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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 September 5th 2006)
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Joy Not really, in my opinion. Dan Brown dives much deeper into symbology and details of freemasonry and presidential codes. This one is a much lighter…moreNot really, in my opinion. Dan Brown dives much deeper into symbology and details of freemasonry and presidential codes. This one is a much lighter read, more focused on the story he develops instead. I do prefer Dan Brown over Brad Meltzer, but this was still a great read!(less)
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Sammy
Jun 08, 2007 Sammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-the-good
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
Jul 28, 2007 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brenda H
Mar 06, 2016 Brenda H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Brad Meltzer -- though there are several on my TBR Pile. I enjoy his writing style: the multiple points of view, the doling out of clues, the varied chapter lengths. He kept me, as the reader, guessing til the end in this political suspense novel which means that I'll be coming back for more.

There were, however, 2 things in this story that are keeping me from rating it a 4: 1) I never really felt a connection with any of the characters. In fact, I found the ma
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Bart
Oct 10, 2010 Bart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense-fiction
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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Emily
Jan 28, 2011 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Rosemary
May 12, 2011 Rosemary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Carol
Aug 05, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer
4★'s

From the Book:
"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 to figure out what really happened takes Wes back into disturbing secrets b
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Carl Alves
As expected with a Brad Meltzer novel, The Book of Fate is very complex filled with plot turns and conspiracies. It’s the sort of novel that you have to play close attention to. In this novel, Wes Holloway is an aide to President Leland Manningnow. An assassination attempt is made on the president. The chief of staff, Ron Boyle, is killed in this assassination attempt and Wes is badly injured and disfigured. The novel forwards to years later when Manningnow is no longer the president, but Wes is ...more
Duffy
Oct 07, 2007 Duffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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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Dakota
Feb 03, 2012 Dakota rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked
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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Eadie
Aug 09, 2016 Eadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This was my first Brad Meltzer book. All in all, it was a very good read but I was disappointed as I expected a lot more information about Thomas Jefferson and the Masons. There was some tie-in to the story but not as much as I expected. I did enjoy the characters and the plot was very interesting. I had to read slowly at times because things seemed a little confusing and more concentration was needed. There were quite a few twists and turns and a surprise towards the end but the ending was a li ...more
Vanessa
Oct 08, 2009 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joe Ohlenbusch
beginning was awesome but then it was just dragged out
JBradford
Dec 25, 2014 JBradford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I‘m breaking a rule by giving this novel a five-star rating, which I do not generally do for novels unless they are so unusual as to the extraordinary--but, frankly, I think this book falls within that range. The intriguing thing to me is that I have just glanced through a sequence of reviews of this novel (which I normally avoid doing beforehand, because I generally find them as useless as the publishers’ summaries on the back covers; the intriguing thing is that the vast majority of these revi ...more
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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Chris Matney
May 24, 2012 Chris Matney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Samantha
Dec 19, 2007 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Forrest
Aug 17, 2009 Forrest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Duckpondwithoutducks
Jan 28, 2012 Duckpondwithoutducks rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-fiction
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
Allie
Jun 13, 2011 Allie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book initially intrigued me because it seemed like a DaVinci Code-ish book. That was not the case. While the book does touch on the masonic influence in the layout of Washington, D.C., this book is in fact, not at all like the DaVinci Code.

Wes is your typical Presidential Aide. Young, smart and cocky. In less than 10 minutes, his whole world changes when there is an assassination attempt on the President's life. Eight years later, Wes is still the aide to the now former President and learn
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David
Jun 28, 2008 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
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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Royce
Jun 19, 2007 Royce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 8-09, 2011
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
Kristin
Jul 03, 2014 Kristin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
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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John
Jun 09, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a really good book that kept me up last night 'til I managed to finish it. Quite a few twists and turns, some partially expected, many not.

Not a fan of the mini-chapter (as with Patterson) so don't know that I'll read another of his again and also not a fan of the fact that the book back (to me anyway) seemed to be making this out to be something along the lines of a Dan Brown or James Rollins book when it was really more just a general thriller. Still a great thriller but a bit let down
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Joanna Weissen
Jan 14, 2012 Joanna Weissen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
Feb 27, 2012 Josh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim B
Jul 15, 2011 Jim B rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Beccam
Jan 05, 2009 Beccam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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