"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)
60 yr old retired
I did not like this book and I don't really understand the thrill most people seem to have gotten from it. I haven't finished, but I will. I dread picking it up because there are other books I want to read, but I do want to find out how it ends. The characters are all pretty unlikeable. We normally enjoy Scott Brick, but I have just gotten really tired of this one. I was going to get the Fifth Assassin when I saw this was the first in the series. I won't get the next one. A friend was reading the Fifth Assassin and disliked it so he donated it to the library. He said he had read Inner Circle and barely made it through also. I guess I am just not a fan. It really seems to drag for me.
Perhaps I am just missing something about the plot, missing documents from the National Archives used to cover a 30 year old personal crime............
Very difficult to match the narrators verbal intensity to the "action" in the book. A big disconnect for me, based on the material Scott Brick had to work with.
Have listened to many Scott Brick narrations, usually good to very good, again, give the material to work with, he delivered.
Probably but, I really got tired of Beacher(the main character). And he got more annoying in The Fifth Assassin.
Ok story you could tell it was a set up for another book.
Yes he did a great job!!!
Maybe with Beacher not being so bitchy.
I'm listening to this book again in preparation for the sequel about to come out. The story is good, but both times I found parts of the story and all of the narration to be very, very overly dramatic. It bothered me the first time (to the point that I try to avoid Scott Brick), but now that I'm listening again, it's difficult for me to get through it. This is one of the times when I wished I'd just bought the hard copy.
This book was interesting and exciting but I hope if Brad Melzer is going to complete the story, it will be available soon. There are too many loose ends which left me very dissatisfied in the end.
This is a horrible book. One star is too many. Poorly written. Horribly performed. Ridiculously performed. Plot is a bad joke. I thought it was hard to get published
Loved the book. I enjoyed the twists in the story, the Author kept me guessing. Loved the history within the story also. The main character is a nice change from the bold, confident type.
I love Scott Brick -- he is by far my favorite reader. So I'm not sure if it was his performance or the words on the page. But THE DRAMA!!!!! So ANGSTY!!!!! And the book was too long and often repeated itself.
I have to admit that I'm a stickler for pronunciation...I had my "nerve set on edge" by the nariator's mispronounciation of some of the words in the story. That said, it's a good listen.
Perhaps it was Mr Brick's performance - perhaps it was the novel itself -- but if ever hear a character say, "you're not listening" again it'll be too soon. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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