convincingly

  3. Prachi says:

    Zero Oh god, zero Not only was the book lifeless and boring, the author SO butthurt Go on his Twitter thread and he can t even answer a proper question It s sad that my perception of this book was skewed due to his personality although the book was quite bad as well , but the whole time while reading it I couldn t shake his moronic statements and rebuttals out of my head My god, so cringeworthy and so not worth it Might enjoy it at a 2 star level if you don t know about him and his c Zero Oh god, zero Not only was the book lifeless and boring, the author SO butthurt Go on his Twitter thread and he can t even answer a proper question It s sad that my perception of this book was skewed due to his personality although the book was quite bad as well , but the whole time while reading it I couldn t shake his moronic statements and rebuttals out of my head My god, so cringeworthy and so not worth it Might enjoy it at a 2 star level if you don t know about him and his comedic life in the real world Not trying to be a troll, but I m just stating my opinion on how I felt when reading the book

  4. Carly says:

    Two hundred years ago, the Ark set off into space with its human cargo, leaving a doomed Earth behind Now, centuries later, the Ark is nearing its destination a new world where humanity can begin again Every bit of energy and attention is focused on the approaching day of the Flip, but when police chief Brian Benson stumbles upon a suspicious death, no matter how much political pressure he gets to treat the case as an accident, he simply can t let go I immediately found myself engaged by the Two hundred years ago, the Ark set off into space with its human cargo, leaving a doomed Earth behind Now, centuries later, the Ark is nearing its destination a new world where humanity can begin again Every bit of energy and attention is focused on the approaching day of the Flip, but when police chief Brian Benson stumbles upon a suspicious death, no matter how much political pressure he gets to treat the case as an accident, he simply can t let go I immediately found myself engaged by the world of The Ark With all of humanity reduced to a single shipload, the crew of the Ark instituted strict controls on almost every aspect of life Waste and failure to recycle is a serious crime Normal pregnancy is forbidden and surgically prevented, and each child born through the Ark approved technology has a plant immediately installed that covers the full surface of the frontal lobe While the plant provides instant access to technology and full connectivity, it also enforces complete control over the citizens of the Ark Passengers, called cattle by the crew, are disdained by and segregated from the crew Passengers spend their time working to maintain their habitats and invest their enthusiasm and competitiveness in the gravity free game of Zero.While the worldbuilding was definitely interesting, in an odd way, I don t think the characters really exist enough in the reality created for them For one thing, they know far too much about their past, and tend to think in terms of comparisons between the past and their present While this is certainly helpful for the reader in explaining the worldbuilding, it didn t do much to make the characters feel grounded in their reality For example, they use phrases like check, please, even though physical paper disappeared centuries ago, even though no one has eaten real meat in the past 200 years, they remember that Hindus venerate cows and won t eat beef and recognize the appearance and taste of meat They accept using a disgusting mouthwash because it s better than a trip to the dentist, even though dentists have vanished into distant memory Even though we re told that nationalism was effectively forgotten in the first few years aboard the Ark, people still characterize themselves in terms of their ethnicities and national origins Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed the few flights of fancy that broke out of the contemporary mindset, such as the tour of art through the ages that included artists such as the leader of the Reclamation Movement who died in 2059 or the seminal work of the museum, which was created after the earth was known to be in peril There is also a thoroughly amusing take on literal tin hat paranoia.Much of the story is told through breezy dialogue laced with humor, and the plot is full of action and adventure While l never really warmed to Benson, he didn t annoy me much, either Perhaps the weakest character for me was Theresa, Benson s love interest While we re told she s competent and capable, she mostly exists as Benson s sounding board, cheerleader, and comic foil My favourite character was the spunky elderly museum curator whose whiplash tongue is feared even by the Ark s highest authorities.The story effortlessly carried me to the end The final outcome is satisfying, and while I m not sure I agree with the characters conclusions, it definitely left some food for thought If you re looking for a lighthearted scifi adventure, the Ark may fit the bill 3.5I received an advanced reader copy of this ebook through Netgalley from the publisher, Angry Robot Books, in exchange for my honest review

