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.
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!!
Perception isn't everything- turn picture 1/4 to the right and see the sweet reality.
This is one of those stories that makes what you think you know --turn upside down.
When a profiler from the FBI takes on the case of the Doomsday Killer, he doesn't know his investigation will take him back to ancient times for some answers. He was just biding his time , looking forward to retirement which was fast approaching, when this case was dropped in his lap. As he starts looking into it, his interest escalates as he thinks he has found a major clue--but has he? The victims are all unrelated and killed in different ways--with no apparent connection to each other. The shocking answer is amazing.
I loved the way the author moved this story back and forth through history, and thought it flowed smoothly. The character development was great--these people were brought to life for me as they all had flaws and actual daily problems of their own. The narrator helped add a touch of realism as his reading style and character differences were spot on.
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.
I was not fascinated by the big reveal in this book. Unfortunately it's another book that unnecessarily bases it's fantasy on rape. Lots of rape. As a female reader I truly wish male authors would stop using rape as a mere tool of their stories.
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.
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