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Publisher's Summary

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.

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A winner from start to finish

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.

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  • Lilly2734
  • Mentone, AL, United States
  • 04-03-12

A new read

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.

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involving yarn of serial killings and monks

(of previous reviews, Rebecca, "...ear burning" has good encapsulation.)
this flowed smoothly as 3-4 narratives confluence. Several complaints are legitimate: our protagonist is flawed, stereotypical and shallow generally but this oscillates with aggrandizement. The work of a large FBI investigation is largely done by Will's sidekick alone, only 2 total people seem to be involved and there's no particular protocol. This is not terribly suspenseful: most revelations are foreshadowed and obvious well before they are explicit. Though the detail and character development descriptions never seem gratuitous, the book is about 1/3 too long for what is an interesting but not intricate plot. i.e. somewhat pleonastic.

But, that's the most I could find wrong. the book flows well, smooth narrative and crisp dialog. Beside the narrative-expedience of minimal supporting characters, there was good verisimilitude (rarely thought, "Oh that can't happen" or "no one would say that"). Deftly written, prose is devoid of repetition or excess cliche. Generally cheerful, though not overtly clever or funny, it continued to entertain and avoided tragic or macabre mood.
On a gut level, I loved it and looked forward to getting back to it until done. I was glad to read that the author has another similar book, shall start looking for it.

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  • Heather
  • Council, ID, United States
  • 03-16-12

Great read...

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.

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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 04-04-11

I can't imagine listening to the second part

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....

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Unique premise, well told! Almost a 4-Star but...

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."

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  • David
  • Trinity, FL, United States
  • 01-03-11

The Secret is out!

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!

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7th Son

Intriguing story. Narrator was excellent. Never heard of the author before. This was real delight.

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Cliche crime novel with unnecessary time travel.

If you like stereotypical PI crime novels that feature larger than life alcoholic detectives rescuing typecast dames while mentally and physically humiliating any one who crosses them, this is the book to boost your fragile male ego. I think the reviewer who wrote that the book was, "written by a smart person for people who aren't," summed it up pretty well.

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Unsatisfied

I expected more. The mix between past and present was not fluid and failed to hold my interest. I ended up skippy to the last three chapters realizing I could wait for another 5hrs before getting to the end. Maybe this book would be best if read the traditional way.

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