The Book of Lies

The Book of Lies

by Brad Meltzer

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455508174
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 142,099
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even graphic books (Justice League of America). He is also the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer's Lost History on H2. He currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at You can also see what he's doing right now at and on Twitter @bradmeltzer.



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New York, New York


B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University

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HenryG108 More than 1 year ago
The Book of Lies, by Brad Meltzer proved to be a decent mystery novel. There were numerous pieces that I thought were good and others that weren't so great. It managed to include a number of aspects you wouldn't expect to find in most books - Nazis, Superman, and the story of Cain and Able, and the fact that they somehow all tie together. In the Book of Lies, Meltzer does a wonderful job of creating cliffhangers. One of the major driving aspects of this story is the fact that at the end of every chapter, there is some action or dialogue that just makes you to want to keep reading and makes it hard to put the book down.. Either the dialogue makes you want to read on, or at the end of a chapter something is revealed that you had no idea was coming, and you want to read onto try to figure out how that twist ties into the entire story. So one of the book's key elements is that it is hard to find a stopping place where you can actually put it down. For each of the main characters that were found in the book, each one had a great deal of background information, which was one aspect that really drove the story. The majority of the characters had a good deal for background, which continued to develop through out the story. However the plot twists and cliffhangers were probably the only thing that kept me reading onward. Mystery books aren't my favorite type of reading, so I found it a bit boring as it was just trying to find one clue after another after another. There wasn't enough action/side story in the middle - the sequence of the book was introduction of characters, clue searching for the majority of the book, then everything is wrapped up at the end. In the middle the clue searching was viewed from a number of different characters, but it was really just a constant race for the next clue. To tie into this is the ending. The ending of this book is a problem that numerous books have - all the problems are wrapped up in maybe 50 pages out of the 400 or so, giving it a very abrupt ending. It came very quickly, and wraps everything up way to fast. Also despite the amount of background each character had, there was little character development throughout the book. The characters grew very little through the events in this book, which made characters somewhat lacking. The book had its ups and downs. It proved to have a lot of good cliffhangers and red herrings, however not much else will keep you reading. The ending was a bit too abrupt to sum up all that had happened in a mystery novel, and the characters lacked growth through the book. The book was decent, not the worst, but not the best.
SwimChick11 More than 1 year ago
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer is a story that involves, murder, the bible, and Superman. The book is about an ex-convict father and his son Cal, who go looking for the Book of Lies a gift given to Cain from God. It ties in the story of how Superman was made and why it was so important to Jerry Siegel and what Jerry father's murder had to do with the Book of Lies. Meltzer has given this book different plot twist, red herrings, and shown the story through different characters' views are reasons why I like the book. Each chapter leads to something different that you couldn't predict happened having you keep reading on. The book would lead you to thinking one thing but you end up finding out you where wrong. "That's not just a box. It's a coffin." (101). Also most of the book is shown through Cal and Ellis' view. Each character knows more about something then the other and both characters help the other, sometimes with out even knowing. The Book of Lies was a great book. Book of Lies was well written and it would be hard to say anything negative about it. It was interesting on how Brad Meltzer tied the bible and the creation of Superman together. It had many plot twist and surprises. Also it was well written and helped you get a prospective of some of the characters. The Book of Lies was hard to put down and I recommend it to anyone looking for a mystery story.
hapijuic More than 1 year ago
In the book, Book of Lies, author Brad Meltzer shares a captivating tale about how two murders committed centuries apart are connected because of this so - called "Book of Lies" which was believed to hold the secrets to immortality. Cal Harper, former ICE agent is on an adventure on finding the "Book of Lies" with Ellis tracking his tail trying to find the "Book of Lies" also. Cal Harper's mother, Rosie ends up dying because she got into a fight with Lloyd, Cal's dad and he pushes her and she slips on the mayo that she dropped from seeing Cal while they were fighting and hits her and died. Cal's dad was then tried for manslaughter and was put in jail for 10 years. After those 10 years he decides to not go back to Cal for an unknown reason. When Cal grew up he became an ICE agent and gets fired because of Dierdre but we don't know the full story on it. Cal then decided to work for the homeless by finding them on the street and putting them into shelters with Roosevelt, a retired priest. One day they find Cal's father shot and also finds out about his father worked as a truck driver and found out that they had a hold notice on his father's load he became suspicious. As he checks out the load he also finds his father using his car to follow the load to and meets Ellis, a person after the Book of Lies working for the Leadership and almost get's killed. They then go on their quest to find the Book of Lies. The author's message in this book was mainly about forgiveness, having a good father/son relationship and being able to tell your son/offspring your story so that you can theoretically be "immortal". Brad Meltzer does an incredible job of getting the reader to crave for more each passing page. He usually ends each chapter with cliffhangers. The interesting thing about this book is that Meltzer actually finds a way of writing this book on two points of views, which are Cal's point of view and Ellis' point of view on the same event at the same time. I suggest this book for anyone who wants a good thriller and gain a new way of thinking about life.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Nineteen years ago in Miami, then nine year old Calvin Harper watched his bipolar mom go berserk as she always did when the demon surfaced. His usually in control dad Lloyd loses it this time and punches her in the chest in a rage. Just before dying, she blames Calvin. Lloyd is convicted of manslaughter. Over the years, Calvin never made contact with his dad even after he was released from prison.

