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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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    Julia Austin, TX, United States 05-04-11
    Julia Austin, TX, United States 05-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Only for hardcore Meltzer fans"

    I read in another review that the narrator was melodramatic but I don't see how he could have been otherwise, given the content. This was my first and last Meltzer book. If you enjoy whiny, unrealistic characters and ridiculous plots, this is the book for you.

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    Gail Vanderheyden 04-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "DON'T BOTHER"

    One of the worst pieces of writing, ever. Nothing connects, and your expected to believe Beecher figures this stuff out without any thought process. Terrible.

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    Patrick San Francisco, CA, United States 04-27-11
    Patrick San Francisco, CA, United States 04-27-11
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    "A decent story line but too many deceitful charac"

    The characters are interesting at first. Then they all, except the protagonist, become liars. The suspense is the product of not knowing who the protagonist should trust because everyone is lying. You don't know who to believe and there is no way to figure out who, if anyone, is telling the truth. You just wait for the author to tell you what is a lie and what is not. The story is good, the characters are likeable, interesting or sufficiently cunning but the author just keeps pouring on the layers of deceit until you have no way of knowing what is real and what is a lie.

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    Gigapink 04-15-11
    Gigapink 04-15-11
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    "Very hard to get into"

    This is just one of the hardest books to get into! The narrator is terrible and I cannot get past the droning of his voice. I think this book may be good, but I'll have to pick up the physical book from the library to read. I give up on the audiobook - it's just a waste of money.

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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-15-11
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-15-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Pleasant surprise"

    This took some patience getting into it and needed to adjust to the readers style . . .but was happy that I stayed with it. Interesting story . . . author displays an addiction to verbosity but does not hinder the flow. Still thinking about it. This is better than the excerpt sample would have you believe.

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    M. Dunn 04-04-11
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    "Painfully Boring"

    There were so many times I needed to stop and go back to find out what I missed when I zoned out. It just wasn't worth it. Scott Brick's overly dramatic, trembling-voiced narration had me rolling my eyes and wishing for another reader.

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    Harold PALM HARBOR, FL, United States 04-03-11
    Harold PALM HARBOR, FL, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Much ado about nothing"

    Even Scott Brick's performance could not save this one. The two minimally interesting back stories were more interesting than the main story. Frankly, I could hardly wait for this to end.

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    Dan Hilliard, OH, United States 04-01-11
    Dan Hilliard, OH, United States 04-01-11
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    "The Inner Circle"

    I enjoyed this book. Keeps you on the edge of you seat. Scott Brick did an excellent job Narrating this book. I will certain read others from Brad.

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    Willliam West Haven, CT, United States 03-26-11
    Willliam West Haven, CT, United States 03-26-11
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    "The Inner Circle"

    A very interesting book with a great character portrayal by Scott Brick. It only got more interesting the deeper I went. Who thought an intrigue book about the National Archives could be so much fun!!!

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    Rockie Mentone, AL, United States 03-19-11
    Rockie Mentone, AL, United States 03-19-11

    Alpaca farmer, gardener, poet. Loves reading & listening to books, music, writing, and learning. Life is good!

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    I never imagined such an intriguing story coming from the setting of the National Archives. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. The narration was just as excellent. I hope Mr. Meltzer is working on a sequel, because I saw one written in the last chapter, and I can't wait to listen to it. Five stars!

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