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Within each generation, there are thirty-six righteous souls. Their lives hold the key to the fate of the world. Now someone wants them dead. When a childhood tragedy comes back to haunt Professor David Shepherd, he finds himself in possession of knowledge that holds the world in a delicate balance. He uncovers the Book of Names---an ancient text originating with the bibliWithin each generation, there are thirty-six righteous souls. Their lives hold the key to the fate of the world. Now someone wants them dead. When a childhood tragedy comes back to haunt Professor David Shepherd, he finds himself in possession of knowledge that holds the world in a delicate balance. He uncovers the Book of Names---an ancient text originating with the biblical Adam, and thought lost to history forever. By Kabbalistic tradition, the book contains the names of each generation's thirty-six righteous souls---the Hidden Ones---by whose merits alone the world continues to exist. Legend holds that if all thirty-six Hidden Ones were eliminated, the world would meet its end. When the Hidden Ones start dying of unnatural causes, the world grows increasingly unstable: war in Afghanistan, massive flooding in New York, brutal terrorist attacks in Melbourne, a tanker explosion in Iran. David finds himself battling against the Gnoseos, a secret religious sect whose goal is to destroy the world by eliminating all of the righteous souls. David's involvement quickly turns personal when his stepdaughter's name is discovered to be one of the endangered. With the help of a brilliant and beautiful Israeli ancient texts expert, David races to decipher the traditions of the Kabbalah to save the righteous souls, his stepdaughter, and perhaps the world....

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ISBN : 9780312366322
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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The Book of Names Reviews

  • FrancoSantos
    2018-11-28 15:35

    ¿Alguien me puede explicar por qué este libro tiene un rating tan bajo? Me gustó muchísimo. Es una novela que sorprende con cada página, con un ritmo absorbente y adictivo. No varía el nivel en ningún momento, tiene personajes muy bien desarrollados, una trama correctamente hilvanada y un final tremendo.Ampliamente recomendado.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-01 15:41

    Die sechsunddreißig Gerechten dieser Welt. Wie lange werden sie noch leben? Das weiß nur Gott – und diejenigen, die sie töten. Ein uralter Papyrus mit einer Namensliste. Nach jahrelanger Suche im ägyptischen Wüstensand hält Sir Rodney ihn endlich in den Händen. Wenige Minuten später ist der Archäologe tot. Damit nimmt eine rätselhafte Mordserie ihren Lauf. Auf der ganzen Welt werden Menschen getötet, die bestimmte Namen tragen. Und nur David Shepherd kann das Morden stoppen. Denn er ist der Einzige, der die Namen kennt …Ein Wichtelbuch, das mir zugewiesen wurde, was sich als Volltreffer erwies. Spannend und actionreich wenn auch etwas reißerisch geschrieben, fühlte ich mich gut unterhalten und habe einiges über die jüdische Mystik, die Kabbala und die Gnoseos nebenbei aufgenommen. 

  • Heather
    2018-12-11 17:36

    The best thing about The Book of Names is that Gregory and Tintori don’t insult their readers by keeping up a ruse for too long. Once they reach a point where any reader can figure out who the mysterious antagonist is, they give you his full name. They don’t torture their readers with eye-rolling moments throughout the rest of the book for the simple shake of a final, ‘shocking’ moment. For that, they’ve come up with something more inspired.The science behind discovering the thirty-six Hidden Ones is an interesting concept, but it wasn’t explained thoroughly enough for me to understand exactly what they were doing. ELS (equidistant letter skips) is clear enough, but the results were often gibberish. So how did they clean up the results? What I missed most were the images. Maybe they’re not common place, but I’ve come to really look forward to cryptograms from Dan Brown’s novels. It’s fun to try and solve the mystery along with the characters.What I thoroughly enjoyed about this book is that it’s based around Jewish traditions, which is a marked difference from other religious adventures that tend to focus heavily on Catholic traditions. Incorporating Adam’s Book of Names, the breastplate of Aaron, and modern mystic Judaism gives the book a unique flavor. That is not to say I don’t have qualms with their misappropriated religious history. In place of Dan Brown’s Illuminati villains, Gregory and Tintori have put the blame on Gnostics. Now, I am not a religious scholar, but this much I do know: Gnostics are Christian mystics in the same way Sufis are Muslim mystics and Kabbalists are Jewish mystics. Interesting how Kabbalists and Sufis are highly praised here while Gnostics are responsible for trying to destroy the world. Read into that what you will …