Now in his late twenties Calvin and a former priest named Roosevelt work the mean streets of Fort Lauderdale taking homeless people to a shelter. However, when Calvin helps a vagrant, he is stunned because the homeless man is Lloyd. His father asks his estranged son to assist him as he searches for the ancient artifact that Cain used to kill Abel and may have been the weapon used to kill the father of Superman creator Jerry Siegel in 1932. Coded references hint at a book of immortality as the object, but others willing to kill want it too.

This is an entreating tale that links the first reported homicide to a 1932 murder to the Nazis and to a modern day secret cult. The story line is action-packed and fun to follow especially for Brownian conspiracy fans. However, none of the key cast members seem more developed than a comic book character so the tension never quite reaches gripping levels. Still this is an intriguing tale as the default starting in biblical times reaches the Harper males with interesting stops in between.

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ACE1995 More than 1 year ago
The novel, The Book of Lies is about the biblical story of Cain and Abel and the creation of Superman. The novel is a mystery that is directed to the murder of Abel and the murder of Jerry Siegel's father. Calvin, the main character, is pushed into finding the book of lies while being chased by a serial killer who is working for the Thules. Brad Meltzer develops very deep characters and an interesting plot, though at the end of the story most things were left untied. The book was enjoyable but there are some flaws; for example, of missing explanation is about the second main villain who is a serial killer named Ellis. His reason to wanting to find the book of lies was never explained other than a birthright that he seemed to think from a journal his mother left behind for him. I recommend reading this book if you are interested in a writer who leaves many red herrings and if you like murder. If not, I warn you to think carefully before selecting this book to read due to some of the different changing perspectives and some missing explanation.
The_Alpaca_Review More than 1 year ago
The novel The Book Of Lies by Brad Meltzer combines both fiction and fact to create a whirlwind story. This thrilling mystery combines the story of Cain and Abel, with the German Nazis, and the childhood of Jerry Siegel, who is the creator of the Superman comics. Set in modern day Fort Lauderdale, Florida the story combines a sense of the modern day influences which makes it easy to relate to, while also bringing in some old stories and artifacts from the past. Besides that fact that there is a lot of history involved in this book, there is also a lot of action packed suspense filled moments that leave the reader wanting to find out what happened next! This book really had me surprised most of the time that I read it; and there were many times that I was so absorbed in the book that I was captivated and would read for three hours straight. I also have to warn you that there are a lot of red herrings (aka plot twists that end up being dead ends). I was definitely confused during parts of this book, but I think what helped to keep me on track was the fact that I took notes on the events which occurred, which in turn helped to keep the ideas strait in my head. Lastly, I have to say that the message for the end of the book is a powerful one, and the book was worth reading just for that purpose. If you are considering reading this book, it is a great original story that combines both the work of imagination and real world truth to create a unique story like you've never read before. Hope you like it just as much as I did!!! The Book Of Lies Also Has Its Own Website:
17_windows_of_oppurtunity More than 1 year ago
I read the cover and it immediatley caught my attention. it had a nice hook to it, and i thought it would be a nice story with a mention of a superman conspiracy somewhere in there. this is not what happened. 70% of the book was about superman, and not quite the exciting stuff. if you are not a superman lover, this book is NOT for you. i liked the book for the other story not of superman, and my first tattoo is going to feature a symbol in this book (the sign of cain). but if you are not interested in the history of superman, i would not recommend it.
unrequitedlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is the language captivating? Occasional use of the present tense brings an immediacy to the language. 4.5Are the characters unusually interesting? They are mysterious. We don't know what motivates them, or when they are lying. They all are coping with recovering from old emotional hurts. 4.5Are the plot twists intriguing? Complex biblical symbolism and history yields a wealth of plot twists. 5.0Does the pace pull you along? Each discovery leads to new possible explanations of the events leading up to the search for the lost book. 5.0What values underlie the story? The human urge for immortality can cause suffering or, if properly respected, it can be a blessing. 5.0Is sexuality used appropriately? There is very little sexuality, only an unnecessary kiss. 4.0What background research is evident? The Biblical story of Cain and Abel; the comic book Superman; libraries; immigration enforcementIs the meaning of the ending worth the trip? Stories are all we have. Tell your stories and pass on your experience and knowledge. 4.0Offensive to any group? No.Are there flaws? Perhaps there are too many revelations that turn out to be inconclusive.
