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Le livre des âmes (Will Piper #2)

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1947 : de mystérieux manuscrits sont retrouvés dans les ruines dune abbaye de lîle de Wight. Winston Churchill demande au président Truman de les prendre en charge. Celui-ci fait construire dans le désert du Nevada une base top secrète destinée à les abriter et à les étudier. Son nom : Area 51.

2010 : Un manuscrit relié faisant partie de la même série fait surface à Londres
Published February 2nd 2012 by Le Cherche-Midi (first published February 4th 2010)
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Susana I've only read the first chapters but yes, I think you really need to start with Library of the Dead, there are a lot of references to it.
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Ainda estive na dúvida, mas acabei por decidir ser generosa e dar as 4 estrelas, o livro agarrou-me mesmo!

Este livro não é só o "Will Piper 2", é mais propriamente o "Biblioteca da Morte 2". Ao contrário de outras séries policiais, em que cada livro conta uma história diferente, embora haja alguma continuidade no que se refere à história pessoal do(s) protagonista(s), este é mesmo uma continuação da história iniciada em A Biblioteca da Morte, pelo que convém ler esse pri
Cristina Lee
Jan 28, 2016 Cristina Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Nonostante i promettenti primi capitoli... Di nuovo la storia di Gleen Cooper non ha riservato chissà quali novità, suspense o colpi di scena.
Praticamente l'autore rivela tutto durante il percorso di lettura e a termine fa sembrare le cose come grandi rivelazioni
Sveglia, ci è già stato spiegato tutto nei salti nel passato.
Will Piper, il personaggio più egocentrico ed egoista che abbia mai letto. Un playboy incallito che all'età di pensionamento riesce ancora magicamente a far sbavare qualsiasi d
Mar 13, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glenn Cooper doesn't write great literature, but this one was as unputdownable for me as Library of the Dead, to which this is a sequel. It brings Nostradamus, Calvin and Shakespeare into the story of the death lists, Will Piper is as endearing a hero as he was in the first book, the solving of the clues is excellent, and there's an excellent breakneck speed conclusion. Load of tosh really, but I loved it.
Bernarda Lucija
I was reading this book to find out answers from the first one. I didn't know Will Piper would be the centre of the story again, I though he served well as an introduction to the world in the first one. He was a decent character with some flaws before but he was the reason for making me want to quit the sequel. A retired alchoholic cheating on his wife with a 30 years younger girl and putting his 1 year old son in danger, all because of a need for adventure. He was so repulsive, I don't know how ...more
Aug 11, 2015 Bob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bit of a disappointment to be honest. Once again, Glen Cooper has done his research and the tying in of Calvin, Shakespeare, Henry VII and Nostradamus within the story was quite impressive. The problem, I think, is that the author got carried away with the history. There's this whole middle section of the novel that is set in the 16th Century that just goes on and on. I was ready to open a vein. For some, this might make the book but, for me, it just raised the whole Dan Brown issue again. Dodgy ...more
Helena Martinčević
Podjednako dobra kao i prethodnica Biblioteka mrtvih, sa uzivanjem sam je procitala!
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Neuverljiva radnja i površni, neizgrađeni likovi; jedna sasvim dobra ideja o srednjevekovnoj biblioteci koja sadrzi knjige datuma rođenja i smrti svih ljudi na svetu, nedovoljno razrađena i pokvarena akcionim delovima i delovanjima tajnih agenata, američke vlade.. Najbolji delovi su oni koji opisuju neke istorijske ličnosti - Šekspira, Žana Kalvina, Nostradamusa- i uticaj biblioteke na njihov život i rad. Sve u svemu, još jedna u moru tralala misterija.
Michael Johnston
An odd, but interesting novel that weaves together William Shakespeare, John Calvin, Nostradomus, Area 51 and a super secret government agency that protects and uses an 800 year old book which contains the birth and death dates of every person in the world past, present and future. I know it sounds absurd, but it is oddly compelling. I find with something this wildly ridiculous I'm unconcerned about links to reality. Ok, Shakespeare was the best friend of a young man whose family owned the book ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, mystery
Mi sento sempre in colpa quando assegno tre stelline, ma in realtà per me è una buona votazione: carino, una lettura piacevole ma non scevra da pecche. Il primo difetto è che in questo secondo romanzo di Cooper la tensione è data più che altro dall’inseguimento da parte dei Sorveglianti, mentre sinceramente io non ho apprezzato molto la prima parte (specialmente a causa della pecca caratteriale di Will) anche se i flashback nel passato sono sempre molto belli.
Il secondo difetto è la profonda so
Apr 10, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
PROTAGONIST: Will Piper, ex FBI agent
SETTING: US; England
SERIES: #2 of 2

