Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer

Here is my review:
Wes Holloway, a former presidential aide, relives the horror of when Ron Boyle gets shot and killed at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona 8 years ago. When Wes accompanies President Manning down to Malaysia, he ends up going back to the dressing room to relax. He swears he sees Boyle but is not sure. Back home, Wes puts the pieces together and is not sure what really happened that day. With the help of his best friend and room mate Rogo and a journalist named Lisbeth, he’ll attempt to put the pieces together to find out what really happened and who the Three are. He also had to find out the significance of them and the secrets that the President kept. But will he find it out before he gets killed?

This is my first book by Brad Meltzer. It was really good and kept me on the edge of the seat. I was really impressed with how well he kept things a secret not only for whom the Three were but the leak to the press that President Manning was trying to figure out. The twists in the book were what kept me turning the pages. I am not able to figure out who all is involved until the end so others might be better at it than I. The language was fun especially when it came to solving puzzles and riddles. Mr. Meltzer has a way of making everything just flow together if even there are a few stops and starts only because the whole picture isn’t revealed yet.

I really liked Wes and he was a man on a mission. Not much slowed him down and he did get a little distracted from time to time. Yet he kept going back and trying to figure things out. It wasn’t an easy puzzle but he sure kept at it. I also liked Lisbeth because she started out as a gossip columnist but realized that she really had to trust people. She also had to learn how to be helpful cause she might get a big break in the end. I think the most difficult thing for Wes is that he trusted the people in the story so much and to learn that they were behind it all was a hard hit to him. They had been a part of his life for so long that he couldn’t believe they could betray not only him but also his country.

I recommend this book because it is fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat. You’ll never know what is going to happen next and all the backtracking down is pretty cool. I do not think I could have come up with the solutions they did but then my resources are a little different too. I give this book a 5/5 because it kept me reading and I had the most difficult time putting it down.

Well onto my next book to review for my group Coffee Time Romance. :) Oh and I won a book in a contest which I'll recieve in April when it comes out. I'll tell more at that time. :)