The Book of Fate

  • by Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 200-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson.But what Wes 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?

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What the Critics Say

"Meltzer's many fans will enjoy this substantial meal of a book." (Publishers Weekly)
"Skillfully written...the plot fluidly integrates historical fact and fiction....Fans of thrillers that reach far back into history will be, well, thrilled." (Booklist)

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Too Much Psychobabble

I got through this one, but I don't know how. The basic plot line is pretty good and the reader does his usual first-rate job.

The main character strikes me as having been marinated too long in the current therapeutic culture to be an action hero. Nearly 95 percent of the book passes before our poor little, traumatized Everyman begins to suck it up and do what needs to be done.

There is also too much agonizing over loyalty questions in a political setting. Hello? Politics? Loyalty? What are you thinking?

There is also a lot of gratuitous bickering among the members of the supporting cast. It's fine to provide occasional diversions, but these seemed just to kill time. They did not advance the plot and did not amuse me.

Maybe I'm being hasty, but Brad Meltzer is off my list for the time being. He has too much competition for me to bother with him.
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- Nick

Story is sidetracked by repeatedness and errors.

I drive a minimum of 1,000 miles per week and most of that time is spent "reading" audiobooks. I have to say that this book was a let-down for 3 main reasons.

First, I was ecpecting a "National Treasure" type storyline filled with deep conspiracies and secret societies. The conspiracies turned out to be very shallow not so much unbelievable as uninteresting.

Second, the story is dotted with several annoying little errors. Reviewer 'Bob' pointed out that "exploding flashbulbs" are no longer used. Also mentioned in the book is a 9mm Sig Revolver -- should be pistol -- as well as a tow truck with matching yellow sirens -- wouldn't the sirens be audible and the LIGHTS be yellow?

Lastly, although the caracter relationships are well developped -- the caracters themselves are hard to care about. The protagonist is so self-pitying and whiny, you almost hope for the worst just to shut him up.
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- Paul B

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2006
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio