Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Review: The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

Genre: Political Thriller
Hardcover, 449 pages
Borrowed from Mid-Manhattan Branch of NYPL
If this were a movie it would be: PG-13
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. So says Beecher White, 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 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. It is also where Beecher and Clementine accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact- a 200-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington- hidden inside a desk chair. Eager to discover why the President is hiding this important national treasure, the two soon find themselves entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder that will reveal the most well kept secret of the U.S. Presidency.

"All this time I thought I was fighting men. I’m fighting monsters."

Okay! SO…this book was awesome and here is why: It was fast paced, it read like a movie without seeming like Meltzer was hoping it would turn into a movie and if I didn’t know any better, I’d think it was a true story.

The characters were all crystal clear in my brain. Meltzer didn’t waste too much time describing each character ‘s looks and personality traits but you still KNOW them pretty well. The MC, Beecher, was kind of annoying in a Shia LaBeouf antihero sort of way, but you learn to love him. On the flip side, I loved the President Orson Wallace and was thinking I’d like to see his grey eyes. Hehe!

I love how you are immediately thrown into the action. With a sort of deceptive opening scene, you know that you won’t know who to trust throughout the story. Which makes it all the more intriguing. Meltzer also effortlessly weaves in American History to make this story very very real! My only teeny tiny complaint is the usage of the phrase “exact same”. Which, as we all know, isn’t proper English. I know I’m not reading high literature or anything but it occurs way too often.

All in all, I give The Inner Circle 3.5 out of 4 stars! Highly recommended for fans of Political Thrillers, mysteries, fast paced novels and books by Brad Meltzer. This was my first Meltzer book and it most certainly won’t be my last!


  1. I actually have his book "Book of Lies" on my shelf. I've never read a Meltzer book, so I'm glad you enjoyed it. I may have to dust mine off and start reading!

  2. I've been seeing loads of his books and it looks like an amazing read. I guess his books are a lot like James Rollins and Steve Berry. I definitely should try one of Brad's novels and find out if he's good! Fantastic review Lah! Loved the Large Letters! Put some colors on them! Hehehe! :-)

  3. Hi Lah;
    I enjoyed your review. You liked the book a bit more than I did but you supported your reasons well.

  4. I read Meltzer's first book years ago, and I know I liked it, but I don't remember more about it than that...

    I know that he also has a graphic novel/comic series that is very popular.

  5. Kris : Yeah! I think you should, I hear that one is even better than this one!

    Ruperto I should totally put the colors on! HAha! Can't believe I forgot!!! I haven't read Berry or Rollins! I have a lot of catching up to do!

    Mike Hey Mike!!! You know I hear that this one isn't even representative of what he's capable of, so I could imagine you not liking it!

    BookGirl Yeah! My boss only recently told me that he reads his graphic novels!


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