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The Book of Lies

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Suspense fiction. 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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When Cain murders his brother Abel in the Bible, it becomes histories first homicide. When Mitchell Siegel was murdered in 1932, his grieving teenaged son, Jerry conceived of the world's first bulletproof superhero. Jerry Siegel and his friend Joe Schuster had created Superman. What do these crimes; committed centuries apart have in common? The answer to that is complicated, involving a secret society, good hearted homeless outreach worker who is also a disgraced federal agent, a renegade cop, a relentless federal agent, convicted felon, disgraced minister, and comic books. If I had just read that sentence, I'd be thinking, "that sounds too far fetched to be imaginable". And yet, Brad Meltzer has done just that. Meltzer manages to take the fascinating story of the beginnings of Superman, add mystery, murder and intrigue to form the perfect suspense thriller. Not satisfied with that though, then the author mixes in family, friendship, deceit, love and our own quests for immortality. I found the end of this book to be absolutely perfect. It is all summed up with three little words, and these words give a power to the story, they make us stop and realize exactly what it takes for us all to be remembered. (I can't tell you the words...I'd ruin the ending.) Brad Meltzer is a good author, and he's done a great thing in this book. I highly recommend it.

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Suspense fiction. 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.


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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Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
416
Author
Brad Meltzer
ISBN-13
9781455508174
Publication Date
October, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.50 x 4.25 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10
1455508179

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When Cain murders his ...
When Cain murders his brother Abel in the Bible, it becomes histories first homicide. When Mitchell Siegel was murdered in 1932, his grieving teenaged son, Jerry conceived of the world's first bulletproof superhero. Jerry Siegel and his friend Joe Schuster had created Superman. What do these crimes; committed centuries apart have in common? The answer to that is complicated, involving a secret society, good hearted homeless outreach worker who is also a disgraced federal agent, a renegade cop, a relentless federal agent, convicted felon, disgraced minister, and comic books. If I had just read that sentence, I'd be thinking, "that sounds too far fetched to be imaginable". And yet, Brad Meltzer has done just that. Meltzer manages to take the fascinating story of the beginnings of Superman, add mystery, murder and intrigue to form the perfect suspense thriller. Not satisfied with that though, then the author mixes in family, friendship, deceit, love and our own quests for immortality. I found the end of this book to be absolutely perfect. It is all summed up with three little words, and these words give a power to the story, they make us stop and realize exactly what it takes for us all to be remembered. (I can't tell you the words...I'd ruin the ending.) Brad Meltzer is a good author, and he's done a great thing in this book. I highly recommend it.
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Why did I start readin...
Why did I start reading this book? I know because the plot is good, but man is this a horrible read. I've never heard of Brad Meltzer, so I figured he was an amateur. His characters are not believable at all. When Cal talks to his father Lloyd, it sounds like it's a teenage girl speaking to her mother. So now I'm thinking either Cal is gay or Brad Meltzer is and it's rubbing of on his characters, the result of a bad writer. And what's worst the writer keeps bringing up movies like Shawshank Redemption and Don Juan, come on really? The ending was okay but no real wow factor.
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When Cain murders his ...
When Cain murders his brother Abel in the Bible, it becomes histories first homicide. When Mitchell Siegel was murdered in 1932, his grieving teenaged son, Jerry conceived of the world's first bulletproof superhero. Jerry Siegel and his friend Joe Schuster had created Superman. What do these crimes; committed centuries apart have in common? The answer to that is complicated, involving a secret society, good hearted homeless outreach worker who is also a disgraced federal agent, a renegade cop, a relentless federal agent, convicted felon, disgraced minister, and comic books. If I had just read that sentence, I'd be thinking, "that sounds too far fetched to be imaginable". And yet, Brad Meltzer has done just that. Meltzer manages to take the fascinating story of the beginnings of Superman, add mystery, murder and intrigue to form the perfect suspense thriller. Not satisfied with that though, then the author mixes in family, friendship, deceit, love and our own quests for immortality. I found the end of this book to be absolutely perfect. It is all summed up with three little words, and these words give a power to the story, they make us stop and realize exactly what it takes for us all to be remembered. (I can't tell you the words...I'd ruin the ending.) Brad Meltzer is a good author, and he's done a great thing in this book. I highly recommend it.
Most helpful negative review
Why did I start readin...
Why did I start reading this book? I know because the plot is good, but man is this a horrible read. I've never heard of Brad Meltzer, so I figured he was an amateur. His characters are not believable at all. When Cal talks to his father Lloyd, it sounds like it's a teenage girl speaking to her mother. So now I'm thinking either Cal is gay or Brad Meltzer is and it's rubbing of on his characters, the result of a bad writer. And what's worst the writer keeps bringing up movies like Shawshank Redemption and Don Juan, come on really? The ending was okay but no real wow factor.
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When Cain murders his ...

