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Secret of the Seventh Son (Will Piper #1)

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The most shocking secret in the history of mankind is about to be revealed...A murderer is on the loose on the streets of New York City: nicknamed the Doomsday Killer, he's claimed six victims in just two weeks, and the city is terrified. Even worse, the police are mystified: the victims have nothing in common, defying all profiling, and all that connects them is that each ...more
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Published July 28th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Excellent! Those who haven't read it yet have a treat in store for them. This book lives up to its promotion and then some.

I was not too sure when I started if I was going to like it (slightly over-use of the F-word and a particular scene that was unsettling violence personally). But that all quickly fades into the background as the well-written story takes off.

I so don't want to ruin this masterfully written story for anyone else but if you like suspense, I heartily recommend Secret of the Seve
Ovako... priča prati tri vremenska toka: 777g, 1947g i 2009g. Ona koja seže daleko u prošlost mi je bila i najzanimljivija dok ova koja prati sadašnjost nekako najslabija. Priča kao priča jeste interesantna i donekle te vuče da što pre iščitaš kraj ali generalno realizacija je dosta slaba. Sve je dosta plitko, sterilno (pogotovo kad su likovi upitanju) ali zbog same priče može se preći i preko toga. Moja osnovna zamerka je što nikako nije objašnjeno zbog čega se sve to desilo, šta je bio uzrok, ...more
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Mi aspettavo molto ma molto di più, visto tutto l'entusiasmo con cui si sente parlare di questo libro. Di solito diffido dai best seller, ma incuriosita l'ho preso in prestito in biblioteca. Meno male che non l'ho comprato! Che dire, sicuramente l'idea è originale, ma lo svolgimento distrugge ogni suspance. Non so, magari Cooper non lo ha immaginato come un giallo, ma io mi aspettavo, visto l'inizio, un po' più di attesa. A un quarto di libro già si capisce cosa sta succedendo e l'idea dell'assa ...more
Stopped at the local Borders for a “beach read” and found this book in the “bargain” section. What a find! The story jumps from present day to early days (starting at 777) to post WWII as it reveals a library of sorts discovered on an island owned by England. Since England had enough on their plate to recoup after the War, they contact President Truman. The story opens with a class reunion of four college roommates, one currently an FBI agent. Will Piper is one of the best hunters of serial kill ...more
Jon Price

Whilst on a recent holiday with friends in a rental property in the Dordogne region of France; where I had gone to soak up the history and archaeology of the area – particularly the spectacular examples of Cave art; I was loaned a copy of “ Library Of The Dead “.

Being a voracious reader of varied interests I was delighted to receive this unexpected windfall – as I had, in my usual disorganised way, omitted to pack any books to read. A glance at the précis on
Simona Bartolotta
«Proprio così», disse Atwood, battendo la mano sul tavolo. «Usiamo un metodo scientifico per dimostrare che la scienza è una sciocchezza.»

Bello bello bello! Diverso dai soliti thriller dai quali vengono tratti quei noiosi e inverosimili film stereotipati (anche se, diciamolo, non è che io legga tanti thriller), eppure mantiene sempre quel tocco di classicità che piace cogliere in un bel romanzo.
Le prime settanta pagine circa, sono quasi insopportabili, la confusione tra le varie storie che si i
Oh good lord, can you say cliched? There were some interesting and occasionally chilling moments in this book but they were few and far between. The main character was appallingly misogynistic - he's only attracted to the main love interest when she's lost weight and basically changed her personality. The main antagonist was a far more believable and sympathetic character than the hero whose characterisation kept this novel at severely third level thriller.

The basic premise was interesting enoug
Panique à New York ! « Le tueur de l'Apocalypse » condamne ses victimes par simple carte postale, illustrée d'un cercueil, avec une date au verso. Celle de leur mort.

Sur l'île de Wight, en 777 (date fatidique), la vie d'une communauté de moines est soudainement confrontée à la terrible malédiction du 7ème fils d'un 7ème fils.

Février 1947, Churchill prend connaissance d'une découverte qui dépasse toute contingence politique et menace la sécurité de la planète ! Zone 51, dans le Nevada, la Légend
Дали искате да знаете важните дати от бъдещето си?
Дали искате да знаете кога ще умрете, вие или вашите любими хора? Да знате кога ще се роди нов член на семейството ви и кога му е отредено да си отиде от този свят?

