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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 learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest—and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries. This is the book that inspired Shakespeare and the prophecies of Nostradamus, and once Will gets his hands on it, his life will be worth nothing—his death sentence a top priority handed down from the very highest levels of power.

Because there are some truths too dangerous for anyone to know—those that concern the future, world domination . . . and the end of everything.

About the Author

Glenn Cooper studied archaeology at Harvard before becoming a physician specializing in infectious diseases. After a career in research, he became a biotechnology chief executive officer. He has written multiple screenplays and runs an independent film production company based in Boston. He lives in Massachusetts in one of the oldest houses in America. He is the author of Secret of the Seventh Son and Book of Souls.

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Product Details

  • Series: Will Piper (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061721808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061721809
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn Cooper is an internationally bestselling thriller writer. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have sold over 6 million copies. To date Cooper has written seven novels all of which have become top-ten international bestsellers.

His Library of the Dead trilogy, is currently being adapted as a TV series by Pioneer Pictures.

Cooper's novels are suspenseful intellectual, conspiratorial thrillers characterized by multiple interlacing time shifts which are often rooted in real historical events. In addition each of his books spotlights a large philosophical theme: fate and predestination, the nature of evil, conceptions of the afterlife, resurrection, and the interface between science and faith.

Cooper graduated from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Archeology. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine then practiced internal medicine and infectious diseases in hospitals, clinics, and refugee camps in conflict zones before joining the biotechnology industry where he was the CEO of several publicly traded companies. He is currently the chairman of Lascaux Media, a diversified media company which produces thrillers and horror films.


"Glenn Cooper's a startling new talent. A seamless blend of modern-day thriller and historical mystery with an ending that left me breathless... not to be missed."
James Rollins, Bestselling Author

"The Tenth Chamber shows that Cooper is one of the best new writers of conspiracy thrillers."
David Knights, Keighley News, UK

"As Cooper builds the layers of intrigue it becomes clear that he is no ordinary thriller writer, but one who asks big questions."
Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"Glenn Cooper has written one of the best-designed novels that I have read in 14 years."
Antonio D' Orrico, Corriere della Sera Magazine

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By sianacap on April 1, 2010
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Book of Souls is one of those rare great sequels. Library of the Dead, Cooper's smart and heart-pounding thriller, is obviously a tough act to follow, but we quickly go along for the ride as Will tries to unlock the mystery and secrets of the library. I liked the references to the original, which were just enough for someone like me who had read it a year ago and needed a bit of a refresher, while giving newcomers the chance to get in on the action. Plus, in this book, we also get to ponder some fascinating alternative realities for Shakespeare and Nostradamuss! Though this seems to be Cooper's final word on the topic, I can't help wondering what we have in store for us on February 9, 2027. Once again, if you are looking for an intelligent thriller, Book of Souls brings it home. Ignore the one star rating that is only about kindle pricing and has nothing to do with the book.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Daimion on March 31, 2010
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I know that we are still only in the first few weeks of spring, but I've just finished my first good summer book. "Book of Souls" is the sequel to "Secret of the Seventh Son" (which I read last year, and highly recommend). If you are a fan of Dan Brown, James Rollins, and the like - you are in the right place with "Book of Souls". If you are going to be stuck on a cross-country flight this week, you can easily sing your teeth in to "Book of Souls" and dispatch the time with ease. If you are going to be stuck at a family reunion over the weekend, this book is a perfect balm for hearing about Aunt Matilda's corn surgery for the 3rd time. If you are just sitting at home, feet up, television off, kids in bed, glass of wine on the coffee table next to you - this is a good book to have in your hands.

I really enjoyed this book. It's an interesting take on the religious thriller genre, and raises some great questions about the nature of choice versus predestination in the world. Cooper leaves the end of the story wide open for another sequel and I hope he takes the opportunity to deliver one. I could see that book going quite a few different directions and would be anxious to see what Cooper would do next in the world that he has created.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reality tourist on April 7, 2011
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I would have given this 3/5 stars instead of 3 if i could. Mr. Cooper's books was an enjoyable read, however, not as gripping as i figured.
The hero is a your typical guy-as found in many action thrillers- the ex elite fed agent who has a troubled past, a sort of genius renegade, if you will.
He is sought by a millionaire to find a book of dates created by an obsure group of monks ( all descended from a particular individual) that predicts the last day of the earth and dates of death for individuals prior to that date.
So, the tale ensues - including the good and bad guys all seeking this tome.
the concept is interesting however there was a bit too much personal troubles shared about the main character that i thought was not necessary, but then again a minor thing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott S. on October 21, 2010
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What a GREAT sequel to Secrets, just a terrific book. The first book was SO GOOD I had my doubts whether the sequel would measure up but it did. You MUST read Secrets of the Seventh Son first or this book won't make as much sense or be as enjoyable. He does a nice job of tying the two together with the letters but please read Secrets first, you'll be glad you did. This is an adventure thriller, a fun read. Will Piper is a very likeable hero. He has his faults like all of us but deep down he's a good guy. I guess the best way to describe him is a jock who's smart, tough, likes to have fun and lives by his own set of rules. Basically someone you'd like to hang out with. As far as the book, the transitions from Vectis Abby, through history, to modern day are seamless and provide the answers to the mystery as you read along. The ending was somewhat surprising and a good way to end the story. And like the first book there was a little twist at the end. But there will be no more stories about the Library, this one closes the chapter on that story. There was one item that puzzled me. I thought when Luke returned to the Abby, that he and Felix BOTH had a book that they kept and Felix gave Luke his book before his death. That Luke then possessed two books. I need to re-read that chapter because the second book, if there was one, never resurfaced. Maybe I just misinterpreted what was being discussed. I highly recommend this book but again, to truly enjoy it, you MUST read Secrets of the Seventh Son first. I will definitely be buying The Tenth Chamber.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 9, 2010
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`Book of Souls' is the sequel to `Library of the Dead.' It follows the same ancient library, listing everyone together with their dates of birth and death, but is particularly focussed on one previously missing volume, for 1527, which has appeared at a London auction.

Two groups particularly want this volume: the government who wants to keep everything to do with the library classified, and a group of former employees who want the world to know about the library, and to discover the truth behind the last date listed in the library (9 February 2027). Through these former employees, Will Piper, whom we met in `Library of the Dead', becomes involved in the hunt for the 1527 volume.

There are three separate, interconnected timelines in this novel and the story moves between them. The earliest of these follows the fate of the Abbott of Vecti's priory, after the fire that he believes destroyed the library. The second follows how the 1527 volume ended up separated from the others, and the third is in the present.

I enjoyed this novel as a fast page turning read - 3.5 stars rounded to 4 - although it didn't engage me quite as strongly as `Library of the Dead'.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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