The world may not end with a bang, but with a bioweapon. A new thriller, The Ark, posits a bad guy who heads a cult and wants to end the world as we know it. His method: a highly contagious disease that was found on Noah's Ark. The Biblical elements seem incidental to much of the action (to me, anyway). The scientists are the good guys.
The hero of this debut thriller is an engineer, much like the author himself, Boyd Morrison.
Morrison, with a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, has worked for NASA, Microsoft's Xbox Games Group, and Thomson-RCA. He was also a Jeopardy! Champion, as well as a professional actor. He was able to get a good agent, but The Ark was rejected by 25 publishers. Morrison self-published it for Kindle, and then, after early online sales showed promise, secured a four-book deal from a major publisher (Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster).
Intrigued by the idea of an engineer hero, I read The Ark and tried to figure out why it works, and where it doesn't.