The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle The best kept secret of the U S Presidency is about to be revealed There are stories no one knows Hidden stories I love those stories And since I work in the National Archives I find those stories fo

  • Title: The Inner Circle
  • Author: Brad Meltzer
  • ISBN: 9780446577892
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The best kept secret of the U.S Presidency is about to be revealed 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 peoThe best kept secret of the U.S Presidency is about to be revealed 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 two hundred 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.

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    1. This was my first Brad Meltzer book, and it started out well, but as time went on, a few things became painfully obvious:1. "No one is who they appear to be at first." And I mean, no one. Not a single named character escapes this cliche.2. Towards the second half of the book, we get hit with Dan-Brown mini chapters, intended to add suspense, but only achieve a sense of talking to the reader as if he/she is 5 years old.3. The plot gets more and more and more convolutedI halfway expected space ali [...]

    2. I love books with the whole historical conspiracy thing and I like Brad Meltzer, but this one was a miss. Since it's a Brad Meltzer book, I expect a certain amount of sad sackness to the protagonist, but this one was too much to take. And there were too many moments where everything stopped for exposition from people who would not normally do such a thing, in situations that no one would normally do it. And some situations, I just didn't buy. If you've never read Meltzer's books, do yourself a f [...]

    3. If you're not a Brad Meltzer fan yet, you will be after you read this book. Released earlier this year to rave reviews, it looks like we have the beginning episode in a series featuring our reluctant, mildly dorky, intellectual but - inexperienced in espionage - hero - Beecher. Meltzer's attention to detail and his well known expertise in American History play in beautifully here as the plot deepens, thickens and splinters into several directions. Secret groups bent on preserving the presidency [...]

    4. I had lost faith in Brad Meltzer. His stellar explosion onto the political thriller scene in the late '90s and early '00s was very welcome. Grisham had moved on to "Italy," Baldacci had begun a storytelling "plausible-deniability" period with his Camel Club series, and the rest of the landscape was trying to create plot lines around the new national dread - terrorism. Meltzer came on the scene with three great reads having different branches of government taking center stage: "First Counsel" (Wh [...]

    5. The Inner Circle is a smart political adventure full of intriguing mystery. The novel starts with a bang and continues at a thrilling pace until the very last word. Brad Meltzer takes political history and turns it on its ear. Creating a massive presidential conspiracy theory that surpasses even the wildest of imaginations, Meltzer convincingly leads the reader on a joyride through the darkest of presidential secrets.Beecher White is a compelling lead. An average guy with job steeped in history [...]

    6. Everyone knows I love State of the Union night. Reading all the pre-event hype left me craving a mid-winter escape with a political thriller, a fictional president and a zingy caper. The kids at Huffington Post made it seem hip to avoid O: A Presidential Novel, so I went with Brad Meltzer's The Inner Circle. That's how the conspiracy among NPR, Comedy Central, and yes--the History Channel--was revealed to me. They worked in covertly in unison to make me believe that this was an excellently craft [...]

    7. This book starts off with an incredibly implausible scene. Beecher, an archivist, is helping an old the friend in the archives try to locate some information about her long-lost father (who turns out to be in an asylum for the criminally insane after attempting to assassinate the president.) He is showing her a SCIF room, very private rooms where the president and other special dignitaries can view especially important and secret documents without being spied upon (why would they have surveillan [...]

    8. I picked up this book in the search for finding additional writing like David Baldacci, one of my favorite authors, and was pleasantly surprised with this book and author (who was new to me). I enjoyed the context, having lived in DC previously, and liked reliving some of the highlights of that city. I also enjoyed the conspiracy aspect of this series. It wasn't as fast paced as I'm used to with Baldacci and I hoped for more action from the main character and a little less…sappiness, but that [...]

    9. When Michael Crichton published "The Lost World" a few years ago, I felt like I was reading the screenplay for the upcoming "Jurassic Park" sequel rather than an actual novel. A similar thing happened reading Brad Meltzer's latest novel "The Inner Circle." The story itself is a popcorn thriller of a book. The story opens with archivist Benjamin January preparing for a meeting with his old high school crush, Clementine. She's contacted him again via Facebook and needs his help with tracking down [...]

    10. In 1778, a man by the name of Benjamin Tallmadge organized a spy network in New York City, right in the middle of the British troops. Tallmadge was acting under the order of George Washington himself, and the purpose of this group was to pass information about the British to General Washington. This much is generally known, but what if that group of spies didn’t disband after the Revolutionary War? What if the group known as the Culper Ring continued to work behind the scenes protecting the pr [...]

    11. I approach any book I read with an innocent until proven guilty attitude; I plunge into a book expecting and hoping to like it. Though I had been intrigued by the premises of Meltzer's books, it wasn't until I read a really touching and well-crafted blog dedicated to his late father that I felt compelled to read one of his novels. Meltzer's premises often tap into little known facts or "secrets" in American history. Think "National Treasure" type adventure novels. So here was the perfect set-up [...]

    12. this book for sure is a page turner. I started it and could not walk away. Brad definitely can tell a story. Beecher is an incredible character. If you read this book I hope you have a map because you are sure to get lost in it.

    13. The worst Brad Meltzer book in his published career. Then again, because I usually enjoy this author, maybe my expectations were too high. The first BM i read was THE MILLIONAIRES whenever that one was new. I couldnt put it down. it was so good that i read THE FIRST COUNSEL shortly after. I never read the same author back-to-back so that was a big deal. DEAD EVEN was a lot of fun! THE INNER CIRCLE tasted the same as THE BOOK OF LIES & THE BOOK OF FATE. It almost seems as if Meltzer has gotte [...]

