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The Inner Circle
Brad Meltzer
Read by Scott Brick

Hachette Audio
January 11, 2011 / 1607886766
Thriller / Washington DC / Audiobook - Unabridged

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

Beecher White is an Archivist. He is passionate about history and his job. One day an old classmate shows up, and Beecher’s childhood crush is relit. Clementine is looking for her real father. Before they begin Beecher shows her a vault in the National Archive where US presidents view documents that are not allowed out of the building. It’s here that a deadly history reveals itself, and a co-worker dies. They discover an artifact left behind by George Washington: a dictionary. This little book holds a secret; those expecting to find it are now ready to kill to retrieve it. The couple is taken down various paths -- personal, historical, political, and conspiratorial -- to solve this extraordinary mystery.

I enjoyed this main character; Beecher is likeable. As he runs the gambit to solve the puzzle and survive, the readers see a quiet, dejected, young man develop into courageous leader. When it comes to women, Beecher appears to be used and abused. One minute Clementine needs him, and the next minute she doesn’t. I just didn’t warm to her character, and maybe she’s written that way…

It’s a thriller complete with history, National Archive insight, and conspiracy/secret society possibilities -- everything needed to create a ride at breakneck speed. Gotta love it.

And if that isn’t enough, Scott Brick narrates…. Once you get on this ride you won’t want to get off until it’s over.

Reviews of other titles by Brad Meltzer

Tenth Justice [book]
The Millionaires [book]
The Zero Game [book] [audio]
Inner Circle (Culper Ring #1) [book] [audio]
The Fifth Assassin (Culper Ring #2) [book]
The President's Shadow (Culper Ring #3) [audio] [book]
The House Of Secrets [book]
The President’s Shadow [book] [audio]
The Escape Artist [audio]

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