kashicat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One advantage of now following several publishers on Twitter and getting their newsletters is that I¿m discovering authors I hadn¿t read before, one of them being Brad Meltzer. I just happened to notice "The Book of Lies" in the library recently, and because I¿d seen his name on some recent dispatch or other, I picked it up.But really ¿ could I have resisted this book anyway? A suspense novel that links the creation of Superman with the biblical Cain and Abel story? I think not.The big theme in this book is actually fathers-and-sons rather than brother-and-brother. Almost every character in the book has or has had an issue with their father in one way or another. Even Jerry Siegel, the creator of Superman, had a murdered father. And 75 years later, Cal Harper, the book¿s main character, has unresolved issues with his own father, whom he hasn¿t seen since he was nine, when Lloyd Harper went to prison for causing the death of his wife, Cal¿s mother.It¿s Cal and Lloyd who get drawn into a long-standing quest to find the ancient weapon with which Cain killed his brother Abel. And it¿s Ellis Belasco, the ruthless killer, who pursues them, thinking they¿ve got the clues to help him find it himself. And yes, Ellis too has father issues, but he has recently resolved them with a rather chilling finality.Then there is Naomi, not a father but a much more positive mother-son role model (there had to be a positive parent model in here somewhere). She¿s an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer who chases first Cal and Lloyd, and then also Ellis, from Miami to Cleveland, to Jerry Siegel¿s old house, to a Superman museum, and onward. In fact, the chase is quite entertaining, as each separate entity (counting Cal and Lloyd and Sabrina their companion as one) figures out various clues at different times, and you wait to see who will next ambush whom.The ancient weapon, it turns out, either was or was not a book or a document, and Cain either was or was not punished for killing Abel. And the "Book of Lies" itself has an intimate connection with some old comic book pages, which of course tickles and delights the geek in me.The only unfortunate thing in the book (well, aside from wondering if Sabrina was really a necessary character) is not the book¿s fault. It¿s just that any story written by a finite human being, yet wanting to deal with what I call the Eternal Verities, is going to fall short. The revelation of the great, long-sought truth at the end of the book, while it¿s profound and all, just doesn¿t live up to the hype. And that¿s because the highest truths in the universe are transcendent, and therefore by definition out of our reach. No human being will be able to describe them.So that¿s not Brad Meltzer¿s fault ¿ except insofar as he was born human.I quite enjoyed this book, finding it entertaining and fast-paced, and not too heavy. I¿ll definitely be looking for more of Meltzer¿s work.
meags222 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be fast paced and suspenseful and it took almost no time at all to finish. The book blends the biblical story of Cain and Abel with the modern story of Superman and takes the reader on a journey to find the Book of Lies which actually turns out to be a book of truth. I really enjoyed reading this book. I found that in some parts the plot line was a little predictable but overall I was excited to see what would happen next. Like many plot driven books, the characters are not as fully developed as I usually like but you come to expect that when reading books like this. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars
littleflwers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Basically the book was about Cain and Able (the murder) and if there was any link to the death of Jerry Siegel's dad. Jerry Siegel is the creator of Superman. I know it sounds like a long shot - and believe me it is. Mr. Meltzer tries to weave a mysterious story connecting Ables death by Cain to the Senior Mr. Siegel. Because of the way Mr. Siegel came to America and how he lived, a lot of questions have been raised. Then we also have the story of Jerry writing his Superman comics in an effort to make his dad bullet proof in his mind. I did struggle through this book at times. You have the mystery of what weapon Cain used to kill Able, both Senior and Jerry Siegel and the character Cal who is trying to adjust to meeting his father after many years of being apart without communication. I think there was just to much going on in this book. It almost seemed like it was a relationship story between fathers and sons, but then you have this so called mystery and Superman thrown in for good measure. As you can tell, I didn't enjoy the book. I can't give it more than two stars for effort. Very disappointing.
wispywillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with this book. The plot was exquisitely clever, the characters interesting, and did I mention the plot was clever? Though 95% of the story is fiction, the few factual tidbits of the past of Superman's creator give marrow to the plot and leave the reader wonder, What really did happen, and why?
