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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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 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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I AM ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Successful neither as biography nor sermon. (photographs, archival illustration) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Our 16th president is presented as an activist for human and civil rights. 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 >

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I AM ROSA PARKS by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2014

"A barely serviceable introduction with far more child appeal than substance. (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Following introductions to Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln, this third title in the set introduces an iconic figure in the civil rights movement. Read full book review >

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I AM AMELIA EARHART by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Skip. (photographs) (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ever-popular pioneering female pilot gets a breezy and very incomplete biography. Read full book review >

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I AM ALBERT EINSTEIN by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Another pointless entry in a series intended to inspire more than inform. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The brilliant 20th-century scientist exhorts readers to keep asking questions. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF SECRETS by Brad Meltzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"'When you've faced the impossible, it's usually because someone's lying,' the traumatized heroine is assured. True enough. The apparently formidable premise behind this tale dissolves in a shower of lies, and the ambitious plot sags as the principals crisscross the globe pumping up their frequent flier miles."
Meltzer (The President's Shadow, 2015, etc.) and Goldberg (Gangsterland, 2014, etc.) team up to uncover a vast international conspiracy tracing its roots back to everyone's favorite turncoat, Benedict Arnold. 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 >