Now retired from the FBI, Will Piper’s life was redefined by what he uncovered at a super secret installation in Nevada called Area 51. He found an extraordinary library that held information about the birth and death dates of the entire world population from the 1300s until February 9, 2027. As it turns out, one volume of that library was missing, “1527”, and is put up for auction by an impoverished member of th
Dec 06, 2011 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will post my combined review of the two books (Secret of the Seventh Sonand Book Of Souls) here as one review, because the story really spans the two books. Very interesting and engaging. One question I kept asking myself, knowing someone's DOD, had someone ever tried to change it? For instance, could Will have "pulled the plug" on Mark even though he was BTH? Would Mark have continued living off of life support? That would change the view of the library and predestination. If you do not know ...more
Nov 01, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title turned me off (sounded kind of sacreligious, but it's not) and it started out kind of slow but once it picked up, it was a page turner to the end.

Overall this is a conspiracy thriller. Former FBI agent, Will Piper, is given a top secret assignment to find a missing book, written in 1527. Another significant date throughout the book is February 9, 2027. The 1527 book suddenly appears at an auction house in London and the games begin. The U.S. govmt wants the book to remain classified.
Oct 09, 2015 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2015
No me gustó tanto como el primero, pero igual me mantuvo leyendo todo el tiempo.
El problema creo que fue que se empezó a parecer mucho a un misterio a la "Código DaVinci", demasiados datos históricos (muy bien hilados, eso sí) y ya no tanto un misterio como el primer libro que fue original, con un supuesto asesino y toda la cosa. Y estuvo tan intenso que hasta micro infartos me andaban dando.
Y este... pues también estuvo entretenido pero ya no tanto, fue más bien como una búsqueda del tesoro.
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Oct 07, 2016 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 500-series
This was an exciting book for me as I loved all the history and theology that is tied into the story. It's the 2nd book in the trilogy so I suggest that you read book 1 first. The characters are well-developed and the plot was very interesting with a twist in the end. The book was hard to put down and kept the pages flying until the very end and I think this book would make a great movie. I'm looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy and I would recommend these books to those who l ...more
Janet Chandler
Apr 05, 2016 Janet Chandler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the previous 'Library of the dead' I didn't expect this to be as good , but it is and the suspense is nail biting as you get into the book and almost into the minds of the characters . I felt empathy even with the frail old Abbot and Lord Cantwell . Will is a strong character and I hope we haven't seen the last of him . There are certain Americanisms in the text , but after all the author is American. He is obviously highly qualified and very clever . The research he carried out is ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Мая rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Продължението на задъхващата първа част от трилогията "Библиотеката на мъртвите" е също толкова напрегнато и изпълнено с нови открития.

Този път, няколко известни имена от миналото ще се срещнат с мистерията на "Книгата на душите". И тя ще им повлияе безвъзвратно. Защото няма как да подминеш нещо подобно, колкото и да се опитваш да забравиш, знанието стои и чака, за да те връхлети и да те оплете в мрежите си.

Този път Уил Пайпър е женен, има син, за когото да се грижи, щастливо(или не толкова) пе
A.B. Shepherd
Mar 24, 2015 A.B. Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the Doomsday Killer case was resolved in the first book the story didn't end there. There are still government coverups going on and Will, now retired, is contacted by some former employees of a secret goverment facility to help them acquire a book from the ancient Library of the Dead which has turned up for auction in London and the government is killing to get their hands on. At first reluctant, Will's boredom and restlessness lead him to jump on the chance, even though it may put his ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Pooja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I could think about was the national t treasure book of secrets while I was reading this. It was quite slow to start and I was wondering why it was dragging so long. It felt like a literary as well as crime fiction and a religious book. Getting through the first hundred pages required a lot of motivation, but after that the plot was quite interesting and fast paced. But when it was close to hundred pages towards the end, it was not difficult to guess how it would end and personally I found t ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Nah, rinuncio. Will Piper a pagina tre mi ha fatto venire voglia di prenderlo a badilate sulla nuca e per di più mi sento in difetto a non aver letto il primo della serie (e smettila di fare continui riferimenti! >.>).

Un due per cento di me si sente leggermente in colpa con questi autori bistrattati dallo stress da esame, ma fortunatamente è una nettissima minoranza e non ci verserò lacrime sopra.. La vita è troppo breve per perdere tempo con protagonisti odiosi!
Jan 22, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've got to tell you . . . for fiction, this novel and the first one are probably the most thought provoking novels I've read in quite a while. I don't want to give away the central basis and issue, but it will most definately spark much thought.

