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The Book of Lies

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  7,964 ratings  ·  1,002 reviews

Brad Meltzer--author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Fate--returns with his most thrilling and emotionally powerful novel to date.

In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history.

In 1932, Mitchell
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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Two and half stars.

I hate Nazis. I hate them on principle and I hate them when they’re used by a lazy writer as a convenient threat. (If I were a GIF guy, I would have inserted Harrison Ford/Indiana Jones saying, “I hate Nazis” right about here). Combine Nazis with the occult, as Meltzer does here, and you have the crappy TV fare that runs frequently on what my wife calls the “Hitler” channel. As in:

Wife: “Are you watching the Hitler channel again?
Me: “This is a documentary on Pearl Harbor”
Give Brad Metlzer props for his ambition. Some writers would be content to merely create a conspiracy laden story about the first murder in history, that of Abel by his brother Cain. Others would be intrigued to explore the alleged murder of Mitchell Seigel and how that lead to the creation of the most-recognized superhero in the world, Superman.

"The Book of Lies" focues on the mysteries surrounding both deaths and the impact they have on the life of our hero, Cal Harper. Years ago, Cal's mothe
Sep 04, 2008 Meg rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meg by: Joss Whedon
Oh man, I wanted so very much to like this book. Honestly, it's in a no man's land between 2 stars (It was OK) and 3 (I liked it). I liked parts. I love/adore the concept. But the execution does NOT match the level of expectation I have.

It's not that Meltzer is a bad writer. The closest and easiest (also laziest) comparison that you could make to this book would be Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons - take something ingrained in the public consciousness and give it an elaborate back
Joss Whedon led me astry when he was in a commercial for this. Juvenile plot with two dimensional characters that somehow seem to bust conspiracies with the power of Google and Wkipaedia. The characters just run into answers without showing any skill in acquiring them. I didn't hate this book but I didn't enjoy it either. It does leave me wondering why its popular though.
This book was absolutely fantasic. The pages just flew by. I read it in a day and a half because I had such a hard time putting it down. I kept telling myself that I'd only read one more chapter and that'd be it.....ha! That sure didn't work!

The book was smart, fast-paced, and every chapter left me wanting more; I just had to find out what happened and what it all meant.

I think his Decoded show is fasinating, and this book was no diffenrent.

If you haven't read this book, I suggest you give it
Beth Cato
This New York Times Bestseller offers a compelling premise--a close tie between the creation of Superman and Cain's murder of his brother Abel--that in the end suffered due to a predictable ending and strained tension.[return][return]In modern day Fort Lauderdale, Cal Harper is forced to confront his past when he finds his estranged father bleeding out in a park. The former ICE agent is curious that his father holds a shipping manifest, and seems all too tight-lipped about the past decade of his ...more
People actually pay money for this drivel??? I've read better writing from 8th graders! Meltzer displays just about every amateur writing trait that I can think of: he's really heavy on exposition; he withholds information that the point-of-view character knows, just to artificially create false tension; his dialog sounds like it comes straight from a soap opera; he relies on melodrama instead of actual drama; his characters are one dimensional stock fare that do not act or talk like real people ...more
I LOVE Decoded, a History Channel special. I had never heard of this author before the TV show. Saw this book at Borders for a great price, cheaper than on Amazon/Kindle, and wanted to try out this author. First book I have ever read from this author so I'll let you know what I think of it!

Great book! Liked it very much... I like the archelogist/mystery type books so this was right up my alley! Like that though this was fiction, a little, (just a little), of actual history may have been thrown i
Sep 29, 2008 Maddie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, especially thrill seekers!
Recommended to Maddie by: Miriam
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I chose to read this book because of Meltzer's research into the events behind the creation of Superman. This research would have made a very interesting nonfiction book, but the author chose to surround it with a thriller.