  • Ch
    2018-11-24 16:29

    Sweat poured from my armpits as I read...This book isn't good, but it gets an extra star for not being the painful kind of bad. It's just another me-too Dan Brown knockoff whose really notable aspect is that it's based in Judaism rather being another Catholic-centric conspiracy thriller.It's kind of fun in a dumb way, sort of the equivalent of a laughably bad B movie. Notable aspects include:-the inexplicable focus on describing sweat running from characters' armpits, mentioned no less than four times-the way in which the main character meanders back and forth between being oblivious of basic concepts (to help explain things to the reader) to being weirdly competent (when the plot needs to move forward)-the endearingly blasé way in which religion is shown to be provably true, with artifacts from the Garden of Eden sitting around and self-admitted "secular scientists" throwing up their hands and stating that they recognize that there's a supernatural component to the worldIt generally breezes along pretty well, and it's basically the kind of book that's worth a read if you have side time to kill and want something enjoyably goofy to get through.

  • AdultFiction Teton County Library
    2018-12-08 16:24

    Teton County Library Call No: F GREGORYSusannah Broyle's Rating: 3 StarsThe perfect read-a-like for The DaVinci Code…except instead of delving deep into Christianity’s roots it goes into Judaism’s history. It takes an obscure Kabbalah belief that there are 36 pure, godlike people in every generation. If there are any less, bad things begin to happen. It has all the classic ingredients for a religious themed mystery: an unlikely, unbelieving protagonist who needs to save the world, a beautiful, intelligent sidekick, religious symbolism, evil sects, and the apocalypse. The book is a fast paced mystery that is nearly impossible to put down. The characters are likable, but not really three dimensional, the language is nothing amazing, but the plot makes your eyes dart across the page needing to know if the good guys win. Literary genius it is not, but a fun read that makes you stay up all night, definitely.

  • Ty
    2018-11-21 14:13

    Not terrible, but fairly pedestrian suspense novel that never quite lived up to the intriguing premise on which it is based.The main characters are familiar and relatable, but not exactly memorable. I was curious what would happen to them, but didn't feel as though I was concerned for them. I was not deeply invested, in other words.As with just about any suspense novel that centers around a cult or group of bad guys, the final few chapters were a hastily thrown together flurry of meticulous fight scenes that didn't seem to fit in with what came before it. And what came before it was mostly a book that was paced somewhat different. In other words, it shared a problem with many suspense novels...the final section seemed rushed, and aided by heretofore unlikely coincidence and deus ex machina.Fair, but not stunning read.

  • Kelli
    2018-11-26 16:23

    This book was good but not spectacular. It's a similar style to the DaVinci Code - all about Adam's book of names and the battle to save the Lamad Vovniks. The conspiracy and mystery was not as deep and thorough as I would have liked, so it ended up being a relatively quick read. Still worth the effort, but probably not one to place at the very top of your to-read pile.

  • Rebecca Starr
    2018-12-17 15:39

    What an honor and a pleasure to be able to read this book written by my friend! Excellent book with a great topic and suspense! Thanks so much Karen!!!

  • Jill
    2018-12-15 17:30

    This novel was a bit 'colour by numbers' for me. It was fine, good in places, pedestrian in others, an overall readable novel. The premise was intriguing - an ancient cult set on destroying the world, knocking off the holy ones (36 people who don't know that they are spiritually enlightened to the point that their very existence stops the world from slipping into complete darkness) from the book of names, yep those from the title, to bring about total annihilation of planet Earth... battling against the good guys, our main man David, a US university professor who has been "receiving" a bunch of names ever since he had a near-death experience as a kid when he jumped off a second storey roof and banged his noggin - the names just started arriving into his brain shortly thereafter, and he started writing them down. He's not sure why, or what they mean... until! These two world's collide - David and his hand-written journal of names violently crashing up against the evil-doers, with an increasing fever pitch as we reach a climax... which happens deep down within the earth under the Tower of London.It's all quite fanciful but kinda fun. Not sure if the dual authorship had much to do with the choppy nature (at times) of the pace and storyline... Quite enjoyed it, wouldn't go raving about it to others and will happily pop it into my charity store giveaway bag for someone else to glean some passing pleasure in reading.

