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Title: The Book of Fate
Author: Brad Meltzer
Publisher: Published May 2007 by Hachette Book Group (first published September 5th 2006)
ISBN: 9780446612128
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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 "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.

30 review for The Book of Fate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

    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 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 the book expecting old American mysteries being uncovered, you will be greatly disappointed, as my mom was. That's why she told me... and I wasn't disappointed with the book. It was actually a good read. I'm not all that into mysteries, especially modern day ones with cliched twists. But this book still kept me relatively interested. A couple of times I was surprised with the things unearthed and revealed, but a lot of times I saw the "twist" coming. Those of you who are huge mystery buffs and could probably out-Sherlock Mr. Holmes himself will probably find this book rather tedious after the first dozen chapters after everything had been set up. This is a book I would classify as a light mystery that makes you feel smart... or dumb depending on how knowledgeable you are about the government and history. Okay, so it's a light mystery for smart people, a complicated and confusing read for those who are ignorant to things besides Paris Hilton's latest shopping excursion. For me it was kind of in the middle, I'm far from dumb, I do know my history fairly well and I'm not completely ignorant on the goings-on of the government, though I think not knowing that much helped me suspend reality with this book. Any government official who may read this book will probably be thinking, "You can't do that!" "The president is not allowed to..." "That's not even plausible in this day and age!" throughout their entire read. A bonus point was that the characters were not your stereotypical leads in a mystery novel. None of them could be described as glamorous. The book had just enough action to keep you reading but not so much you became overwhelmed and bored with it right away. It also starts with a bang, and that first chapter may be a good indication of whether or not you're going to like the book. So if you're not dumb or a government official (don't even start with the comments that those are the same thing) more than likely you'll find this book a fun read. Just remember what I said... this is far from another Da Vinci Code, despite what the back cover may try to tell you. You go into it with that mind set, you will be sorely disappointed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda H

    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 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

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bart

    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 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 imagery on the cover. There's not even the barest justification of it in the plot, but I'm sure it suckered in a bunch of DaVinci Code fans.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    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 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 this book written by the Masons, showing off history of DC and the government, with assasins running around trying to kill people...BUT NO! BORING AWFUL, there was no Book of Fate, nothing to suggest it, and a weak presidential conspiracy involving forgettable characters and no racy love scenes. I can't believe this guy's a best selling author. My fate became nothing after reading this piece meant for the garbage.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Jones

    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 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 content. He has his own television show, but like Meltzer, the people on the show are clueless and often insult viewers by humoring ridiculous theories and over-acting. I really hope Meltzer stops writing books and gets a job more suited his skill set, perhaps community college creative writing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    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 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 loved 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 had exciting action at every turn. A 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? An ending that went on and on and on and then an 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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 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 still working for him. He finds out that Boyle is not dead, and is alive in Malaysia. Let the conspiracies begin. As with most Meltzer novels, this is a page turner. It’s very intriguing to the end. However, in this novel he really goes over the top with the conspiracies to the point where the believability aspects are stretched to the limits. The reveal at the end wasn’t what I was hoping for, and really hurt the buildup. It was an interesting read, certainly fun, but not overly satisfying. Carl Alves – author of Blood Street

  10. 5 out of 5

    Duffy

    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 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 but never actually finishing off until the very last page of the book. It's good, but I'm still giving it a four. All things have their room for improvement. But I can't say more about this since it will mess up what the word WOW meant. Hope you guys have fun reading this book as much as I did. I actually finished it in 10hours. It not my own record holding, but considering the facts? It was that good. I hope his other books are just the same.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eadie

    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 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 little drawn out. These complaints will not deter me, however, from reading another of Meltzer's books because I did enjoy his writing. I would recommend this book if you enjoy reading about presidents, FBI, CIA and the secret service.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jim B

    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 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 the conversations were by always using the same pattern.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joe Ohlenbusch

    beginning was awesome but then it was just dragged out

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melenia

    Loved it! Audio was great and so was the story!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    The plot was somewhat reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code, but the writing was nowhere near as good or engaging. OK not great.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JBradford

