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The Inner Circle [Kindle Edition]

Brad Meltzer
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)

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Book Description


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 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.

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.

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In this political thriller with historical-conspiracy overtones (or perhaps it’s the other way around), Meltzer creates his most engaging protagonist in years. Beecher White is an archivist with the National Archives, who stumbles upon an old book hidden away in a room used exclusively by the president. But did the president know that the book (a spelling dictionary that once belonged to George Washington) was there? And—almost impossible for Beecher to imagine—could it be that the president or someone close to him is willing to kill to regain possession of the book? Meltzer teams Beecher with an equally strong character, Clementine Kaye, a woman from the archivist’s past whose estranged father is, perhaps not coincidentally, the man who tried to kill the current president’s predecessor. Meltzer expertly develops the story, throwing in twists and turns at appropriate intervals, and he does an excellent job of putting us in Beecher’s corner and making us care about what happens to him. The story has a surprising and satisfying conclusion, and Meltzer leaves the door wide open for a sequel. --David Pitt


Praise for Brad Meltzer -- : 'Breakneck ... an action-packed read' -- Mail on Sunday on DEAD EVEN 'This is non-stop, well researched action that does not insult the intelligence. The scenarios are credible, the tension excruciating and the ending slaps you in the face.' -- Guardian on THE ZERO GAME 'Meltzer has mastered the art of baiting and hooking readers into a fast moving plot' -- USA Today 'All the twists and turns that you might expect of a Dan Brown acolyte' -- Daily Express on THE BOOK OF FATE 'Grisham had better beware for there's a new kid on the block' -- The Irish Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 455 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047Y174I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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172 of 183 people found the following review helpful
Like most Brad Meltzer books, The Inner Circle concerns a bright young man who works in Washington, DC. This time, instead of working on Capitol Hill (The Zero Game) or at the Supreme Court (The Tenth Justice), our "hero" works in the National Archives. (I can't help but wonder if Meltzer is running out of high-powered DC settings for his characters. Yet, sadly, the setting of the National Archives was the most exciting aspect of the book for me.) Beecher White is a serious young man who is struggling to recover from a recent split with his fiancee. His path to recovery is helped when his childhood crush, Clementine Kaye, shows up and asks for his help in tracking down her long-lost father.

Although Beecher and Clementine haven't seen each other since high school, Beecher has never really gotten over his crush. During a tour of the archives, Beecher tries to impress Clementine by showing her the secret vault where the president reviews classified documents. However, while inside the vault, they stumble across a hidden document--a dictionary that belonged to George Washington. Although their find seems innocuous at first, within moments a man turns up dead. Beecher and Clementine seem to have stumbled into a high-level conspiracy linked to the President ... but who is involved and what do they want? And what does an old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington have to do with it? As Beecher and Clementine struggle to find out what is going on, things get more convoluted and confusing (for Beecher as well as the reader). As events unfold, Beecher begins to question the motives of everyone around him, including Clementine.
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116 of 128 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! January 13, 2011
By Tina
Once upon a time I was a huge fan of Brad Meltzer and then I hit a few of his books that were not as entertaining and I stopped reading his stuff.

However, the Inner Circle sounded like a great read and I found myself completely engrossed in the storyline from the very first few pages. Of course, there has been, of late, a huge increase in the "historical - present day' type of novel - easily compared to the DaVinci Code (which I hated by the way) and Inner Circle reminded me of this type of genre.

Actually the storyline is quite clever if a little far fetched. Our main character Benjamin meets up with his long lost Clementine who is asking for his help. As it turns out Benjamin's job is about old documents and archives, some of which are directly associated with the President.

While Benjamin is trying to impress Clementine by showing her a vault where the President reads classified and, for the most part, priceless documents, they `discover' an old dictionary and immediately start to wonder why the President would have kept it from being discovered.

Yep, like I said the storyline is just a tad `out there, but I have to say that I completely loved to read this book. The pace is perfect and the suspense is extremely engrossing. I found myself anticipating the next move (and the next page).

