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The Book of Fate - Brad Meltzer

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Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: Brad Meltzer / Paperback / 624 Pages / Book is published 2007-11-01 by Hodder Paperbacks

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      10.01.2010 20:03
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      Dull, dull, dull

      The Book of Fate centres around the character of Wes Holloway, aide to the president who within the first chapter of the novel is permanently disfigured by an assassination attempt. During this attempt, a close friend of the president is killed.

      Fast forward 8 years later and Wes is struggling to come to terms with his life while the president is now a former president touring the world giving talks. It is on such a talk that Wes stumbles across an intruder in dressing room. An intruder who looks all too familiar... Events escalate so that Wes finds himself running for his life and trying to clear his name.

      Unfortunately this book is nowhere near as interesting and exciting as it sounds. The blurb makes reference to a code invented by Jefferson and clues hidden by Masons in a vain attempt to jump on the Dan Brown band wagon. Both are indeed mentioned in the book but only very briefly and are in no way central to the plot. In fact it seems to me that they may have been added following an Editors request in order to increase sales.

      The characters in this novel are flat and I found I was neither interested or cared for the welfare of any of them. And believe me there were many, many characters in this book! Far too many which meant that the plot became strained and contrived to include them all.

      I won't spoil the ending, just in case any of you want to try it for yourself, but I found the "twist" highly predictable and a waste of the few days I had spent reading the book. Days that I won't ever see again!
      In summary, a very dull novel desperate to be something it isn't.

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