Sakmyster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
August 06, 2009: I recently had the opportunity to hear Brad Meltzer speak at a conference, and he mentioned how at a book signing he learned a previously unknown fact regarding Superman's creator. And then to read this book and see how he wove in that information, creating a fantastic story behind it, blending his love of comics into a great thriller, was a wonderful experience.The characters are well-rounded, the dialogue perfect, and the conflict between father and son plays out perfectly at the end. I was a little worried at first about the revelation of what the Book really was, and in less-skilled hands this could have been really corny, but Brad not only made it work, he made it believable and emotionally-resonant.Highly enjoyable.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This New York Times Bestseller offers a compelling premise--a close tie between the creation of Superman and Cain's murder of his brother Abel--that in the end suffered due to a predictable ending and strained tension.In modern day Fort Lauderdale, Cal Harper is forced to confront his past when he finds his estranged father bleeding out in a park. The former ICE agent is curious that his father holds a shipping manifest, and seems all too tight-lipped about the past decade of his life since leaving prison. When a sinister man named Ellis arrives and manipulates the father and son like chess pieces, it's all they can do to survive--and run. To Cleveland. Because Superman's creator is somehow connected to his father's shooting and this man named Ellis, and the race is on to find the Book of Lies.I will say one big thing in favor of this book: it's a fast read. The chapters are short, and the action pushes along quickly. Much of the tension feels contrived because of a lack of information. The viewpoint switches between characters, including the villainous Ellis, and yet everyone seems to learn the same information at the exact same times. Convenient for the story, and grating on the intellect. None of the characters feels fully realized, not even Cal with his first-person narrative. The behind-the-scenes villain is frustratingly obvious from the very beginning.I admit, I had higher expectations for this book. Rather silly of me, I know. It does raise some interesting questions about the murder of Mitchell Siegel in 1932, and how that likely inspired his son to create a bullet-proof superhero. I enjoyed that background information when the genuine facts came into play. But how everything pieces together? Meh. This one will be traded in as soon as possible.
ConnieJackson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, I thought The Book of Lies was a average story. The story kept me a bit confused with all the biblical references. Some just didn't make sense or they seemed out of place. However, overall, the book had a interesting plot so I chugged my way through to the end.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting twist on the DaVinciesque style of mystery. Not heavy handed at all on the religious aspects of the story, which was greatly appreciated. Somehow he pulled off all the crazy aspects that were incorporated. Loved the fact that the hero was a former ICE officer and that CBP played a substantial part in the story. It's nice not to have just another FBI/CIA/PI story. Overall, it's fiction and far-fetched, but it asks a couple of interesting questions while still being an easy, quick and fun read. My biggest complaint was the acknowledgements at the front. Three plus pages of acknowledgements, would be better served at the end, and the publisher should have stood their ground on that one.
wvlibrarydude on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A decent thriller that looks at father/son relationships that have been damaged. The thriller is rotating around the search for a lost book of lies/truth that God gave to Cain after killing Abel. Overlap this with the unsolved murder of Jerry Siegel's (creator of Superman) dad. I would have liked a little more development on the characters, and the action left a lot to be desired.
iubookgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brad Meltzer's The Book of Lies is a Dan Brown-esque religion-based mystery but with a pop culture twist. How he ever came up with the pairing of Superman and Cain, I'll never understand...but it works. While only loosely based in reality, Meltzer manages to weave a believable narrative from these two disparate stories. At the same time, the reader grows fond of the main character, Cal Harper, as he embarks on this odyssey with his long-lost father. This brings an emotional element to the story that only enhances their quest to discover the truth. I am typically able to develop a pretty strong idea of how a mystery will end, but The Book of Lies kept me guessing to the very end. I rarely read an entire book in one day anymore, but this is an engaging novel that kept me going until I finished. I'm loathe to say more for fear of ruining it for you, so just go get this book and read it for yourself.
