I picked this book up as a Daily Deal and found, much to my surprise, that there was an interesting plot with good writing and very well done narration. Ex-FBI agent must find the history of a mysterious book by following clues hidden in a mysterious poem. It might sound familiar, but what make this plot different are what the mysterious book is, when it was written, what information it contains and how that information could possibly have been known when the book was written. That is what makes the plot both intriguing and worth following.
The writing is quite good and the plot (or at least the object for the search) is unique and about a quarter of the way through I was interested enough to look up other books by this author thinking that they might also be entertaining light reading. My first disappointment was finding that this is actually the second book in a series (the first, on Audible, is Secret Of The Seventh Son), although it is not marked as such on Audible, and the entire plot of the previous book is described as the characters in this book go through the process of finding the information they are seeking. Once you have read this book you will almost certainly have no interest in the previous book since all of the mystery will be gone. And, because finding the secret is the core of interest my feeling is that the previous book would have been more interesting than this one.
The second disappointment is that the main character, a seasoned, although retired, FBI agent, suddenly starts doing stupid things. While I do not wish to give any of the plot away it seems clear that an ex-FBI agent should know better than to talk on open phones when he believes that he is being followed by government agents who will do anything to stop him. It could not have been more odd if he had hung signs in the windows saying what he just found and what he was going to do next. The concept was so strange that I really lost interest from the second or third (of tenth) time he acted like a naive civilian.
Still, the plot is unique (or, at least, unique-ish) because of the contents of the book, the writing is good and the narration is first class. Still, had I the chance to do it over again, I would have read the first book in the series first since the telling of the events of the first book in the second lets some of the air out of the suspense.
So, a decent read with those two caveats.
I suggest reading Secret of the Seventh Son first. It is the first in the duo. I especially liked how the author worked in historical characters and Area 51 into a plausible history of The Library.
It is the second part of his book Secret of the Seventh Son and I loved both. Book of Souls at the end the story sort of looses grip, but overall it is a great read.
If you haven't read Secret of the Seventh Son, first go and listen to that absolutely incredible book and then come back. If you have then you know how great Glenn Cooper is at weaving a complex narrative.
Will Piper is back in this one, dragged back to the mystery surrounding the Doomsday Killer and the library. This story plays out like a fast-paced thrill ride as Will tries to save himself and his family from the truth that may never be known for 17 more years.
The narrator is spot-on, delivering accents and different vocalizations I swear were from a cast of speakers. He makes ever word believable and the story is so well thought out that you will be shaking from the easy cross-over into reality that is garnered here. I won't say the story is as good as Secret of the Seventh Son as that was perfection, but this author is as well-versed on history and thought-provoking concepts as anyone I have read.
I really enjoyed "Secrets of the Seventh Son" and looked forward to this sequel. I found it fun and very entertaining with a terrific narrator of Mark Boyett. Although I had to suspend disbelief many times throughout this book, I still liked it a lot.
Will Piper's infidelity and Nancy's subsequent, "Oh honey I totally accept you as you are" was pure male fantasy, but I like flawed heros and he is one flawed hero.
I loved all the reinvention of history with Shakespeare and Nostradamus. And the idea of knowing one's date of death is very intriguing.
good plot with plenty of twists and turns. Narrator did a good job, but wish he could have done better on distinguishing different characters. Want more from this author.
The writing style is a very effective blend of current day and historical background. The mix works well and seems to arrive at just the point that the reader is looking for more information. The plot was sufficiently complex to make it an enjoyable listen. Well done.
A very different type of story. The story line was clever and unique, albeit a slightly weak. I did enjoy it though because it was never predictable. Beautifully narrated, one of the best I've ever listened to.
At first I thought what's this about. Then I got very much into the story and how the author weaves his back and forth between what was and what is. Excellent.
Say something about yourself!
As a sequel this isn't quite as good as the "Secret of the Seventh Son" but that is probably due to the fact that we already know the history of what was going on in that ancient monastery. Part of the compelling draw of the first book was the amazing secret. However, there were unanswered questions with the end of the first book - and they are, far the most part answered in this one.
An old book full of dates and names is auctioned off for a price well over what the auction house thought it was worth--and the chase is on. Will Piper, ex FBI agent is asked by the buyer to travel to England and talk to the original owner in the hopes of getting answers to the clues in the book. Lord Cantwell and his granddaughter, Isabelle, are happy to help him out.
The book is well written and the narration was good. Once again the time line spans centuries going back and forth to tie it all together. My one and only "complaint" is that they figured out the clues a little too easily. I would have liked to see more mystery to it.
Final note--this book should be listened to AFTER the first or it loses a lot of important detail.