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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brad Meltzer Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781600243813
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Cain kills Abel in chapter four of the Bible. 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. 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 ancient markings of Cain. 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 thriller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In The Book of Lies, novelist/poet Brad Meltzer interlaces the story of Cain and the story behind Superman and brings them kicking and screaming into our own time.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci. People
  • Meet the next John Grisham. --- Miami Herald
  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Meltzer’s novel is an intriguing collection of overlapping stories and themes…Scott Brick…gives an…animated performance filled with raw emotions and taut pacing. Brick captures the book’s intense mood during long narrative passages, employing an insistent forcefulness, seemingly without taking a breath…The story isengrossing and well worth one’s time.”

    AudioFile

  • “[Readers] 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.”

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 2/9/2014

    " After a 19 year absence, Cal Harper finds his father in a park with a fresh gun shot, entangling him in a deadly plot to solve an ancient mystery. It's The Da Vinci Code but replace Leonardo Da Vinci with Jerry Siegel, the creator of Superman, and instead of the secret of Holy Grail, Cal Harper is looking for the Cain's murder weapon, which turns out not to be a weapon at all. Appeals: fast paced; suspenseful; short cliffhanger chapters from alternating perspectives; biblical conspiracy theories, and a partially true the history of the origin of Superman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 2/8/2014

    " Wanted to love this book, as both a conspirancy geek and comic book geek. It failed me on both accounts. More like a 2 1/2 star rating. enjoyed it enough to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica Goulding | 2/6/2014

    " I don't know how he did it...weaving the bible and Superman together...but it worked. I enjoyed the book but mostly because I wanted to find out how the connection would carry throughout the entire storyline. What an imagination! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 1/28/2014

    " The only reason this book gets two stars is because the ending adds a bit of depth to the character of Cal and his father. However, that is in the last 50 pages. The previous pages are filled with shallow characters, conveniently placed plot devices, and dubious motives. An interesting concept that was poorly executed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 1/7/2014

    " Not as good as I expected but an easy read. It had a lot of interesting facts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/7/2014

    " This book has it all including an incredibly creative plot, excellent writing and a stellar ending. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 11/15/2013

    " Once I got to a certain point (and it wasn't very far into the book), I literally couldn't put it down. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it was a very exciting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sundance | 11/7/2013

    " The book reads like a "Da Vinci Code" mystery, linking modern day Cain and Abel characters with the creator of the Superman comics. The action was fast-paced and easy read. I recommend this book if you're just looking for quick entertainment and IPad chewing gum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S. | 11/3/2013

    " Not a typical read for me...sucked in by the Superman angle. Interesting mix of suspense, violence, history, pop culture and religion...all tied up with feel-good ending (didn't expect that in a thriller). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Green | 10/27/2013

    " A drama, a mystery, and a quest...and Superman too. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 10/25/2013

    " Interesting speculation about the Cain and Abel story and Superman's creator and pretty fast read. The ending was a bit anticlimatic though and didn't have the "wow" factor of Angels and Demons or Da Vinci Code. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 OK Dad | 10/6/2013

    " Gave Brad 100 pages. Let me down somewhat. Really anticipated this to be right up my alley, but the rambling beginning lost me right off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Jowett | 4/11/2013

    " I really tried to get into this but it's just too weird... trying to be comedy where comedy doesn't fit or something. The only character I like is the main one, the female character annoys me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/29/2012

    " While I did not like this as much as the Da Vinci code, I did enjoy it as something in the historical thriller type genre. The facts about the creation of Superman were fascinating. I found the religious parts a little confusing, but definitely interesting. It certainly held my attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hippopottoman | 8/31/2012

    " Not terribly-paced, and there were some interesting ideas in here, but the end was pretty predictable and the characterization didn't do much for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Alexander | 5/24/2012

    " This is a really wonderful action story wrapped in history and mythology. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gene | 5/12/2012

    " Just as the story started to click, it ended. The epilogue IS pretty worthy, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorie Richards | 1/20/2012

    " Very wierd. Won't be hunting for more by this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 1/15/2012

    " I liked this book although I'm not a true fan of superman and how the legend was orignated. It's a good read, but simplistic as it gets to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 1/2/2012

    " This is a very excited, compelling, ancient mystery-type book. What did I learn from it? Tell your story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel Useda | 10/31/2011

    " I just finished this book. The last few chapters really surprised me. It is excellent. I love how Brad Meltzer is able to connect two historic events in this manner. I can not wait to read more of his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne | 8/6/2011

    " Reading this book was like watching a "B" rated action movie. It keeps you moving quickly from one scene to the next, but when you are finished, you won't read (or watch) it again. I did like the message at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/15/2011

    " .....eh. It was ok, a quick read, a fascinating premise with the connection to Cain and Abel, but I think my 14 year old grandson will appreciate it more than I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sundance | 6/9/2011

    " The book reads like a "Da Vinci Code" mystery, linking modern day Cain and Abel characters with the creator of the Superman comics. The action was fast-paced and easy read. I recommend this book if you're just looking for quick entertainment and IPad chewing gum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 6/5/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, it kept me interested. This author reminds me of Dan Brown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 6/4/2011

    " Interesting story that ties the murder of Abel by Cain to the death of the father of the creator of Superman.........Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tez | 5/30/2011

    " dan brown has a lot to answer for, this story was interesting liked how he used facts from the superman creators background and put it into a story with the fable of cain and abel the worlds first murderer leading to the runabout chase for what is believed to be the ultimate weapon from god himself "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/25/2011

    " This was an intriguing "treasure hunt" read revolving around the Abel and Cain murder in the bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mtblayter | 5/24/2011

    " I especially enjoyed his research on the origin of Superman. Fun reading and not too predictable ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 5/19/2011

    " great book could have read this in 1 day
    Cain and Abel the creator of Superman
    and a man who helps the homeless
    loved the story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/15/2011

    " Interesting concept between Adam and Cain, the first father /son duo. Didn't get the concept at first about Superman,but it was a good story line and about relationships. A surprise ending; recommend the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. I liked it and was interested through the whole book but, it just seemed to lack some pizzazz. I would say the feeling during (excitement) and at the end (kind of let down) was similar to the other Brad Meltzer book I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/26/2011

    " The synopsis sounds absolutely ludicrous and I thought there was no way at all to make it work. In fact, I don't even know why I started the book in the first place. But, once I started it, I couldn't put it down, and the absolutely insane plot actually worked for the most part! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joni | 4/8/2011

    " This book pulled me in right from the start. There were a couple of slow parts, that I guess were needed to explain things. However a fun book to read, totally unrealistic at parts, but all in good fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anandh | 3/26/2011

    " Another biblical secrets book. The unique plot does slightly compensate the boring writing and slow pace. The surprising climax does much to give this book 3 starts instead of 1/2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney | 3/12/2011

    " A little slow, But very unpredictable and intense when it picks up in good parts of the book. I think it is slower due to all the different characters in the book that you have to get to know. "

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About the Author
Author Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous thrillers, including The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate, and The Book of Lies. He is also the number one bestselling author of the critically acclaimed comic books Identity Crisis and Justice League of America and is the cocreator of the TV series Jack & Bobby. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.