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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.

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  • Lee
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • 05-02-10

Completely gripped me.

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.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Must Read!

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.

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Great Read

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.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 04-23-10


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!

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy
  • New Sweden, ME, United States
  • 05-14-10

Wonderful, but hear 7th Son first

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • victoria
  • murfreesboro, TN, United States
  • 03-13-11

Excellent Listening!

This was as thrilling and suspenseful as Glenn Cooper's "Secret of the Seventh Son." Read that one first and Book of Souls will be more enjoyable because its events take place after "Secret...." The narrator was excellent managing the different roles and varied accents with ease. Both books weave an interesting story starting with 8th century Britain to the present. If you close your eyes you can vividly picture the monks, the abbey and the present day events. I lost 3 lbs. listening to it because I did so only when on my treadmill. The desire to hear what was going to happen next encouraged many impromptu treadmill sessions. Both books were awesome!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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As good as the prequel

Listened to this before the prequel story - it did not matter, both a re well written, imaginative and very well read stories - love to see more from this author

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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

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  • Janet
  • Allen, TX, United States
  • 09-04-12

Perhaps my favorite book of the summer

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 05-06-11

Good sequel to Secret of the Seventh Son

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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful