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The Book of Lies [Kindle Edition]

Brad Meltzer
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

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Book Description




Brad Meltzer--author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Fate--returns with his most thrilling and emotionally powerful novel to date.


In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history.

In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found.

Until now.

Today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cal Harper comes face-to-face with his family's greatest secret: his long-lost father, who's been shot with a gun that traces back to Mitchell Siegel's 1932 murder. But before Cal can ask a single question, he and his father are attacked by a ruthless killer tattooed with the anicent markings of Cain. And so begins the chase for the world's first murder weapon.

What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller

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From Publishers Weekly

When a homeless man with a gunshot wound is revealed to be Calvin Harpers long-lost father, Cal must scramble his resources while dealing with a watershed of emotions. Father and son are drawn into a mystery involving the recovery of the supposed murder weapon Cain used in the Bible. Hints eventually lead them to seek out the remnants of Superman creator Jerry Siegel and solve the mystery behind the death of Siegels father. Meltzer executes another spellbinding tale that continually keeps readers guessing, along with a good mix of biblical and comic book lore. Scott Brick works the diverse range of character voices well and remains masterful at drawing out the text. His pauses, hesitations and voice breaks provide an added level of suspense. The musical interludes at stressful parts of the story or chapters endings are superfluous given Bricks performance. Nearly a dozen illustrations relevant to the story line are provided as bonus material on the last CD. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, July 28). (Sept.)
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–Meltzer builds suspenseful fiction on a previously little-explored historical nugget: Jerry Siegel, the teenage creator of Superman, lost his father in an unsolved murder in 1932. The author offers a compelling theoretical solution by way of an adult protagonist who is dealing with his conflicted feelings about his own father. Cal works for a rescue mission, picking up vagrants in need of shelter, when he stumbles across a man who turns out to be the father who abandoned him in childhood. The two men join forces in pursuit of what they believe is the lost Book of Cain, the weapon used in the Bibles original murder scene. Meltzer invokes multiple viewpoints as Cal, his father, a mysterious young woman who seems to have befriended the father, a rogue ex-cop, and a hot Federal agent converge on Cleveland in search of the biblical treasure. Teens with a taste for international conspiracies, religion-spouting bad guys, and identity-switching will enjoy this fast ride that leaves some solid and intriguing questions in the wake of its driving plot. Suggest this one to kids who enjoy the likes of Dan Brown, as well as superhero comics.–Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia
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Product Details

  • File Size: 969 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ANYCXC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Lots of action, not much sense. October 17, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I've been reading Brad Meltzer's books since the beginning and this was my least favorite by far. I'm not sure how he decided to combine the murder of the father of Superman's creator with the Biblical account of Cain and Abel, much less toss in a secret society that believes God gave Cain a powerful "book" that still exists. But he apparently got so excited he forgot to write a story that makes sense.

The characters are so busy running after each other, the clues and the Book that they don't stop to wonder if what they are doing makes sense. I think the author hoped his readers would do the same. But the more I read, the more things didn't make sense to me. Why would someone who should know better and has access to other guns shoot someone with a gun from a previous murder? And why did Ellis and his secret society need the clues they were chasing when they led to places they should have searched long before. There are more irritating things that didn't make sense but I don't want to give away the plot for those readers who are more willing to suspend skepticism to enjoy the book.

I enjoyed the book until it veered too far into woo-woo land and then I just wanted it to be done. Ultimately, it didn't work for me. At least the ending wasn't as ridiculous as I thought it might be. That's why I gave it 3 stars rather than 2.

I hope the author will go back to writing thrillers about "normal" things like greed, lust for power, corruption, revenge, etc. and forget the mystical stuff.

I recommend that fans of Brad Meltzer skip this book and re-read one of his earlier books.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long Winded Speeches and Cliche Characters October 6, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Meltzer has a bad habit of giving his characters ungainly speeches and diatribes when they're in situations that would normally require immediacy. A parade of shallow, trite persons amble through the narrative: the estranged father, the angry abandoned son, the spunky single-mom cop, the emotionless assassin, etc., etc. The central plot concept could have been interesting, but here it's executed more like the novelization of a mediocre summer movie screenplay. Verdict - meh. Didn't throw it against the wall in frustration.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly written and conceived July 13, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book by Brad Meltzer I have read and will be the last.

The cover and title intrigued me, but the fascination ended there. As I read the book (hoping it would improve until finally I was so far in I decided I had to finish), I kept noting how ham-fisted it was written. Poor character introduction and development, leap-frogging to various characters without tying it all together and an overall ludicrous plot. In addition, it was written as if the author couldn't decide whether to make it a first person or overall story, he kept jumping from a third-party perspective to a first-person (using "I saw this..."), very annoying.