    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 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 reviews gave the book a one star rating and panned it left and right, with many of them complaining that they had thought it was going to be as good as a Dan Brown book but were disappointed. Since I do not care at all for Dan Brown’s books and I thought this one was fantastically good, I guess that puts me in the minority--but I’ve been there before. This was a book that I plucked off a book-swapping shelf at the hospital last week, selecting it largely because the title made me think of the nonexistent book that Dean Koontz keeps referencing. I was reading something else at the time, but an empty interval appeared, and I picked up this book to start reading it for my traditional hour of reading the end of the evening. That turned out to be a big mistake, as I slumped lower and lower in my big plushy recliner chair and found myself turning page after page trying to keep up with the action. I had never read one of Brad Meltzer’s books before, and I found myself fascinated by the way he kept jumping back and forth between different actions and different actors in very small chapters, keeping the reader aware of parallel lines of activity and wondering how on earth they are all going to come together and how things are going to be worked out in the end. Let’s face it; as readers of mysteries, we all know that in all probability the hero protagonist is going to figure out who did what and defeat the villain in the end. But we’ve come a long way since the days of “the Butler did it,” with authors finding ever new ways to keep the reader interested. I was not really surprised to later find that Meltzer has also worked as a writer of successful television dramas, such as The West Wing; his novel reads like just such a show. The book begins with an event that happened eight years in the past, when a young assistant to the then president of the United States of America makes a quick political decision and as a special favor invites someone who is giving him a hard time into riding in the president’s car enroute to a presidential appearance at a NASCAR race. When they rush onto the field and get out of the car, an assassin suddenly appears, except that the person he kills is not the president but the favorite guest, with a ricochet bullet also seriously disfiguring the face of the young presidential assistant. Eight years later, when the now ex-president travels to Malasia to give a speech, that same young assistant dashes into a room he is not supposed to enter and finds himself face-to-face with the same person who was killed eight years before. Thus begins a race against time that introduces the reader to a potpourri of inside information about how politics works, how Washington staffers interact and get treated (and mistreated), together with a collection of interesting historical facts, and the development of a non-romance between the ever running assistant and an overly persistent local reporter who smells a Big Story between the lines. As I said, this was the first Brad Meltzer novel I had ever happened to come across, but I was so impressed I visited my local library the day after I stayed up half the night to finish the book. To my delight, my library had a shelf full of his books, and I found that the one I selected to read next was even better! Now what do I do--give that book six stars?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Mmmmmm... 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 Mmmmmm... 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]" comes to mind *Laughing*. Sorry, but us Brits had our very own 'shmuck' leader at the time. And yes, his first time as PM I did vote for the imbecile *smiling*. But only to get the previous idiot out LMAO... Okay, political thriller The Book of Fate was going to lose one star as we're judged by the company we keep ;) It is a well written book, and the first half appears to be fairly original. But then a pattern is forming that I recognise from a previous Meltzer book I'd read, The Tenth Justice, which I actually quite enjoyed. A few similarities maybe? Mmmmm... Let's see... The Tenth Justice: Legal thriller, young male antagonist has long-term friends whom he begins to doubt in a conspiracy against him beating the bad guys. One of his friends is a journalist, and there's a young female friend he works with whom he also has doubts about. Though there's a slight love aspect. Oh, and the Marshal's department are involved and he's wondering if they are in on the game too. The Book of Fate: Political thriller, young male antagonist has long-term friends whom he begins to doubt in a conspiracy against him beating the bad guys. A woman he befriends is a journalist, and he doubts her loyalty as well. Though there's a slight love aspect. Oh, and instead of the Marshal's department we have the F.B.I./C.I.A., and could they be the bad guys too? Deja vu anyone? *Smiling*. This wasn't going to be a 5 star read, though it would have been a 4 star read. I didn't deduct a star for political butt-licking LMAO. I deducted a star for using the almost exact same character and plot formula as a previous book I'd read by the same author. It is still a well written story and the character descriptions are quite good (if you haven't read The Tenth Justice). The first half of the book is much more intriguing than the second half, which does run around the houses trying to get to a satisfactory conclusion. The secret Masonic Lodge is as near as it gets to a Dan Brown mystery. A 3 star read, as I've definately read far worse books, but I wouldn't read it again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris Matney

    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 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 supporting cast is engaging - good guys, bad guys, and crazy guys. We all have a friend like Rogo, we all avoid an office coworker like Dreidel - these are complex characters that you love one minute and hate the next. And my favorite, by far, is the absolutely whacked-out Nico Hadrian - one of the best bad guys ever. The plot of the book is twisted and complex - another thing I really enjoy. Against the backdrop of an ex-President whose fall from office haunts the cast, the story unfolds in tantalizing layers. Mr. Meltzer spends a bit too much time at the end of the novel wrapping up loose ends and plying us with three or four epilogues - but the big plot twists are wonderful. I figured out one, but the others were a surprise - perfect. If your primary driver for a thriller is non-stop action, this might not be your book as Mr. Meltzer dives deeply into the psychology of the events and the interpersonal relationships. For me, I would rather enjoy the richness of a well-appointed cast than read about another shootout or car chase. So, if you are looking for an enjoyable way to spend a few hours this summer, I can recommend The Book of Fate. The audio version is wonderfully read and also highly recommended.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    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 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter

