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.
Daily Dog Walker and LONG Silicon Valley commutes, so I gulp through and love lotsa books, especially literary fiction and Mystery.
What's the equivalent of a page turner in audioland...an ear burner? This one's hard to turn off, you want to listen to it in big gulps, so clear off your calendar for a 18 mile walk or a weekend cleaning frenzy. Author has a really unique premise, the core creative idea that drives the story is novel and ambitious. So in terms of plot, and unique slant I'd give this 5 stars. But I gotta knock it down a bit for very stock characters, the protagonist is cliche, the supporting cast...ditto. Don't let that stop you from listening though, still great entertainment and I'm absolutely on to the next one!
I've never read anything by Glen Cooper before, and was a little unsure of whether or not I would like the Seventh Son... but I loved it! The characters were great and the plot was unbelievable - yet just crazy enough to believe... maybe. I almost stopped reading when Area 51 and UFOs were mentioned (I can't stand alien stories), but once I realized what was really going on, I'm so glad I didn't. Each chapter is more and more intriguing. The characters have depth and are relatable. The main character, FBI Agent Will Piper, starts out apathetic and boorish, but then transforms as he hunts for the Doomsday Killer. It is easy to see why he was at one time considered a top serial killer profiler. The transitions from one time period to another (8th century, 1940s, 2000s, etc.) are surprisingly easy to keep up with and kept me interested. It is easy to get caught up in the action. This could easily become a box-office smash!
This first book in the two-book series following the flawed Will Piper is wonderfully done. The story is well developed, believable and simply an enjoyable listen. In the genre of Dan Brown... you can read either book first and you will find it completely understandable and enjoyable... tying the two together makes it remarkable.
I read a lot of mystery thrillers and most, while good, usually follow a fairly formulaic pattern. This book pretty much does the same thing, however adds the unique twist of jumping in and out of time periods to explain the story. I LOVED it! If Ken Follett and Michael Connelly collaborated this would be the result. I enjoyed and felt for each character, due in large part to the excellent narration. I've never heard Mark Boyett, but will look to see what other works he's read. He did a superb job with voice changes, even the females, and put a lot of feeling into each character. Some have commented on the characters being a bit stereotypical.... Stereotypes are usually stereotypes for a reason... If you have ever known any cops, then you have known some just like Will. I'd say Glenn Cooper nailed it!
Definitely worth the credit/cost. Tight plot, Very interesting/different storyline, Solid characters, Mixed up the pace and action successfully...kept my interest all the way through. 5 Stars and I will buy another Glenn Cooper book. (This was my first:)
Entertaining, light listen. Seriously frivolous premise, stretched thin, but nevertheless holds it's own in the whole arcane ancient texts, mysticism genre.
The biggest flaw is the main character, who is a complete stereotypical jerk. Puzzling choice by the author, since this guy is so annoying he becomes distracting at times.
Wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars.
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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.
Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.
There is much to say about this novel, but I am unable to type well. First, the characters are well developed and engaging. The plot is mysterious and not only truly unique, but equally thought provoking.
I was extremely impressed with the performance of Mark Boyett. He brought distinction and emotion to each character and believability to the plot.
While there were times I felt the subject matter was to far fetched, the thoughtfulness of the author nudged my curiosity. I find myself thinking about the ramifications all through the day.
What a surprise! I happened upon this book by chance and I'm so glad I did. I totally appreciate a main character who is flawed---much more interesting than a typical strong do-gooder. And his love interest is also unusual---a real woman instead of another typically young and gorgeous woman who even though she is young and gorgeous, has no boyfriend and is lonely. Nancy is a slightly overweight Jewish woman who is smart, clever and strong.
And the flasbacks to the past were fascinating and the story evolved so beautifully as we meet all the characters and the situation that I won't spoil for those who haven't listened to this terrific book.
Speaking of listening, I thought the narrator, Mark Boyett, was excellent.
Yes, I know, maybe I had to suspend my disbelief just a tad, but that really didn't matter. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
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.
The best secret is when you find a new author that is interesting, clever, out of the box, and has real skill. I hurried through this one so I could get his next book. (It continues the theme, listen to this first.)
Great book ! Glenn thanks for the pleasure that you gave me and the time you took to tell a great story ! The narrator was on point he didn't take over the story just told it as if he were talking to me .
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