Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.
Assigned to the case is a legendary FBI profiler with a troubled past, a drinking problem, and nothing left to lose.... Abandoned to a monastery is an unwanted son born under a curse on the seventh day of the seventh month of the year 777.... Unprepared for a momentous discovery is a post-World War II expedition into the crypts of a clandestine medieval society.... but all lead to a secret embroiled in destiny, history, evil, faith, and corruption - and one terrifying truth that no one must ever know.
©2009 Glenn Cooper; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
This book exceeded my expectations and I grew to like it more as I progressed through it. The three time periods covered was a bit confusing at first but started to make more sense as the listening continued. Most readers will probably put it all together before the mystery is definitively revealed near the end of the book. And when they do, they will likely let out an Edith Bunker-like sigh of understanding. The story and characters were good and the narration was excellent. A bargain at the sale price.
I found this book to be filled with alot of great twists and turn and keeps you guessing till the very end. I''ll listen to it again. Its worth the time!!
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.
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.
Everything. Even the far fetched 'secret'. The trascending back & forth through time was masterful. The characters are believable & likable. I loved the narrator. First book in a long time that gave an ending to rave about. Brilliant!!!!!
Not sure but will surely seek him out again.
The Silver Monks or The Beginning and the End
I usually HATE stories that have the big strong & good looking guy fall in love & get all sappy. For this story it actually worked. It didn't leave me rolling my eyes. But if there was a complaint I'd say it was annoying that Nancy was always worried about Will & constantly asked how he was doing & if he was safe. Like gee, he's been an FBI agent for almost 20 years. If he couldn't handle himself he'd be dead already. Nancy could've been stronger woman & not become so needy.
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.
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