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Alexandria, Virginia USA
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  • The Book of Fate

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 536

In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Psychobabble

  • By Nick on 06-06-07

Too Much Psychobabble

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-07

I got through this one, but I don't know how. The basic plot line is pretty good and the reader does his usual first-rate job.

The main character strikes me as having been marinated too long in the current therapeutic culture to be an action hero. Nearly 95 percent of the book passes before our poor little, traumatized Everyman begins to suck it up and do what needs to be done.

There is also too much agonizing over loyalty questions in a political setting. Hello? Politics? Loyalty? What are you thinking?

There is also a lot of gratuitous bickering among the members of the supporting cast. It's fine to provide occasional diversions, but these seemed just to kill time. They did not advance the plot and did not amuse me.

Maybe I'm being hasty, but Brad Meltzer is off my list for the time being. He has too much competition for me to bother with him.

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