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For centuries, emperors, historians, and even the Vatican have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible’s magnificent Library of Gold — a long-missing archive containing gold-covered, bejeweled books dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks. Now one of the volumes, The Book of Spies, has surfaced, and along with it the highly secret book club that owns the Library of Gold. T ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2007)
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Gayle Lynds' book centers around a legendary library that containins written works dating back to ancient Rome and Greece. The book begins with a sniper shot and the killing of a CIA agent. The agent's son, Judd Ryder, learns that his father claimed to have information about the Library of Gold and joins forces with Eva Blake to find the Library of Gold. Eva is a rare-book expert being sent to prison for the manslaughter of her husband when the story opens. The two join forces in England when Th ...more
When I first saw that the subject of this novel was about the legendary Library of Gold, I was really excited about the premise. Because this remarkable collection of gold-bound illuminated manuscripts is in the hands of ruthless powerbrokers, there wasn’t much sense of awe at making a remarkable discovery. It was really a struggle for power against this dangerous and controlling group and the CIA, who were tipped off that this treasure trove was linked to terrorist activities. There’s a good de ...more
If there is any merit to the old adage that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, then Gayle Lynds would have us believe the counter to be just as true: man will move heaven and earth to try to prove himself to the woman who scorned him. I know that the inside jacket description and back cover reviews would describe this book as an spy-thriller/action-adventure tale for bibliophiles, but honestly? None of the events or the characters involved would have been put into motion had it not been for ...more
The Library of Gold is a somewhat typical thriller. I sort of don't have any patience for that sort of thing lately, since I'm trying to get through my backlog a bit -- and like I said, this is typical of the genre, with infodumps and long lists of names and short snappy chapters. It was compelling enough that I kept paging through it, but not so much that I didn't skim.

I was really interested by the premise, though, and I definitely didn't skim the historical notes at the end. My sister reckons
Jan 14, 2011 Rebecca rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rebecca by: OCL
I thought this book was going to be similar to a Dan Brown novel, but it didn't quite hit the mark. The plotline lacks the depth of Dan Brown's stories and the Gayle Lynds writing isn't quite as eloquent. Her character descriptions are abruptly inserted into the text making her writing choppy and disorganized. The beginning of the novel is filled with detailed description that slowly peters out as the conclusion approaches leaving the reader feeling cheated and unsatisfied. Lynds builds suspense ...more
May 06, 2010 AJ rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to AJ by: Unshelved
Shelves: ninja-like-books
There is a quote on the back of the cover by James Patterson stating that this book is extremely original but to get you interested in it, he claims it's a cross between The Da Vinci Code and The Bourne Identity.

This just adds to my dislike of James Patterson because it's not original at all, it IS a cross between the two and I fail to see how one could claim any of it's parts as unique.

The story moves at lightning speed, clearly written for the screen in fast pace chases, a beautiful cast(is an
Debbie Smith
When I found I had won this book from goodreads I was really excited. There is nothing I like better than a good spy novel and the short synopsis of the story sounded interesting, especially because I also "cannot live without books." (Read the book and you'll understand the reference.)When it arrived I planned to tear right through it gobbling it in big chunks but as I got a little ways into the story I found myself slowing down to savor some of the great historical information that was so rich ...more
An evil book club? You've got to be kidding. No, Gayle Lynds seriously expects us to follow the inept and murderous doings of a secret society devoted to their impossibly rare book collection. I couldn't put this one down - I had to throw it across the room instead, but I kept coming back for more because I took malicious pleasure in keeping count of the anachronisms and goofs.
Bet you didn't know the Medieval Period came to an end in 1580. What happened to the Renaissance and the Counter-Reforma
Joe Nowak
Aug 20, 2011 Joe Nowak rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joe by: The cacket cover sounded good.
Shelves: thriller, history
I have to say this book about a historical library of gold and one of its legendary volumes--The Book of Spies--left me unimpressed. While it has lots of historical facts and wonderful quotes the characters just didn't come alive. The book starts when a young library archivist (Eva) is found guilty of killing her husband in an automobile accident. After 2 years in prison, the government needs her expertise to track down the existence of a legendary library containing untold rare books from the g ...more
A Darn Good Spy Thriller!
I almost didn’t purchase this book after reading some negative reviews, but decided to give it a shot based on the positive comments. I thoroughly enjoyed The Book of Spies and think the writer is very similar to the style of Steve Berry, another favourite author. It kept me well entertained throughout the entire story with well defined characters, a first-class plot, and riveting action. It’s a winner in my eyes!
The Book of Spies is my favorite book of the year. It opened with a bang and kept me glued to the book until the end.

