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The Book of Fate

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"Six minutes from now, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming."

So says Wes Holloway, a young presidential aide, about the day he put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the president's limousine. By the trip's end, a crazed assassin would permanently disfigure Wes and kill Boyle. Now, eight years later, Boyle has been spotted alive. Trying
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Paperback, 640 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2006)
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Sammy
My mother warned me before I started the book so I shall warn you as well, because it was good to go into this book armed with the information I was told. Ignore the summary of the book, or most of the summary at least. It's written to sound like another Da Vinci Code with hundred year old secrets being unearthed... but that's not the case. Yes, Thomas Jefferson is involved... but maybe a page's worth altogether, not even enough to merit being mentioned on the back cover. I think if you pick up ...more
Susan
This is a quintessential airport book. It reads extremely quickly, the plot is fast-paced (and dubious at best), and it appears to be written at a third-grade level. I'm not ashamed to admit that I've loved every minute reading it, even though it's completely trashy.

If you ask me a month after I've read this book what it's about, I won't be able to tell you the plot. I'll only be able to say "Masons", and though that's a subplot in the book, it's not the main plot.
Bart
A big, fat, flying "F" for the Book of Fake, I mean Fate.

This is without question the worst best seller I have ever read. Marginally better than the crap churned out by James Patterson, but at least he can claim that he doens't actually write any of it anymore. I think it's a machine . . .

But Brad Meltzer presumably still writes his own books, so he alone bears the blame for this lazy, implausible, utterly non-sensical drivel.

The worst part of it is the cynical marketing ploy of putting Masonic
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Duffy
WOW!!! This book has been... just wow! I never thought that I would encounter a book that has so many things going on at once. We all know that all books have their climax to it, but this book? It has been one climax after another.

It's just something that would make you hold on to the end of your seat and be still, squirm, whatever... this book has me hooked. Having all things hapening at once, its like I'm watching a great movie. In fact, you'll feel like your on the brink of having a CLIMAX bu
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Emily
This was an awful book! A water down version of authors (Brown, Baldacci, Patterson, etc) who have come before him and already written this story BUT BETTER! It was like Meltzer was trying to form a melting pot of all these authors and write a better version of their story when in truth it was exactly the same but lack anything interesting, exciting, or remotely engaging.

The story is called the Book of Fate but where the hell was it? I thought there was going to be the huge conspiracy involving
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Dakota
I was really amazed that Meltzer could draw this book out for as long as he did. In the beginning there is a disclaimer about his "in-depth research" on the Free Masons. If you paid any attention while reading you would have realized that there is no signifigant mention of the Masons, or any sign of deep reseach.

This book did not end well and the story line itself was lacking any real substance. It seemed to me that he wrote this with a movie deal in mind, not really paying any attention to cont
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is the third Meltzer book I've read and the second novel. I suspect barring some unexpected occurrence (or some very persuasive person conning me) it will probably be my last.

The "nonfiction" book I read was the one he wrote based on his "History Channel" series on conspiracies. Brad Meltzer loves conspiracies...apparently a lot. In the book on that series he says he's not a conspiracies theorist. Well, okay.

The two novels I've read by him are both based in conspiracies and they share one
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Vanessa
I bought it for $0.10 from the library. I shouldn't have wasted my money. The first 100 pages were promising (Attempted murder of the President, secret group of powerful players, religious fanatic in jail awaiting new orders, loyal kid who stumbles onto hidden truths) then....crash-boring, unimaginative, and silly. I had to skip sections in order to finish it. Bad.
Rosemary
Well, I can now say I've read a Brad Meltzer book.

Let no one say I can't learn from experience.

It will be the last Brad Meltzer book I read. It was so awful I can't even bring myself to iterate the reasons.

Forrest
This is the first Meltzer book I have read. Maybe I had too high of expectations after reading reviews of his other books. Also my expectations were raised when I read the book's back cover references - comparing him to Dan Brown... And I had secret expectations of learning some deep dark secret/s about the Masonic Order. Well, after 38-days of reading, none of those expectations were met. This is probably the most "herky-jerky" book I have read. Not only did it have lots of lateral twists and t ...more
Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter
I was such a big fan of Meltzer's books and lamenting the fact that he is not as prolific as others who write legal thrillers. I rushed out and bought a hardback copy of this book the day it was released. What's the old saying about a fool and his money...?