Това знание не е за всеки. Човечеството още не е готово за него.
Но на специалният агент Уил Пайпър му е писано да се сблъска с него, тъкмо когато най-малко му се иска. Спокойният му живот пред пенсионирането е разбит на пух и прах, за да разследва най-странния случай, който е виждал.
My Inner Shelf
Les coups de cœurs s'enchainent subitement !
A priori ce roman avait déjà tout pour me plaire mais là on dépasse les limite de l'exaltation.
Les mots me manquent car mon vocabulaire se réduit à mesure que la température monte, je serai donc brève.

On est rapidement happé par l'histoire, d'autant plus que trois époques sont évoquées, et qu'on ne fait le lien entre elles que très progressivement. Les personnages de Will (alcoolique et séducteur) et de Nancy (jeune agent qui ne demande qu'à être sédui
Very, very interesting book with a refreshingly original idea. Library of the Dead starts off as your usual serial homicide story, seemingly unsolvable, until you find out what really happens. You'll never be able to guess. This is a very refreshing alternative to the usual religious-conspiracy-secrets genre. Still finds its roots in some ancient brotherhood that just has to be related to Christianity, but it's not what you think. This book is full of surprises that will keep you turning page af ...more
This was not the story I was expecting. But it was a pleasant surprise. At first it seemed like there were three or four completely unconnected stories going on, murders in present day New York, dodgy goings on in England just after WWII, strange monks in AD777. None of them seemed to have any link. And there was no mention of a library!! Most confusing.
However it does all come together and provides some suspense as the FBI agent in charge of the murder investigation tries to workout what is go
Marika Bonuccelli
Mi è piaciuto moltissimo :)
La cosa che più mi ha colpito è proprio il modo con cui è stato scritto questo romanzo. Ambientato in epoche diverse, fino alla fine non si riescono a capire i vari collegamenti tra le epoche ed è proprio questo che mi ha lasciato col fiato sospeso fino alla fine!
Davvero un bel libro, lo consiglio vivamente a tutti!
Tem um enredo bastante interessante, embora com tantas personagens e saltos no tempo, eu me tenha perdido um pouco e receie não ter apreciado o livro devidamente.
E aquele final tenebroso. Não havia necessidade...
Много добър роман!
Странна, но доста успешна жанрова смесица между крими, трилър и мистика.
Книга, която се чете на един дъх и повдига сериозни въпроси, над които си струва човек да помисли.
Hey, Glenn Cooper, you are terribly boring.
Yes, I know, Library of the dead is a bestseller in America, in Europe and in Italy too. Now that I've read it I don't know why. Honestly, I expected a bit more; the plot is interesting but it isn't enough. There are a few cliché and, excuse me author, where is the suspense? There was a lot of bore, but I didn't find suspense and thriller.
I am definitely not going to get the second book.

La domanda, com'è legittimo, sorge spontanea: perché ho deciso di
Leonardo Patrignani
What a nice story! I definitely want more. Glenn Cooper rocks!
Al Bità
Every so often I like to temper my reading with something that is more like a pastime — the kind of non-taxing reading that this book promised to be. There are a few rules that are required to enjoy this type of work: turn off one’s critical mindset; don’t worry too much about the writing as such; concentrate more on the plot; and don’t expect too much in characterisation (usually two-dimensional, if you’re lucky, and all the men at least seeming never to have matured beyond a sexist college men ...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Opera prima di questo autore, che si affaccia nel mondo della scrittura con questo libro "thriller", o forse sarenbbe meglio dire un "mistery", è stata una piacevole sorpresa.

