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Publisher's Summary

Brad Meltzer - author of the number-one New York Times best seller The Book of Fate - returns with his most thrilling and emotionally powerful novel to date.

In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history.

In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found.

Until now.

Today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cal Harper comes face-to-face with his family's greatest secret: his long-lost father, who's been shot with a gun that traces back to Mitchell Siegel's 1932 murder. But before Cal can ask a single question, he and his father are attacked by a ruthless killer tattooed with the anicent markings of Cain. And so begins the chase for the world's first murder weapon.

What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

©2008 Forty-Four Steps, Inc.; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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  • Jeremy
  • Cool, CA, USA
  • 10-14-08

Don't Bother.

Feeble. Don't waste a credit. I have been an Audible customer for very long time and have felt compelled to write only one other review. This book compels me to offer another. The character development is very thin and plot is convoluted. I usually enjoy Meltzer, but this book strikes me as the product of an author under contract for a book - any kind of book, and not necessarily a good book. I could not bring myself to finish it.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Really Bad for Brad - Brick remains brilliant

You know, I think this is only my third review ever after 7 years as an Audible Member. But I just couldn't let this one go without comment.
Brad Metzler's "Book of Lies" is to the "Book of Fate" what Dan Brown's "Deception Point" is to "The DaVinci Code".
Not only does the listener have to stumble along with poor Scott as he reads through this morass, he has to keep stumbling hoping there is a point to this book somewhere.
As a side note to Mr. Metzler, crab-apple trees do not bear fruit in winter in Cleveland.....I know this for a fact as I lived there most of my life....I know it is a small point but man it stuck in my craw.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Don
  • LELAND, NC, United States
  • 10-06-08

EXCELLENT!!!

Cain and Able, the Bible, and Superman. How can it go wrong? I had to read this to see how Meltzer tied it all together, and he did a great job. This one is worth the investment. Be sure to check out Meltzer's website, too. Additional back-story info as well as current events on Superman and Jerry Siegel.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ken
  • Mount Vernon, WA, USA
  • 09-16-08

yawn

I usually enjoy readings by Scott Brick, but this book left me yawning--poorly written with a ridiculous plot. My advice: skip this one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Book Of Crap!

The one star is for Scott Brick. The 4 'non' stars are for; the 'mystery' villain who is no mystery, the everybody-left-for-dead/nobody actually dying multiple recurrances, the lame and thin characters, and the boring and ridiculous 'who cares' plot with a cheesy weak ending ('that's it?!). DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME with this 'Da Vinci Code jr.' If you like Mr. Brick, and want something you can sink your teeth into, check out 'The Company' by Robert Littel.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Cather
  • Cumberland, VA, United States
  • 03-02-09

Not bad.

I can definitely see why everyone keeps comparing this to the DaVinci's Code. There are some similarities... several of them. I'm glad I didn't know that, because I hated DaVinci code.

This was not exactly great literature... a lot of stuff was kind of weak. But it was very entertaining, and unlike DaVinci Code, I didn't have the urge to hunt down the author and explain to him his literary sins using a golf club, a chain saw, and a bottle of lemon juice.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • 10-11-08

Unusual, but very entertaining

It's been years since I've tried a Brad Meltzer book, and I wasn't disappointed in The Book of Lies. The characters were well developed and interesting and the plot, although a tad unbelievable at times, kept my interest. I'm not a comic book or Superman fan but I found the references fascinating...and I learned a little bit about the creation of a comic book icon as well!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The narrative makes the book sublime

Very interest plot and references stood out when I was browsing the audios. And, for good reason. The narrator, Scott Brick, does an excellent job of keeping you tuned into the works of Brad Meltzer. Brick was really the key to making this work.

Although I enjoyed the audio and it did make me stop and ponder at times, there were still some plot holes and even the end...... Let me just say, it should have ended before California.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Clydene
  • San Diego, California
  • 09-02-08

Master Story Teller and Master Narrator

It is wonderful when you come upon natural synergy between two creative forces. In The Book of Lies, you will find the tremendously story telling talents of Brad Meltzer, and in this audiobook, the Narrator, Scott Brick, truly adds a new dimension to the narration of the story. I love the books that Brad Meltzer writes and I love the books that Scott Brick narrates. Listening to Scott Brick is comforting no mattter what he reads.

You can loose yourself in the telling of the story through the voice of Scott Brick. So I read the book this summer, and had to buy this audiobook first thing today. I am one of those people who like to read the book and listen to the audiobook. Although I heard Scott Brick reading this book to me in my head this summer, ha ha ha;now I have heard it for real and it was GREAT!

I LOVED the story and loved the reading; You will love it too!

99 of 124 people found this review helpful

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Cliche + Melodrama = Horrible

It's hard to decide which was worse: the incredibly bad writing or the inane melodrama with which the narrator read. Every sentence -- which included some pathetic analogy/simile -- was read with an annoying Charlton Heston-like flare. The fact this book is on the NY Times best seller list can only renew one's misanthropic tendencies.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful