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.
This book and Secret of the 7th Son (read them in order) are some of my favorite audiobooks to date. The story is so interesting and captivating it's hard to stop listening. Everyone I have recommended this to has felt the same way. If it doesn't become a block buster movie & sequel - I'll be surprised. The narrator is absolutely one of the best I've ever experienced. Cudos to the talent of the writer & the narrator and thank you both for the hours of imaginative entertainment. Please do more soon!
Actually not Deborah, but Donald. My wife opened the Amazon account and suddenly my Audible account became hers. I'm a basic 63 year old type guy who runs a lot and listnes to books as I run. It was a dark and stormy night ... but I still did 5 miles.
This book is more .. more of the great writing from his first book. (Secret of the Seventh Son). Read it first!
This book is more, picks of the story from the first book.
This book is more - it continues mystery, brings in historical characters, moves seamlessly through time - and has a great story line.
This book is more of the same from Cooper. That happens to be very good.
I love the history connections and the back and forth in time.
They blend amazingly well , keeps a strong grip till the very end.
Yet another mass conspiracy theory with a treasure hunt theme worked in. Both National Treasure and Dan Brown came to mind as I listened. Towards the end, it became harder and harder to suspend my disbelief. This book falls squarely into the "average" category.
The mystery and history surrounding the library!
Probably Will, because even thoug.h he was kind of a dog he was still inquisitive and tenacious
Never listened to this narrator before but he was awesome!
No laughing or crying, just lots of sitting on the edge of my seat.
More Will Piper please!!!
I did not really like this book and made myself finish it in hopes that it would get better. It never got better for me. It seemed sort of "stupid" or "corny" or "soap opera"; just not my kind of book.
It was poor on character development. The author, Glenn Cooper, focused on the main character, Will, and did not develop the other characters at all. A lot of times the author added details to the story that were totally unnecessary as if the reader was dumb, or he needed to add to his word count.
Even though the plot was very good and had a lot of potential, the story drags on and on. If written with better character development and less wordy detail, it could have potentially been an excellent story.
The narrator was mediocre, however, that could have been as a result of the book he was reading.
Loved the switch back and forth from past to present.
It brought the story alive.
Neither. It wasn't a funny or sad book.