The Library: Only a handful know it exists. It holds the world's most astonishing and terrifying information. But the one book that is the key to the greatest secret of all time is missing.
Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest, and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries. This is the book that inspired Shakespeare and the prophecies of Nostradamus, and once Will gets his hands on it, his life will be worth nothing, his death sentence a top priority handed down from the very highest levels of power. Because there are some truths too dangerous for anyone to know - those that concern the future, world domination, and the end of everything.
©2010 Glenn Cooper (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
A cross between Brown's DaVinci Code & Follett's Pillars of the Earth, Cooper gives a fast and thrilling read. I highly recommend reading The Secret of the Seventh Son, which is the prequel to this book, before delving into this one, as it provides greater depth into the history of the Books and the Order. Both novels are excellent.
One of the best audible books I've listened to, out of hundreds.
I found this audiobook just surfing around the audible site. I'd never heard of this author before. I found a gem.
The author is a wordmaster and a master of ideas. The story is very fresh and original
and it completely gripped me.
The narration is perfect. Clear and concise, the narrator mastered his voices and accents.
The characters are well defined and interesting.
Definitely, I would listen to the first book first, and then this one.
If you like the first one, you will enjoy this one too. They are cut from the same mold and part of the same fantastic mythos.
Boyett narrates one of the more intriguing thrillers I have heard in awhile. Plot rips along, and interesting historical flashbacks add some colour. Actually the resolve leaves one wanting abit more. I recommend this one!
First of all if you have not read Secrets of the Seventh Son do not read this one first! I did read Book of Souls first and I throughly enjoyed it but realized that if I had read the first book first I would have "caught on" much sooner. It was a little trying jumping back into the past then forward into the future but once I understood why Mr. Cooper was doing this the book came together for me. This is my first read with Glenn Cooper and I loved his style. I am now going to read Secrets of the Seventh Sons. The narration was great too. I would highly recommend this one AFTER you read Seventh Sons.
I had never heard of Glenn Cooper before downloading Secret of the 7th Son, but he's well worth listening to. The narrator is excellent. I can't wait to get into the car so I can keep listening.
However, don't listen to this one first. The 7th Son is the first story and if you were to listen to them in reverse, I think you'd miss a lot.
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
Although a fictionalized midieval order of monks may seem to have little to do with Area 51, this story will reveal otherwise! (The order of monks IS fictional, right?) Combining a contemporary, conspiracy theory police drama with a tale that explains the thinking that inspired the religious Reformation is one of the most original story telling mechanisms you will find. Don't come to this story thinking police procedural: the retired FBI agent is in danger from "the Watchers," and soon finds out what Nostradamus and John Calvin have to do with it. It is crafted carefully enough to be believable. If you are a fan of Dan Brown, Ken Follett or "The X Files," you will love this story and the narrator.
If I had been reading this book instead of listening to it, I would have tossed it out the first time it sounded a little like the Da Vinci Code. It may have been the superior narration, by Mark Boyett that kept my attention and I am grateful for that because the story was much better than I expected
It was an entertaining book but not so much that I will search out the one Cooper wrote before
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
I enjoyed this book as much as the one that preceded it. My only problem was its ending. What's never really explained is long-term public reaction to what is revealed. Perhaps we're looking at a trilogy but I'm not sure that Cooper has left enough unresolved to warrant a third book. Of course, if he inserts a little time travel into his arsenal, a trip to February 2027 and the interval between now and then might provide him fodder for more fiction. An interesting premise and a well-written book. The narration was also commendable.
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.
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