The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer

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"Six minutes from now, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming."

So says Wes Holloway, a young presidential aide, about the day he put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the president's limousine. By the trip's end, a crazed assassin would permanently disfigure Wes and kill Boyle. Now, eight years later, Boyle has been spotted alive. Trying to figure out what really happened takes Wes back into disturbing secrets buried in Freemason history, a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson that conceals secrets worth dying for.

About Brad Meltzer

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Brad Meltzer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and six other bestselling thrillers. His nonfiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were also New York Times bestsellers. He is the host of the History Channel series Brad Meltzer's Decoded and the Eisner Award-winning writer of Justice League of America. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at You can also see what he's doing right now at and
Published September 5, 2006 by Grand Central Publishing. 640 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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Suddenly everybody wants a piece of Oliver and Charlie: G&G security chief Shep Graves, bulldog private eye Jo Ann Lemont, and a pair of Secret Service Agents who seem to stand for something more than truth, justice, and the American way.

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Former presidential aide Wes Holloway still rues the day eight years ago when he allowed deputy chief of staff Ron Boyle to ride in President Leland Manning’s limo to a NASCAR race.

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Publishers Weekly

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Bestseller Meltzer (The Book of Fate ) deserves credit for an audacious conceit—wedding the biblical fratricide of Abel by his brother Cain with the unsolved 1932 homicide of the father of Jerry Siegel, the creator of iconic comic book hero Superman—but the results are less than convincing.

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BC Books

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The Book of Fate is a gripping political thriller surrounding a failed assassination on the president.

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Book Reporter

But what's cool (there's no other word for it) is the way that he incorporates a bunch of seemingly unrelated factoids and careful, painstaking research into a meticulously plotted story, peopled by characters whom one can actually care about long after the work --- be it a novel, screenplay or c...

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Entertainment Weekly

Presidential aide Wes Holloway, his face maimed in an assassination attempt, smells conspiracy after loony shooter Nico escapes and the staffer Nico killed turns up alive.

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Gather Books

As a presidential aide, Wes Holloway thought his life couldn’t get better, but it sure could get a lot worse in a heck of hurry.

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Chuck Barksdale has spent all of his life in the Philadelphia area where he met his wife while attending Drexel University in the late 1970′s.

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But the murder provoked Jerry to think, what if there existed a man on whom bullets would do no harm;

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