"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)
As always, Scott Brick is awesome. The story kept my interest and I certainly don't regret listening to it. At times it seems a bit cheesy and there are points in the story where you want to strangle the characters for being stupid but I guess it's no different than most thrillers. The author peaked my interest with his TV show. I've been listening to a ton of fantasy lately and this was a nice change. I would recommend.
Some plots are easy, others trying, this one melds characters I want to smack in the face with plot lines sometime mundane and easy to predict. However the performance, for which I attribute my profound visceral reaction to yell Beecher while hitting a wall, is spot on. Give this a listen if you are patient and like not knowing too much backstory, though the time jumps don't always make sense.average story for a rating of 3/5.
Brad Meltzer effectively pulls the reader into a roller-coaster. We swing up and down, around and about. Often echo not know winch was is up, nor where we are headed.
Again Scott Brick is masterful.
Recommended if you like history and intrigue. It's a fun story to hear, and it captures the imagination.
Beecher is the requisite everyman forced to step up his game just to stay alive.
I enjoyed listening to it over several days.
I enjoyed this type of book: strong story, a little bit of conspiracy theorist at work, and mystery. This book had all three of those components and kept my attention from start to finish.
Scott Brick is excellent as always. First read for me of Meltzer's works. Clearly a mastermind of bends and turns but a little too much boring and repetitious detail. Characters more then a little dry in personality, painfully slow plot. Still enjoyed the story very much.
Long commutes need something to remove the boredom! Love history, mysteries/thrillers, scifi and bios, but read a little bit of everything.
By and large, most people enjoyed this book and I can see why - Scott Brick again offers a great performance and the characters/storyline are interesting. I think for me though, it took too many sidetracks and much too much time to develop to keep me interested. I would get caught up in what was going on and then Brad Meltzer would wander down a side street. Once and a while this was fine, but to me at least it seemed to happen way too often. Perhaps I could have made it through the whole listen, but I was not optimistic about the outcome and my staying interested.
Approximately fourteen hours long and read by Scott Brick. The Inner Circle is Book 1 in a series, and I purchased it because Book 3, The President’s Shadow, was just released. Thought I’d start with the beginning of the series, Culper Ring, and I’m not disappointed.
Early on, the story tells of a National Archives employee getting engulfed in a mystery of American history, the ‘circle’ of security surrounding the presidency, and the loyalty of friends. Who’s the bad guy? Who is loyal to the president? Is the president himself one of the good or bad guys? The story will keep you guessing and you'll get damned near the end of this thriller before you figure it out!
If you’re a fan of Brad Meltzer, you’ll like this book. I’ve been looking for a good series to enjoy ever since the death of Vince Flynn. I was/am a huge fan of the Mitch Rapp character and the Washington political scene. I’m looking forward to subsequent thrillers by Meltzer and a continuation of this series.
If I say any more about the brilliance of Scott Brick’s narration, it’ll just go to his head. :-)
A good book. Enjoy!
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