The President's Shadow : Culper Ring

  • by Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Culper Ring
  • 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A severed arm, found buried in the White House Rose Garden.
A lethal message with terrible consequences for the presidency.
And a hidden secret in one family's past that will have repercussions for the entire nation.
Following The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin, number-one best-selling author Brad Meltzer returns with...
The President's Shadow
There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I find those stories for a living.
To most it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, DC, he's responsible for safekeeping the government's most important documents...and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets.
But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the presidency.
Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring's help. The alarming discovery of the buried arm has the president's team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important: What's the message hidden in the arm's closed fist? Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn't the president. It's Beecher himself.
Beecher's investigation will take him back to one of our country's greatest secrets and point him toward the long, carefully hidden truth about the most shocking history of all: family history.

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It started with a mystery and ended with a whimper

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I have been a big fan of Melzter's work. I've read or listened to about half of his books and have enjoyed The Inner Circle and its follow-up The Fifth Assassin. But The President's Shadow stands out from these and not in a good way. While the first two installments were a race against the clock with bits of historical clues littered along the way, this felt like an overly long break in the formula. It was more about the characters lives rather than an all-encompassing conspiracy plot that need to be solved.If I would change something, it would be that this book stick to the formula that works, create another genuine adrenaline rush with smart villains who are using historical artifacts, documents and even landmarks to their advantage.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Locke and Key.


What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

He gives a flawless performance. Rarely do I listen to one of his books and not feel riveted. Even if its a poorly structured book, I'll listen to it to the end.


Do you think The President's Shadow needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Honestly, it would be best just to end it here. I'm on the fence about listening to any more of this thread. I like Beecher and his team of characters but this one fell short. Most of it felt like filler and was disorienting with the flashbacks back and forth 29 years ago, 9 years ago, 1 year ago, just yesterday, etc. The pacing was off in this book and I wouldn't want to go through that again. Oddly, I would like to see a follow-up to The Book of Fate, see what Wes Holloway is up to now. Heck, I may re-read that book now.


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Brad Meltzer and Scott Brick Do Excellent Work!

This is the next installment of the Culper Ring Series. Brad Meltzer hits a home run with this novel. This is well written and entertaining, filed with fun & surprising twists and turns! This is easily Brad Meltzer's best book though I have enjoyed them all! I will certainly read the next book by Brad Meltzer. And as always Scott Brick is one of the best readers around!

What I like best about Brad Meltser's writing is that he keeps you entertained and on the edge of your seat without the excess & unnecessary sex and violence on which so many authors rely to keep their readers turning the page. To me this is the mark of a truly talented writer.

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- C. S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio