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 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.
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.
This is the third novel I have read by Brad Meltzer and it was just as good as the last. I like how he will incorporate people and events from his other books into the story. I love his writing style and how there are the short chapters throughout the book that allow you to jump from person to person a little bit faster and easier. Some of the reviews I was reading through said the story was lacking in action compared to some of his other books. I felt like there wasn't a ton but enough for the kind of person the main character was. He wasn't the type of person that would make dumb choices, that most of the time make up part of the action in books. He was more of a bookworm and a little nerdy so that's not really a part of the story I would see in there. The one thing that annoyed me about him was the fact that he was a little to trusting and that cost him in the story, he didn't know who to trust because everyone to shooting different lies at him and he seemed to think one thing then that proved false and on and on. We got some answers in the end but not all of them so I assume there is a sequel? Anyways, I would definitely recommend his novels.