Search Results: "Brad Meltzer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE INNER CIRCLE by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"Conspiracies make for good reading, and this book could turn skeptics into believers."
A fast-moving tale of murder, deception and intrigue linked to George Washington's Culper Ring and its espionage descendants. Read full book review >

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HEROES FOR MY SON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An earnest if jumbled effort to point out character-building values. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Fifty-two portraits of real-world heroes, from that "troublemaker" Abe Lincoln to Miep Gies, the "lawbreaker" who hid Anne Frank and her family. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST COUNSEL by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

Meltzer's third high-octane thriller (Dead Even, 1998, etc.) sinks a junior White House staffer in the world of woes that result when he accepts a date with the president's daughter. Read full book review >

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THE TENTH JUSTICE by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 1997

"Meltzer spins a mean paranoid fantasy that'll have you turning pages in a frenzy to learn whether Ben and his equally strung-out buddies ever grow up. (Literary Guild super release; film rights to Fox 2000; author tour)"
Loose lips sink careers in this barn-burning first novel about a Supreme Court clerk who runs his mouth to a disastrously ill-chosen confidant. Read full book review >

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THE FIFTH ASSASSIN by Brad Meltzer
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Although equipped with adequate back story to allow The Fifth Assassin to be enjoyed alone, smart readers will first dip into the series opener, The Inner Circle."
Beecher White returns as hero in Meltzer's (The Inner Circle, 2011, etc.) second installment of his conspiracy thriller surrounding the Culper Ring and a corrupt president. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF FATE by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"How successful will Meltzer's fumbling knockoff be? If the Masons sell half as well as Mary Magdalene and Opus Dei, expect follow-ups starring the ACLU, the Rotarians and the Mickey Mouse Club."
Trying his hand at a star-spangled version of The Da Vinci Code, Meltzer produces his biggest, dumbest book. Read full book review >

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DEAD EVEN by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 1998

"To top all this off, author Meltzer is an attorney himself, which lends the novel's dialogue a sparkling undercurrent of real-life chitchat, not to mention the mutual saber-sharpening that readers will quickly pick up on and enjoy as a bonus. (Author tour)"
A very aptly titled gripper (received too late for a full review) that will have Grisham slapping his wife's wrist in pique over the breakfast toast when he discovers Meltzer's plot for his second novel (The Tenth Justice, 1997). Read full book review >

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THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW by Brad Meltzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Unlike the previous installment (The Fifth Assassin, 2013), this one doesn't provide much in the way of exposition but instead throws you unceremoniously into the deep end. Fans will survive, but unwary newcomers had better watch their backs."
This third outing for the storied Culper Ring, sworn to protect the U.S. presidency, shows them doing what they do most: sniffing out conspiracies, falling for deceptions, and perpetuating that grandest of all American political institutions, the clueless double take. Read full book review >

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THE ZERO GAME by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"It all ends up as a series of efficiently managed chase sequences that'll leave you breathless for no reason that you'll remember the next day."
The fifth of Meltzer's paranoid fantasies about lowlifes in high places (The Millionaires, 2002, etc.) presses his irresistible formula to the breaking point. Read full book review >

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THE MILLIONAIRES by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"'This isn't a stupid book!' Oliver rages before he has any inkling just how deep he's in. He's only half-right. It's an exceptionally well-judged stupid book."
What begins as a tidy scheme to steal a measly $3 million from a closely held private bank quickly spins out of control—in the biggest and wildest of Meltzer's paranoid action fantasies (The First Counsel, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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I AM JACKIE ROBINSON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"A memorable life—a forgettable presentation. (photographs, timeline, sources, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)"
Baseball's No. 42 strikes out. Read full book review >

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HISTORY DECODED by Brad Meltzer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Slick and engaging but lightweight—a good impulse read for fans of secret histories."
From a prolific novelist and legal analyst, a bemused look at the hidden conspiracies threaded throughout American history—the companion volume to the History Channel show. Read full book review >