Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

Book Details
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Hardcover, 464 Pages
2011, Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 0446577898

There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work in the National Archives, I find those stories for a living.

Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself...

Until now.

When Clementine Kaye, Beecher's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for.

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, THE INNER CIRCLE is a thrilling novel that once again proves Brad Meltzer as a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.

The Inner Circle is a smart political adventure full of intriguing mystery. The novel starts with a bang and continues at a thrilling pace until the very last word. Brad Meltzer takes political history and turns it on its ear. Creating a massive presidential conspiracy theory that surpasses even the wildest of imaginations, Meltzer convincingly leads the reader on a joyride through the darkest of presidential secrets.

Beecher White is a compelling lead. An average guy with job steeped in history finds himself caught in a fight for his life. Racing to learn the truth before his time runs out, Beecher loses his naivety and learns that the advice "trust no one" is harder than it may seem.

The Inner Circle could easily be compared to The Da Vinci Code. The historical attributes and adventure feel is the same. The Inner Circle replaces religion with politics and adds a more intellectual feel though.

The Inner Circle is a thoroughly modern novel, though it leans heavily on events in the past. It's a wonderful mix of old and new with a mystery that will spin you in circles. I was blown away by this novel. Reading The Inner Circle is, by far, the best adventure I've been on in quite a while.


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