An easy read with fast enough paced action that you’ll be able to finish the book in a day or two. However in so far as great thrillers go this book is not quite in the same league as the best of them. Why? Because the premise that there is a link between the death of the father of the creator of Superman and an ancient weapon of the old testament era is just too much fiction to bear. Moreover the characters are rather two dimentional hence failing to complement the novel ideology of the book.
Still it is a rather enjoyable read and what I liked best about the book is that it provided insights as to how the comic book hero Superman was created also not forgetting how Brad combined certain elements of fact with fiction.
About The Book
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.
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.
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