The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer

The Book of Lies

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 h...

Details The Book of Lies

TitleThe Book of Lies
Release DateSep 2nd, 2008
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Reviews The Book of Lies

  • Jeff
    Two and half stars.I hate Nazis. I hate them on principle and I hate them when they’re used by a lazy writer as a convenient threat. (If I were a GIF guy, I would have inserted Harrison Ford/Indiana Jones saying, “I hate Nazis” right about here). Combine Nazis with the occult, as Meltzer does here, and you have the crappy TV fare that runs frequently on what my wife calls the “Hitler” channel. As in: Wife: “Are you watching the Hitler...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Maniacal sect of villains working around the clock to get in motion obscure biblical plots stretching through the centuris. Eww.Q:“Roosevelt, I’m trying hard to not be paranoid. I really am. But now my long-lost father just happens to be bleeding in the one park that just happens to be on the homeless route of his long abandoned son, who just happens to’ve worked at the one place that just happens to be holding on to the one package that he...
  • Michael
    Give Brad Metlzer props for his ambition. Some writers would be content to merely create a conspiracy laden story about the first murder in history, that of Abel by his brother Cain. Others would be intrigued to explore the alleged murder of Mitchell Seigel and how that lead to the creation of the most-recognized superhero in the world, Superman. "The Book of Lies" focues on the mysteries surrounding both deaths and the impact they have on the li...
  • Meg
    Oh man, I wanted so very much to like this book. Honestly, it's in a no man's land between 2 stars (It was OK) and 3 (I liked it). I liked parts. I love/adore the concept. But the execution does NOT match the level of expectation I have.It's not that Meltzer is a bad writer. The closest and easiest (also laziest) comparison that you could make to this book would be Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons - take something ingrained in the p...
  • Eric
    Having never read Brad Meltzer before, the dust jacket art and title intrigued me enough to try it out. Now having read it, said "Huh?", then looked at other reviewers' comments - I might try another Meltzer, but will have to rest before the attempt. He can definitely tell a story, but this one didn't always make much sense. I can suspend belief for stretches, but at some point my fantasy meter gets pegged and I must return to an earth-bound real...
  • Christopher
    Joss Whedon led me astry when he was in a commercial for this. Juvenile plot with two dimensional characters that somehow seem to bust conspiracies with the power of Google and Wkipaedia. The characters just run into answers without showing any skill in acquiring them. I didn't hate this book but I didn't enjoy it either. It does leave me wondering why its popular though.
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    This is the first novel I've read by Mr. Meltzer. It wasn't really an auspicious beginning. The novel here revolves around a supposed conspiracy that ties together the murder of Able by his brother Cain and the murder of Jerry Siegel's (the creator of Superman) father.The problem here is something I've said about other books and something i plan to say about the book I picked up just after this one. There's just too much book for the story it tel...
  • Michael
    I chose to read this book because of Meltzer's research into the events behind the creation of Superman. This research would have made a very interesting nonfiction book, but the author chose to surround it with a thriller.I've determined that I really hate thrillers, because they seem to be universally terrible, and not written for people like me. Somebody can come along and write a thriller about everything I love in the world, and I will refus...
  • Holly
    This book was absolutely fantasic. The pages just flew by. I read it in a day and a half because I had such a hard time putting it down. I kept telling myself that I'd only read one more chapter and that'd be it.....ha! That sure didn't work! The book was smart, fast-paced, and every chapter left me wanting more; I just had to find out what happened and what it all meant. I think his Decoded show is fasinating, and this book was no diffenrent.If ...
  • Beth Cato
    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.[return][return]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...
  • Katie
    People actually pay money for this drivel??? I've read better writing from 8th graders! Meltzer displays just about every amateur writing trait that I can think of: he's really heavy on exposition; he withholds information that the point-of-view character knows, just to artificially create false tension; his dialog sounds like it comes straight from a soap opera; he relies on melodrama instead of actual drama; his characters are one dimensional s...
  • Sara
    If you liked The Da Vinci Code, you might like this. It is built on the same premise--chasing an artifact, an evil group also wanting it, some ludicrous mystical/Biblical connection, and our protagonist in dire danger. There is, I’m sorry to say, a rather predictable twist at the end that I saw coming from about Chapter Two. In fact, the only interesting thing about this book for me was the background story about Jerry Siegel, the inventor of S...
  • Cheryl