    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 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 publication of The Book of Fate, Meltzer began writing scripts for TV's popular "The West Wing" series following the departure of the show's creator, Aaron Sorkin. With TV, you can't stay in the same room for 60 minutes, have long dialogs between two or three characters, or delve into narratives about the back story or the character's motivations. These are the very elements that are so necessary when writing a story that is to be read rather than acted out on stage or screen. And these are the elements that The Book of Fate was fated to omit due to Meltzer's change in occupations. If other readers find this book worth reading... more power to them. But if you want to see what this author can really do and do well, pick up The Zero Game, The Tenth Justice, or The Millionaires.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Forrest

    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 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 turns in the plot (enough to make one dizzy) but it also had sudden changes in momentum in the book, where the story and action jumped from the pages to where one had to laboriously and attentively extract the story line. I enjoyed Meltzer's plot/story line where the "3" use intelligence to swindle the U.S. Government. I thought Meltzer did a good job with his characters. I especially enjoyed the insight that Meltzer provided about retired U.S. Presidential staff, libraries, etc. Unlike some reviewers, I enjoyed the short chapters in the book. The short chapters helped me set goals during the slow read times. I am going to try to read another one of Meltzer's books in the future. Let's hope that I can rank it at least 3 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Duckpondwithoutducks

    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 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 have plots around a fictional President of the United States, First Ladies who aren't entirely faithful, codes written by Thomas Jefferson and characters whose allegiance is ambivalent. The structure of both feels more like a screenplay than a novel, going back and forth between scenes, sometimes the scenes being absurdly short. While reading through the first time you may feel a sense of tension and wondering what will happen, but that interest would not sustain me through a second reading. There are no good lines that I would want to savour over and over again. Also, there was too much gratuitous violence for my liking.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Paulson

    “Six minutes from now, one of us would be dead. That was our fate. None of us knew it was coming.” So writes Wes, a young Presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. It was on that July 4th day that Wes put the President’s oldest friend into the Presidential limousine; by the time the trip came to an end, the friend was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin, and Wes was permanently disfigured by a bullet taken in the face. “Because of me, Ron Boyle died. Eight years later, he c “Six minutes from now, one of us would be dead. That was our fate. None of us knew it was coming.” So writes Wes, a young Presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. It was on that July 4th day that Wes put the President’s oldest friend into the Presidential limousine; by the time the trip came to an end, the friend was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin, and Wes was permanently disfigured by a bullet taken in the face. “Because of me, Ron Boyle died. Eight years later, he came back to life.” Trying to figure out what really happened on the worst day of his life will lead Wes on a chase that takes him back to that long-ago July 4th, back to a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, back to ancient Masonic symbols hidden in the street plan of Washington, DC, and even back to a two-hundred year old secret code invented by Thomas Jefferson. Employing his mastery of Presidential lore and powerful secrets, and expanding to the glittering world of Palm Beach high society and its seedy fringes, Meltzer has crafted his fastest and boldest thriller yet. The Book of Fate. What does it say about you?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    This book initially intrigued me because it seemed like a DaVinci Code-ish book. That was not the case. While the book does touch on the masonic influence in the layout of Washington, D.C., this book is in fact, not at all like the DaVinci Code. Wes is your typical Presidential Aide. Young, smart and cocky. In less than 10 minutes, his whole world changes when there is an assassination attempt on the President's life. Eight years later, Wes is still the aide to the now former President and learn This book initially intrigued me because it seemed like a DaVinci Code-ish book. That was not the case. While the book does touch on the masonic influence in the layout of Washington, D.C., this book is in fact, not at all like the DaVinci Code. Wes is your typical Presidential Aide. Young, smart and cocky. In less than 10 minutes, his whole world changes when there is an assassination attempt on the President's life. Eight years later, Wes is still the aide to the now former President and learns that what he believed happened that fateful day was not what it seemed. I really enjoyed the book and found myself trying to guess the outcomes. A few of my predictions were accurate but was pleasantly surprised when I was wrong at one of the other major predictions. I think that as long as you are not expecting a book similar to the DaVinci Code, you will enjoy this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    David

