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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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
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
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...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...more
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...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
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
Jeff
Don't let all the hype on the cover about the Masons sway you into thinking that this is a DaVinci Code-like mystery. The Mason "legend" doesn't factor into this story much at all except to propel an insane super-religious assasin along on his mission. The characters are somewhat interesting and the beginning of the book started off well enough. However, the rest of the mystery is rather drawn out and ultimately, dull.
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.
Martin Hill
Wes Holloway is a former presidential aide who survived an assassination attempt that left him horribly scarred and a fellow aide dead. For nearly ten years, Wes has carried the guilt that his mistake was responsible for putting his dead colleague, Ron Boyle, in the presidential limousine the day a madman named Nico tried to kill the president. When Wes accidentally discovers Boyle is actually alive, he becomes embroiled in a deadly race to discover the truth about the assassination attempt and...more
Matt Anderson
Audiobook not read by author

In this political thriller, the aide to the former President of the United States uncovers truths that had been hidden from the public. The CIA, FBI, and Secret Service all get involved in this mystery, and the President's aide is at the center of everything.

While all the books that I've read by him have been fun reads, this plot actually hung together better than the other two Meltzer books I've read ("The Millionaires" and "Zero Game").

The cover art for "The Book o...more
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.

Joan
Read for my Mystery Book Club Group. Wes works as a Presidential aide. During a Presidential trip for reelection to a race track, one man is killed and Wes is shot in the face and disfigured by an man who planned to kill the President and is a religious nut. The murdered man is not really killed and that is the beginning of a mystery to get money from the United States for spy information by a group of men working with the C.I.A., F.B.I. and other government people. Finding out who is involved w...more
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...more
Sharon
Enjoyed the book quite a bit. Plot was well conceived, good character development, and it kept you guessing.
David Peters
Why Read It: Fast paced action where the tension and twists are built and laid out in perfect harmony. He continues to use the short chapter writing style (see Dan Brown) which keeps pulling you through the book (it is only 2 pages until the next chapter, so I will just read to there. Soon followed by it is only 3 pages…). The final twist while not shocking, it did not occur to me that it was coming at all.

Why Skip It: It is light thriller reading, like watching a good movie. It will entertain y...more
Ithlilian
I am starting to get the impression that Meltzer's books are more about characters and less about running around uncovering national secrets. The bits of history and discovery seem confined to the knowledge of a character or two. In this case, it's Nico talking a bit about the Free Masons, otherwise, it is just one man trying to figure out why a dead guy is suddenly appearing again. The explanation is actually quite mundane, and I can see why that would disappoint people if they were expecting a...more
Christine Snyder
An overall very mediocre novel. One, the book mentions the Masons twice. Two, every move the characters make is predictable by a three year old. Third, the characters themselves have no dynamic. They are all exactly as you would expect them to be. It's not suspenseful at all. I was also quite drawn away by the fact that each chapter was two pages long. It diced the plot line into very, very small chunks and didn't add to the suspense at all, as I assume was the wanted effect. When I picked up th...more
Tim
This conspiracy thriller may never be fated for any movie treatment. There are several mysterious characters, power-mad intriguers, and complicated plot twists too intricate for any producer to accurately capture the mood of this novel. But not to worry.

The material contained in this novel may seem extremely familiar, especially if the reader has viewed any “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” series that has been featured on the History Channel. Seminal ideas supporting the TV series are used throughout th...more
Thom Foolery
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Jody
This is not a book about the Masons. If you think you are going to read about some deep dark secrets surrounding Washington D.C. and the Masons then think again. This is a political thriller that will keep you spellbound from beginning to end. It is a very good book and you will enjoy it as long as you are not dead set on reading a book about secret clubs and codes. I did check out the reviews on here and because of faithful Goodreads users such as yourself I was forewarned that this book wasn't...more
Ryan
I wanted a book on tape to help kill the 12 hours driving back and forth the Michigan and I wasn't sure what to go for. I'm such a visual person that I need to see the sentences, the style, the syntax; and I've had a hard time trying to follow something classic like Toni Morrison or Alice Walker. I went to the library and thought I could find a quick mystery but most were out. I saw Flyboys and remembered my entire family telling me how much they liked it, but since I wasn't sure if I'd be able...more
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