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Book of Souls

(Will Piper #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  6,977 ratings  ·  475 reviews
The Library: Only a handful know it exists . . . It holds the world's most astonishing—and terrifying—information . . . But the one book that is the key to the greatest secret of all time . . . is missing.

Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved—and survived—the "Doomsday Killer" case . . . and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learne
Paperback, 426 pages
Published February 4th 2010 by Arrow
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Wita Salmal I have not read the first book and though there is reference to it, it is perfectly understandable.

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Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: past-favourites
A very fast paced, and edge of your seat book. The author has done an astonishing job in keeping the reader spellbound and wanting more. It was an enjoyable read and quite mesmerizing from start to finish. Don’t hesitate in purchasing this one.
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Ainda estive na dúvida, mas acabei por decidir ser generosa e dar as 4 estrelas, o livro agarrou-me mesmo!

Este livro não é só o "Will Piper 2", é mais propriamente o "Biblioteca da Morte 2". Ao contrário de outras séries policiais, em que cada livro conta uma história diferente, embora haja alguma continuidade no que se refere à história pessoal do(s) protagonista(s), este é mesmo uma continuação da história iniciada em A Biblioteca da Morte, pelo que convém ler esse pri
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bit of a disappointment to be honest. Once again, Glen Cooper has done his research and the tying in of Calvin, Shakespeare, Henry VII and Nostradamus within the story was quite impressive. The problem, I think, is that the author got carried away with the history. There's this whole middle section of the novel that is set in the 16th Century that just goes on and on. I was ready to open a vein. For some, this might make the book but, for me, it just raised the whole Dan Brown issue again. Dodgy ...more
Bernarda Lucija
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was reading this book to find out answers from the first one. I didn't know Will Piper would be the centre of the story again, I though he served well as an introduction to the world in the first one. He was a decent character with some flaws before but he was the reason for making me want to quit the sequel. A retired alchoholic cheating on his wife with a 30 years younger girl and putting his 1 year old son in danger, all because of a need for adventure. He was so repulsive, I don't know how ...more
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Glenn Cooper doesn't write great literature, but this one was as unputdownable for me as Library of the Dead, to which this is a sequel. It brings Nostradamus, Calvin and Shakespeare into the story of the death lists, Will Piper is as endearing a hero as he was in the first book, the solving of the clues is excellent, and there's an excellent breakneck speed conclusion. Load of tosh really, but I loved it. ...more
A slow burning read full of suspense and chases.
Karen Jarvis
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really interesting concept, and well worked through, probably 4.5. Lockdown book 26.
Anna Maria
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's an amazing book and a fabulous follow-up to the awesome LIBRARY OF THE DEAD that had me hooked last year. Will Piper, the main character of the novel, is an FBI special agent now on retirement. He is considered one of the greatest profiler Federal Bureau of Investigation history.
This book follows the same mysterious library, full of the names of everyone that will ever be, along with their dates of birth and death, but concentrates on one book in particular; a volume of 1527, that went miss
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
In one of the interviews, Glenn Cooper said he never intended to expand his first book about the Library of Dead into a trilogy. It's a pity he didn't stick to his initial decision. This second book begins intriguingly, and the part of the "treasure hunting" in the old English manor is entertaining, but the whole plot lacks the true tension or the mystery. The author cannot resist the temptation of explaining all enigmas from the previous book and repeats himself unnecessarily.
The protagonist's
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This was an exciting book for me as I loved all the history and theology that is tied into the story. It's the 2nd book in the trilogy so I suggest that you read book 1 first. The characters are well-developed and the plot was very interesting with a twist in the end. The book was hard to put down and kept the pages flying until the very end and I think this book would make a great movie. I'm looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy and I would recommend these books to those who l ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Four solid stars! This book is what I call a "Da Vinci" novel : it's a good thriller, with a hero decrypting clues, and a historical subplot. The writting is competent, and I really really wanted to keep on reading.
Recommended for holidays, vacations, and anyone looking for escapisme.
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
PROTAGONIST: Will Piper, ex FBI agent
SETTING: US; England
SERIES: #2 of 2

Now retired from the FBI, Will Piper’s life was redefined by what he uncovered at a super secret installation in Nevada called Area 51. He found an extraordinary library that held information about the birth and death dates of the entire world population from the 1300s until February 9, 2027. As it turns out, one volume of that library was missing, “1527”, and is put up for auction by an impoverished member of th
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
A continuation from the novel “Secrets of the Seventh Son”, a mysterious book with a list of names and dates appears at a British auction house and former FBI Agent Will is hired to find out it's equally mysterious origins. I wasn't aware that this was a sequel. Then I thought it was just another novel with the same main character however there are many references to the first novel that are confusing at time. This novel is akin to the DaVinci Code in it's implications and ideas. The author jump ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will post my combined review of the two books (Secret of the Seventh Sonand Book Of Souls) here as one review, because the story really spans the two books. Very interesting and engaging. One question I kept asking myself, knowing someone's DOD, had someone ever tried to change it? For instance, could Will have "pulled the plug" on Mark even though he was BTH? Would Mark have continued living off of life support? That would change the view of the library and predestination. If you do not know ...more
Michael Johnston
An odd, but interesting novel that weaves together William Shakespeare, John Calvin, Nostradomus, Area 51 and a super secret government agency that protects and uses an 800 year old book which contains the birth and death dates of every person in the world past, present and future. I know it sounds absurd, but it is oddly compelling. I find with something this wildly ridiculous I'm unconcerned about links to reality. Ok, Shakespeare was the best friend of a young man whose family owned the book ...more
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
The title turned me off (sounded kind of sacreligious, but it's not) and it started out kind of slow but once it picked up, it was a page turner to the end.