  5. MadProfessah says:

    Fun, thrilling and intriguing space opera I had low expectations for The Ark but was intrigued by the high concept of a mystery science fiction hybrid tale a violent death occurs on a huge spaceship carrying the last living fifty thousand humans on a centuries long journey to Tau Ceti after the Earth is destroyed by an unfortunate encounter with a black hole.The main character is a male and manly cop named Bryan Benson who used to be a sports hero and the setting is culturally familiar to Ame Fun, thrilling and intriguing space opera I had low expectations for The Ark but was intrigued by the high concept of a mystery science fiction hybrid tale a violent death occurs on a huge spaceship carrying the last living fifty thousand humans on a centuries long journey to Tau Ceti after the Earth is destroyed by an unfortunate encounter with a black hole.The main character is a male and manly cop named Bryan Benson who used to be a sports hero and the setting is culturally familiar to Americans, with interesting SF details digital implants, set hundreds of years in the future, living in an artificial environment and a compelling plot.The story is peopled with a very diverse cast and the story raises some thought provoking questions and scenarios what should be preserved from the cultural heritage of all of humanity, how and when should the death penalty be used when there are only 50k people left, the ethics of forced universal contraception and the permanence of sociological phenomena like elitism, heteronormativity and class and what social structure would be best to insure humanity s survival if we were reduced to the population of a mid sized city All of this is done while Tomlinson manages to deliver a fun, thrilling story that combines an exciting police thriller with thoughtful science fiction I m very much looking forward to the sequels of The Children of a Lost Earth as there are several important questions that are raised towards the end of the book which make the reader to wantIn the end that s one measure of a story well told, which The Ark is

  6. Lindsay says:

    Sady, this book was very clich.I unfortunatley rolled my eyes many times throughout this book The concept and plot were adequate, but the characters were incredibly fake Just picture an old Tom Cruise film starring a rough and tough detective in space who is out to solve a murder mystery He has the girls he wants but the closer he comes to answers, he finds he may be on the path to discovering a bigger secret It s been done too many times

  7. AudioBookReviewer says:

    My original The Ark audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.The Ark by Patrick S Tomlinson is the first novel in the series called Children of a Dead Earth Bryan Benson is a detective on a gigantic space ship called the Ark Many generations ago, a sampling of humankind was put onto the Ark to escape destruction Every person on the ship is equipped with an implant tracker that tracks not only their position, but also every aspect of their lives So when a crew memb My original The Ark audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.The Ark by Patrick S Tomlinson is the first novel in the series called Children of a Dead Earth Bryan Benson is a detective on a gigantic space ship called the Ark Many generations ago, a sampling of humankind was put onto the Ark to escape destruction Every person on the ship is equipped with an implant tracker that tracks not only their position, but also every aspect of their lives So when a crew member goes missing, a surprised Benson is called in The clues begin to reveal an unsettling trail that imply that the missing crew member didn t simply commit suicide, but somethingnefarious might be at play As Benson travels to places on the ship that he didn t know exists and meets with the mostly unlikely allies and enemies, he begins to see the status quo of the ship with new eyes His investigation threatens to not only solve the mystery, but also lead him to the brink of death.I really enjoyed this novel I listened to it in almost one go Benson is a funny and likable character and his interactions with different characters are fun to listen to The mystery of the missing crew member is really engrossing, especially as this one seemingly minor missing persons case snowballs into a massive conspiracy involving many unexpected characters The clues are revealed at a good pace that keep the reader interested Tomlinson did a great job creating complex interesting characters that I quickly became engrossed in in addition to the mystery The head of the museum and her parts were some of my favorite parts of the novel As the mystery is unfolding, there are really nice glimpses into relationships, characters, and aspects of the Ark that could have been detracted from the story, but instead they made it so much sharper These tangential stories helped build up the complexity of the world that these characters are living in I m really looking forward to reading the next novel and seeing how the lives of these characters progress This novel ends with a definite climax and end, but creates a path for the story to continue in the coming novels really well.The narration by Mirron Willis was really good I think he did a great job with most of the characters The accents did not sound as tight as they could ve been, but they were consistent and the characters were distinguishable The production quality was good as well I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes space mysteries and stories about the journey for the survival of the human race.Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR

