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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781455508174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455508174
  • ASIN: 1455508179
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

This book held my attention from the beginning to the very end.
Phoenix
I enjoyed the book until it veered too far into woo-woo land and then I just wanted it to be done.
Sandy Kay
Audiobook not read by author This is a book that I should like.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Kay VINE VOICE on 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rob N. on 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 By Chris Kilbane on 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 By frank cox on October 18, 2008
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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Red Rose on October 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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I didn't think Brad Meltzer could top my favorite novel of his, "The Zero Game". Brad Meltzer did. The Book of Lies kept me attached to the story, the plot, trying to figure out who is who, and the characters became real to me. I still think I will meet Cal on the street.
You will be hooked on the story from the beginning. Who is Ellis? What is Thule? Don't forget the Jewish hating Russians and Nazis. Figure out who is the Prophet. On your seat and trying to figure out the plot right to the end.
The Finish is EXCELLENT. It is the best ending any author could achieve. The treasure is treasure, but not what you believe it to be. It is the greatest prize and the greatest power on earth, but I doubt anyone could guess it. Way to go, Brad. You beat my favorite Zero Game down to second place. The Book of Lies is now my favorite Brad Meltzer novel.
If I could give this a six star instead of the limit five star, I would.
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