Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Book of Fate” as Want to Read:
The Book of Fate
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Book of Fate

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  11,426 ratings  ·  1,030 reviews
"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
Mass Market Paperback, 616 pages
Published May 2007 by Hachette Book Group (first published September 5th 2006)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Book of Fate, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Maria Rose In Dan Brown's novels, the Freemasons, Masonic Secrets, and the Presidential codes are integrated as part of the story. This story mentions the cipher…moreIn Dan Brown's novels, the Freemasons, Masonic Secrets, and the Presidential codes are integrated as part of the story. This story mentions the ciphered code used by the Presidents and how the Foundering Fathers were members but it is not the essence of the story, except as mentioned whenever Wes is looking through the archives' library. Nico is the one who sees the cross inside the symbol.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.61  · 
Rating details
 ·  11,426 ratings  ·  1,030 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Book of Fate
Jun 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Brenda H
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.

Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Carl Alves
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jim B
Jul 15, 2011 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
Oct 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I feel like I lost a valuable sliver of my life reading The Book of Fate when I could of been doing literally anything else. Curse my gullible perseverance!
Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter
Jan 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer

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
Eadie Burke
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
The plot was somewhat reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code, but the writing was nowhere near as good or engaging. OK not great.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Natalie Cerciello
3.5 stars is more like it. Overall, an interesting, fast-paced read with lots of action. I simply enjoyed the fact that it reiterates my mantra of “trust no one but yourself”. Wish it would’ve had a deeper dive into the Masons though
Joe Ohlenbusch
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
beginning was awesome but then it was just dragged out
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
Loved it! Audio was great and so was the story!
Paula Howard
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Maybe a 3 1/2

This was my 3rd time trying to read this book. I should have liked but....it felt flat and one dimensional.

I have other books of his but struggled so to finish this.
Kacee Moreton
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! ...more
Steph Ollman
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good page turner set in US politics. I was put off by the blurb as I thought it was going to be Da Vinci code style, but it wasn't! ...more
Ellen Spes
Oct 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am usually not fond of stories surrounding politics. This one was a pleasant surprise.
Emma Elizabeth
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little cheesy in parts but it's Meltzer so i loved it ❤ ...more

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
Chris Matney
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Page Count Question 3 18 Jul 17, 2016 07:41AM  
Goodreads Librari...: Please update details 3 104 Mar 23, 2016 06:05AM  
Brad Meltzer 7 34 Jan 10, 2014 06:41AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Redemption
  • Red Warning
  • The Omega Factor
  • The Second Perimeter (Joe DeMarco, #2)
  • The 6:20 Man
  • House Blood (Joe DeMarco, #7)
  • House Arrest (Joe DeMarco #13)
  • Dream Town (Archer, #3)
  • The Maze (John Corey, #8)
  • Dead Man Switch (John Hayes, #2)
  • December '41: A World War II Thriller
  • Cold Barrel Zero (John Hayes, #1)
  • House Witness (Joe DeMarco, #12)
  • Shadows Reel (Joe Pickett, #22)
  • The Inside Ring (Joe DeMarco, #1)
  • House Odds (Joe DeMarco, #8)
  • Next in Line (William Warwick, #5)
  • Lethal Game (Jonathan Grave, #14)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book, The Escape Artist, debuted at #1 on the bestseller list.
In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller lis

Related Articles

Billy Jensen is an investigative journalist who focuses squarely on unsolved murders and missing persons. He helped finish Michelle...
43 likes · 55 comments
“Haven’t you ever played Uno?” he asks calmly. “Sometimes you have to lose all your cards to win.” 4 likes
“would all go tell their friends and neighbors and cousins and strangers in the supermarket that we went up for our baptism and sneezed in the holy water.” 1 likes
More quotes…