I've determined that I really hate thrillers, because they seem to be universally terrible, and not written for people like me. Somebody can come along and write a thriller about everything I love in the world, and I will refuse to read it. I have a closet stuffed with better
Having never read Brad Meltzer before, the dust jacket art and title intrigued me enough to try it out. Now having read it, said "Huh?", then looked at other reviewers' comments - I might try another Meltzer, but will have to rest before the attempt. He can definitely tell a story, but this one didn't always make much sense. I can suspend belief for stretches, but at some point my fantasy meter gets pegged and I must return to an earth-bound reality.
Sandy Lender
Jun 15, 2009 Sandy Lender rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/thriller readers
For The Book of Lies, Brad Meltzer creates a clever story idea when he weaves the creation of the Superman comic with finding the weapon that killed Abel. Yes, that Abel…from Genesis. Calvin Harper is a former (read: not-so-honorably discharged) ICE agent who has taken on the job of driving around picking up drunk and disorderly/homeless clients for a local shelter where he also befriends and helps troubled youth. He’s the good guy. On the other side of the plot is Ellis (Edward Belasco) with wh ...more
Ben Babcock
Not my favourite of Meltzer's books. Somewhat too predictable, and the ending wasn't all that fulfilling. I enjoyed what the Book of Lies/Truth turned out to be, but there were too many loose ends with the main characters.

In general, it felt too much like another off-the-shelf secret-society-gone-wrong quest-for-an-ancient-artifact novel than a good thriller/mystery. More specifically, there was nothing about the novel that made me cheer or fall in love with it. I didn't get attached to any of t
Yet another quasi-religious, action-adventure conspiracy book. I'm a sucker for these things. But unlike a lot of others I've read this one is a little different.

Firstly there were no exotic locations. No tramping around cathedrals and crypts. No catacombs or canals. All the action was limited to Florida and Ohio with one brief flashback to Sweden.

Secondly there was no history lessons, only a little bit of Bible lore. This was both good and bad. Good in that it was a nice break from the ones I
Sep 11, 2008 Bailey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nerds, people who like commercial fiction
Recommended to Bailey by: NPR
This book was interesting. It attempts to draw a connection between the story of Cain and Abel and the murder of Mitchell Siegel (father of Jerry Siegel, creator of Superman). I realized about halfway through that little chapters bother me a lot, and this book is full of little chapters. It was then that I realized that there are two kinds of fiction: commercial (which this is), and literary. I prefer literary. It only took me a few hours to finish. It was a good book, kind of hard to follow at ...more
Matt Anderson
Audiobook not read by author

This is a book that I should like. I love studying the Bible, and there are aspects of this story that deal with the historicity of certain biblical passages. I am fond of comic books and superheroes, and a major part of this story deals with Jerry Siegel, one of the creators of Superman. I have listened to audiobooks for three other Brad Meltzer novels, and enjoyed them all. All of these factors should have led to me loving this book, but it was by far my least favor
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the first novel I've read by Mr. Meltzer. It wasn't really an auspicious beginning.

The novel here revolves around a supposed conspiracy that ties together the murder of Able by his brother Cain and the murder of Jerry Siegel's (the creator of Superman) father.

The problem here is something I've said about other books and something i plan to say about the book I picked up just after this one. There's just too much book for the story it tells. We are involved here with a series (apparently
Ricki Jill Treleaven
Brad Meltzer's The Book of Lies is a unique and quick read (I could not put it down). The illustrations are wonderful and add a fun dimension to the reading experience. I must admit that it is also the first book of Meltzer's I have ever read, and I would like some suggestions from some of his readers as to what I should read next.

The Book of Lies tells the story of history's most notorious murder: the murder of Abel by his brother, Cain. The Bible story depicted in Genesis Chapter 4 gives motiv
I’m used to being wrong, but not infuriatingly so. The Book of Lies is appropriately named. In fact, there are times when you aren’t quite sure whether you’re alongside the protagonist (a disgraced Homeland Security agent who now works with the homeless) in search of the eponymous book or a “Book of Truth.” In many ways, this novel is both.

