The Book of Fate (Unabridged)
by Brad Meltzer
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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. Eight years later, Boyle is spotted, alive and well, in Malaysia. In that moment, Wes has the chance to undo the worst day of his life. Trying to figure out what really happened takes Wes back to a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, mysterious facts buried in Masonic history, and a 200-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson. But what Wes doesn't realize is that The Book of Fate holds everyone's secrets. Especially the ones worth dying for. The Book of Fate. What does it say about you?
good story, but too long
The premise and intrigue of the story is great. Lots of twist and turns. However, it seemed to me that none of the characters were ever truly fleshed out. The book, which I enjoyed, I must say is probably 40-50 chapters longer than it should be. Once you get past chapter 80 it seemed as though Brad was just throwing words out there to get the book to some preconceived length. I was almost pulling my hair out at the end hoping it would finish. It will not be a book where you wish you could get your money back; but be prepared for a long winded ending that after 10+ chapters is pretty lame.