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 really enjoyed this book and the narration by Mark Bpyette. I am looking forward to more of Glenn Cooper's books and Mark Boyett's narration.
As other reviewers have said, this book has it all: characters, story, pacing and great narration. It is a nice twist on the Area 51 legend, and really left you wanting to hear more about the characters. Book of Souls, part II, is just as good. Highly recommended.
Cooper is a new read for me and I'm a little torn. Narration is good, stories are good. Just that the transition from one part of the story to the other leaves me wondering what I'm listening to for a second. A moment of brain dead for me.
There are a couple of ho-hum spots but I'll try another since the basic story is good and the jump back is also interesting.
It's slow starting, but definitely worth the wait. Great, in-depth, thought provoking plot and well developed characters. It left me thinking well after it ended. It's a "must read" and worthy of a listen.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
Probably why I haven't bought any books by the authors that face this book credit. Maybe there's a good story in there somewhere. I can't see it through all the ridiculous chase sceens. Disappointmented....
The story was interesting and I thought the layered timelines moved the plot masterfully. The narrator was quite good - much better than some I've experienced lately. The reason I gave 3 stars was largely due to the unconvincing romance between our hero & his "love," for lack of a better term - I found their interactions forced and uninteresting, their characters ridiculously cliched (many reviews have made note of this problem). Also, lesser twists proved more surprising than the major ones. Still an entertaining "read."
Not only is this story equal in depth to Dan Brown's novels, Cooper has picked the best narrator from which to share it. I kept nodding my head, as I read the book, agreeing with the motivation of each chacter. Really well done!
Reads like two novels with the jumps back and forth between present day and medieval England. The execution of the plot is well done, but the characters are hopelessly formulaic and cliched. Actually would have liked to see Dan Brown's Robert Langdon be the protagonist, but the obligatory Dirty Harry type works just fine, too. Overall very readable, Glenn Cooper can be forgiven for the cardboard characters. 'The Library' was a very interesting idea.
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