Ark by Charles McCarry

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It's not an espionage novel but a sci-fi global-disaster blockbuster...I had no problem zipping through the book in one sitting. Mr. McCarry's hero—a Bill Gates-esque zillionaire named Henry Peel, who sets out to save a selected portion of humanity by building a space ark—turns out to be one of his most freakishly interesting creations.
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Earth’s wealthiest man attempts to save humanity from an impending apocalypse

The planet’s first and only trillionaire, Henry Peel, did not make his fortune by being a fool. A gifted inventor and scientist, he possesses an imagination on the scale of history’s greatest thinkers, and he has turned it to the problem of Earth’s core. Two decades ago, scientists learned that the core spins faster than the rest of the planet, storing up a cache of energy that, if released, could cause an earthquake that would obliterate human life. To begin mankind anew, Henry Peel is going to lead us to the stars. He gathers the world’s leading physicists and engineers and asks them to design a spaceship large enough to safeguard a sample of humanity and durable enough to survive a thousand-year voyage. Money is no object, but time is short. The apocalypse is on its way.
 

About Charles McCarry

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A former operative for the CIA, Charles McCarry (b. 1930) is America’s most revered author of espionage fiction. Born in Massachusetts, McCarry began his writing career in the army, as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes. In the 1950s he served as a speechwriter for President Eisenhower before taking a post with the CIA, for which he traveled the globe as a deep cover operative. He left the Agency in 1967, and set about converting his experiences into fiction.   His first novel, The Miernik Dossier (1971), introduced Paul Christopher, an American spy who struggles to balance his family life with his work. McCarry has continued writing about Christopher and his family for decades, producing ten novels in the series to date. A former editor-at-large for National Geographic, McCarry has written extensive nonfiction, and continues to write essays and book reviews for various national publications. Ark (2011) is his most recent novel.
 
Published November 22, 2011 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Lee Sandlin on Dec 17 2011

It's not an espionage novel but a sci-fi global-disaster blockbuster...I had no problem zipping through the book in one sitting. Mr. McCarry's hero—a Bill Gates-esque zillionaire named Henry Peel, who sets out to save a selected portion of humanity by building a space ark—turns out to be one of his most freakishly interesting creations.

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