The ride is a little crazy and I loved every moment of it. It kind of reminded me of the National Treasure movies - completely off the wall and so much fun that I have rewatched them over and over again - much like this book I suspect.
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How can books this bad get published? January 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Normally, when a book proves itself to be non-entertaining and unreadable, I just quit. In this case, I was snowed in in the mountains and read all the way to the "end." ("End" is in quotes, because the story just stops during Chapter 121, with no resolution of any of its silly and implausible plotlines. It just stops like a 1940s serialized Saturday drama -- "What do you suppose will happen next week?") But, it's a relief to be done with it. There's no reason to start in the first place. An unappealing protagonist with no apparent virtues or competencies is the narrator at the center of this confused jumble of unpersuasive and virtually unconnected scenes. Meltzer trots out the laughable, "conspiracy-of-a-secret-society-whose-members-remain-active-today" gambit, and demonstrates his inability to ride it. Incoherent plotting, wretchedly awkward dialog and clumsy depictions of "action" scenes make this torture to read. Meltzer creates what he probably thinks is dramatic tension by never allowing a character to complete a sentence before being interrupted by another character with an emotional outburst. Physical fights, with and without weapons (with which Meltzer shows no famliarity), are ridiculously naive and unrealistic; verbal confrontations and expositions are stilted and implausible; sub-plots are irrelevant to each other; the main plot evolves from incomprehensible to silly. It's as if the author tossed together some discarded notes from different books that would never have been published and unified them by having the same group of clownish characters show up in scene after scene, wondering how they got there. Skip it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What the??? January 30, 2011
Brad Meltzer is a fine author and I devoured this book in a few days but after it was over my only thought was that I had wasted those few days on a book that held so much promise, was quite a page turner, had a unique plot but went into a deep hole of incomprehension and stupidity. I hated myself for having a hard time putting this book down yet never figuring out what it was all about.
Essentially, it is a story about an archivist for the U.S. Government who stumbles upon a secret hidden within a book that leads to a plot involving the President of the United States, past Presidents and a number of both unsavory and decent characters who populate this often confusing novel. One of them is a childhood sweetheart who has secrets of her own and another involves an elderly archivist who seems to know an awful lot about the conspiracies taking place as well as the people involved. Yet another is an accused assassin who resides in one of the lowest security mental institutions on the face of the earth.
The essence of the story surrounds The Culper Ring who comprise of ...well if I say too much, it will give away too much plot and frankly, I was so confused about who The Culper Ring were that I couldn't even explain it if I want. Apparently the Culper Ring is based upon historic fact but Meltzer fails to make the history come alive in this complex mess.
Meltzer ends almost each of the 121 chapters with some sort of cliff hanging sentence or event. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these are horrible red herrings that lead to nowhere. The dialog is excruciating at times are as the convoluted explanations by many of the characters as to their motivations, theories, and feelings. Just when you think the bad guy is good or the good guy is bad, Meltzer turns the tables...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars circle
I liked this book immensely and hoped for a sequel. Brad left us wondering what finally happened to the characters and the President. This would make for a good movie. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Allan W.
3.0 out of 5 stars too many loose ends
Too much of a cliffhanger ending. I'm sure a sequel is intended but not quite enough closure to make this one complete.
Published 24 days ago by Diane E. Mason
2.0 out of 5 stars A touch unpredictable but an overall disappointment
This leans on an overplayed theme of the super secretive Culpepper Ring, but supper-imposes the idea of any inner ring that serves the president and not the presidency. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dr. Raymond P. Webb
2.0 out of 5 stars Long. Long, long, long long long.
The story has potential, the characters are well developed and believable. But wow does this book ever get bogged down in long rabbit trails of descriptions and the character's... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Suzannah Scott-Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Inner Circle
Very interesting subject. If you aren't really into spy books, this is for you. I was reading questions fo rBrad Meltzer and when a person told him the same thing he recommended... Read more
Published 1 month ago by CathyL
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of twists and turns
I never read this type of book. And have never read Brad Meltzer before. My husband suggested I might like it. He was right. I needed an engaging book that was fast paced. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lucy A. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
First time reader of Brad Meltzer, and really enjoyed the story. Had me guessing until the end. Have gotten the Fifth Assassin to continue the story.
Published 1 month ago by Sue-Q
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. Like an addiction.
I listened to the CD recording while driving my car. Sometimes I kept listening after reaching my destination because I wanted to hear more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Leo
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Reading
Good reading though tends to drag on with too many uninteresting and overly descriptive details that really add nothing much to the overall value of the story line.
Published 1 month ago by Robert K Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars Filled with intrigue!
Is this what's going on today? Makes you stop and wonder about all that's currently happening. I thought Meltzer did a masterful piece on the background stories surrounding... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gary Hayes
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Brad I first was introduced to your work through your History Channel show. Being a college student who loves mysteries and comic books I was surprised to see your work with my DC Comics (my favorite comics)...Anyways I just finished reading Infinite...
JW Hamilton asked Jan 22, 2012
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First, just marry me. I love all the people who have been trying out the books after watching the show. I will say, you can read the books in any order you want. Try The Inner Circle. And most important, thanks.

Brad Meltzer answered Jan 26, 2012

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Same here. I will not purchase this e-book at this price.
Jan 11, 2011 by Gregr209 |  See all 11 posts
Kindle version> Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
I felt the same--missing the 2nd half of the book--called kindle helpline--was told many readers called with same complaint
Apr 1, 2011 by marie figueroa |  See all 3 posts
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