Overall this is a conspiracy thriller. Former FBI agent, Will Piper, is given a top secret assignment to find a missing book, written in 1527. Another significant date throughout the book is February 9, 2027. The 1527 book suddenly appears at an auction house in London and the games begin. The U.S. govmt wants the book to remain classified.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
With a rogue American agent about to burn down an English stately home, I cannot bear to waste any more time on this farrago of nonsense. The author clearly hasn't done his homework. He says of said stately home that the owners couldn't bear to sell it to the National Trust. You don't sell buildings to the NT. You can see if you can negotiate giving it in lieu of estate duties, but the Trust will only take such property if the gift also includes an endowment to secure future upkeep. The author s ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started the book knowing there was a previous book in the serie, but hoping I could understand the plot anyway, and so I did, You can read this book without the first book, but of course, if you are lucky enough, try to read the first book first and also, after finishing this book go with the one that follows... For myself I probably won't be able to do that because is hard to find them in my country.
Anyway, I enjoyed the story. as always happened with secrets societies, dark secrets, etc, th
Tine Haslevang
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
All in all, a good and entertaining book :)
We meet up with Will Piper who has been forced to retirement after surviving the "Doomsday Killer" and stumbled upon a high-classified secret. Unwilling, he get dragged into the mess once again, discovering the shocking truth about the Library.
As said, its an entertaining book. My favorite part is when Will is in England trying to solve Shakespeares puzzle. Gave me a good Dan Brown feeling. Think, though, that the book could have ended better, or especi
Michele Brenton
May 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
I found this unreadable. Not to say it is a bad book. Plenty of people seem to enjoy this and I am definitely in the minority - but I don't like the writing style. The story seems to be a good one though and I hope it will be made into a film because I think I'd enjoy it as a film. It is one of my favourite genres and the blurb and cover hooked me. But the voice of the author is not one I can relax with and enjoy the story. For readers who don't feel as strongly about the voice I am sure this wi ...more
Maria Elmvang
Not quite as good as "Library of the Dead" but still captivating and well worth reading! I wonder if Glenn Cooper has any plans of writing a book that takes place in 2027. I would definitely be interested in reading that!

I've always loved puzzles and clues which added a lot to my enjoyment of this book, but even without that it was still a fascinating read - especially the flash-backs through time, which allowed us to learn more about the history of the book. Now I just want to know more! :)
Jun 03, 2017 rated it did not like it

I already had it checked out from the library, so I read it even though I hated the first one in the series. This one is slightly better, so maybe 1.5 stars, simply because the flow is better overall. (Less flashbacks and exposition).

I really felt like I was reading a screenplay and not a novel. Ending was predictable. I see there's a third book in the series, but I will not be reading it.

Main character has an affair for no real reason.

Bad guys become almost cartoonish.

Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've got to tell you . . . for fiction, this novel and the first one are probably the most thought provoking novels I've read in quite a while. I don't want to give away the central basis and issue, but it will most definately spark much thought.

You need to read Secret of the Seventh Son first and then this novel. Both have great character development, action, suspense, history and thrill as the dilema unfolds. Can't wait for the next novel by Glenn Cooper.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
What to say! 4 stars

Reading first 60-70% of book I thought that 'past' chapters were written better. Maybe because I hated Will then. Still do. Man, honesty is key word in marriage!

But second part of the! Page turner! I actually had no idea that something like that could happen. And last few chapters? I want movie based on those books.

Cooper, another brilliant work! This book I read faster than first one, but my enjoyment was the same. :)
Rachel Williams
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, couldn't put it down. Dan Brown type but not trying so hard! ...more
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I had fun reading this book, I could have given it 3 stars, but in a 5 star system, where my favorite ever get 5 stars max, this one definitely belongs to the lower part of the 'firmament'! ...more
Yess Gastélum
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
It dragged on too much. I didn't enjoy this one as the first book. I don't think I'll read the third one. I'm not remotely curious. ...more
The Book Worm
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book of Souls is the second in a series and follows book one (Library of the Dead) so closely they could just be one long book instead of two. Still, Book of Souls is written in a way that makes it easy to read as a stand alone if needed (even at the cost of feeling it's a bit repetitive if you've just finished book one).
I have to say I enjoyed Book of Souls way more than Library of the Dead. I still don't like Will Piper as a man, and probably never will. I really thought he had redeemed himsel
Diana Kathryn Plopa
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another of those wonderful books about a book… I simply adore writers who create stories like this. This one, masterfully written by Glen Cooper, is a little bit espionage thriller, a little bit historical fiction, and a little bit speculative fiction.

Set in present day, it asks the question, if you had access to the predestined dates of millions of births and deaths the world over, how would you use that information… and how would you keep it safe from those who would use the informati
Hristina Ivanova
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: bestsellers
I went with a lot of eager into this book, as the first one of the series as well as other Cooper books I have read have proven very interesting. I enjoyed the story and was very intrigued by the older parts of it, yet I was left with a feeling of missing something. As if the there were some plot holes left open and a bunch of mystery still unsolved. It may be that there is a third book also and maybe it's there where everything is solved. For these reasons, I can't give the book more than an av ...more
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Glenn Cooper is an internationally bestselling thriller writer.

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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