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The Book of Names

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,225 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
In each generation, there are thirty-six righteous souls who hold the world in fragile balance…

When fifteen were killed, Mt. Vesuvius erupted.

The elimination of eighteen triggered the Inquisition.

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

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


With the world hurtling toward des
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 2nd 2006)
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Franco  Santos
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¿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.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die sechsunddreißig Gerechten dieser Welt. 
Wie lange werden sie noch leben? 

Das weiß nur Gott – und diejenigen, die sie töten. 

Ein uralter Papyrus mit einer Namensliste. Nach jahrelanger Suche im ägyptischen Wüstensand hält Sir Rodney ihn endlich in den Händen. Wenige Minuten später ist der Archäologe tot. 
Damit nimmt eine rätselhafte Mordserie ihren Lauf. Auf der ganzen Welt werden Menschen getötet, die bestimmte Namen tragen. 

Und nur David Shepherd kann das Morden stoppen. Denn er ist der Einz
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
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the davinci code
This book was good but not spectacular. It's a similar style to the DaVinci Code - all about Adam's book of names and the battle to save the Lamad Vovniks. The conspiracy and mystery was not as deep and thorough as I would have liked, so it ended up being a relatively quick read. Still worth the effort, but probably not one to place at the very top of your to-read pile.
Rebecca Starr
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
Rachel Hanks
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. It started off a bit slow, but with a little effort, getting through some of the initial story plot will lead you to an increasingly addictive finale.

I listened to this in audio-book form, and my only complaint is that the voices are truly horrible. The audio-book company could have at least gotten female and male readers to do the voices instead of one man trying to emulate a 13 year old girl, an Israeli scholar, and several other female characters, in addition to severa
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast pace and very interesting subject
Sep 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

Rich Weatherly
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Estelle Velde
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book of Names by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori, is a book I enjoyed and was interesting enough to read through.

The story follows the life of Professor David Shepherd who unwittingly comes across a list of names. These “Hidden Ones”, who aren’t even aware of their importance, keep the delicate balance of the world, and there are 36 of them. Unfortunately they are no longer hidden and someone is killing them off – one by one! As the number of Hidden Ones dwindles, the world grows unstable and
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Dari sejak halaman pertama, bahkan dari sinopsis yang tertulis di bagian belakangnya saja, buku ini langsung sukses membuat saya terpikat. Dengan karakter tokoh-tokoh yang meyakinkan serta kombinasi plot cerita yang cepat dan penuh intrik, menjadikan buku ini sebagai sebuah thriller yang asyik untuk dibaca. Tidak hanya itu, dengan setting tempat yang ditulis dengan detail, The Book Of Names juga telah mengajak saya berkeliling berbagai benua dan negara. Khususnya bagi para pecinta thriller, saya

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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
I read the audio version of this book. The story was nothing high-brow but was a fun thriller in a similar vein as The Day Vinci Code. This story focused on Jewish Talmudic and Kabbalist tradition. Basically, In every generation 36 righteous people are born, and it is these pure spirits who help to sustain God's presence in the world. These people are referred to as Lamed-Vavniks. At any point in time there are maybe several thousand of them in the world. But no one, not even themselves, knows w ...more
Christine US
I don't know why I keep trying with these books that are about "all the deep symbols and hidden meanings" of things, and the hero rushes around the save humanity from an evil that no one even knows is a thing. I should've just stopped after the DaVinci Code, because nothing else has entertained me as much. I'm not saying DaVinci Code was the be-all and end-all, but everything else feels like the authors jumped on the bandwagon.

If any of the parts about the Jewish culture and history is true, th
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
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).
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Laura  Williams
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This was a fast-paced thriller about an Anti-Jewish secret society bent on destroying life on earth. It contains: a secret document, a secret code, a beautiful secret agent, a quasi-religious aspect, a quasi-political agenda, an innocent (and ignorant) protagonist, a youthful damsel in distress, a priest, several rabbis, many madmen and a secret rendezvous! Have I left out any element of this formula? If so, it's just my oversight, not the author's!
It was at least shorter and a quicker read than
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Jill Gregory is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels. Jill has been awarded the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence and her novels NEVER LOVE A COWBOY and COLD NIGHT, WARM STRANGER were honored with back-to-back Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice awards for Best Western Historical Romance.

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