  • Rachel Hanks
    2018-11-20 15:30

    This was a great book. It started off a bit slow, but with a little effort, getting through some of the initial story plot will lead you to an increasingly addictive finale. I listened to this in audio-book form, and my only complaint is that the voices are truly horrible. The audio-book company could have at least gotten female and male readers to do the voices instead of one man trying to emulate a 13 year old girl, an Israeli scholar, and several other female characters, in addition to several male characters of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Barbara Dunham
    2018-12-09 21:32

    My kind of suspense/thriller based on ancient Jewish mystical symbols. This book was similar to the Dan Brown books.

  • SherryLee
    2018-11-25 15:22

    Fast pace and very interesting subject

  • Irisheyz77
    2018-12-02 21:35

    This review was originally posted on Ticket to AnywherePlace(s) Traveled to: New York City, New York // London, England // IsraelFirst Line: Two men shoveled the sand under cover of darkness.The premise of this book is simple, into every generation there are 36 pure souls (lamed koviks) that are born who through their existence keep the earth together. If any of these souls die then bad things start to happen - war, famine, earthquakes, etc. Way back when in Biblical times Adam, bright boy that he was wrote down the names of every living creature including who all the lamed koviks in all the coming generations.As you can guess with all these pure souls running about there are those people who will stop at nothing to destroy them. People who want to disrupt Gods plan and remake the world in their image. They somehow manage to break the code of Adams book of names and start to kill off the lamed koviks. The world slowly moves to turmoil as they do.Enter the reluctant hero, David Sheppard, who do to an accident in his youth has somehow managed to tap into a higher existence and is somehow able to come up with the names of various lamed koviks. David has no idea at first the meaning of these names that keep coming to him, just that when he searches for some their names many of them have died in weird accidents or unnatural causes and all he really wants is to stop the names from coming. Until one name that pops out matches that of his ex-stepdaughter who he loves as his own child.Enter beautiful sidekick who helps David to realize the power of the names and just what is happening in the world because someone is killing them off. She convinces David to join her fellow Israeli's in tracking down the remaining names to try to stop the ultimate evil from taking over.What follows is a fast paced read about the ultimate battle between good and evil. As David rushes to save his stepdaughter and with her the fate of the entire world a reader can't help but to swiftly turn the pages to see just what will happen next. This book is right up there with Angels & Demons by Dan Brown and The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell in that its a good read though unrealistic. However, I found this novel to be slightly more realistic then those two previously mentioned books. This books is a fast adventure that I didn't want to put down - well once I got through the first 20 pages that is. I admit that I almost put it down at first for those first few pages didn't thrill me.....but I always try to read at least 50 pages or so before turning away from a book and I am so glad that I didn't.This review was originally posted on Ticket to Anywhere

  • Rich Weatherly
    2018-12-08 21:13

    Best selling authors Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori deliver a well crafted, thoroughly researched suspense thriller in Book of Names. Get ready for a sweeping cinematic portrayal of a world spinning out of control. This panoramic story reaches back to the dawn of man drawing on a Talmudic tradition that Adam compiled the Book of Names. This book is believed to list thirty-six Lamed Vovniks for each generation of humankind. According to the legend, these righteous souls stand between life as we know it and the apocalypse.Early in the story we learn that three kids fall from the icy roof of a building. The protagonist experiences a near death experience. The repercussions of this event will include severe headaches which will haunt him with flashes of random names. Once these begin, he starts a journal. That journal becomes a central object of concern and actions by the protagonist and his enemies.A syncretic cult, the Gnoseos has made its goal, the elimination of the Lamed Vovnickks. Members of Gnoseos hale from the rich and powerful across the globe. This sect attempts to use Kabbalistic, esoteric mysticism and the occult to calculate the current names of the righteous souls so they can destroy them. One of the members of the Gnoseos worked for twelve years as a `loyal' assistant to an archaeologist. When his mentor discovered the Book of Names in the desert near Cairo the assistant turned traitor. He killed his boss and took off with the precious papyri. This would become the spark that would lead to a string of targeted killings.Protagonist David Shepherd, a poli-sci professor, finds himself caught up in this maelstrom chain of events. When he learns his step-daughter Stacy is on the list of the Lamed Vovniks his life becomes a relentless search for answers. This includes attempts to identify the current thirty-six Lamed Vovniks and stones representing the original twelve tribes of Isreal as well. Kabbalists have long used a Hebrew system of numerology called gematria to extract hidden meaning from from the Torah. One tool they use is ELS, equidistant letter sequences to find hidden words in the text. Before computers, this was next to impossible. Imagine a giant crossword puzzle processing in every possible direction then changing the value of the spacing and starting all over again. Unfortunately, both Hebrew rabbis and members of the Gnoseos are racing to locate all of the names. As the Gnoseos identifies a name, they kill everyone they can find with the same name. The side that finds all thirty-six Lamed Vovniks will win; one side trying to save them, the other eliminate them.Book of Names delivers relentless action as the Gnoseos attempt to take out the protagonist and his allies. He and a beautiful Israeli agent prove to be well equipped to face a series of attacks. Scenes pass by crisply. This is a battle between ingenious protagonists and a determined enemy. Be prepared for action that builds through a stunning crescendo toward a high stakes climax. Expect a good `ole knock down, drag out.This would make a great action adventure motion picture. It is a genuine page turner without a boring moment.Enjoy this amazing thriller.