Comperato perchè attirato dalla copertina e dal titolo molto accattivante coadiuvato da una quarta di copertina degna di suscitare una bella curiosità, mi sono avvicinato al libro con un poco di pregiudizio, perchè l'autore era esordiente e perchè pensavo di trovarmi davanti all'ennesimo titolo "pompato" per attirare l'att
Monica Madrazo
Un'idea davvero fuori dal comune...una biblioteca piena di volumi con scritto le date di nascita e di morte di milioni di persone di ogni parte del mondo. Geniale e abbastanza inquietante!
Ma ci pensate a cosa potrebbe accadere se sapessimo la data della nostra morte e che in realtà, non esistono le coincidenza, ma solo un grande disegno divino in cui tutto è già stato scritto...
E' un libro avvincente che ti tiene con il fiato sospeso.
Si articola in epoche e luoghi diversi: in un monastero a Vec
Bernadette Davies
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was recommended to me by a friend and I wasn't sure I would like it but read it anyway, mostly to humour her. Library of the Dead, started out slow, and confusing. There are a number of different timelines woven into the book, 777AD, 1947 and 2009, each with their own story. As I read, I wondered how they would all come together and I don't mind saying, I was a little confused as each time frame told a completely separate story. However, each st ...more
Este libro, me lo han regalado por reyes,cuando vi la recomendación de mi autora favorita Katherine Neville,supe que tenia que ser mio, ya que esta autora no suele recomendar casi ningún libro.
Las primeras 81 paginas, el autor nos introduce en la historia que se divide entre el año 2009, en el siglo X y en después de la segunda guerra mundial, en las cuales tendremos diferentes voces que narren la acción.
La trama la cual es compleja y esta fantásticamente elaborada, como bien la dije a Ifi, al p

Este libro cumple con todas los elementos de un best seller, y sin ser peyorativo son: una historia simple, con gran predictibilidad, personajes relativamente simples, cierto toque de sexo, un enigma mítico y obvio un final feliz.
Sin embargo no estábamos esperando un tratado de filosofía.
En realidad es un buen libro, con una historia interesante, y el tocar temas míticos siempre es interesante particularmente cuando se hace una amalgama de religión y magia. Sin embargo creo que se pudo haber res
Janina Flores
May 16, 2013 Janina Flores rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Janina by: Belen
{ Reseñado por Mizuhi Chan }

Este libro llamó mi atención desde el momento en que me fije en el, pasaría casi un año antes de que pudiese comprarlo, y prácticamente otro antes de poder sacar el tiempo para leerlo, porque vaya que es un libro que merece dedicarle toda la atención.

Tiene ya un tiempo que no leía libros de este género, creo que años de hecho, por lo que voy a admitir que fue un poco difícil leerlo al principio, aclarando, no es por el libro, si no por mi propia percepción. En La Bibl
Very disappointing after what sounded like a promising story.

I gave this book to page 140, but by that point I still saw no connection between the large number of people, time-frames [present and past] and stories the author introduced. I have no issue with lots of characters, and I don't even mind a book that jumps around between past and present. But there needs to be SOME connecting thread that allows you to go on the journey with the characters. This book didn't do that.

It was almost like ev
Alaisse Amehana
Da http://labellaeilcavaliere.blogspot.i...

Will Piper è un agente dell'FBI prossimo alla pensione a cui viene affidato un ultimo caso: una serie di omicidi senza apparenti legami che gettano New York nel panico. Da alcuni giorni un misterioso killer ha cominciato a inviare strane cartoline con il disegno di una bara e una data. I destinatari, senza eccezioni, muoiono tutti nel giorno scritto sulla cartolina. Tocca a Will scoprire come abbia fatto il killer a uccidere tante persone diverse in mod
Liss Martz
Esta es una excelente lectura. Es un buen libro de ficción histórica que utiliza acontecimientos conocidos para darle otro giro a la historia. La pregunta en su contraportada me dejó atónita cuando la leí por primera vez.. ¿Que harías si supieras la fecha de tu muerte? ¡Que pregunta! (view spoiler)

Will Piper es un agente del FBI que espera con ansías su jubilación y cuenta los días para ello. En sus tiempos fue un gran ag
3.5ish stars, overall. To be honest, I expected a bit more of the supernatural than it ended up having, but it was still an interesting story, blending history, thriller, mystery, religion and, as I said, a bit of the supernatural. The main character, Will Piper, is a heavy drinking FBI agent, just interested in lasting until his retirement after a scandal derailed his career. But, there seems to be a serial killer on the loose, and profiling is his specialty. Despite him not being my usual sort ...more
4 1/2 étoiles.
Kiwiria a lu ce livre en début d'année et a adoré, alors quand j'ai vu Le livre des morts à la bibliothèque, j'ai tout de suite regardé le titre original et j'ai su que je devrais aimer à mon tour! Et j'ai vraiment aimé ce livre, même si je l'ai lu en traduction. En fait, elle est même assez bonne :-) Je dois dire que le livre est vraiment venu me chercher dès le début car j'irai bientôt visiter New York et Staten Island et j'ai failli me rendre à Las Vegas en juin :-) L'histoire
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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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