    I LOVE Decoded, a History Channel special. I had never heard of this author before the TV show. Saw this book at Borders for a great price, cheaper than on Amazon/Kindle, and wanted to try out this author. First book I have ever read from this author so I'll let you know what I think of it!Great book! Liked it very much... I like the archelogist/mystery type books so this was right up my alley! Like that though this was fiction, a little, (just a...
  • Mimmi
    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 h...
  • Sandy Lender
    For The Book of Lies, Brad Meltzer creates a clever story idea when he weaves the creation of the Superman comic with finding the weapon that killed Abel. Yes, that Abel…from Genesis. Calvin Harper is a former (read: not-so-honorably discharged) ICE agent who has taken on the job of driving around picking up drunk and disorderly/homeless clients for a local shelter where he also befriends and helps troubled youth. He’s the good guy. On the ot...
  • Kim
    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....
  • Tom Swift
    Meltzer is always good for a book about Washington secrets. It was fine, I still had a book hangover from End of Watch.
  • Una Tiers
    Sadly I'm on a streak of library audio books that suck. This one had a normal enough start and then got into something that didn't follow and wandered all over looking for a plot.
  • Syndi
    i like brad meltzer. i read so many action books by different author. but i like brad. his writing is easy to follow and reminds me a bit of dan brown. i dont understand serena though. i think her character is useless in this book. is she there because she acts as a glue between cal and his dad? 8 am sure it could be more emotional for cal if serena is not there. but i enjoy the book.
  • Ricki Treleaven
    Brad Meltzer's The Book of Lies is a unique and quick read (I could not put it down). The illustrations are wonderful and add a fun dimension to the reading experience. I must admit that it is also the first book of Meltzer's I have ever read, and I would like some suggestions from some of his readers as to what I should read next.The Book of Lies tells the story of history's most notorious murder: the murder of Abel by his brother, Cain. The Bib...
  • Dollie
    I always enjoy Brad Meltzer’s books and I grew up reading Superman comics so this story was a win-win. A young man, Cal Haper, and his partner, Roosevelt, help homeless people in Florida. One evening the person they find themselves helping is Cal’s father, Lloyd, who Cal hasn’t seen since he was a kid. Cal’s mom was bipolar and could be violent. One night when Cal was a kid his parents got into an argument and Lloyd pushed his wife and he...
  • Ben Babcock
    Not my favourite of Meltzer's books. Somewhat too predictable, and the ending wasn't all that fulfilling. I enjoyed what the Book of Lies/Truth turned out to be, but there were too many loose ends with the main characters.In general, it felt too much like another off-the-shelf secret-society-gone-wrong quest-for-an-ancient-artifact novel than a good thriller/mystery. More specifically, there was nothing about the novel that made me cheer or fall ...
  • Bailey
    This book was interesting. It attempts to draw a connection between the story of Cain and Abel and the murder of Mitchell Siegel (father of Jerry Siegel, creator of Superman). I realized about halfway through that little chapters bother me a lot, and this book is full of little chapters. It was then that I realized that there are two kinds of fiction: commercial (which this is), and literary. I prefer literary. It only took me a few hours to fini...
  • Helen
    More confusing than exciting. I still don't understand why Cal went chasing around all over the place. Unlikeable characters didn't help. Ellis wasn't a convincing villain, and Cal is whiny, over emotional and irritating. Naomi at first showed intelligence and humor. She reminded me of Marge Gunderson in Fargo, one of my favourite film characters. She wasn't given anything to do though and ended up just running around and shouting. She shouted at...
  • Cindy
    Superman, the Bible, Feds, Nazis, and homeless Americans - only Meltzer could put those together without graphic sex, bad language, or gore and have a winner! Audio well performed by Scott Brick © 2008 Highly recommended!Biblical references may not match Biblical truth.
  • Skip
    Skip this one. Meltzer tries to write a Dan Brown-type of thriller and falls woefully short. The story revolves around the murder of the father of Jerry Siegel, who created the Superman character, and an ancient society trying to uncover the weapon used in the Cain-Abel murder.
  • Melenia
    Not my favorite, but pretty interesting.
  • Aaron
    An interesting and gripping action/mystery that leads the reader along a chain of events to find an elusive artifact that may hold the key to immortality. A lot of interpersonal drama centered on a father & son with a troubled history.Parts of the story feel out of touch with reality and what actions modern police would utilize in tracking down fugitives. Aside from this, the writing is gripping and the characters believable. The mystery and intr...
  • Kristi
    Been a while since I read this kind of book and I really enjoyed it. Not sure what I make of the ending yet though.
  • Monica Stoakley duperry
    I’d never read anything by this author until recently. The Escape Artist recently came out and caught my attention. I really liked that book. The Book of Lies was good but I felt the author tried to cram too much obscure history in this historical fiction. Made it a little hard to follow. But it was a fast paced book and held my attention. Read it in a couple of days.