The CIA discovers there is a connection between the historical Library of Gold and a terrorist bank account. Like Robert Ludlum, Lynds follows the money welded by the cabal of powerful men. She weaves a tale of intrigue with rare book expert Eva Blake and CIA agent Judd Ryder in solving the mystery. The characters were well developed and she deftly and seamlessly crossed genres;
Woe is me! I have just discovered spy-writer Gayle Lynds who has co-written several books in Robert Ludlum’s series of spy thrillers as well as a number of her own best-selling stories. Why “woe is me” then? Because I have just finished THE BOOK OF SPIES (ISBN 978-0312946081, $9.99, St. Martins Paperback) and now have to add Gayle’s previous books to my current list of favorite spy-writers. The book is over 500 pages and contains the author’s afterward about what is real and what is not.

Based on
Alison Kennedy
I had such high hopes for this book but I was really disappointed. The plot seemed right up my street - with a hidden library, secrets and a hunt to find the library and uncover the secrets associated with it. However, the way it was written felt quite amateurish, or perhaps aimed at teens rather than adults. For example, the author doesn't explain some terms but at one point discusses IT and feels the need to expand on this to say it means Information Technology. Given the context and the year ...more
Ryan Mishap
One of those hold-your-interest spy thrillers where everything is quickly known and it is merely a race, a hunt against the clock or away from the killers. Certainly intriguing, at first, with the hidden Library of Gold, the smuggled message, the woman who went to prison for killing her husband sprung to find out more, the son of a murdered billionaire (and former military intelligence officer) out to find out what happened....

Styled after the late, great Robert Ludlum with its mix of civilian
Suspense Magazine
An avid reader, I find myself fussier when it comes to books that fall under the genre of historical fiction and admit that I am certainly harder to please in this arena. In my opinion, the bar is set much higher when bits and pieces of fact are woven into the fabric of the storyline with the largest challenge for the author being believability.

Believability is not an issue for Gayle Lynds or “The Book of Spies”. A masterful blend of bold, fearless characters, desperately searching for the Libr
A bit much for me! Good guys and bad guys chasing each other, shooting, stabbing, killing, general mayhem...the spies pop up everywhere, they are always ready to go after someone. Good guys and bad guys are piling up dead everywhere. And of course there is a character not on either side who helps...and a little romance thrown in. Reminded me of Angels & Demons because of how ridiculous it all was. But maybe it really is like that out there in the spy world, who knows?
I chose to read this book because of the description I read on the back cover. O how I wish i had stopped there. Nowhere did it mention that it was actually a blandly written romance novel, with what felt like wikipedia entries scattered throughout describing people places and things. I would NOT recommend wasting your time on this one. It should have been burried along with the library of gold.
Liz Bugg
The Book of Spies is an intricate thriller that keeps you turning the pages. Although Lynds is a master at plot development and structure, I personally prefer a book that includes more character development. Lynds takes great pains to describe what characters are wearing (unnecessary and sometimes a little intrusive), but I never really got to know even the main characters.
It's the usual quick espionage thriller that will keep you on your feet but the fact that it is about the Library of Gold or Ivan the terrible's mysterious long lost library (which dates back from the byzantine empire) that is believed to be buried in the Moscow underground deserves 5 stars! This library has baffled bibliophiles and geeks through ages but until today, even after many attempts, nothing has been found. I love books about libraries specially long lost libraries! This one has a lot ...more
Jack Rourk
For me 3 stars is being overly generous. Gayle Lynds can write a good thriller but this is not one of them. The characters are so wooden I have splinters in my eyes. This should really be 2.5 Stars. What Library of Gold? Ivan the Terrible's. Secretly buried under the Kremlin and no one can find it? Gggeeezz. She sure slings a lot of hash in this story.

