Secret of the Seventh Son

Secret of the Seventh Son

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by Glenn Cooper
     
 

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There are secrets that must remain buried . . .

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

Overview

There are secrets that must remain buried . . .

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 . . .

Editorial Reviews

James Rollins
“Glenn Cooper’s SECRET OF THE SEVENTH SON marks the debut of a startling new talent. Here is a story both incandescent and explosive. A seamless blend of modern-day thriller and historical mystery with an ending that left me breathless. A debut not to be missed.”
Katherine Neville
“Terrific book! A gripping revisit of the ancient battle between Free Will and Predestination: a dangerous secret raises the unsettling spectre that what we imagine is freedom might be part of an all-encompassing—and terrifying—Plan.”
Publishers Weekly

Debut author Cooper opens this quasi-supernatural thriller with a series of mysterious deaths in New York. Each victim received a postcard depicting a coffin just before the murder. The FBI turns to Will Piper, a talented agent with a bad attitude who's counting the days to retirement. Teamed with young agent Nancy Lipinski, Will tries to identify the killer from practically nonexistent clues. There are suspenseful moments as Will and Nancy race against time-with inevitable romantic involvement, once Will stops scorning Nancy because of her weight-but long tedious stretches focus on Will being drunk, drinking on the job or complaining of hangovers. Flashbacks to 1947 and the medieval setting that inspired the killer are poorly integrated, and while the secret behind the deaths is original and clever, its revelation is anticlimactic. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061721793
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
485,619
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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James Rollins
“Glenn Cooper’s SECRET OF THE SEVENTH SON marks the debut of a startling new talent. Here is a story both incandescent and explosive. A seamless blend of modern-day thriller and historical mystery with an ending that left me breathless. A debut not to be missed.”
Katherine Neville
“Terrific book! A gripping revisit of the ancient battle between Free Will and Predestination: a dangerous secret raises the unsettling spectre that what we imagine is freedom might be part of an all-encompassing—and terrifying—Plan.”

Meet the Author

Glenn Cooper studied archaeology at Harvard before becoming a physician specializing in infectious diseases. After a career in research, he became a biotechnology chief executive officer. He has written multiple screenplays and runs an independent film production company based in Boston. He lives in Massachusetts in one of the oldest houses in America. He is the author of Secret of the Seventh Son and Book of Souls.

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Secret of the Seventh Son 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
joIN More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't sure if I liked the book as it travels thru different time periods, but as I got into it I couldn't put it down!!! I'm looking forward to Cooper's next book!
HendyRPH More than 1 year ago
It is a great novel about predestination and free will. It moves along very quickly, and it is hard to put it down. In the book it seemed like there were two different stories running at the same time, but it all comes together to make perfect sense at the end.
cathyl More than 1 year ago
I would recoomend this book to everyone. It was refreshingly good.
Philly_Bob More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, especially when it mixes facts with intrigue to produce works like the DaVinci Code and the Librarian. Some of these books are extremely well written with significant amounts of historical facts (Steve Berry is exceptional in this area), but this one is not. It begins with a simple premise: the strange forces that align with the birth of the seventh son of a seventh son. There are lots of mystical prophecies surrounding such children (just like the prophetic visions attributed to those individuals born with a caul), so the story has many wonderful opportunities available to it. The basic premise of the book - that God could provide a messenger to share great wisdom on the earth in order to support His great plans - has been used successfully in many different books exploring dualism and predestination. Sadly, this book chooses to go a different route, where the hero of the book is a washed-up, burned-out agent who finds redemption (and a new girlfriend) while saving the world from unspeakable doom associated with the possession of this God-like knowledge and uses historical facts and events as mere window dressing in the story. Personally, I have no problem with the plot, except that the book advertised itself as historical fiction. There are several historical places or personages mentioned in the book - Area 51, Winston Churchill, and Harry Truman, for example - but the central theme of the story is completely fictional. Further, the moral dilemma caused by having too much knowledge about life and death is not really handled well. The story's bottom line, that predestination is real and immutable, has profound implications if exploited properly. Sadly, the story devolves into a "secret government agency seeks to stifle the truth and is willing to eliminate anyone that gets in the way of its nefarious plans" yarn that simply doesn't deliver what I'd hope it would. The book is entertaining and the characters somewhat likable, if you can appreciate the transformation of a chauvinistic jerk into a somewhat more tolerable human being with very little depth of character). A lot can be said for the potential of this writer, provided that readers know up front that the story will have a few historical elements to it but is largely a work of pure fiction, or he decides to do more research and include it into his books. I didn't find the characters to be compelling enough to recommend this book to anyone else to read or to cause me to look forward to the next novel in the series, but it will appeal to those who enjoy a good adventure tale that has the feel of historical accuracy without working to hard to actually achieve it.
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Enjoyed it very much.
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The book was interesting enough and fast paced but something was missing , a certain "je ne sais quoi" if you will. More could have been explained about the seventh son prophecy.. the whole area 51 concept could have been more interesting. The book had so much potential but i was a tad disappointed. And i got sick of the author's constant rag on women who didn't have perfect bodies. So many comments about chubby overweight buxom full figured women- this author seems to have a big problem with imperfect women and is obsessed wth weight. It kind of turned me off.
4dogs4 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading it....
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Very good book that I could not put down.
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