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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099534452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099534457
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A serial killer, religious conspiracy thriller with a fabulous paperback original package. It is my tip for the biggest debut of the year" (Jonathan Ruppin Bookseller)

"Extremely well-written, imaginative and captivating" (Eurocrime.com)

"Prepare to be enthralled by this epic thriller. Glenn Cooper's debut novel is a masterpiece of suspense. Eat your heart out Dan Brown" (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

"In this year of the Second Coming of Dan Brown, it is going to take a book with a singular quality to try and match it in sales at the airport. And this might have the strongest chance of challenging Brown" (www.thebookbag.co.uk)

"Marks the debut of a startling new talent. Here is a story both incandescent and explosive. A seamless blend of modern-day thriller and historical mystery with an ending that left me breathless. A debut not to be missed" (James Rollins, Bestselling Author of The Last Oracle and The Judas Strain)

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An erudite, high-concept, epic thriller that enthrals until the very last line.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Beanlands on 12 April 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is the first by Glenn Cooper. Usually a fan of the English Detective novels I picked this up whilst on holiday - one where people leave books when they have finished for others to read. It took me a few pages to get into it - at first I thought it was going to be a typical 'who-dunnit' with a serial killer on the loose. As the book evolved it got better and better until I couln't put it down(although I did have to keep checking back on the dates). It was such an unbelievably fantastic plot. I would LOVE to see this as a film - especially the Medieval scenes. I am ordering the sequel as I write this !
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sad Classics Teacher on 22 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a really exciting thriller. The story is well-told, the characters are good, and you want to find out what's happening. The secret, when you find out what it is, is genuinely clever and shocking, and raises interesting philosophical issues which are not avoided, even though they are not discussed at length either. A REALLY good read - better than Dan Brown, IMHO, at combining the historical discovery theme with a modern thriller.

BUT (and this is the reason I can only give it 3 stars) I couldn't believe how many stupid mistakes there were: typos (apostrophes in the wrong place, words apparently missed out, malapropisms, etc.) which should have been picked up and corrected by a proof-reader, and factual mistakes (someone doing a DPhil at Cambridge, "natus" supposedly being the Latin for "birth", fruit bats in mediaeval Britain, the supposed existence of an Elizabeth I silver threepenny coin, etc.) which could and should have been checked by an editor before the book got anywhere near final printing.

So, if you are thinking of reading this, go ahead - it's a brilliant story, but if you are a pedant you'll need your blue pencil.

GC, if you read this review, get yourself a proper editor before you go into the next edition!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Oct 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book is published as "Secret of the Seventh Son" by Harper Collins in the USA, and as "Library of the Dead" by Arrow Books, in the UK.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JM VINE VOICE on 7 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
I read a lot of crime novels including plenty based around the serial killer theme, but this one, whilst starting out on a similar thread, turns into something completely different. I found it a bit slow to get into if I'm honest but once I did it became absorbing and fascinating, and the real secret behind all the connected deaths is mind blowing. Totally different and original, and very very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janos on 17 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
Okay, so on the face of it, this should not be a great story. It starts off slowly, has a somewhat implausible plot which most readers will guess in the first third of the book, and doesn't have much literary magic or exciting scenes.

Nevertheless, I found it difficult to put this book down - I had to read it to the end immediately, including to work, from work ... and at times, at work! Mr. Cooper tells his story well, switching effortlessly between eras, and manages to maintain the suspense very well.

Readers who are able to go along with a little suspension of disbelief will really enjoy this book. After all, what is not to enjoy in a plot involving Area 51, Winston Churchill and Harry Truman, medieval monks, computer geeks, the FBI ... and one slightly flawed, over the top, hero?
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rusty on 21 Oct 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Glenn Cooper is a great writer but this book is exactly the same as his novel "Library of the Dead". Don't do what I did and buy the "Secret of the Seventh Son" as being a separate novel to "Library of the Dead" because it is not. Very disappointed that I bought the book twice under separate titles. Having said that, even with different titles, the book is excellent and its one of those you can't put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tanja28 on 29 July 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is terrible, I couldn't wait to finish it so I wouldn't have to read it anymore!

The central plot is not a bad idea, but the editing is rubbish and the whole book just doesn't flow properly. My main gripe is with the characters though - what a bunch of awful cliches. As a female I found the women characters that Cooper has written as an author in the 21st Century highly insulting! The male protagonist Will Piper is a throwback to the days of Bond, a sexist womanising alcoholic who only becomes sexually interested in his FBI partner after she loses weight and therefore becomes attractive. The partner Nancy is equally as lame - she of course immediately falls in love with Piper despite the fact that it doesn't make sense at all!

Argh I'm getting angry just thinking about this piece of trash when there are so many more talented writers around who probably can't even get a publishing deal!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Barlow on 17 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
This book took a while to get off the ground for me in all honesty but im glad i persevered because its a really unique and interesting pot for a book and i was totally absorbed by it in the end. A really good read for any avid book reader.
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