Library of the Dead

Library of the Dead

eBook - 2013
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An ancient knowledge. A conspiracy of silence. A secret to kill for. On the seventh day of the seventh month, the seventh son of a seventh son is born to ominous prophecy on the Isle of Wight. Centuries later, in 1947, Winston Churchill is called out of retirement to deal with an unprecedented archaeological discovery that threatens to derail postwar reconstruction. Soon afterwards, in Roswell, New Mexico, an alleged UFO sighting heralds the establishment of a secret military complex in Nevada'a base that comes to be known as Area 51. In present-day New York City, Will Piper is reluctantly forced to interrupt his dissolute spiral into retirement when his superiors at the FBI assign him to the high profile Doomsday serial-murder case. The victims have nothing in common, except for one detail'each of them received a postcard foretelling their date of death. But just when Piper finds a credible lead, he's taken off the case. Continuing the investigation on his own, he must outwit the ruthless team of covert operatives from Area 51 who are protecting the government's greatest secret. From a medieval monastery to a cutting-edge government laboratory, Library of the Dead spans centuries and continents to deliver a richly detailed, highly researched and sharply written exploration of fate and free will
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins, 2013
ISBN: 9780062306418
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library


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Sep 13, 2015

Loved the book. Took me a little bit to get into the rhythm of the author's 'voice' but once there, I couldn't put the book down until it was finished.

ChristineT_RPL Dec 24, 2014

This is the first in the Will Piper series by Glenn Cooper. In Library of the Dead Cooper has demonstrated that, through a great deal of research, he can put together a novel full of twists and turns and span the depths of time. I very much appreciate an author who can create a world that the reader can get completely lost in. Because of all of the real life facts and people throughout this story there were times when I felt that this ride I was on could be based in reality. I loved all of the conspiracy theories that are mentioned. Our main character is just about to retire when he is given an interesting case to investigate. The FBI have asked Will Piper to investigate the Doomsday Killer; a mass murderer who is on the loose in NYC. Piper begins to unlock closely guarded government secrets that bring him to an underground library filled with centuries old truths.

I have to admit that the reason I picked up this book was the title. I am glad that I did. This mystery/thriller moves fast and kept me up researching many of the theories that Cooper references.
Other Will Piper mysteries include; Book of Souls and The Keepers of the Library.

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Feb 02, 2012

A surprising good story that kept me entertained throughout. It's much better than Dan Brown's effort and it puts james rollins firmly in the rubbish category. Definitely worth a read.

Oct 28, 2010

Interesting premise --- mostly entertaining.

Jun 22, 2010

A very suspenseful book!

Jun 16, 2010

Awesome enough on it's own, but be sure to read the second book, Book of's even better!

MissAnnie May 11, 2010

Keeps you planted in the middle of your seat, nevertheless the plot is quite intriguing.

Cathy_Library Dec 13, 2009

Interesting and suspenseful, but you have to like books that skip through time.


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