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In each generation, there are thirty-six righteous souls who hold the world in fragile balance…

Whenfifteenwere killed, Mt. Vesuvius erupted.

The elimination of eighteen triggered the Inquisition.

Other deaths led to natural disasters across the globe—evenworld wars.

Now that there are only three left, the question is:

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?

With the world hurtling toward destru
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 2nd 2006)
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Franco  Santos
¿Alguien me puede explicar por qué este libro tiene un rating tan bajo?

Me gustó muchísimo. Es una novela que sorprende con cada página, con un ritmo absorbente y adictivo. No varía el nivel en ningún momento, tiene personajes muy bien desarrollados, una trama correctamente hilvanada y un final apoteósico.

Ampliamente recomendado.
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Susannah Broyle's Rating: 3 Stars

The perfect read-a-like for The DaVinci Code…except instead of delving deep into Christianity’s roots it goes into Judaism’s history. It takes an obscure Kabbalah belief that there are 36 pure, godlike people in every generation. If there are any less, bad things begin to happen. It has all the classic ingredients for a religious themed mystery: an unlikely, unbelieving protagonist who needs to save the world, a beautiful, i
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Rebecca Starr
What an honor and a pleasure to be able to read this book written by my friend! Excellent book with a great topic and suspense! Thanks so much Karen!!!
Ch
Sweat poured from my armpits as I read...

This book isn't good, but it gets an extra star for not being the painful kind of bad. It's just another me-too Dan Brown knockoff whose really notable aspect is that it's based in Judaism rather being another Catholic-centric conspiracy thriller.

It's kind of fun in a dumb way, sort of the equivalent of a laughably bad B movie. Notable aspects include:

-the inexplicable focus on describing sweat running from characters' armpits, mentioned no less than fo
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Sue Smith
I can honestly say that this book just makes you appreciate a book that is well written. This 'action-adventure' had me gritting my teeth and rolling my eyes more times than I care to think about. Truthfully, I was ever so glad it was finally over. It's not a bad premise for a story and certainly had potential to be on par with the Dan Brown series in the right hands, but it fell well short of achieving it. There were so many times that were implausible or impossible that I often found myself sn ...more
Rich Weatherly
Best selling authors Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori deliver a well crafted, thoroughly researched suspense thriller in Book of Names. Get ready for a sweeping cinematic portrayal of a world spinning out of control. This panoramic story reaches back to the dawn of man drawing on a Talmudic tradition that Adam compiled the Book of Names. This book is believed to list thirty-six Lamed Vovniks for each generation of humankind. According to the legend, these righteous souls stand between life as we k ...more
Irisheyz77
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Place(s) Traveled to: New York City, New York // London, England // Israel

First Line: Two men shoveled the sand under cover of darkness.

The premise of this book is simple, into every generation there are 36 pure souls (lamed koviks) that are born who through their existence keep the earth together. If any of these souls die then bad things start to happen - war, famine, earthquakes, etc. Way back when in Biblical times Adam, bright boy that

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Linda
Fantastic book. I found it on a fair and was intrigued by the text on the cover "watch out, Dan Brown". I had at the time just finished Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and liked his books very much. The book of names is about 36 righteous people in each generation that save the world from devastation. As they are being liquidated one by one, by the Gnoseos,a religious sect that intends to destroy the world, ultimately, disasters start occurring. The main character, professor Shepard, possesses th ...more
Estelle V.
Je ne vais pas vous mentir : sortir du carcan fantastique a été très dur pour moi. J’ai mis plusieurs mois pour finir ce livre, préférant d’autres lectures (notamment la saga Hunger Games quand je l’ai achetée). Mais finalement, même haché menu, ce roman a fait son petit effet.

Tout d’abord, il explique un peu l’un des nombreux concepts de la Kabbale. Perso, quand on me parle de Kabbale, je pense à Madonna. Oui, je sais, cela fait très people de penser directement à la chanteuse avant de penser à
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Manikmaya
Buku thriller ... itu sudah banyak di pasaran.
Buku thriller yang membahas konspirasi Templar dan segala teori konspirasi Kaballahnya itu juga udah biasa (nyaris basi malah).
Buku thriller yang mengangkat konspirasi dari sudut pandang seorang penganut kepercayaan Yahudi dengan Kaballahnya yang mistis dan unik, nah itu baru tidak biasa.

