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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
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Published February 2nd 2012 by Le Cherche-Midi (first published 2010)
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Anne
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.
Bob
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
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
Roberta
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
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Ed
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
Kristen
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.
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Мая
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
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A.B. Shepherd
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
Pooja Naidu
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!
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!
Chris
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.
Nikolina
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 book...wow! 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. :)
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Will Piper, ex FBI agent
SETTING: US; England
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 3.25
WHY: I'm not a fan of conspiracy thrillers, especially those involving missing documents that will change the world. But this book captured me because it didn't get into a lot of arcane philosophy. The book in question had an interesting premise that I basically bought into. The lead is a flawed man who tries to overcome his own base instincts. Not bad!
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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Stacey
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
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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
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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
Elena
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'!
Tine Haslevang
All in all, a good and entertaining book :)
We meet up with Will Piper who has been forced to retirement after surviving the "Doomsday Killer" and stumbled upon a high-classified secret. Unwilling, he get dragged into the mess once again, discovering the shocking truth about the Library.
As said, its an entertaining book. My favorite part is when Will is in England trying to solve Shakespeares puzzle. Gave me a good Dan Brown feeling. Think, though, that the book could have ended better, or especi
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Nymeriamartell
Se Truman e Churchill, nel primo libro, non erano abbastanza, ecco Shakespeare, Calvino e Nostradamus.

Inizio a crederci anche io nella Biblioteca. :)
Xavi Aznar
He aprovechado la tarde del domingo para acabar el segundo libro de la trilogía de Will Piper.

La historia de la biblioteca se ha desarrollado siguiendo una trama lineal y sin sorpresas, siguiendo la fórmula de otros libros como "El código Da Vinci"...

El detective va siguiendo pistas ayudado por toda una serie de personajes secundarios que sólo aparecen para que consiga su objetivo. Los malos son muy malos y algo patanes. Aparecen algunos personajes históricos cuya historia se entrelaza con el a
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Speesh
Well, there’s a thing. I’m wondering if I haven’t read ’Library of The Dead’ by Mr Cooper and thinking not. I know I have read ’Secret of The Seventh Son,’ when it turned out ‘Library’ and ’Seventh Son’ are one and the same. Somewhere along the line, the title got changed. In which direction, I can’t say. Though a guess would be that ‘Library of The Dead’ is the up-dated title, as it were. Anyway, that wasn’t half bad and introduced us to Cooper’s hero, one Will Piper. ‘Book of Souls’ finds us a ...more
Vanessa
Me ha gustado mucho. La trama me enganchó desde el primer momento. El final muy flojo, pero aceptable.
Juan Nieto Cano
Buen libro, fácil y rápido de leer. Aunque me gustó mucho más el primero, La Biblioteca De Los Muertos.
Phil Polich
Mr Cooper write more please. This was a riveting series. I can't wait for Mr Cooper's next book. The story line of this book and series is amazingly creative and captivating. "Crichton " sound familiar? I am awaiting Mr Cooper's next book just the way I used to wait for Mr Crichton's.

Mr Cooper write more please. This was a riveting series. I can't wait for Mr Cooper's next book. The story line of this book and series is amazingly creative and captivating. "Crichton " sound familiar? I am awaitin
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waynealbritton
Book of Souls

The book was well written and kept my interest to the very end. It had a lot of scenarios to develop, hanDicapper built them well. My only complaint, if you would call it a complaint would be the large dollar sized words he used, rather than common nickel words - I spent a lot of time in the Dictionary checking for the meanings, and then finding the word was it's own definition, in other words, no definition was given. All in all, it was a good read, compelling me to stay awake long
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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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