  • Manikmaya
    2018-11-25 21:19

    Buku thriller ... itu sudah banyak di pasaran.Buku thriller yang membahas konspirasi Templar dan segala teori konspirasi Kaballahnya itu juga udah biasa (nyaris basi malah).Buku thriller yang mengangkat konspirasi dari sudut pandang seorang penganut kepercayaan Yahudi dengan Kaballahnya yang mistis dan unik, nah itu baru tidak biasa.Buku ini menyuguhkan pada kita sebuah cerita mengenai 36 orang yang 'berbudi baik' yang dikatakan menjaga keseimbangan dunia dari kehancuran oleh bencana maupun perang tanpa mereka sadari. Tapi ada sebuah sekter rahasia (untungnya kali ini bukan Templar atau pecahannya - mblenger saya baca konspirasi macam itu ) bernama Gnoseos yang membunuh satu-demi-satu orang-orang ini yang mereka sebut Lamed Vovniks.Profesor David Shepard, seorang profesor sejarah dan seorang penganut Yahudi yang kurang taat mendapati putri tirinya diculik dan ia juga merupakan satu dari 36 orang itu. Bersama Yael, seorang wanita Israel yang tahu banyak soal Lamed Vovniks, para Rabi-Rabi Kabalah, dan beberapa kawan mereka berusaha mencegah Gnoseos menghabisi keseluruhan Lamed Vovniks - termasuk putri tirinya.Ceritanya mengalir sangat cepat, beberapa bagian kurang dapat saya tangkap dengan detail, namun yang menakjubkan dari buku ini adalah dimasukkannya unsur-unsur yang selama ini tak pernah disinggung oleh para penulis thriller lain misalnya batu-batu permata pada jubah pendeta Harun - kakak Musa, keadaan Israel yang tandus dan memungkinkan orang-orangnya dehidrasi sehingga mereka harus makan buah zaitun agar kerongkongan mereka selalu haus dan tak lupa meminum air, perburuan para anggota Gnoseos pada David Shepard juga merupakan perburuan yang menegangkan.Yah ... secara plot kasar memang buku ini tidak terlalu berbeda dengan plot thriller lainnya, tapi cara kedua pengarang melibatkan unsur-unsur Yahudi ke dalamnya (dan kali ini sebagai pihak protagonis) patut diacungi jempol!

  • Estelle Velde
    2018-11-29 15:22

    Je ne vais pas vous mentir : sortir du carcan fantastique a été très dur pour moi. J’ai mis plusieurs mois pour finir ce livre, préférant d’autres lectures (notamment la saga Hunger Games quand je l’ai achetée). Mais finalement, même haché menu, ce roman a fait son petit effet.Tout d’abord, il explique un peu l’un des nombreux concepts de la Kabbale. Perso, quand on me parle de Kabbale, je pense à Madonna. Oui, je sais, cela fait très people de penser directement à la chanteuse avant de penser à quelque chose de plus sérieux.Une autre chose que j’ai trouvé assez sympathique : l’écriture en duo. Je pense que trouver un bon partenaire d’écriture pour la réalisation d’un roman, ça peut avoir du bon. Quelqu’un est tenté par une telle aventure avec moi ? :pCe que j’ai aimé dans “Les 36 Justes“, c’est qu’il se lit très vite (malgré mes mois de lectures où je ne lisais qu’un chapitre par-ci par-là) et que l’écriture est fluide. Ainsi, impossible de perdre le fil :) On peut reprendre aisément la lecture, sans être perturbé. D’ailleurs, on se remet vite dedans, pas la peine de reprendre du début pour comprendre.Par contre, l’histoire aurait pu sortir un peu du lot. Si le Gnoseos avait gagné (c’est le groupement des méchants), par exemple, ça aurait donné quelque chose de meilleur. Allez, avouez que c’est tentant de savoir ce qui se passerait si l’équilibre du monde était rompu. Mais non, David Shepherd est un héros hors du commun : il ne laissera jamais les méchants gagner. Pour moi c’est du vu et revu, surtout quand le héros attend juste la dernière minute avant de sauver le monde.Bref, pour moi, “Les 36 Justes” m’ont fait passé un bon moment de lecture. Jill Gregory et Karen Tintori écrivent très bien et de manière fluide. Par contre, au niveau du scénario en lui-même, je dirais : peut mieux faire.