miriamparker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a bit skeptical about this one at the beginning: I wondered how can he POSSIBLY connect Cain & Abel to Superman and how can it POSSIBLY be reasonable?And yet, by the end, with a tear in my eye, I was reminded that Brad Meltzer is the thinking (wo)man's thriller writer and he can probably do anything and make me believe it and want more of it! If you love smart thrillers, comic book heroes, biblical interpretation or any of the above, you will die for this book.
pstotts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Natalie220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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?
Talbin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In The Book of Lies, by Brad Meltzer, nine-year-old Calvin Harper watches his mother die. His father, Lloyd, goes to prison, and Calvin is alone. Fast-forward 18 years, and Cal works in Fort Lauderdale, picking up homeless people from the street and delivering them to shelters. He and his partner, Roosevelt, respond to a call and find Cal's father, shot it the abdomen with the same gun that killed Jerry Siegel's father in 1932. Jerry Siegel isn't just anyone - he's the boy who created Superman after his father was killed. The mystery deepens when Cal and his father are followed and attacked by a policeman named Ellis, who has a tattoo depicting the ancient markings of Cain - the Cain that killed Abel in the book of Genesis. As Cal and Lloyd follow clues to find a mysterious package that Lloyd was supposed to deliver, they are followed by several people after the same thing - learning the mystery that connects Cain and Superman.Yep, it's far-fetched. But it's a fun story that reads quickly. Much of the book is written in the first person, from Cal's perspective. I'm often not a fan of first-person narratives, but Meltzer does a pretty good job with it, interspersing third-person narrative when he needs to set the background or get in a bit of history. Meltzer writes pretty well, the plot keeps moving, and the reader is drawn into the story regardless of its believability.
Bookshop_Lady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Try this on for size: The unsolved murder of Mitchell Siegel in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932 is related to the search for the weapon that Cain used to kill his brother Abel. Yes, the Biblical Cain and Abel, tied to Superman.As I've been cataloging my books here at LibraryThing, the ones I haven't read have been returned to bookshelves and the clerks are Borders are calling to ask if I've died, because they haven't seen me in 3 months. With 1200+ books catalogued and 200+ on my to-be-read stack, I shouldn't buy anything new. Until I saw this Brad Meltzer book and read the jacket copy.Superman and Cain and Abel? That's too big a stretch to NOT pick up.Overall, the book is enjoyable. Cal is young - only 28 - but there are flashes of the man he's going to be 10 or 15 years from now. He'll be an interesting protagonist in a follow-up novel once he grows up some more. Roosevelt was funny and I wished we had had more of him. Serena felt like she was borrowed from some other manuscript. Ellis - there was much more to his story and for "the bad guy," he really was someone you could almost feel sorry for. I had someone else picked out to be "The Prophet" and changed my mind in the parking lot of the penitentiary, and both my guesses were wrong. But the book and characters didn't quite have the depth they needed to pull off this kind of story. The mysteries of fathers and sons, and the many secret societies who had guarded tales of this "weapon" that Cain used, needed a bigger canvas but also a much deeper well. The religious and political and societal and even individual implications of this "weapon" weren't enough of a focus; it was much more a contemporary mystery.It's an enjoyable book and if you've liked Brad's earlier books, you will enjoy this. I read the whole thing in one sitting. And who knows? The Judge isn't exactly young, and he knows the search isn't over. In another 10 or 15 years, perhaps someone will take up the search in the Judge's place and we'll see a Cal who has come to terms with his dad and grown up.
kdenissen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Comic Book themes seem to be the latest rage. From Heroes on TV, to a slew of comic book related films (Sin City to Batman) and novels from Cavalier and Clay to Jodi Picoult's The Tenth Circle. Why not combine the genre with the themes that worked best for Dan Brown - Cults and biblical mysteries. That's a pretty far fetched idea but Brad Meltzer's latest mystery was pretty engaging despite the stretch. Since the death of his mother, Cal Harper has been estranged from his father. With a short history in law enforcement, the young Cal now devotes his life to helping the homeless. Making his rounds on the streets of Fort Lauderdale, Cal re-connects with his father under surprising circumstances that lead him on a chase to find to discover the weapon Cain used to kill Abel.....will Superman the comic book lead them to the answer?The mystery itself was entertaining and kept my interest. I never did figure out the twist. Meltzer attempted to connect with the reader using other themes, such as the bond between father and son- but I'm not sure he was as successful in that arena. It's better if just read for the fun of the chase.
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.