Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2008 Book 105: Book of Fate

Book #:105

Book Title:The Book of Fate

Author:Brad Meltzer

Publisher:Warner Books

Pub. Date:2006


Started:December 4, 2008

Finished:December 8, 2008

Time to Read:5 Days
Back Cover / Inside Flap:"In six minutes, 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, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

Eight years later, Boyle is spotted, alive and well, in Malaysia. In that moment, Wes has the chance to undo the worst day of his life. Trying to figure out what really happened takes Wes back to a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, mysterious facts buried in Masonic history, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson.

But what West doesn't realize is that The Book of Fate holds everyone's secrets. Especially the ones worth dying for.

The Book of Fate. What does it say about you?"


Review:After reading my second Meltzer novel, I have to say that I like him as an author. I just don't love him. For this nearly-600 page work, the pace quickens then slows then quickens then slows, and then I forget what I've already read and go back and forth and, get the point. Read carefully - there is a lot jam packed into these pages and you can easily miss a connecting detail if you aren't paying scrupulous attention. I like the subject matter - political setting, a hint of Masonic intrigue - nice. It's a story that seems to get told time and again these days, but Meltzer puts his own twist on it, which is great. Overall, an interesting read, but shy away if you're look for a light, fun time.

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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