  8. Hilary says:

    In short, it s a mystery set in space The last and best of humanity is on the Ark, along with the best of its history, and after over two centuries of travel is finally nearing its destination when Benson finds himself embroiled in something far worse than anything he s previously encountered, something inexplicable that has far reaching consequences It sspace opera than science fiction there s plenty of tech, from the ship s complex systems to the implants plant each person has, an In short, it s a mystery set in space The last and best of humanity is on the Ark, along with the best of its history, and after over two centuries of travel is finally nearing its destination when Benson finds himself embroiled in something far worse than anything he s previously encountered, something inexplicable that has far reaching consequences It sspace opera than science fiction there s plenty of tech, from the ship s complex systems to the implants plant each person has, and although I felt forcibly exposed to the tech rather than intuitively understanding it, I only floundered for a short while, so although the beginning feelslike Blade Runner it thankfully becomeslike Star Trek view spoiler I never saw an explanation of what the Flip was, or why it was needed, so if I just missed that, someone else let me know I have a theory, but it may well be wrong hide spoiler I just discovered there s a second book, that this is the first of a series Do not read the summary or description of book 2 before reading this one Here ends your spoiler warning.Disclaimer I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  9. Argus says:

    Man, you know what I love Books where technology and society have shifted, and it s not instantly evil Stories where there s new and exciting things happening, and those things are just part of daily life for the characters And then a story happens, and involves those things, but isn t BECAUSE of those things.Oh hey, The Ark I wonder if I ll like this book for exactly the reasons I just said Yes.So, mandatory birth control and a total surveillance state, mixed with the technology to live on Man, you know what I love Books where technology and society have shifted, and it s not instantly evil Stories where there s new and exciting things happening, and those things are just part of daily life for the characters And then a story happens, and involves those things, but isn t BECAUSE of those things.Oh hey, The Ark I wonder if I ll like this book for exactly the reasons I just said Yes.So, mandatory birth control and a total surveillance state, mixed with the technology to live on a generation ship and some pretty standard cyberware implants And what s the story about Overthrowing the evil controlling authorities Breaking free of the culture of having to declare relationships and apply to have children Some kind of implant malfunction that makes cyber zombies No.It s a detective story In space.I honestly think Raymond Chandler would be proud of the kind of character we see in our protagonist He is everything a good hard boiled detective should be He goes to mean places, but is not himself mean He can give as good as he gets, but doesn t do so out of spite or cruelty, just out of necessity and a not inconsiderable amount of annoyance He s clever, but not brilliant He s tough, but not invincible He s an actual hero, and it s really cool to see this sort of character painted in a sci fi setting.It s also really cool to see how a crime would play out in a setting where everyone s movements are tracked His job as detective is so piss easy that he considers it a retirement, and the fact that someone is missing is a pretty big deal But he s not blind or dumb, and he knows a bunch of tricks which he applies to the case, and all of it is believable, despite the high level of technology in play.The one complaint I have about the book is the verrrrry end I won t say anything spoilery about it, but it jumps way beyond the scope of a simple detective thriller to something a lothigh concept It s not bad, and I d love to read a sequel to this story that s about the big reveal indetail, but it s kind of out of place.Overall, I loved this book The world building felt rich, even minor characters are well fleshed out, there s a lot of moments that made me laugh, and a few that made me cry It s the kind of story that I wantof, but not because I m unsatisfied with what I got

  10. Kit says:

    It s possible Idisliked the narrator than the book.