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The Book of Fateby Brad Meltzer
Synopses & Reviews
In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming...
So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that day, Wes put the president's oldest friend, Ron Boyle, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.
Eight years later, Boyle is spotted, alive and well, in Asia. In that moment, Wes has the chance to undo the worst day of his life. Trying to figure out what really happened takes Wes back to a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, disturbing secrets buried in Masonic history, and a 200-year-old secret code invented by Thomas Jefferson. But what Wes doesn't realize is that the Book of Fate holds everyone's secrets. Especially the ones worth dying for.
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"Set against a backdrop of Oval Office corruption, bestseller Meltzer's overblown thriller opens with a frantic assassination attempt on President Leland Manning, who manages to elude the gunfire. Manning's deputy chief of staff, Ron Boyle, is killed, and his top aide, the cocky, ambitious Wes Holloway, is left facially disfigured. Eight years later, his motivation and confidence drained by his handicap, Holloway still toils away for the out-of-office Manning, fetching refreshments and handling the daily social calendar. On a goodwill junket to Malaysia, however, Holloway spots Boyle, surgically altered, but unmistakably the same man who was supposed to be dead and gone. From this turning point, Meltzer (The Zero Game) follows Holloway step by excruciatingly slow step as he tries to find out what really happened eight years earlier. Authentic details about Washington politics and historical mysteries enliven the predictable path. While readers looking for efficient plotting may be disappointed, Meltzer's many fans will enjoy this substantial meal of a book. 15-city author tour. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Trying his hand at a star-spangled version of The Da Vinci Code, Meltzer produces his biggest, dumbest book....Every ingredient is perfect except for clear plotting, credible threats and characters (and a conspiracy) worth caring about." Kirkus Reviews
"[M]uch more skillfully written — and far more plausible — than Dan Brown's tedious best-seller. The characters are genuine human beings...and the plot fluidly integrates historical fact and fiction....Fans of thrillers that reach far back into history will be...thrilled." Booklist
"With rich characters, a puzzling mystery, and a compelling narrative, Meltzer (The Zero Game) has written his best thriller yet....Don't let this book of fate pass you by." Library Journal
"...The Book of Fate is worth the sleepless night or two it will take to read it. It gets no better than this." BookReporter.com
"If you like roller coasters, The Book of Fate is a ride you won't soon forget." San Antonio Express-News
On the Fourth of July, Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin. Eight years later, Boyle is spotted, alive and well, in Malaysia. In that moment, Wes has the chance to undo the worst day of his life. Trying to figure out what really happened takes Wes back to a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, mysterious facts buried in Masonic history, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson. But what Wes doesn't realize is that The Book of Fate holds everyone's secrets. Especially the ones worth dying for.
About the Author
Brad Meltzer is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The Zero Game. He is also one of the co-creators of the TV show Jack & Bobby — and is the number-one selling author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Identity Crisis. His newest comic book, Justice League of America, will be released in July. Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.
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