Everyone is looking all over for The Library of Gold, you know Ivan The Terrible's book collection of ancient golden and be-jeweled illuminated
Natalie Walters
The Book of Spies gives us a storyline with thrills, mystery, espionage, and a secret book club with members willing to steal, cheat, and kill to keep it a secret.

The story starts off with a very intriguing question. What happens when Eva Blake is accused of killing her husband in automobile accident she can't remember but is certain she is innocent of? This is a fantastic, "What if?" to start a story and it's what kept me turning the pages...until I got so confused by the numerous points of vi
This book follows the hunt for Ivan the Terrible’s Library of Gold a convict Eva Blake whose husband was one of the leading experts on the library and Judd Ryder whose father was killed after warning a former CIA colleague about the library are on the hunt. The only book from the library in the public is the Book of Spies which they use as bait. When Eva sees her husband who she was convicted of killing in a car accident, at the show featuring the book and he tries to kill her, she realizes some ...more
For centuries, emperors, historians, and even the Vatican have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible’s magnificent Library of Gold — a long-missing archive containing gold-covered, bejeweled books dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks. Now one of the volumes, The Book of Spies, has surfaced, and along with it the highly secret book club that owns the Library of Gold. They form a cabal of the globe’s most powerful men – men who will do anything to achieve their aims and protect their interest ...more
Robyn Hawk
Everything I love in a mystery...

Imagine a Library of Gold - a library of rare books that has been preserved, guarded and passed down through the ages. Protected by kings, potentates, czars and powerful men who saved it for themselves alone to enjoy.

...and now imagine that one of these books is stolen from the Library! How some of the world's most powerful men react gives us a look at the world of privilege and unlimited wealth. Everyone goes looking for the Book of Spies - leading authorities o
Dick Gullickson
How can you not like a book built around the concept of a gang of criminals whose one common element is a love of books? This far fetched and gripping story is built around a collection of facts and legends concerning the library of gold bound ancient manuscripts last seen under the rule of Ivan the Terrible in Russia in the 16th century. Ivan created a network of catacombs below the Kremlin 12 stories deep. Russian spelunkers, geologists, and book lovers continue to search this maize of tunnels ...more
Iwan der Schreckliche hat zu Lebzeiten die legendäre Bibliothek aus Gold zusammengetragen, in der das Wissen der Welt vereint ist und legendäre Schriften von Gelehrten wie z.B. Aristoteles zu finden sind.
Im Laufe der Zeit wurde diese Bibliothek zur Legende, denn niemand weiß, wo sie ist, außer einem exklusiven Kreis aus mächtigen Männern, die sich selbst ‚Der Buchclub‘ nennen.
Als der Vorsitzende dieses Clubs etwas Illegales in Afghanistan plant, wird Tucker Andersen, ein alter CIA-Haudegen, von
For a woman who spent several years in prison for the murder of her husband (something she does not remember) Eva Blake doesn't seem very bitter...

Scholars have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible’s Library of Gold,a long-missing archive containing priceless gold and jewel covered books dating back to the ancient Greeks. Now one of the volumes, The Book of Spies, has surfaced, and along with it the highly secret book club that owns the Library of Gold. When the CIA discovers a connection between t
“The Book of Spies” by Gayle Lynds
As a lover of books about libraries, lost books and the struggle between good and evil, or greed and giving, this was an enjoyable book for me to read. There was action, suspicion and plenty of connected sub plots woven across settings in different countries. There was also the usual hint of romance or at least intrigue. From the soldiers and traitors in Afghanistan, to the CIA with searching for the inside leaks, this was a book packed with adventure and twists
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I won this book in a goodreads give away. This was the first book I have read by Gayle Lynds, so I do not know if it is typical of her writing or not.

The book is very action oriented, almost hyperactive at times. I had difficulty getting comfortable with the rhythm and pace of the story for the first third of the book. One action sequence after another would occur literally every other page. "The Book of Spies" does stretch credibility, especially how quickly the "bad guys" are able to get peop
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New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of ten international espionage novels. Library Journal calls her “the reigning queen of espionage fiction.” The London Observer says she’s a “kick-ass thriller writer.” Lee Child calls her “today’s best espionage writer.”

Born in Omaha, NE, and raised in Council Bluffs, IA, Gayle graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree i
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