Buku ini menyuguhkan pada kita sebuah cerita mengenai 36 orang yang 'berbudi baik' yang dikatakan menjaga keseimbangan dunia dari kehancuran oleh bencana maupun pera
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Waven
Synopsis: Protagonists David Shepard and Yael Harpaz are on a mission to save the world - and David's step-daughter - from a secretive group called the Gnoseos. Of ancient origin, the group wants nothing less than Earth's destruction, which they believe will occur if all thirty-six of the world's purest souls are killed. With their numbers quickly dwindling and disasters increasing exponentially, David and Yael find themselves enmeshed in a sinister battle against the Gnoseos and their lethal hi ...more
Heather
The best thing about The Book of Names is that Gregory and Tintori don’t insult their readers by keeping up a ruse for too long. Once they reach a point where any reader can figure out who the mysterious antagonist is, they give you his full name. They don’t torture their readers with eye-rolling moments throughout the rest of the book for the simple shake of a final, ‘shocking’ moment. For that, they’ve come up with something more inspired.

The science behind discovering the thirty-six Hidden On
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Linda
The plot: University Professor David Shepherd, raised in the Jewish faith but for years a nonparticipant, becomes a key player in thwarting an evil plot to destroy the world. Following a childhood accident, David somehow became a channel for a higher power, and for years he's been recording names that come to his awareness in strange ways. Come to find out, they are the names of the 36 "pure souls" that have lived in every generation, without whom life on earth would end. The conspirators have m ...more
Previous TCL Reviews
The perfect read-a-like for The DaVinci Code…except instead of delving deep into Christianity’s roots it goes into Judaism’s history. It takes an obscure Kabbalah belief that there are 36 pure, godlike people in every generation. If there are any less, bad things begin to happen. It has all the classic ingredients for a religious themed mystery: an unlikely, unbelieving protagonist who needs to save the world, a beautiful, intelligent sidekick, religious symbolism, evil sects, and the apocalypse ...more
Steven
This is a fast-paced thriller involving a Kabalistic interpretation of the Book of Names. This ancient document, ostensibly written by Adam, contains an encoded text listing the names of 36 individuals of each generation whose righteousness preserves the earth and its inhabitants.

David Shepherd, a poli-sci professor at Georgetown U, has been prompted with names out of the blue since he was about 15 years old and he has been recording them in a notebook. He has no idea that the names he’s recorde
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Susan
The idea behind this book was very intriguing. It stems from the belief that Adam had written a book that contained all of the names of the "Blessed Righteous People." The world must have at least 36 of these at any given time. Without them, catastrophies begin to happen. Enter the Nosios, a religious group that thinks it knows better than God and tries to kill them all. The theory is that the minute the last "Hidden One" dies, the world will end, and they will move to a higher sphere. This book ...more
RumBelle
This book was a roller coaster ride! So many different, interesting elements. Tarot, Kabbalah, mysticism, Gnostics and so much more. A search for a book of names, first compiled by Adam leads to a fanatical religious cult and possibly the end of the world. Add in a race to save a loved one and you have one adrenaline rush of a novel.
Jagnesakova Barborka
Dlho som váhala, kým som si ju napokon požičala z knižnice. A neľutujem, skutočne bola tým, čo sľubovala. Zaujímavá hlavná myšlienka o prepojení existecie spravodlivých vo svete, ktorí udržujú jeho chod, hrozivé zobrazenie sekty a jej fanatickosti, do ktorej sa počítajú aj najvyšší predstavitelia krajín, postupne sa odhaľujúci príbeh a jeho čiastočky, ktoré do seba zapadnú ako puzzle... jediným mínusom bol len vlečúci sa záver (za ten dávam o jednu hviezdičku menej).
The New York Times o knihe n
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Ty
Not terrible, but fairly pedestrian suspense novel that never quite lived up to the intriguing premise on which it is based.