  • Linda
    2018-12-15 20:22

    The plot: University Professor David Shepherd, raised in the Jewish faith but for years a nonparticipant, becomes a key player in thwarting an evil plot to destroy the world. Following a childhood accident, David somehow became a channel for a higher power, and for years he's been recording names that come to his awareness in strange ways. Come to find out, they are the names of the 36 "pure souls" that have lived in every generation, without whom life on earth would end. The conspirators have murdered all but 3 of these souls, and David is stunned to learn that his stepdaughter is one of those who survive. He undertakes a quest to save her life (and, incidentally, save the planet.)The characters: David is incredibly naive for a man of his background and experience. He is assisted in the quest by a beautiful and brainy Israeli woman, and eventually, by a team of rabbis in Jerusalem who devote their lives to studying the kabbala, and at present, The Book of Names, said to have been written by Adam himself. The villain, a childhood acquaintance of David, could have stepped from the pages of Harry Potter. The team of "Dark Angels", who carry out the evil designs of the cabal leaders, are uniformly, well, thuggish.The writing: It's not easy to transition from nonfiction to fiction writing, and it shows in The Book of Names. Descriptions are simplistic ("Sweat dripped from his armpits"),and dialogue trite ("We gotta get outta here!" and "There's only one way to find out; I'm going in!". Repeatedly, the authors (inadvertently, I'd suppose) telegraph what happens next, and the book's ending is a foregone conclusion.

  • Linda
    2018-12-09 15:15

    Fantastic book. I found it on a fair and was intrigued by the text on the cover "watch out, Dan Brown". I had at the time just finished Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and liked his books very much. The book of names is about 36 righteous people in each generation that save the world from devastation. As they are being liquidated one by one, by the Gnoseos,a religious sect that intends to destroy the world, ultimately, disasters start occurring. The main character, professor Shepard, possesses the book of names, an antique book that keeps the names of all generations of righteous people. By coincidence his stepdaughter happens to be one of the righteous people. This I find less credible. Also the fact that the story goes back to Adam, who was so bright and clairvoyant to already know all the names of the righteous people of the coming generations, was far fetched.We learn a lot of interesting facts about the Kabballah too. With an Israelian specialist, a race begins to stop the destruction. Contrary to the early books of Dan Brown, where the ending is somewhat colourless, the ending of this book is really sparkling. The book is a real page turner and kept me under its spell even after I had finished it and I really wonder why it did not get more recognition.

  • Sue Smith
    2018-12-19 19:18

    I can honestly say that this book just makes you appreciate a book that is well written. This 'action-adventure' had me gritting my teeth and rolling my eyes more times than I care to think about. Truthfully, I was ever so glad it was finally over. It's not a bad premise for a story and certainly had potential to be on par with the Dan Brown series in the right hands, but it fell well short of achieving it. There were so many times that were implausible or impossible that I often found myself snorting with derision -'As if!". Not a good sign. I didn't feel the author had a good understanding of what it would be like to be in the center of this kind of intense action-drama, let alone what it would be like to be beaten with a pipe by a thug that was big and burly. Somehow I feel, getting hit across the knees and the hips would not be conducive to being able to stand after, forget about overcoming said thug, but somehow the hero of this story could this and some other equally incredible and unbelievable feats. Dodging bullets comes to mind.Anyways, I was feeling cynical and put out. This book just wasn't worth the effort and I hate that I just didn't abandon it when I first starting snorting.So do yourself a favor and stroke this book from your list before you fall into the same trap as I did. You won't regret it.