    14. I enjoyed this thriller set in and around the DC area. I found myself very familiar with many of the places mentioned throughout the story. I had a problem with the timeline. Ten years ago there was an assassination attempt on the President of the United States and around that time the First Lady was killed. This First Family was not the Clintons, either of the Bush families, or the Obamas, but all of those First Families are discussed and apparently held their office as history reports it. Now, [...]

    15. I saw this at the library last week. I thought it would be a good bathroom book. We all have those, right? OMG! I ended up literally throwing this into the wall. I've never done that. The protagonist is a young, supposidly bright archivist for the US National Archives. This character suffers from so many annoying Tropes. Let's see: Horrible Judge of Character; Ignore all evidence; No knowledge of his primary job; Selective obliviousness; Suffers from 2 unrequited relationships; Carries the Idiot [...]

    16. This book was the worst book I've read (listened to actually) in years. I've read that Meltzer's earlier work was better, but I'm going to have a tough time going back to anything by the author after this trite.The main character is an idiot. A boring, unsympathetic, whiny idiot. The vast majority of the side characters aren't any better. There was a somewhat interesting mystery at the start, but after the 971st ridiculous plot twist, it really started to lose me. There was some interesting hist [...]

    17. This story is longer than necessary. There are interesting conspiracy plots , but the main characters are not strong and become distracting. 6 of 10 stars

    18. Meltzer puts out another great novel! He brings conspiracy to the forefront and makes you wonder what is REALLY going on inside US Politics.

    19. This is the first book that I've read by Brad Meltzer, and I really enjoyed it. Having never read another of his books, I can't make any kind of comparison.Washington D. C. is the setting for this political thriller with flashbacks of earlier memories. A story filled with so many twists and turns including betrayal, conspiracy, and murder. We learn about the Culper Ring & the Plumbers. Which to trust? Meltzer also provides lots of historical details including facts about George Washington.

    20. *Plot/Summary* Beecher White works for the National Archives not only answering researchers from around the country's questions, but also giving them tours of the Archives as well. One day out of the blue, a long lost childhood interest, Clementine Kaye, emails him after reading him on Facebook. Beecher finds himself caught up in intrigue and mysteries surrounding George Washington's Culper Ring. Clementine shows up in trying to find out who her real father is.Clementines character was not a ver [...]

    21. This one occasionally defies credibility, but if you enjoy the “National Treasure” movies this book is for you!

    22. Hello again and welcome to 2011. I really wanted to start off with a hot one and The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer (to be rleased Jan.11th) is just that. Are you a conspiracy reader, someone that loves history, enjoy a good, fast paced novel, then check this one out. Here is the synopsis: “So says Benjamin January, a young archivist who spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. When Clementine Kaye, his first childhood crush, shows up at the Archives aski [...]

    23. This was a very good political suspense thriller. Good characters, well thought-out plot and plenty of nail-biting suspense.Beecher White is an ordinary guy. He works in the National Archives in Washington D.C. and has a fairly normal daily life.Then, one day, the girl he had a crush on in high school shows up and asks for Beecher's help finding her father. Wanting to show off the cool place he works in and impress Clementine, Beecher takes her on a tour of the Archives, specifically the "skiffs [...]

    24. The Inner Circle is a very good idea that unfortunately falls flat. I loved the premise of a 200-year old spy group tasked with protecting the office of the Presidency. At points, the book meets my expectations while at other points the book seems to drag. Normally this would be a three-star book. But the ending is just so bad.Meltzer created quite an interesting plot. A couple of seemingly normal folks stumble upon a conspiracy concerning a decades-old crime by the future President and an attem [...]

    25. Two and a half stars.There were times I really liked this book - I mean REALLY liked it Fast, page-turning action. (Ok, you got me I listened to it, so I wasn't turning pages whatever. Incidentally, the production on this recording was outstanding.)It was like The Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones. And I loved it.BUT I couldn't get past this one thing. The upcoming spoiler alert is very real: (view spoiler)[So the whole premise of the book is Beecher finds this book that belonged to the Culper R [...]

    26. I listened to this book as an audiobook, and that may have affected my perception of it. I really wanted to like it--I loved the overarching mystery, and Meltzer clearly knows his stuff when it comes to little-known White House/Washington, D.C history. But for every point in which he awed me with delicately folded in historical detail, there were two points where he had characters speaking or acting clunkily.I mean, I know there needs to be an explanatory character in a mystery, just in case the [...]

    27. Beech (Beecher) White is employed at the National Archives and is visited by an old high school girlfriend, Clementine Kaye, who wants help in finding her father.After Clemmi's mother's death, Clemmi found a document with her father's name on it. By bringing the document to the National Archives, they are able to determine that her father is Nico Hadriam, who is in a psychiatric hospital after an attempt on the president's life, ten-years ago. At the Archives building, Beech wants to impress Cle [...]

    28. Meltzer's newest book is centred around the National Archives. I have to admit that this is an institution I've never given a lot of thought to. However, the archivists with which he's populated this book and the way he's made the institution come alive have now made me want to do research on the topic (although I hope there won't be as much cloak and dagger involved in the actual story).The main story revolves around an archivist named Beecher. A high school friend of his, Clementine, (who he h [...]

    29. So my husband, who NEVER reads! eek!, wanted me to pick up the new Brad Meltzer book, The Fifth Assassin. He said that he saw it and then later on heard about it from someone else that it was really good. We both like those kind of movies that have to deal with America's hidden secrets and what have you. I also like to figure out clues along the way with the main characters like these types of books. I don't like to be left in the dark with important information, so to know that the main charact [...]

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