The main characters are familiar and relatable, but not exactly memorable. I was curious what would happen to them, but didn't feel as though I was concerned for them. I was not deeply invested, in other words.

As with just about any suspense novel that centers around a cult or group of bad guys, the final few chapters were a hastily thrown together flurry of meticulous figh
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Laura Williams
I really, really enjoyed this book - I read it in two sitting but had to get up and walk away periodically as the pace was actually making me nervous. Lol. For fans of Dan Brown, Dan Silva, Barbara Wood's Prophetess. I didn't know much about Kabbalah and Judaism and this was very informative. The characters were well developed, believable and easy to like. The story was not unbelievable and, because it wasn't about Christianity and the story line hadn't been done to death - it was fresh and new. ...more
Burouj
I liked the mystical aspect of this book, it was a very enlightening look into Jewish mysticism, which mirrors Islamic mysticism in so many ways, but has it's own unique stories and myths. It was an AMAZING idea, but the authors' writing styles was very annoying. The main character runs around the world, and struggles with every trip, yet as soon as he makes it one place, he realizes he has to be in another. It was quite annoying, and not very well written, which is a shame, because the idea was ...more
Jackie
This book had too much extraneous narrative for me. The characters did too much explaining to themselves to tell the reader what was going on or what their intentions were. This book seems to have come from the Da Vinci Code era where every chapter ends with a cliffhanger and at some point you stop wondering "how will they get out of it" to just knowing they will because you still have 20 chapters to go.
Andrea
Very start of the synopsis for this book : “Within each generation, there are thirty-six righteous souls. Their lives hold the key to the fate of the world. Now someone wants them dead.”

Yep – that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. If you are expecting deep, meaningful plot or even a plot that makes a whole lot of sense, this is probably not the book for you. But the characters were interesting and the author maintained a great mounting sense of panic and intrigue as the book went on. I would rate
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Codex
I expected more from this book. Although the plot is good, overall the storyline suffers from being overly rushed, apparently to “create” suspense: it brings to mind low-budget all-action-no-story movies. It felt like reading only one paragraph from each chapter of a fully developed story. Most chapters are no longer than two pages . . . which does little more than emphasise the shortcoming. (Possibly the short chapters may have resulted from coercing the text to fit exactly into sixty-three cha ...more
Nicholas
Yes, very similar to a Dan Brown novel. The action cannot be faulted, it kept me on the edge of my seat, and desperate to keep reading.
The religion link felt a bit unbelievable - lots of detail, but with more detail it seemed more unbelievable. A recommended and enjoyable read, but don't expect too much.
Tania
A fictional story of Jewish and Kabala beliefs. David Shepherd, a college professor, has suffered an odd phenomenon since an accident when he was 13 years old. Names pop into his head without warning and without apparent meaning. But when he is drawn into the mystery of some unexplained deaths and very important stones, one of which is in hs possession, this mostly secular man is forced to face his Jewish roots and beliefs and come to terms with them in order to believe the circumstances he find ...more
Ryan
I agree with the majority of reviews that compare this book to Dan Brown's books centered around Catholicism. The only difference is "The Book of Names" is centered around Judaism.
Sarahb.
I really enjoyed this quick read--very suspenseful, full of Old Testament Bible, numerology, clues and puzzles. A very enjoyable read with likable characters:)
Kim
My dad got it for me for Xmas it was great over all but 2 spots I found myself just "getting through it" in the beginning (like most books) and towards the end
Maria
Most must-save-the-world-by-means-of-rudimentary-mystic-religious-education-on-the-go novels are grounded in Roman Catholicism and the secrecy of the Church's "protectors." This one, however, focuses on the Kabbalist view of the world and spirituality. The book made me curious about the deeper focus of this Judaic religion, but not hungry to read more about the protagonist David Shepherd (could there be a more obvious name choice for the Jewish hero about to save the world?) Good, quick read tha ...more
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