"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....
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
"Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci." (People)
Unfortunately this could have been a good story, even a great one. THere are some real interesting plots. But they get lost in the drama, over dramatizations. Brad stretches story line out to far and you start skipping chapters. Perhaps the abridged version is the one to read. I purchased the second book but I'm going to return it.
It is a great way of learning interesting historical facts mingled with a great fictional story.
I have on multiple points in this book stop to absorb the latest twist in the plot.
The final scene at the mental hospital.
It would be a really long sitting. Great for a long road trip or to listen to over a week or two.
So many books, so little time...
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!
+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.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
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.
Too many coincidences for even a book of this ilk. I never felt any empathy or identification with any of the characters.
And the producer who though that it was a good idea to add what they thought was "suspenseful" music at the end of random chapters should be shot -- it's an audiobook, not a musical production. Adding the music is cheesy -- like a recorded laugh track on a sitcom.
I haven't detested a book so much in quite a while - this author had a chance to craft an engaging story with credible, endearing characters - but he kept botching the job, revealing his inadequacies. I thought the book might improve as it progressed (as the author got more experience writing, but alas, I remained not only disappointed, but disturbed. I rarely give up on a book - I seriously wish I had given up on this one.
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!
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.
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.
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