You need to read Secret of the Seventh Son first and then this novel. Both have great character development, action, suspense, history and thrill as the dilema unfolds. Can't wait for the next novel by Glenn Cooper.
Sep 22, 2013 Nikolina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What to say! 4 stars

Reading first 60-70% of book I thought that 'past' chapters were written better. Maybe because I hated Will then. Still do. Man, honesty is key word in marriage!

But second part of the! Page turner! I actually had no idea that something like that could happen. And last few chapters? I want movie based on those books.

Cooper, another brilliant work! This book I read faster than first one, but my enjoyment was the same. :)
Carla  Casazza
Mi ero divertita a leggere "La biblioteca dei morti": niente di impegnativo ma abbastanza coinvolgente ed originale per trascorrere qualche ora di relax. Questo sequel però è talmente improbabile... un minestrone in cui finiscono Shakespeare, Calvino, Nostradamus, mixati con personaggi stereotipati e banalità. Insomma, anche volendo essere buoni e tenendo conto che si tratta di semplice fictione d'evasione, il libro è proprio una stupidaggine.
High Wycombe Library
The second installment in the Library of the Dead sees Will Piper now retired from the FBI, and struggling with the domesticity of his new life. Enter Kenyon and Spence, and Will is dragged back into the life of adventure and danger that he has been missing.

Book Of Souls as a standalone novel is at once engaging, exciting and engrossing, however, as a sequel it excels, for all the above reasons, and more. Those who read the first in the series, Library Of The Dead will have had a number of u
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Apr 25, 2015 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific book!

This was the 2nd book by Glenn Cooper that I have read, and I really think he is a terrific author who really knows how to put together an intriguing, exciting, suspenseful and intelligent thriller. This was actually the 2nd in a 3 book series. I did not read the first book, but that did not take away anything from my enjoyment of this, as this was very stand alone. I do, however, plan to read the third one if for no other reason than I like Glenn Cooper and the star of this book W
Matteo Pellegrini
Dopo essere stato costretto a dimettersi dall’FBI, Will Piper si è sposato, ha una figlia di pochi mesi da accudire e un unico desiderio: dimenticare. Dimenticare l’esistenza della Biblioteca del Morit – la sconfinata raccolta di volumi in cui sono riportate le date di nascita e di morte di tutti gli uomini vissuti dall’VIII secolo in avanti – e, soprattutto, dimenticare gli innocenti che hanno perso la vita perché il segreto custodito nell’Area 51 non fosse rivelato. Ma la Biblioteca dei Morti ...more
Sue E. Proctor
Not as Enjoyable As the first book in the series

The first book in this trilogy held my attention from start to finish. That's why I was so eager to read this book. But this book was somewhat of a disappointment and I can't quite put my finger on it as to why. This book had all the excitement of the first book and Mr. Cooper's imagination soared as to the Quasi-historical facts. Perhaps it was Will's infidelity or the reminders of his age that ran the gambit in the book. Anyway, I didn't have the
Nano Villa
Muy buen libro, aunque cuando lo empece a leer me di cuenta que era la segunda parte o continuacion de otra novela, la verdad es que aun asi lo pude disfrutar mucho, este libro se situa despeus de los eventos ocurridos en el libro llamado la biblioteca de los muertos, como es una segunda parte o continuacion pues todo lo que de de opinion supongo sera un spoiler si deseas leer la primer novela, asi que advertidos, en este libro vemos a nuestro protagonista will piper un ex agente del FBI jubilad ...more
Bill Shuey
Obviously I expect to much in the way of authenticity even from works of fiction. For me to really enjoy a book of fiction, the particulars need to make sense on some level -- an idiosyncratic trait of mine no doubt.

In this case the Book of Souls was started in the 8th century and conclude in 2027. What about all the souls that existed prior to the 8th century -- why arbitrarily start there. Like I said -- I expect to much from fiction.

The book had its interesting moments but since all the chara
Apr 03, 2010 Elena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had fun reading this book, I could have given it 3 stars, but in a 5 star system, where my favorite ever get 5 stars max, this one definitely belongs to the lower part of the 'firmament'!
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Glenn Cooper is an internationally bestselling thriller writer.

Glenn was born in New York City and grew up in nearby White Plains. He attended White Plains High School before enrolling at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he graduated from Harvard with an honors degree in archaeology. He then attended Tufts University School of Medicine and did his post-doctoral training at the
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