"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)
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!
Beecher White, is the perfect character for this book. Young, intelligent and honorable. Very well planned. Excellently crafted, to turn you upside down and bring you back full circle. Loved every minute of it.
Story holds a lot of great historical facts and most are not well known. The plot is a little far fetched, but it is entertaining once you get into the details. A good thrill ride with loads of fun facts.
The Inner Circle is non-stop excitement. What a mind to create such a character and then keep it going thru the story. Highly recommended
I've been an avid reader since I was 4, my mother and I shared this love together. I thought audio books were cheating. I was wrong. Love it
I never read the print version, but due to Scott Brick's performance, I cannot possibly see how it would be better than this version.
The plot is so out of the blue, that it is impossible not to be kept on the edge of your seat. This is a strange thing, because the characters in the book are laid back, low toned and seemingly low keyed, but Scott Brick's performance based on Brad Meltzer's character developments are both masterful and will keep you guessing and wanting to continue to listen!
My favorite scene is the scene in which Beecher comes full circle and realizes that he is strong; and I am not going to give anything away, but his interaction with the President and realization that it is not a small distinction between the President and the Presidency!
I absolutely wanted to listen to this in one sitting, and then did so on the third and fourth listening. Which reminds me Audible friends, did you know that you can receive awards for listening to stories in one sitting, for listening to a story more than once and for more "achievements"? At least in the mobile/phone application it does this. Yay, I'm a winner!!! LOL
I would so highly recommend any fan of the thriller genre to pick this series as one to listen to. It's a fresh twist on an old genre and he is easily on par with Dan Brown!! If you're a fan of Dan Brown and his Robert Langdon, you should fall in love with Brad Meltzer and his character Beecher!
Good, clear, easy..
I could not wait until it was finished. I kept thinking something would happen.
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