This is a passable thriller, good only for a commute or a few days at the beach. Overall, the premise and plot is interesting, the pacing is suitably fast to keep you anticipating the next surprise development, but the use of language and dialogue is only fair, and the narration is pretty awful. Additionally, the inclusion of 'dramatic' music in between chapters feels like a facile crutch to add suspense that really isn't communicated in the text.
Based on the description (some kind of conspiracy involving the Masons and a cryptic crossword puzzel clue), I was hoping for a DaVinci Code on US soil kind of story, and this wasn't even close. I'm usually able to suspend my disbelief if the story is engaging enough, but the "bad guys" in this book were laughably unbelievable, especially the delusional psychopath, and the tortured "good guy" was just boring. This is a book with a lame conspiracy, lame characters, a lame ending, and incredibly long and drawn out action scenes.
I agree with another reviewer that the books takes forever to get anywhere and is simply not believable. I have read this author before, and remember liking the books. In this one, the premise is wierd, the characters wooden, and the book tedious.
This was a fast paced, can't stop listening book. Good charactors and even a bit of humor. Scott Brick really makes 18 hours go by so fast you hate to see it end.
This book was one long bore. The main character was hard to like due to his self pitying attitude and unrealistic loyalty. He couldn't see the forest through the trees and I finally had to stop listening because I didn't care what happened to any of them.
This was my intro to Brad Meltzer and I enjoyed it. Suspenseful, did not go where I was expecting, so I kept listening to see where I'd wind up. Scott Brick is a great narrator. After this on I got Book of Lies. That's a must read.