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?
©2006 Forty-Four Steps, Inc., All Rights Reserved; (P)2006 Hachette Audio, a Division of the Hachette Book Group USA
"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)
Expectations are often what shapes a reader's final opinion on a story. The blurbs we read when looking for our next book are there to build it, often at the expense of truth, and in the end, unless we know the author well, it is a flip of the same coin. Fortunately that does not apply here...
The Book of Fate was my first experience with this author, and it was in every sense a coin toss as I was unable to find anything else that stood above it in my fickle mood. I can honestly say that I am glad that I chose this title for a number of reasons.
The author is particularly adept at bringing life to his characters, and surprisingly equally adept at making us care about them quickly - not a skill most writers possess I am afraid. In this story we have a recipe for entertainment that is well rounded, and takes us into the moment in easy to manage steps.
There are a few instances where you wish you could step in and point out an obvious flaw in the reasoning of the main character, but that is a good thing, because it is evidence of just how well the author developed the plot.
Having provided you with a summation of how the book felt to me, I should now also offer you a warning: This is not one of those books that you can easily put down in the middle of a chapter, so try to plan out your reading so that you can either finish it in one go, or in large enough chunks of time so that you can go from plot change to plot change, otherwise it could be a bit frustrating.
Other than that I liked this one a lot - it served as my entertainment for a two-day train ride, and though I saw the ending coming I was not displeased with how it arrived, or departed. I liked this one so much that my next purchase from Audible was The Zero Game, another Meltzer that I bought without even looking at the blurb! I based my decision upon the strength of my satisfaction with this title, and it was a good decision.
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