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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 once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes 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, a

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Hardcover, 510 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Planeta 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 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 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 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 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 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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Dakota C. Jones
Feb 03, 2012 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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Rosemary
May 12, 2011 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 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 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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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even gr ...more
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