President's Shadow is
third in the Culper series. The author draws readers/listeners
along with one intriguing scene after another -- First Lady
Shona Wallace finds an arm buried in her garden. The item
clutched in the hand links the President and archivist Beecher
White once again.
Archivist Beecher White is visiting his boss Aristotle "Tot"
Westman in ICU. In the National Archives where they work,
Tot was Beecher's mentor; the two have a secret; they're part
of the infamous Culper Ring, Washington's spy ring created
over 200 years ago. Beecher thought being a spy was pretty
cool, until he discovered there was barely a spy ring left
and Tot recruited him to rebuild it. A stranger named Ezra
is observing Beecher and Tot's other visitors from the waiting
room. Beecher seeks out Franklin Oeming because he wants a
file that involves his father, an army mechanic who wrote
a letter a week after he died; Franklin's specialty is secrets.
Even more fascinating is a twenty nine year timeline shift
into the past with a group of army recruits landing in Lawton,
a doubt, Metzler skillfully hooks us with these multiple treads.
Readers can expect a substantial thriller-mix of Politics,
Military, Government, and Secret Service conspiracy and espionage.
The characters are intriguing and carry some surprises of
their own. I'm still shaking my head at crazy Nico and his
invisible First Lady. The historical details via the National
Archives are absolutely fascinating. If you're looking for
a well written, highly intelligent thriller, this is the book
Brick narrates the audio version. He seamlessly sets up the
scenes and shifts smoothly from good guys to bad guys. His
low tone delivery of twist and turns stopped me in my tracks
every time. The President's Shadow excels in conspiracies,
mistrust and sudden revelations; be sure to clear your day
before you hit play.
of other titles by Brad Meltzer
The Millionaires [book]
Zero Game [book]
Inner Circle (Culper Ring #1) [book]
The Fifth Assassin (Culper Ring #2) [book]
The President's Shadow (Culper Ring #3) [audio]
The House Of Secrets [book]
The President’s Shadow [book]
The Escape Artist [audio]
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