Whether you call The Book of Lies a thriller or a mystery, it may be as unfair as some classic Agatha Christie novels. There is a shadow figure orchestrating
Robert bahara
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer to be was one of the most intriguing books I ever read in a long time. The way the author was able to connect historical events from the bible to the events of superman kept the book even more intriguing. This book is well constructed for the story to fit around the story in the bible and superman and the way the story has so much detail helps you picture what was happening during the whole book.

The story in the bible of Cain and Abel and having these characters
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer was one of the most confusing books i have ever read. But that doesn't mean it wasn't good. With all the plot twists and interesting ideas it just made it a great book. I must have reread parts 2 or 3 time to understand it but that just made it better because the more I understood then more was able to understand the deeper meaning and awesome twists. The way Meltzer goes into extreme detail just made it better to read and at some times he went overboard but that ...more
Van Tingley
January 5, 2013
Book Review of The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer is a fast paced mystery-thriller with a complex plot full of twists and turns. The Book of Lies is the story of how the biblical myth of the murder of Able, and the death of the father of the man who created Superman, are connected. The Book of Lies is one of the few modern set, realistic fiction, books that I have ever read. Usually when I read a modern realistic fiction story, all
This book went by fast which was a good thing, it was a fast mystery read with of all things the unlikely combination of the bible and Superman..So it all begins outlining the dysfunctional relationship of a father and son, then flips to a mentally unstable killer, a single mom cop looking for revenge and a pursuit that just keeps going and going..all while allowing you to learn a little more about the story of Cain and Abel, the origins of the invinicible Superman and be entertained in the proc ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Summary: In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history.

In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found.

Until now.

Today in For
Thomas Rohde
I was intrigued by the concept of this book as well as how popular it was. I was pretty disappointed. It seems more like a fleshed out screenplay, waiting for actors to add dimension to the characters in the book. The plot trucked along at a pretty decent pace, but the unveiling of the mystery and the backgrounds of the characters was pretty clumsy. Events seemed to happen in this book only because the plot demanded them and not at all because they were a natural destination based on character a ...more
Kelly Hager
This is one of those books that's hard to describe. Here's the general gist: You've all heard of Superman, right? Well, the kid who created Superman did it partly (or mostly) because his father was killed in a robbery gone bad (this is actually true, according to the author note).

Here's where the fiction comes in. He was killed because he knew something about the Book of Lies, which may or may not be related to the mark of Cain. (Apparently the Bible never says exactly how Cain killed Abel, and
Superman, the Bible, Feds,
Nazis, and homeless Americans - only Meltzer could put those together without graphic sex, bad language, or gore and have a winner! Audio well performed by Scott Brick 2008 Highly recommended!

Biblical references may not match Biblical truth.
Jason Brannon
This was the first Brad Meltzer book I've read. It had a good premise and a lot of potential, promising to link the creation of Superman somehow to the original murder weapon Cain used to murder Abel. The book kept me interested all the way until the end. However, the ultimate explanation of Cain's weapon was somewhat unsatisfying and actually suggested that Cain might have been a sympathetic character in some respects. The Superman mystery aspect of the book was well done, and it was easy to se ...more
All thriller writers are hacks.

They take interesting concepts and turn them into books with three page chapters, every chapter ending in a cliffhanger, and there is always a world-changing mystery and there is always a betrayer. Damn Dan Brown to hell for what he has created. With better execution, this could have been a very moving read, but as it was, I was too busy turning the pages to see what was happening. Moreover, I wasn't surprised by anything. I love Superman, and aside from little pie
We all know the Superman stories, but most of us don't realize that they were created back in the '30's by a teenager, Jerry Siegal, who had just lost his father to murder. Thriller writer Brad Meltzer has been fascinated by this footnote to history, and in The Book of Lies, he weaves a legend of his own around the true story. Cal Harper is in for a shock when the injured homeless man he stops to help turns out to be his long-estranged father. Before the night is out, Cal finds himself in the fi ...more
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate and The Book of Lies.

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“There's the life you live and the life you leave behind. but what you share with someone else - especially someone you love - that's not just how you bury your past. It's how you write you future.” 20 likes
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