  • Waven
    2018-12-05 21:17

    Synopsis: Protagonists David Shepard and Yael Harpaz are on a mission to save the world - and David's step-daughter - from a secretive group called the Gnoseos. Of ancient origin, the group wants nothing less than Earth's destruction, which they believe will occur if all thirty-six of the world's purest souls are killed. With their numbers quickly dwindling and disasters increasing exponentially, David and Yael find themselves enmeshed in a sinister battle against the Gnoseos and their lethal hitmen known as Dark Angels, whose influence penetrates the highest echelons of government.Criticisms: This wasn't a bad book - it provided a very quick, easy read if you're in the market for fluff - but it just didn't offer much. The premise is poorly explained and almost as poorly executed, with gaping plot holes and events that border on the nonsensical. With more action than intelligence, more predictability than provocation, and a romantic sub-plot both unnecessary and awkward, I found myself pushing to finish just to be done with it. With more planning, backstory, and thought, it could have made a genuinely fascinating read ... but as it is I can't give it more than two stars.

  • M.E.
    2018-12-12 16:38

    The Book of Names by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori, is a book I enjoyed and was interesting enough to read through.The story follows the life of Professor David Shepherd who unwittingly comes across a list of names. These “Hidden Ones”, who aren’t even aware of their importance, keep the delicate balance of the world, and there are 36 of them. Unfortunately they are no longer hidden and someone is killing them off – one by one! As the number of Hidden Ones dwindles, the world grows unstable and the weather is affected along with the welfare of certain nations. Through it all David searches for answers; who else has discovered this list of names, and will David be able to keep them from destroying the world?Like conspiracy theories? If so, you will find this story an interesting one. Same for those who like mysteries or who like to figure things out alongside the character. I wouldn’t say this is a book only for women or only for men; both will enjoy this fast-pace story.

  • ade_reads
    2018-11-27 13:34

    Dari sejak halaman pertama, bahkan dari sinopsis yang tertulis di bagian belakangnya saja, buku ini langsung sukses membuat saya terpikat. Dengan karakter tokoh-tokoh yang meyakinkan serta kombinasi plot cerita yang cepat dan penuh intrik, menjadikan buku ini sebagai sebuah thriller yang asyik untuk dibaca. Tidak hanya itu, dengan setting tempat yang ditulis dengan detail, The Book Of Names juga telah mengajak saya berkeliling berbagai benua dan negara. Khususnya bagi para pecinta thriller, saya sangat merekomendasikan buku ini dan umumnya bagi siapapunn yang ingin merasakan cengkeraman sebuah buku yang akan membuatmu tegang dan menggigil yang hanya akan melepaskanmu jika kamu sudah selesai membaca hingga halaman terakhirnya. Two thumb up untuk karya hasil duet Jill Gregory & Karen Tintori. Review Lengkap : http://deebacalah.blogspot.com/2015/0...

  • Previous TCL Reviews
    2018-12-16 18:15

    The perfect read-a-like for The DaVinci Code…except instead of delving deep into Christianity’s roots it goes into Judaism’s history. It takes an obscure Kabbalah belief that there are 36 pure, godlike people in every generation. If there are any less, bad things begin to happen. It has all the classic ingredients for a religious themed mystery: an unlikely, unbelieving protagonist who needs to save the world, a beautiful, intelligent sidekick, religious symbolism, evil sects, and the apocalypse. The book is a fast paced mystery that is nearly impossible to put down. The characters are likable, but not really three dimensional, the language is nothing amazing, but the plot makes your eyes dart across the page needing to know if the good guys win. Literary genius it is not, but a fun read that makes you stay up all night, definitely.Teton County Library Call No: F GREGORYReview by: Susannah Broyles

  • Judy
    2018-11-24 16:18

    I read the audio version of this book. The story was nothing high-brow but was a fun thriller in a similar vein as The Day Vinci Code. This story focused on Jewish Talmudic and Kabbalist tradition. Basically, In every generation 36 righteous people are born, and it is these pure spirits who help to sustain God's presence in the world. These people are referred to as Lamed-Vavniks. At any point in time there are maybe several thousand of them in the world. But no one, not even themselves, knows who they are. Now someone is trying to systematically wipe them out, thereby destroying God's world. The characters are not deeply drawn, but the story is entertaining enough. I have to say, though, that I don't recommend the audio version. Clearly little research was done regarding correct pronunciation of foreign words. It was appalling and distracting.

