Brad Meltzer

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 to figure out what really happened takes Wes back into disturbing secrets buried in Freemason history, a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson that conceals secrets worth dying for.

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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 to figure out what really happened takes Wes back into disturbing secrets buried in Freemason history, a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson that conceals secrets worth dying for."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 buried in Freemason history, a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson that conceals secrets worth dying for.

Specifications

Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
608
Author
Brad Meltzer
Title
The Book of Fate
ISBN-13
9781455508167
Publication Date
October, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.50 x 4.25 x 1.12 Inches
ISBN-10
1455508160

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
This is the first book...
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 main character both annoying and weak and 2) the story was a big tease. Initally, it appeared that the plot was going to involve significant detail re the Masons as well as the Founding Fathers but that all seemed to get lost as we got further into the story. Ultimately, the Masons ended up just being a side note to the story. Overall, I enjoyed the read due to the style and the "spy" intrigue more than the characters or the promise of secret orders. Rating: 3.5
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
I tried to like this b...
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 this was so bad, I will simply not ever buy another Meltzer book.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
This is the first book...
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 main character both annoying and weak and 2) the story was a big tease. Initally, it appeared that the plot was going to involve significant detail re the Masons as well as the Founding Fathers but that all seemed to get lost as we got further into the story. Ultimately, the Masons ended up just being a side note to the story. Overall, I enjoyed the read due to the style and the "spy" intrigue more than the characters or the promise of secret orders. Rating: 3.5
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
I tried to like this b...
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 this was so bad, I will simply not ever buy another Meltzer book.
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 main character both annoying and weak and 2) the story was a big tease. Initally, it appeared that the plot was going to involve significant detail re the Masons as well as the Founding Fathers but that all seemed to get lost as we got further into the story. Ultimately, the Masons ended up just being a side note to the story. Overall, I enjoyed the read due to the style and the "spy" intrigue more than the characters or the promise of secret orders. Rating: 3.5
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 this was so bad, I will simply not ever buy another Meltzer book.

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1-5 of 34 reviews
Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This is the first book...

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 main character both annoying and weak and 2) the story was a big tease. Initally, it appeared that the plot was going to involve significant detail re the Masons as well as the Founding Fathers but that all seemed to get lost as we got further into the story. Ultimately, the Masons ended up just being a side note to the story. Overall, I enjoyed the read due to the style and the "spy" intrigue more than the characters or the promise of secret orders. Rating: 3.5

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

If you desire a quick ...

If you desire a quick read, this book will fulfill your wants. Though over 500 pages, the story lacks significant character development and moves forward nicely with rapid dialogue and several action sequences. For this reason, it lends itself to fast consumption. One element of the narrative, however, seemed over exaggerated, and at times, out of place. The focus on Freemasons, which the reader expects to play a central role in the climax, quickly fades after the middle part of the book. Overall, an enjoyable and simple read.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

[The Book of Fate] by ...

[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 buried in Freemason history, a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson that conceals secrets worth dying for. My Thoughts: I love d the story line and will say that I had given the book a 4.5 star rating with the expectation of a perfect 5...until... It was an exciting action at every turn story with characters that you could love and trust in one chapter and hate and distrust before the next page. Everyone could have been the good guy and everyone could have been the bad guy. So what happened? The ending that went on and on and on and then the epilogue that was about ten minutes longer than it needed to be. Just didn't have the punch that the first 114 chapters had, not to mention that we never really found out what the tie in was with the Masons. That being said...it was an enjoyable book. I loved Brad Meltzer's television series, "History Decoded"... so I will certainly read another of his future books.

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

Nutshell--Good, engagi...

Nutshell--Good, engaging, but not even as complex as a Castle episode/mysteryWhile a good page-turner, I figured out the alleged surprise identity of a hidden "person behind it all" about a third of the way into the book. It didn't diminish some of the suspense or other side-mysteries, but it felt a bit going-through-the-numbers to me. I decided to read this because I wondered why Brad Meltzer was getting such big reviews and sales; his Identity Crisis for DC Comics was my first exposure to him and I still haven't forgiven him for his ruination of Ralph & Sue Dibny (not to mention the cascading domino-theory problem from his retconned ideas in said mini-series). Will I read more Meltzer? Sure, if the topic at hand is interesting to me, but I won't be expecting a mystery that keeps me guessing. He's more a thriller writer than mystery I suppose, but when all you know is the author's marketing & book covers, that's how they seem at first blush to this reader.

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

This story was another...

This story was another okay read from Brad Meltzer. From the description on the cover I thought I was going to read a story about Masons, codes and the book would be a thrill to read. The Masonic plot never really developed and the ancient codes was a big let down. I suppose this book was marketed to perk up all the readers that enjoyed Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code" and they would step up and buy this book. The marketing ploy worked on me, because I bought it. In summary, its not a terrible read, but with a little more time spent on developing the story by the author, the book could have been a great read.


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