This book could have been extremely good. I gave up half way through it. What ruined it for me was the 3-page chapters and frequent scene/location changes.

I think the problem lies in the author forgetting the purpose of writing. Prior to the p
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Chris Matney
I listened to this title as an audio book. If you are a fan of presidential intrigue novels and political thrillers, The Book of Fate is a solid story. For those of you who have not read Brad Meltzer, this is a wonderful way to get introduced.

The strengths of the book include a very engaging cast. Wes Holloway is a broken man - which makes for an interesting protagonist. Far from the Alex Cross and Jason Bourne stereotype, this is a leading man who is just barely holding it together. The support
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Steve
Mmmmmm...

Firstly, I'm all for acknowledgements in a book, for it does exactly that; acknowledges those who have helped and given their wisdom and support. But thanking President (former) George W. Bush, (his wife Barbara, and Bill Clinton) for "opening their world to me [sic]" and their "generosity that helped with the details of the book[sic]"... Geez! It's like name-dropping at a major ass-licking level. The saying: "Don't pity the fool, but pity the fool who follows (votes for) him [sic]" com
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Samantha
First of all I'm not going to write a plot summary since so many other reviewers have already wrote one. Second of all, I liked this book. It's not as good as Tenth Justice or Dead Even but I still enjoyed it. I think one of the reasons I did like it was because I wasn't expecting a Dan Brown secret code book. Brad Meltzer isn't him and I don't want him to be him. I didn't really care about the Masons or the Masonic code and didn't pick up this book for that. Dan Brown's next book is going to be ...more
Duckpondwithoutducks
I got this book at my local library, after seeing another book with a connection to Thomas Jefferson, The Jefferson Key. I got that one as well. I was curious as to the connection to Thomas Jefferson, as I love history. Despite being two different books by two different authors written at two separate times, they are very similar! They are both Da Vinci Code kind of thrillers, where the bullets start flying practically on the first page, and the danger doesn't let up until the end. They both hav ...more
David
Meltzer writes a crackling mystery with lots of twists and turns, sort of like a roller coaster. The hero always seems to be a young, politically ambitious young man caught up in some conspiracy run by higher ups.

In this case, the young aide to the former president is the survivor of an assasination attempt who is scarred for life by bullet fragments that hit his face. He is shocked to run face-to-face with the other victim who died that day while accompanying the former president. From there, a
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Kristin
Did not finish. Did not make it past 5 out of 15 CD's. I felt I was listening to a slightly different version of Inner Circle by same, and I didn't like that book.

Premise - young brilliant aide to the President is horribly disfigured in an assassination attempt. Fast forward 8 years, he's still the former Presidents aide, and he stumbles across a Big Political Conspiracy. Now people are out to kill him and he doesn't understand why. The only redeeming part of this book was it had some pre-histo
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Royce
this is the perfect example of don't judge a book by its cover. or its title. or the jacket summary. the book of fate made maybe 10 references to an actual book of fate during its nearly 500 pages. the book of fate played as big a role in this book as lance armstrong played in dodgeball. it promised masonic consipiracies. it made reference to the masons building washington dc in one chapter. and then some codes that thomas jeffereson supposedly used to signify loyalty. but there was no masonic c ...more
Kristen
If you love a great thriller with a military twist, you'll love this one by Brad Meltzer. Eight years, presidential aide Wes Holloway was a witness to a fatal assassination attempt--Ron Boyle was killed, he was left disfigured. Now, when he discovers Boyle's alive, it sets the secret in motion of the Three, three VIPs in top government officials who were Freemasons back in the hands of time. Now, Wes disfigures how things changed that day, when everything's not who they seem. It's up to Wes and ...more
Joanna Weissen
This was the first Meltzer book I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. At first I thought the short chapters were strange but as the story got more complex I think they helped to keep everything straight in my head. Some of the plot points were a bit far fetched, but what would a good thriller be without that. The ending was satisfying and not to drawn out. I've seen several reviews that say they were disappointed it wasn't more like a Dan Brown book, which I was quite thrilled about. I tried ...more
Josh
Pffft! The only reason I finished the book is because I had the audio version. The author unsuccessfully tried to throw in twists meant to be clever and they only succeeded in annoying me. The fight scenes were drawn out and I found myself asking all through the story why I was still listening to this story. Thoroughly unimpressed with the story and felt very misled by the mention of Masons in the summary as the summary is about the only place that they play any significant role. I'm very sad I ...more
David Monroe
Update: Gave up on it. I'm a bit more than half way through it and find myself strongly rooting against the protagonist. O_o