When Cain murders his brother Abel in the Bible, it becomes histories first homicide. When Mitchell Siegel was murdered in 1932, his grieving teenaged son, Jerry conceived of the world's first bulletproof superhero. Jerry Siegel and his friend Joe Schuster had created Superman. What do these crimes; committed centuries apart have in common? The answer to that is complicated, involving a secret society, good hearted homeless outreach worker who is also a disgraced federal agent, a renegade cop, a relentless federal agent, convicted felon, disgraced minister, and comic books. If I had just read that sentence, I'd be thinking, "that sounds too far fetched to be imaginable". And yet, Brad Meltzer has done just that. Meltzer manages to take the fascinating story of the beginnings of Superman, add mystery, murder and intrigue to form the perfect suspense thriller. Not satisfied with that though, then the author mixes in family, friendship, deceit, love and our own quests for immortality. I found the end of this book to be absolutely perfect. It is all summed up with three little words, and these words give a power to the story, they make us stop and realize exactly what it takes for us all to be remembered. (I can't tell you the words...I'd ruin the ending.) Brad Meltzer is a good author, and he's done a great thing in this book. I highly recommend it.

What do you get when y...

What do you get when you combine The Da Vinci Code, Indiana Jones and Highway to Heaven with a bit of DC Comics and the Bible thrown in? Well, you get The Book of Lies! I really enjoyed this book and its story. The book reads like the Da Vinci Code but with regular people living the adventure. There are Indiana Jones type moments but the pieces of the puzzle have to be placed together by our regular day heroes. While the book is a mystery/adventure type story, there is an emotional side to the story that is equally as touching as the mystery is intriguing. The use of Superman in the story (and this is not a superhero story) is riveting. The biblical aspect of the story is not insulting to the faithful and truly makes the reader think. I especially like the father-son aspect of the tale that runs throughout the book. I found it curious that I finished reading this father-son tale on what would have been my father's 90th birthday.

So what does the creat...

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? Or maybe collecting hand-painted Russian nesting dolls? Can't come up with anything? Well neither could I. At first glance, I'd have to laugh and say that they have absolutely nothing in common. Upon further investigation conducted through Brad Meltzer's The Book of Lies, apparently they have a slightly more significant connection. The story of Cain and Abel is one of the most famous or infamous stories in the Bible. It's the first murder. And a betrayal of staggering proportions. If it was a biblical crime television series, it'd be Homicide B.C. It's the reason people know the word fratricide. (How many folk know the word for killing one's sister? It's sororicide, by the way. Great factoid to work into dinner party conversations. Especially a dinner party where people are looking to off their sisters.) There is one great mystery about the story, though: what was used as the murder weapon for this heinous crime? Thousands of years later, Jerry Siegel-the creator of Superman-is a young boy, naïve and innocent. Jerry's father is murdered in cold blood, an event that spurs Jerry's creation of the Superman mythos. What no one knows though is that the first renderings of Superman hold more than just nostalgic and emotional appeal-they hold the secret to the biggest murder in history. About what weapon Cain used to kill Abel. When it's discovered that the real truth behind the world's most famous fratricide is in Siegel's comic, an unlikely pair set off on a whirlwind race to find it. Admittedly, I was hesitant about The Book of Lies, almost dismissive at first. I didn't think author Brad Meltzer was going to be able to write a convincing story with two-seemingly-vastly unrelated topics. And still have it make sense, and not seem forced or outlandish. After reading the book, I must say he was able to do just that, write a convincing and cohesive story which is incredibly exciting, entertaining and unique. Meltzer seamlessly infused the two stories into one compelling and action-filled mystery adventure. He succeeded in combining fictional elements with historic and factual real life tidbits. This gave the story enough realism to make it seem believable, bringing elements as familiar as the Superman comics and the story of Cain and Abel to life. Last Word: The Book of Lies turned out to be a very engaging and entertaining read, despite my initial concerns. This book will keep you on pins and needle through the whole adventure, always wondering what's lurking around the next corner. I look forward to seeing what Brad Meltzer has in store next, with his unique plot lines and convincing combinations of fact and fiction. The Book of Lies was a big ball of fun.

A thriller and a histo...

A thriller and a history lesson in one, THE BOOK OF LIES satisfied my lust for all things Superhero. Written by Brad Meltzer, the story is a fictional treasure hunt wrapped around the true tale of how the comic book hero Superman was created by Jerry Siegel in 1932. Leaping across the country, trying to outwit each other, three sets of people race to find the Book of Lies, which may contain the secret of immortality. Most of them will not stop at murder to get what they want.Metzer really packs in the thrills and keeps you guessing as to who is Cain and who is Abel in this modern story.I recommend this book!~Stephanie

Yet another quasi-reli...

Yet another quasi-religious, action-adventure conspiracy book. I'm a sucker for these things. But unlike a lot of others I've read this one is a little different. Firstly there were no exotic locations. No tramping around cathedrals and crypts. No catacombs or canals. All the action was limited to Florida and Ohio with one brief flashback to Sweden.Secondly there was no history lessons, only a little bit of Bible lore. This was both good and bad. Good in that it was a nice break from the ones I normally read, bad in that I like those history lessons :PThe action was good and I liked the villain (both seen and unseen) but would have preferred to see a bit more. The link with Jerry Siegel and the creation of Superman was great.For me the biggest letdown was the ending. It was just too quick and too... nice. Just needed a bit more too it. In all though it was a good book and I would like to read more from the author.

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Electrode, Comp-812505029, DC-prod-az-southcentralus-18, ENV-prod-a, PROF-PROD, VER-30.0.3, SHA-fe0221a6ef49da0ab2505dfeca6fe7a05293b900, CID-8b60be02-d95-16e6722c63cd06, Generated: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 23:39:22 GMT