Just think: secret books written in ancient Britain and possible national secrets! The plot switches between centuries quite seamlessly and enough historical facts are mentioned throughout the novel to intrigue me to search them out. The narrator's performance kept the characters individual, but I have to admit I agree with another reviewer who said the protagonist was not the most loveable character. i think you will find this an enjoyable read
At first I was put off. It starts off a little slowly and didn't seem to be my cup of tea, but then the author develops this mystery nicely and the flips back and forth between time eras is really good. Great idea and excellent ending with room for hopefully more than one sequel. Just downloaded the next one.
I could not play this story out loud at work for my staff due to foul language from some of the characters however, I do not feel that the use of swearing, sex or violence, in this fascinating story, was gratuitous or unrealistic. I enjoyed the book very much and will look for the sequel, Book of Souls.
What an amazing book!!! Glenn Cooper keeps 3 story lines going at once...actually it might be more now that I think about it. From the 700's to the 1940's to the current day. As I was listening I tried to figure out how the 3 story lines would merge--and he kept me guessing for a very long time, I did not fully understand how they fit together until the last 1/4 of the book...and he continued on, past the eventual resolution (of sorts!), to suggest even larger implications.
Secrets grabbed me and held me from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book. If you are a fan of Dan Brown or Raymond Khoury you will thoroughly enjoy Secrets of the Seventh Son.
Are all the mystery/thriller books starting to sound the same? This well written book has some novel ideas that make it stand out from the rest! My one complaint was that the book bounces back and forth between different time frames, and although it does eventually add to the story, each jump into the past seems to steal a little of the momentum away. You've gotta read this one.
(of previous reviews, Rebecca, "...ear burning" has good encapsulation.)
this flowed smoothly as 3-4 narratives confluence. Several complaints are legitimate: our protagonist is flawed, stereotypical and shallow generally but this oscillates with aggrandizement. The work of a large FBI investigation is largely done by Will's sidekick alone, only 2 total people seem to be involved and there's no particular protocol. This is not terribly suspenseful: most revelations are foreshadowed and obvious well before they are explicit. Though the detail and character development descriptions never seem gratuitous, the book is about 1/3 too long for what is an interesting but not intricate plot. i.e. somewhat pleonastic.
But, that's the most I could find wrong. the book flows well, smooth narrative and crisp dialog. Beside the narrative-expedience of minimal supporting characters, there was good verisimilitude (rarely thought, "Oh that can't happen" or "no one would say that"). Deftly written, prose is devoid of repetition or excess cliche. Generally cheerful, though not overtly clever or funny, it continued to entertain and avoided tragic or macabre mood.
On a gut level, I loved it and looked forward to getting back to it until done. I was glad to read that the author has another similar book, shall start looking for it.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
There is much to say about this novel, but I am unable to type well. First, the characters are well developed and engaging. The plot is mysterious and not only truly unique, but equally thought provoking.
I was extremely impressed with the performance of Mark Boyett. He brought distinction and emotion to each character and believability to the plot.
While there were times I felt the subject matter was to far fetched, the thoughtfulness of the author nudged my curiosity. I find myself thinking about the ramifications all through the day.
I just wanted an easy read/listen when I chose this book and didn't expect much because the premise is pretty much off the wall. However Cooper pulls this off in an expert and agile way. I was surprised at almost every turn and never anticipated the final twist.
While this has tones of the DaVinci Code, it's an original and captivating story line. I flew through this one in a couple of days, even finding quiet things to do at home so I could continue to listen. That said, I do agree with the other reviewers that the main character is a flat, cardboard cutout of a hardened police type. He's a bit of a jerk but the fun and fast moving plot line more than makes up for it. I'm already listening to the second. It's important to listen to this one first.