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Library of the Dead: (Originally published as SECRET OF THE SEVENTH SON)
     

Library of the Dead: (Originally published as SECRET OF THE SEVENTH SON)

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by Glenn Cooper
 

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Originally published as Secret of the Seventh Son.

Assigned to the high-profile "Doomsday" serial killer case, FBI agent Will Piper is hitting dead end after dead end. The victims seem to have nothing in common: age, background, or even the way they die. All that connects them is a postcard each received in the mail announcing his or her date

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Originally published as Secret of the Seventh Son.

Assigned to the high-profile "Doomsday" serial killer case, FBI agent Will Piper is hitting dead end after dead end. The victims seem to have nothing in common: age, background, or even the way they die. All that connects them is a postcard each received in the mail announcing his or her date of death—all sent from Las Vegas, where a brilliant computer scientist leads a double life. Just when agent Piper finds a credible lead, he's removed from the case. Continuing the investigation on his own, he must outwit a ruthless team of covert operatives from Area 51 protecting the government's greatest secret. From a medieval monastery to a cutting-edge government laboratory, Library of the Dead delivers a richly detailed, thought-provoking exploration of fate, predestination, and the choices we make in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062306418
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Will Piper , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
76,255
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

GLENN COOPER is the author of the internationally bestselling Will Piper trilogy: Library of the Dead, its sequel, Book of Souls, and The Keepers of the Library. His other books include The Tenth ChamberThe Resurrection MakerThe Devil Will ComeNear Death, and the Down Trilogy. He has sold over 6 million books worldwide. Glenn graduated from Harvard with a degree in archaeology and received his medical degree from Tufts University. After practicing medicine, he served as the chairman and CEO of a biotechnology company in Massachusetts. He is also a screenwriter, film producer, and chairman of Lascaux Media. Glenn lives in Sarasota, Florida. Visit him at glenncooperbooks.com.

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Secret of the Seventh Son 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 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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Enjoyed reading it....
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Very good book that I could not put down.
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