"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 ...
"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 two-hundred-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.
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Once I started this one, I couldn't put it down! Fast-paced, lots of suspense, thrilling!! I had read Meltzer"s Millionaires and The Zero Game and didn't enjoy them as much as this one. The story was great with twists and turns all over the place! Great read!
Oct 2, 2008
A great political mystery
After reading Meltzer?s Millionaires I was a little disappointed in this story. But, I have come to respect his work. As a whole Meltzer?s average story beats other authors good stories hands down. This story has a lot of good content as well as a nice development of the motivations and actions of Wes Hollow as President Manning?s aide. I was worried that this book would be an attempt to replace The DeVinci Code by Dan Brown but I was very happy to find out that it wasn?t drowned in secret/hidden meaning or secret society hunts. This was a great story it mythology related to masonry and tied it to a set of believable events. The plot twist and search for a mole within this novel will keep you reading page after page. I can?t say more about the story without giving away some of the mysteries that make this book so fun to read. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
May 20, 2007
Great Fast Read
I picked this book up at the airport and then even when the flight was over counldn't put it down. Short chapters that bounce from character to character. Easy to keep track of the characters. For the story, a good insight to the life of a president and the private life they live. A good suprise ending. Fast moving.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-07-24 Set against a backdrop of Oval Office corruption, bestseller Meltzer's overblown thriller opens with a frantic assassination attempt on President Leland Manning, who manages to elude the gunfire. Manning's deputy chief of staff, Ron Boyle, is killed, and his top aide, the cocky, ambitious Wes Holloway, is left facially disfigured. Eight years later, his motivation and confidence drained by his handicap, Holloway still toils away for the out-of-office Manning, fetching refreshments and handling the daily social calendar. On a goodwill junket to Malaysia, however, Holloway spots Boyle, surgically altered, but unmistakably the same man who was supposed to be dead and gone. From this turning point, Meltzer (The Zero Game) follows Holloway step by excruciatingly slow step as he tries to find out what really happened eight years earlier. Authentic details about Washington politics and historical mysteries enliven the predictable path. While readers looking for efficient plotting may be disappointed, Meltzer's many fans will enjoy this substantial meal of a book. 15-city author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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