I've never read any of Meltzer's books, just his comics work. The only reason I'm reading this is because of all the angry reviews that expected this to be a Dan Brown like book. I loathe Brown and I see Meltzer's publisher played up the tenuous mason connection in this book. Never a good thing for readers or authors. Meltzer's books have become popular airport books. I can
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Beccam
I tried to like this book, but I failed. In fact I disliked it intensely. Mr. Meltzer is known for his books on political intrigue. While I have some serious issues with his extravagant use of adjectives and adverbs, I often enjoyed his books.However this one was beyond imagination. Even if there had been a plot- you would have forgotten what was going on by the time you finished reading all the descriptions of the most minute details. I rarely say this , authors are entitled to off books, but t ...more
Jim B
This is a poor imitation of National Treasure and The Davinci Code. The book's promoters claimed a connection to Masons and a Thomas Jefferson code, but this was an insignificant part of the book.

The book could have been edited to 1/3 the length -- characters kept repeating the facts to each other and yelling, "Are you listening?" (which gets annoying on an audio book!!).

Appeals to emotion were made in the same way throughout the book and (Scott Brick)the narrator's voice showed how predictable
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Danielle
Wow, this book was so bad. I listened to it on audiobook and even with my favorite reader Scott Brick doing the narration it was still one of the most painful listening experiences I can remember. I kept thinking it would get better but 13 discs later I wish I would have abandoned it at the beginning. The main character was so wimpy and annoying it was hard to support his behavior because you didn't care what happened to him. Poorly written, cliched and a story with all kinds of flaws and proble ...more
Pamela
There is so much wrong with this book that not even Scott Brick's excellent narration could save it.

Here are a few examples:

1. A gun goes off when dropped and the writer refers to it as having "backfired."

2. I do not think that there are any former presidents and first ladies who have to clean up the litter left on their front yards by the reporters after a press conference.

3. The main character seriously needs to grow up, grow a pair, and suck it up. I cannot remember ever having read a nove
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Καλογραμμένο και περιπετειώδες, αν και χωρίς έντονο σασπένς. Τι γίνεται όταν υπάρχουν άντρες, γνωστοί ως οι 3, που εκπροσωπούν αντίστοιχα CIA, FBI, Μυστική Υπηρεσία, με σκοπό να φτιάξουν μια πλαστή προσωπικότητα, τον Ρωμαίο, και στόχο να πουλάνε πληροφορίες για διεθνείς τρομοκρατικές οργανώσεις και άλλες πληροφορίες στον υψηλότερο πλειοδότη; Όμως δεν παύουν να είναι άνθρωποι κι έτσι κάποια στιγμή γίνονται άπληστοι και πλησιάζουν τον Πρόεδρο των ΗΠΑ, ή μήπως κάποιον άλλον; Η ιστορία ξεκινάει από ...more
wally
finished this story today out in the bush sitting in the truck on the broken glass road where i've picked berries summer deer hunt winter although when i did finished i got dressed...as in layers of clothing...i was not nakkid...and went and sat in my tree stand, wind blowing, needle-like snow. there is a calm there.

three stars....one star two star three star four. good story. give it a shot. i think i say three for the reason that my willing suspension of disbelief had to labor...at times. but
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Freyja Vanadis
Apr 03, 2011 Freyja Vanadis rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Freyja by: my boss
It started out good, with fast-paced action right from the very first page. I was hoping I'd discovered a great new author to read, but that won't be the case. True, it was action-packed the entire book, but it was so ridiculous it was laughable. Oh my god. My boss gave me this book to read so I'll have to pretend I enjoyed it, but quite frankly I'd prefer to toss the book in the trash and tell her it was one of the sillier books I've had the misfortune of reading.
Becky
When they say don't judge a book by its cover, this one holds true. The cover and plot synopsis gave a hype that the book did not live up to. Upon reading the cover one would think this is a Freemason conspiracy story, in fact the Freemason's get an honorable mention at most. The book was dull to me except maybe the last 14 chapters. There was alot of content that could have been removed to make the book a quicker read and wouldn't have hurt the storyline.
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, as well as the bestsellers 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 one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby—and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America.

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