  • Christine US
    2018-12-02 14:42

    I don't know why I keep trying with these books that are about "all the deep symbols and hidden meanings" of things, and the hero rushes around the save humanity from an evil that no one even knows is a thing. I should've just stopped after the DaVinci Code, because nothing else has entertained me as much. I'm not saying DaVinci Code was the be-all and end-all, but everything else feels like the authors jumped on the bandwagon. If any of the parts about the Jewish culture and history is true, then I learned new things. Unfortunately, now I'll have to spend time researching to learn if those few things are true...and that's frustrating to me. I want to be able to trust that I did learn something and not wonder if the author just made up some words and ideas for the furthering of a story.

  • Susan
    2018-12-16 16:23

    The idea behind this book was very intriguing. It stems from the belief that Adam had written a book that contained all of the names of the "Blessed Righteous People." The world must have at least 36 of these at any given time. Without them, catastrophies begin to happen. Enter the Nosios, a religious group that thinks it knows better than God and tries to kill them all. The theory is that the minute the last "Hidden One" dies, the world will end, and they will move to a higher sphere. This book might have been better if read, and not listened to as I did. The audio tries some arty stuff that makes it a bit ridiculous. There was one point where the protagonist is listening to advice that had been given to him years before by a trusted friend. I thought, "Holy Happy Gilmore! Where's Chubs?" I don't really recommend this book.

  • Steven
    2018-11-28 17:23

    This is a fast-paced thriller involving a Kabalistic interpretation of the Book of Names. This ancient document, ostensibly written by Adam, contains an encoded text listing the names of 36 individuals of each generation whose righteousness preserves the earth and its inhabitants.David Shepherd, a poli-sci professor at Georgetown U, has been prompted with names out of the blue since he was about 15 years old and he has been recording them in a notebook. He has no idea that the names he’s recorded are identical to those being deciphered from this Book of Names. There is an ancient, evil, organization, known as Gnoseos, working to identify and kill each of the 36 “hidden ones” in this generation. They have now nearly achieved their goal. When David Shepherd realizes that the names he has recorded over the years are all of dead people he begins to investigate—and not a moment too soon.

  • Barborka
    2018-12-05 20:35

    Dlho som váhala, kým som si ju napokon požičala z knižnice. A neľutujem, skutočne bola tým, čo sľubovala. Zaujímavá hlavná myšlienka o prepojení existecie spravodlivých vo svete, ktorí udržujú jeho chod, hrozivé zobrazenie sekty a jej fanatickosti, do ktorej sa počítajú aj najvyšší predstavitelia krajín, postupne sa odhaľujúci príbeh a jeho čiastočky, ktoré do seba zapadnú ako puzzle... jediným mínusom bol len vlečúci sa záver (za ten dávam o jednu hviezdičku menej). The New York Times o knihe napísal, že má pekelný spád a presvedčivých hrdinov. Newsweek zasa, že je to inteligentný a vzrušujúci thriller. Vystihli to doslovne, niet viac k tomu čo dodať... Rozhodne odporúčam, aj keď nechápem, prečo vždy nejaký dobrý thriller prirovnávajú k Brownovi? Každý príbeh si zaslúži svoj vlastný osud bez prílišného porovnávania...

  • LauraWilliams
    2018-12-05 14:40

    I really, really enjoyed this book - I read it in two sitting but had to get up and walk away periodically as the pace was actually making me nervous. Lol. For fans of Dan Brown, Dan Silva, Barbara Wood's Prophetess. I didn't know much about Kabbalah and Judaism and this was very informative. The characters were well developed, believable and easy to like. The story was not unbelievable and, because it wasn't about Christianity and the story line hadn't been done to death - it was fresh and new. I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book and was disappointed when it ended. I want to read more about these characters and to see the storyline continue. If you want an enjoyable read that will challenge your mind (now I find I am interested in reading more about Judaism) and entertain you.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-26 21:26

    Very start of the synopsis for this book : “Within each generation, there are thirty-six righteous souls. Their lives hold the key to the fate of the world. Now someone wants them dead.”Yep – that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. If you are expecting deep, meaningful plot or even a plot that makes a whole lot of sense, this is probably not the book for you. But the characters were interesting and the author maintained a great mounting sense of panic and intrigue as the book went on. I would rate it as much better than any of Dan Brown’s crap as none of the females in this book set of my misogyny detectors, but it’s certainly of that ilk. Fun, fluffy read for a day you want something engaging, but that isn’t going to change your world or keep you up at night to finish it.