Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Is it the end of the world??? The Librarians by Glenn Cooper #amreading #bookreview

Glenn Cooper has a confusing habit of changing the titles of his books after they are released. The first book in this series was called The Seventh Son of the Seventh Son, but was later changed to Library of the Dead. Now this one has two names - The Keepers of the Library and The Librarians. Ok, whatever.

I read the first two books in this series and enjoyed them, but I thought that was it. The series was done. On a fluke I decided to see if there were anymore and found this one. I wasn't sure I wanted to read another Will Piper book, but when I saw that it took place just before the horizon was due I got curious as to what the author would do with the horizon. (If you don't know what I mean by the horizon, you must read books one and two.)

So I picked up this one and found there to be just as much action and intrigue as the others. This is a good thing.
There were two things about this book that really bugged me though. The first is that Phillip (Will's teenaged son) repeatedly calls Greg (Phillip's brother-in-law)Uncle Greg. That is never explained. Maybe the author decided to have him do that because Greg is so much older, but he doesn't have Phillip calling his sister Aunt Laura. Ugh. Frustrating.

The second is that Will Piper must be some sort of God with charisma coming out his ears. Sure in the previous two books he was in his forties and fit and good looking. He was some stud muffin, right? Always banging the babes.

In this book, he's in his sixties now. Maybe he's still fit and good looking but seriously? Every single AND married woman in sight is throwing themselves at him? Come on! Surely ONE woman on Earth could control herself. Puh-leaze!!!

Look past those two major flaws and you've still got a solid adventure/conspiracy plot to keep you reading. Phillip disappears and it appears to be related to the Library. Chinese-Americans are now getting doomsday postcards which is causing an international incident with China and could lead to World War III. And the horizon is approaching. What more could you ask for?

I loved the ending - which coming from me is saying something.

If you'd like to check out this book for yourself, just click here to find it on Amazon.

Have you ever read a sequel when you weren't sure you wanted to? How did that turn out? Please tell me in the comments.

Book Blurb:
In the latest from international bestselling author Glenn Cooper a new Doomsday Killer strikes, and former FBI agent Will Piper is pulled into a web centuries old conspiracy that could reveal the future of humankind.

The End of Days is near…

Isle of Wight, 1775. On a stormy January night, an American traveller makes an astonishing discovery on the site of a long-abandoned monastery. Locals believe the site is cursed, but Benjamin Franklin is too curious about the apocryphal Library of Vectis to turn away…

Florida, 2026. Will Piper, former FBI agent, is retired and living a life of leisure, his days filled with sun and fishing, his thoughts far from the notorious "Doomsday Killer" case that vaulted him into minor celebrity status fifteen years earlier. But according to what that investigation uncovered at a secret government site in Nevada, the world will change irrevocably on February 9, 2027. Is it the End of Days? No one knows what the Horizon, as it's been called, will bring, and much of the world is suspended between pre-apocalyptic hedonism and despair.

When a new Doomsday Killer emerges-inexplicably targeting only Chinese names--and Will's teenage son, Phillip, disappears after receiving a mysterious email from the other side of the world, Will is instantly drawn back into the case. The breathless, high-stakes adventure that Will is pulled into spans centuries and continents, and may at last reveal what the Library cannot about the future of humankind…if there is to be a future…


About the author:
Glenn was born in New York City and grew up in nearby White Plains. He attended White Plains High School before enrolling at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he graduated from Harvard with an honors degree in archaeology. He then attended Tufts University School of Medicine and did his post-doctoral training at the New England Deaconess and the Massachusetts General Hospitals becoming a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. After practicing medicine, Glenn began a research career in the pharmaceutical industry which culminated in an eighteen-year position as the Chairman and CEO of a biotechnology company in Massachusetts. 

Glenn began writing screenplays over twenty years ago and his interest in movies prompted him to attend the graduate program in film production at Boston University. He is currently the chairman of a media company, Lascaux Media, which has produced three independent feature-length films. In 2006 Glenn turned his hand to novel-writing. His debut novel, THE LIBRARY OF THE DEAD, the first in a trilogy, became an international bestseller and was translated into thirty languages. All of his seven published books have become top-ten international best-sellers.

Glenn currently lives in New Hampshire.

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