The Book of Fate Review
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Presidential aide Wes Holloway spent eight years of his life bringing the President of the United States his coffee and making sure he remembered the names of his biggest campaign donors at political parties. Wes stayed with the President and First Lady, even after bullets meant for the President—bullets that killed Deputy Chief of Staff Boyle—shattered his face. Wes stayed by the President’s side even after he lost his run at a second term. He made sure the President didn’t have to wait for anything and the First Lady was always comfortable.

Maybe he shouldn’t have.

While in Malaysia, Wes runs into Boyle—the man he watched die on the pavement at a NASCAR race—the man he felt guilty about because he’d put Boyle in the same limousine as the President. Suddenly, nothing makes sense, and the people Wes thought he knew, he realizes he didn’t know at all.

With the help of Lisbeth—a reporter who writes for Below the Fold and who’s hungry for a career-changing story—Wes searches for Boyle, looking for answers about what really happened at the racetrack years ago. Slowly, the two uncover a conspiracy involving the White House, the FBI, the CIA, and an informant known only as The Roman.

I’m not normally a big fan of political thrillers. In fact, I don’t like politics at all. But Brad Meltzer sure has changed my mind—about political thrillers, that is. The Book of Fate takes you into a world where anyone can be your enemy—and the lone gunman can be your salvation. Mr. Meltzer has created a wonderful character in Wes Holloway. You can’t help but love him and root for him. And though you may never live a life like his, you can still identify with the pain of losing a part of yourself and trusting blindly, only to be deceived. Filled with secret codes, crazy assassins, and non-stop thrills, The Book of Fate will keep you up until the candle burns out and you’re scrambling to light another one so you can continue reading.

If you’re planning to test the waters of political thrillers, I recommend starting with The Book of Fate. It sets the standards for what a great political thriller should be.

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