The straw that broke the proverbial camel's back was the introduction of the typical vindictive partner out for justice. Besides the introduction of this character 1/3 of the way through the book, her omni-present and "can do anything" side-kick in her ear was preposterous. Her "knack" for showing up everywhere, traveling all over the place and ordering all levels of law enforcement (local cops, FBI, etc) into action (this for a local DEA agent) just had me shaking my head in pity for the author.

Don't waste your time or money, I'm sorry I did.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Lies???? October 18, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
At first I was hesitant about the topic, even though it intrigued me. The idea of a link, in history (death of the dad of superman's creator and Cain and Able) sparked my curiosity. I loved the parallel that Brad used in his writing and even though this is my first novel, from Brad Meltzer, I found his use of music (which I also purchased) as a mood altering device to enhance the books energy was fantastic, but I would have liked more of a structured use of the music. Anyway, I look toward to more soundtracks in the future of novels. I recommend this book to other readers, who are searching something different, but at the same time don't expect a Dan Brown type of novel. I don't think Brad Meltzer ever tried to sell the novel as an eye opening "Da Vinci Code". I read some reviews saying they were disappointed in "Lies" not being the new "Code". However, I think Brad explains that the book was an opportunity to look at two stories that have historically been a mystery. He tries to take the mysteries and write a good story behind what if there was something more to than meets the eye. Book of Lies ?????? Greg
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing ideas - well researched July 11, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I ran across this book in a discounted book bin and picked it up for some evening reading. I was a bit concerned, because of all of the "anti-Christian" books purporting to have information that proved Christianity was a farce. Well, this book doesn't go there, so if that is your concern, don't worry.

Instead, it moves in two directions.

Meltzer's original question in writing the book was: who killed Mitchell Siegel, and why? Many of the clues inside of the novel relate to this real-life mystery.

At the same time, Meltzer explores the question of Cain and Abel; the murder weapon that killed Abel; and the "ot" or sign that God gave Cain to keep those from killing him. He uses the Thule Society as a backdrop for the search for this sign. In so doing, he also gives a bit of history and discusses the relationship of the Thule Society to Hitler and the Third Reich.

I found the book intriguing, the characters real, and the historical issues well-researched. Even more, I found the ending satisfying.

It isn't traditional Meltzer, but it is well worth reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting tale that Meltzer weaves and gets "curiouser ...
A very interesting tale that Meltzer weaves and gets "curiouser and curiouser" through to the end. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Marian Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Another thoroughly engrossing read from Brad Meltzer
This author never disappoints. This tale is filled iwth plot twists and turns that the reader does not see coming.
Published 28 days ago by daisy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one! good story
All his books are great especially if you love David Baldacci & Daniel Silva kind of novels. This one just wasn't my favorite but a cool interesting topic in there.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
This book starts out a little slow but after a chapter I was captivated. Blending of the oldest book ever with a 20th century teen comic was interesting to say the least. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.F.
1.0 out of 5 stars RIDICULOUS NONSENSE
Don't waste your time reading this poorly written, hard to follow-ridiculous book. All the more shame since it comes from an author who has written good books.
Published 2 months ago by LES BROWER
3.0 out of 5 stars needs better ending
never a satisfying ending. the stories are entertaining but let you down in the end. read multiple books same conclusion
Published 3 months ago by Eric Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book!
Brad Meltzer continues to keep me wanting to turn the pages and read all night. I just cannot put the book down until the final word.
Published 3 months ago by Arlene Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book
This book is great for the history geek in all of us, I have read almost every one of Brad Meltzer's books and I have to admit I get sucked right into the story line, but love how... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shane Francoeur
3.0 out of 5 stars story moves slowly
Liked the book but the storyline moved very slowly at times. This was not a page turner for me. The book was interesting because it intertwined fact and fiction.
Published 3 months ago by Rhonda R.
4.0 out of 5 stars No lie! This book is fun!
So what does the creator of the Superman comics and the sons of Adam and Eve have in common? Could it be rescuing strays from the pound, or long walks on the beach? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gamma Mouse
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestsellers, Heroes For My Son and Heroes For My Daughter, collecting heroes from Jim Henson, to Rosa Parks, to Mr. Rogers. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show, Brad Meltzer's Decoded -- one of the co-creators of the TV show, "Jack & Bobby" -- and is the #1 selling author of the critically-acclaimed comic books, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. His newest book, The Fifth Assassin, will be published in January 2013.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. You can find him regularly on facebook.com/bradmeltzer or at bradmeltzer.com.

For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush. He was selected by the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways that terrorists can attack the US. The Inner Circle is about a young archivist in the National Archives who finds out that George Washington's secret spy ring still exists to this very day.

His books have spent nearly a year on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a kosher thing or what.

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. He also co-wrote the oath that the President of the United States gives to all AmeriCorps members. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.

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