The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel by Michael Gruber

The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel

byMichael Gruber

Kobo ebook | March 17, 2009

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A fire destroys a New York City rare bookstore—and reveals clues to a treasure worth killing for. . . . A disgraced scholar is found tortured to death. . . . And those pursuing the most valuable literary find in history are about to cross from the harmless mundane into inescapable nightmare.

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Tropic of Night comes a breathtaking thriller that twists, shocks, and surprises at every turn as it crisscrosses centuries, from the glaring violence of today into the dark shadows of truth and lies surrounding the greatest writer the world has ever known.

Title:The Book of Air and Shadows: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 17, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061739537

ISBN - 13:9780061739538

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from not the book for me A rare bookshop has a fire and in trying to salvage one of the rare books two of the employees find some pages written by Bracegirdle. Bracegirdle was an employee of Shakespeare. He alludes to a lost play. Jake Mishkin is an Intellectual Property lawyer. When one of the employees sells part of the find to a professor, the professor seeks out Mishkin to keep the manuscript safe. What follows is classic thriller. Bad guys, treasure, kidnapping, ciphers, killing and some dashing around. This is a thriller I should love to read but I didn't. I can't seem to put my finger on it. It might have been the hard to read Old English Bracegirdle letters. It might have been the confusing what is happening now plot. Maybe the plot was just a bit too complex or maybe this book's pace is too slow. Not the book for me.
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow and smart! This was a great, intriguing, smart read. It's a slow book, but worth it in the end. Michael Gruber is able to keep the readers interested in the story line, while delivering great tidbits of information about Richard Bracegirdle and his secret letters from the time of Shakespeare. A lot of great information about Shakespeare is thrown into the mix as well. Great book!
Date published: 2010-12-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from neverending While the characters were interesting and well developed, and the story wasn't bad, the book dragged on and on, and on.....I had to put it down after every 20 pages to regain my energy. I enjoyed the flawed characters - but there was a lot of useles information that distracted from the plot.
Date published: 2008-12-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Me too... This story had promise but then it began to drag and never got going again. I tried my best but gave up about 2/3 of the way through and moved onto "Shogun*" and my life was so much the better for it! *These books have absolutely nothing in common - Shogun just happened to be in my reading pile. It was one of those books that's been around 'forever' but I had never read so I gave it a try and really enjoyed it - would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2008-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ... I had such high hope before I started reading. The title, the design, the story, the promised intrigue were all excellent baits to tempt me in. The language is beautiful, artful, but the narratives dragged on too long with distracting details. I have read up to the second quarter, and am actually a bit sad to feel that I would have to put this novel down for a while. Maybe one day I will revisit and find the hidden gems that are yet reachable in the second part of the book.
Date published: 2008-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from take it or leave it I was dissapointed, the author is long winded and goes on about a great deal of things that have no relevance to the story. I was not a fan.
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intelligent read This was a fun book: literate, suspenseful, with interesting (but not necessarily sympathetic) characters and shifting points of view. More sophisticated than the average thriller.
Date published: 2008-06-02