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Library of the Dead by Glenn Cooper

Library of the Dead (2009)

by Glenn Cooper

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Triggering point of Thriller : Random deaths
Link : All the deceased receive post-cards with coffin image

Extent of thrill : 3 stars
Ingeniousness of mystery involved: 4 star
Character of the protagonist: 0 star (a complete womanizer deserves a negative rating)
Credibility of Historical Information : 0 star
Literary Specifics: 0 star (Too many swear words to count)
Anything admirable: 0 star (Nothing Specific)

The cause of deaths becomes quite obvious towards the middle of the book, and hence, the ending doesn't quite surprise you.

I specifically disgusted the way women were treated in the book, especially the ones in Vectis ( )
  NishatheGreat | Apr 28, 2017 |
FBI agent, Will Piper, specializes in capturing serial killers. He has two years to go until retirement, but he's burnt out and just wants a desk job to get him there. His plans fall apart when he's forced to take on a new case. The “Doomsday Killer”, has no pattern and defies psychological profiling, and the diverse victims have only one thing in common. Just before their murders, each of them received a postcard foretelling their date of death.

In addition to the modern story, the plot takes us to 1947 Britain, a monastery in the eighth and thirteenth centuries of Britain, and even Area 51 in Nevada. Several different story threads are followed. Eventually, these threads are woven together in a compelling conclusion. It's hard to review this book without giving away some spoilers so that's all I'm going to say.

I found this book to be a great mix of modern day thriller, a little bit of the supernatural, and some historical mystery as well. I thought the concept was fascinating and I definitely plan to read the second book of the trilogy very soon. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Sep 3, 2016 |
3,5 stars.

Very interesting book! Review soon. ( )
  Hellen0 | Jun 22, 2016 |
Excellent book - couldn't put it down. One of my favourites as a result. Can't wait to read another Glenn Cooper! ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Book Description
Originally published as Secret of the Seventh Son.

Assigned to the high-profile "Doomsday" serial killer case, FBI agent Will Piper is hitting dead end after dead end. The victims seem to have nothing in common: age, background, or even the way they die. All that connects them is a postcard each received in the mail announcing his or her date of death--all sent from Las Vegas, where a brilliant computer scientist leads a double life. Just when agent Piper finds a credible lead, he's removed from the case. Continuing the investigation on his own, he must outwit a ruthless team of covert operatives from Area 51 protecting the government's greatest secret. From a medieval monastery to a cutting-edge government laboratory, Library of the Dead delivers a richly detailed, thought-provoking exploration of fate, predestination, and the choices we make in life.

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I enjoyed this historical thriller from Glenn Cooper. I loved his voice and humor and found it to be a very clever story and an excellent debut. The characters are fascinating and the plot held my interest until the last page. I love how he tied the past into the present and switched back and forth in time effortlessly. I now look forward to reading the next book in the series. I would highly recommend this series to those who enjoy historical mysteries. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 14, 2016 |
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U davnom srednjem veku, u dalekoj Britaniji, na zabačenom ostrvcetu Vajt, jedne se mračne noći rodio sedmi sin sedmoga sina koji je po drevnim verovanjima na ovaj svet došao sa posebnim darom. Sakriven u podrumima jednog mirnog manastira, on će, koristeći svoj dar, otpočeti stvaranje biblioteke – biblioteke mrtvih sa knjigama koje sadrže datume rođenja i smrti ljudi iz svih zemalja, iz svih vekova, iz svih epoha: prošlih, sadašnjih... i budućih.

Tajna obavijena velom sudbine, istorije, zla i korupcije... i jedna strašna istina koju niko nikada ne treba da sazna...

Devet ljudi ubijeno je u Njujorku – devet potpunih stranaca koji nemaju ništa zajedničko i koji su naizgled žrtve lukavog i neuhvatljivog serijskog ubice. Samo jedna stvar povezuje mrtve: razglednice koje su dobili iz Las Vegasa, i koje najavljuju dan kada će umreti.
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David Swisher spun the track ball of his BlackBerry until he found the e-mail from the CFO of one of his clients.
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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 received a sick postcard in the mail before they died - a postcard that announced their date of death. In desperation, the FBI assigns the case to maverick agent Will Piper, once the most accomplished serial killing expert in the bureau's history, now on a dissolute spiral to retirement.
Battling his own demons, Will is soon drawn back into a world he both loves and hates, determined to catch the killer whatever it takes. But his search takes him in a direction he could never have predicted, uncovering a shocking secret that has been closely guarded for centuries. A secret that once lay buried in an underground library beneath an eighth century monastery, but which has now been unearthed - with deadly consequences. A select few defend the secret of the library with their lives - and as Will closes in on the truth, they are determined to stop him, at any cost.
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Nine people have been slain in New York City--nine strangers with nothing in common--the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die. Assigned to the case is Will Piper, a legendary FBI profiler with a troubled past, a drinking problem and nothing left to lose. Abandoned to a monastery is an unwanted son born under a curse on the seventh day of the seventh month of the year 777. Unprepared for a momentous discovery is a post-World War II expedition into the crypts of a clandestine medieval society. But all lead to a secret embroiled in destiny, history, evil, faith and corruption . . . and one terrifying truth that no one must ever know . . .… (more)

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