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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brad Meltzer Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781594835445
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Brad Meltzer’s #1 New York Times bestseller featuring a two-hundred-year-old code devised by Thomas Jefferson and a present-day conspiracy at the highest level of power is a non-stop thrill ride.

“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 some think are worth dying for.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Insider knowledge of everyday life in politics…action, and conspiracy tales that begin tamely enough and vault into the realm of breathless improbability are Meltzer’s signature strengths…His latest outing, The Book of Fate, is sure to please those readers who like to store up stockpiles of cynicism about the private lives of their elected officials.”

    Washington Post

  • “A teasing code and a tireless pursuit…Meltzer splices savvy, insider details into this political thriller…The jolts just keep coming.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Meltzer is so good.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci.”

    People

  • “A fast, exciting ride…Well-researched and highly inventive.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Fast-paced…page-turning…A fascinating insider take on DC politics.”

    Associated Press

  • “Meltzer…serves up exciting thrillers that take readers behind the scenes of American politics…This novel is…skillfully written…The characters are genuine human beings—not all that common in the world of high-concept thrillers—and the plot fluidly integrates historical fact and fiction, which is even less common. Fans of thrillers that reach far back into history will be, well…thrilled.”

    Booklist

  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2006
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B. | 2/11/2014

    " Brad Melter has a great ability to bring his characters to life and add emotional tension to the fast-pace suspense of what I would label a political thriller. I liked this book for a number of reasons but mostly because the characters will stick with me, which to me is always the best test of a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Jameson | 1/26/2014

    " Good reading. "Da Vinci Code"-ish, kinda confusing in spots. Just plow on, not try to be too analytical, great pay off. WAY sympathetic good guys. Saw it as a movie-in-my-head about half way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 1/14/2014

    " 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 about that and Washington...I'll read that book for that. I read this book because it's Brad Meltzer and he always has great stories about politics and how politics effect somewhat normal people in abnormal ways. I enjoy the historical knowledge and the litte known facts that he presents in all his books. I also like the race to find out what is going on. About this book, I liked the details put in about a former president that he gathered from President Bush and President Clinton. I like how they went over how the Secret Service works along with how aides to the President are handled and treated. Most of all I enjoyed the lead characters. I felt that Mr. Meltzer really developed them well and in the end you felt sorry for them all but agreed with what happened to all of them. I would highly recommend this book to any that is looking for a political thriller or just someone looking for a good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tosap To | 1/6/2014

    " jelek, gak asik, not recommended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/3/2014

    " I good political conspiracy peace. Very suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 1/2/2014

    " A poor man's Dan Brown. The characters just barely hit on 2 dimensionality, and the "conspiracies" are hardly as compelling as DaVinci Code. It was a fun read if not terribly interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toby Bulloff | 1/1/2014

    " I never read any of the Dan Brown books but I sense this one is written with a bit more panache "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leeellen | 12/24/2013

    " Really good book will read more by Mr. Meltzer.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mfisher | 12/1/2013

    " This was my first book to read from Meltzer...great book, good character development, fast pace...but had very little to do with the Masons, Thomas Jefferson, or anything else the jacket proclaimed. That is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 11/1/2013

    " Not quite what the snippet on the back lead me to believe but a good story that kept you guessing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali6 | 10/25/2013

    " Another great, suspenseful page-turner from Brad Meltzer, this one dealing with a presidential assassination attempt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 8/13/2013

    " I was expecting this book to be a great conspiricy theory book. It fizzled. Still worth reading I think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick | 7/5/2013

    " This book wanted to be the Davinci Code but changed its mind half way through. Just ok "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 6/16/2013

    " Pretty decent. Picked it up for free at hotel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Willmann | 4/19/2013

    " i just finished reading this book. it was great, i couldnt put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 3/20/2013

    " Felt like a rip-off of the Davinci Code by Dan Brown-- too many similarities for me.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miles Jensen | 2/12/2013

    " The book started out really slow. I was even question if I should continue reading it, but I hung in there and am thankful I did. The book turned out to be really entertaining and suspensful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Kirk | 1/16/2013

    " This was a decent action/adventure read, but I was heavily disappointed that it was presented as having historical intrigue when in reality it had what could be considered a very soft reference to a code used by a former President (don't want to ruin the one tiny historical surprise). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korneel | 1/6/2013

    " Typical Thriller, nothing special "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/23/2012

    " a thriller that's actually thrilling. like reading a movie, am sort of surprised it hasn't been made into movie. it's got everything--politics, conspiracy, free masons, escaped psychos, american history. The suspense is constant. it's like a 500 page chase scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/15/2011

    " His books are very good. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 7/6/2011

    " Way too long with too many unnecessary points of view. I read his first book years ago and had hoped his writing style had improved since then. The plotting, yes, but the pacing is still hard to deal with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/1/2011

    " Wasnt as awesome or thrilling as I had hoped from Brad Meltzer, but it was a good, easy read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rosemary | 5/12/2011

    " 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.

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cmhwolfe | 5/10/2011

    " A very good and very easy read. Was surprised at some of the plot points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. It was ok. The cover and the opening about the Mason's had me excited but it wasn't as good as I had hoped. Overall not a bad book, just hard to get behind a scarred, scared, wimp for a hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 5/2/2011

    " it could have been great....but just never got great. very enjoyable though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 4/30/2011

    " Not bad, one of those Dan Brown-esque thrillers that are sometimes fun to pore over. A couple of unresolved threads (ie the Masonic stuff doesn't actually add to the plot much and is a bit of a red herring) but a pleasant enough read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anandh | 3/26/2011

    " A really disappointing book from Brad. The plot is sketchy, writing is pathetic and the threads are still
    lose at the end of the plot. Do read his other books but not this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 3/14/2011

    " It's a good "sitting on the bus" book, not a great work but a good read anyway, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 3/14/2011

    " One of my favorite mystery writers. I like the bumbling hero--not a Columbo bumbler, just a kind of normal type who's good at some stuff but not a superhero and definitely someone with weaknesses who makes mistakes. Good story, intrigue in the halls of power. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki | 3/1/2011

    " BORING!!! I was expecting this to be a lot more intriguing than it turned out to be. It was number 1 on the NY Times best sellers, I have no idea why. Don't waste your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 2/22/2011

    " very great book with an unexpected end.
    "

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About the Author
Author Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous thrillers, including The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate, and The Book of Lies. He is also the number one bestselling author of the critically acclaimed comic books Identity Crisis and Justice League of America and is the cocreator of the TV series Jack & Bobby. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.