    Meltzer writes a crackling mystery with lots of twists and turns, sort of like a roller coaster. The hero always seems to be a young, politically ambitious young man caught up in some conspiracy run by higher ups. In this case, the young aide to the former president is the survivor of an assasination attempt who is scarred for life by bullet fragments that hit his face. He is shocked to run face-to-face with the other victim who died that day while accompanying the former president. From there, a Meltzer writes a crackling mystery with lots of twists and turns, sort of like a roller coaster. The hero always seems to be a young, politically ambitious young man caught up in some conspiracy run by higher ups. In this case, the young aide to the former president is the survivor of an assasination attempt who is scarred for life by bullet fragments that hit his face. He is shocked to run face-to-face with the other victim who died that day while accompanying the former president. From there, a conspiracy arises that seems so very real. Meltzer adds a smokescreen to the story that creates a mysterious fog that keeps the reader guessing. The CIA, the FBI and the SECRET SERVICE all seem out to get him. Has he uncovered a deadly secret or is he some kind of bait? A real page-turning experience.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Royce

    this is the perfect example of don't judge a book by its cover. or its title. or the jacket summary. the book of fate made maybe 10 references to an actual book of fate during its nearly 500 pages. the book of fate played as big a role in this book as lance armstrong played in dodgeball. it promised masonic consipiracies. it made reference to the masons building washington dc in one chapter. and then some codes that thomas jeffereson supposedly used to signify loyalty. but there was no masonic c this is the perfect example of don't judge a book by its cover. or its title. or the jacket summary. the book of fate made maybe 10 references to an actual book of fate during its nearly 500 pages. the book of fate played as big a role in this book as lance armstrong played in dodgeball. it promised masonic consipiracies. it made reference to the masons building washington dc in one chapter. and then some codes that thomas jeffereson supposedly used to signify loyalty. but there was no masonic conspiracy, it was all a facade, both in the promise of the book, and in the story itself. this story ended up being a little bit of pity for its deformed main character, mixed with a predictable secrets for money conspiracy. not a book worth the discount price i paid.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    If you love a great thriller with a military twist, you'll love this one by Brad Meltzer. Eight years, presidential aide Wes Holloway was a witness to a fatal assassination attempt--Ron Boyle was killed, he was left disfigured. Now, when he discovers Boyle's alive, it sets the secret in motion of the Three, three VIPs in top government officials who were Freemasons back in the hands of time. Now, Wes disfigures how things changed that day, when everything's not who they seem. It's up to Wes and If you love a great thriller with a military twist, you'll love this one by Brad Meltzer. Eight years, presidential aide Wes Holloway was a witness to a fatal assassination attempt--Ron Boyle was killed, he was left disfigured. Now, when he discovers Boyle's alive, it sets the secret in motion of the Three, three VIPs in top government officials who were Freemasons back in the hands of time. Now, Wes disfigures how things changed that day, when everything's not who they seem. It's up to Wes and his friends to discover who are the Three or Four, while they're after him along with a psycho killer out there, all seeking out revenge for opening their own Pandora's Box in the Book of Fate. Lots of good twists and turns in fast-paced fun.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Did not finish. Did not make it past 5 out of 15 CD's. I felt I was listening to a slightly different version of Inner Circle by same, and I didn't like that book. Premise - young brilliant aide to the President is horribly disfigured in an assassination attempt. Fast forward 8 years, he's still the former Presidents aide, and he stumbles across a Big Political Conspiracy. Now people are out to kill him and he doesn't understand why. The only redeeming part of this book was it had some pre-histo Did not finish. Did not make it past 5 out of 15 CD's. I felt I was listening to a slightly different version of Inner Circle by same, and I didn't like that book. Premise - young brilliant aide to the President is horribly disfigured in an assassination attempt. Fast forward 8 years, he's still the former Presidents aide, and he stumbles across a Big Political Conspiracy. Now people are out to kill him and he doesn't understand why. The only redeeming part of this book was it had some pre-history with a character also found in Inner Circle. The books are loosely related, but definitely still stand alone. My head still hurts from banging it on the steering wheel as I listened to Inner Circle. I don't need to add to the bruises. Can't recommend this one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John

    It was a really good book that kept me up last night 'til I managed to finish it. Quite a few twists and turns, some partially expected, many not. Not a fan of the mini-chapter (as with Patterson) so don't know that I'll read another of his again and also not a fan of the fact that the book back (to me anyway) seemed to be making this out to be something along the lines of a Dan Brown or James Rollins book when it was really more just a general thriller. Still a great thriller but a bit let down It was a really good book that kept me up last night 'til I managed to finish it. Quite a few twists and turns, some partially expected, many not. Not a fan of the mini-chapter (as with Patterson) so don't know that I'll read another of his again and also not a fan of the fact that the book back (to me anyway) seemed to be making this out to be something along the lines of a Dan Brown or James Rollins book when it was really more just a general thriller. Still a great thriller but a bit let down that the historical/Masonic stuff hinted at on the back weren't really all THAT key to the story.

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