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The Inner Circle | [Brad Meltzer]

The Inner Circle

When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.
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Publisher's Summary

"There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work in the National Archives, I find those stories for a living."

Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself....

Until now.

When Clementine Kaye, Beecher's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - a 200-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair - Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for.

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, The Inner Circle is a thrilling novel that once again proves Brad Meltzer as a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.

©2011 Brad Meltzer (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci." (People)

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    Clydene San Diego, California 01-17-11
    Clydene San Diego, California 01-17-11 Member Since 2004

    So many books, so little time...

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    "Love This Book!"

    This is a wonderful tale of hidden secrets in classic Meltzer style. Meltzer draws you into the story and you easily drawn into the story by his masterful telling of the tale. If you love mysteries, conspiracies, and puzzles, you will love this book. I know I loved this book, and his use of descriptive prose; it adds dimensionality that you rarely read these days; it is a real treat to read his wonderful work.

    I love Meltzer’s books so much that I bought a hard copy and read it; then I got the audio book, mostly to hear Scott Bricks narration of the story. Brick’s narration on The Inner Circle is truly superb, he adds so much narration process and this really becomes a theatrical performance.

    Bravo Meltzer and Brick! Yes, More Please!

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    oskiek Ontario, Canada 06-23-13
    oskiek Ontario, Canada 06-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring!"

    I found this book boring. I think this is one of the very few I did not bother to finish. I did not find the historic parts of the book all that interesting and the mystery part was not very interesting. The characters were not at all likeable. Don't waist your credits on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 04-07-13
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "great setting!"

    It was interesting to hear about the National Archives, I loved it. Beacher is so naive at times it is difficult to believe other times it is easy to understand why he cannot decide who is telling the truth. From the closure of a first love through the resolution of a mystery this book is entertaining. Scott Brick is perfect! Very enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Beaufort, SC, United States 11-16-11
    Evan Beaufort, SC, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "To Many Twist To Count"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a great way of learning interesting historical facts mingled with a great fictional story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I have on multiple points in this book stop to absorb the latest twist in the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene at the mental hospital.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be a really long sitting. Great for a long road trip or to listen to over a week or two.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 02-17-11
    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I was HOPING the main character got murdered"

    I don't know if he ever did get killed. I quit listening to it after about 4 hours. Got very frustrated with the main character's idiocy and the unlikely premise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 01-21-11
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "A plot trying to find a story."

    This sorta felt like someone conjured up a librarian and put him in the middle of a Davinci Code- x National Treasure-type tale. Oh. Wait. That's exactly what it was.

    Interestingly, the plot has promise, there's lots of dialog--which is great for me since I like a lot of dialog in my novels. There's lots of great character development and lots of time, too, spent on plot development. So, what gives?

    Unfortunately, I think Mr. Meltzer couldn't find the story he wanted to tell. I think, maybe he believed that a story was "in there somewhere..." If it would ONLY reveal itself... ("...It's here somewhere. Nope? Not yet. Ahh. No matter. Let's set up another scene and introduce another character. A story will turn up sooner or later... Any moment now...")

    It's like that.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Donnie cary, NC, United States 01-17-11
    Donnie cary, NC, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2006
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    "........Slow"

    +3 hours into this latest book by Brad Meltzer and I can't deal with the slow pace plus the dull main character. I think the story line has potential, I just have a hard time with the pace.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    John Herndon, VA, United States 01-20-11
    John Herndon, VA, United States 01-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Even real Records Managers aren't this boring."

    This book is one of those books that makes you think you should quit your job and become an author. I work with real life records managers and archivists and they are way more exciting and insightful than this main character. I had to stop listening after 3 hours, and I ALWAYS finish a book. I would have rated it zero stars if I could.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jeri Rocky Point, NC, United States 01-19-11
    Jeri Rocky Point, NC, United States 01-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "B-O-R-I-N-G"

    I can't finish this one. 50% useless fluff to the point of being insulting. I felt like the author didn't think his reader/listeners could retain anything said in the previous paragraphs. Very repetitive on descriptive information. 25% somewhat interesting facts and a slim 25% on action. Almost like a repeat of National Treasure but not nearly as good. When I find myself fast forwarding through a book I know it's time to turn it off.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    June 06-02-14
    June 06-02-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring. Drags."
    What would have made The Inner Circle better?

    A story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ??


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    Good, clear, easy..


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Inner Circle?

    All.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not wait until it was finished. I kept thinking something would happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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