The first in a new series of pulse-pounding thrillers with wide appeal, by the author of the Number One New York Times bestseller THE BOOK OF FATE
Brad Meltzer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Fate, and five other bestselling thrillers: The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and The Zero Game. He is also one of the co-creators of the American TV show, Jack & Bobby, and is the writer of the #1 selling graphic novels, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded for the History Channel, the second season of which airs in October 2011. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida. Visit Brad's website, www.bradmeltzer.com; find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BradMeltzer; or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/bradmeltzer.
A fascinating look at the hidden treasures of the National Archives is the one strength of this otherwise unsatisfying thriller. Archivist Beecher White, to impress childhood crush Clementine Kaye during a tour of the archives, shows her the "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" reserved for President Orson Wallace, who often visits the SCIF. The accidental discovery of a rare volume linked to George Washington starts White on a perilous journey involving the Culper Ring, a secret spy group reaching back to the nation's first president; Nico Hadrian, a failed presidential assassin confined in a mental institution; and a presidential secret entrusted only to a few of Wallace's closest friends. Kaye's ambiguous re-entry into White's life adds another challenge. Bestseller Meltzer (The Book of Lies) fails to dial up much suspense with too many sketchy characters and a plot that never lives up to its promise, but the December 2 debut of his History Channel show, Brad Meltzer's Decoded, is sure to win him new fans. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Meltzer's (The Book of Lies; The Book of Fate) latest thriller takes the reader on an intriguing tour inside the National Archives. In order to impress a visiting friend from his high school days, archivist Beecher White decides to show her the secret vault where the President reviews classified documents. There they discover a 200-year-old artifact that catapults them into a dangerous game involving the institution of the presidency itself. Verdict At times the story line threatens to veer way over the top, but Meltzer deftly reins it in before it becomes too complicated and silly. With the vividly drawn characters, page-turning historical tidbits, and plot twists, this will be another best seller for Meltzer. Guaranteed to spark conversation, this novel would make a perfect book club title. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/10.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Praise for Brad Meltzer - :Breakneck . . . an action-packed read - Mail on Sunday on DEAD EVENThis is non-stop, well researched action that does not insult the intelligence. The scenarios are credible, the tension excruciating and the ending slaps you in the face. - Guardian on THE ZERO GAMEMeltzer has mastered the art of baiting and hooking readers into a fast moving plot - USA TodayAll the twists and turns that you might expect of a Dan Brown acolyte - Daily Express on THE BOOK OF FATEGrisham had better beware for there's a new kid on the block - The Irish Times