by Brad Meltzer
Series: Culper Ring #1
Genres: Suspense thriller
Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself...Until now. When Clementine Kaye, Beecher's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder. Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for.
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer, fed my love of conspiracy theories as he took me on one heck of a ride in Washington D.C.
Beecher White is an archivist at the National Archives in Washington D.C. While trying to impress an old high school flame with a tour of the National Archives, he finds himself at the center of a Presidential level conspiracy. While giving Clementine the tour, along with Orlando his friend at the Archives, they find a book by George Washington himself, right before the president is scheduled to be in this private chamber. Immediately after finding it, his friend dies. Thus begins, a series of events, clues and conspiracy theories, that will have you wondering who is a friend and who is a foe. Do not expect to get to know Beecher or any of the other characters, as this book is completely plot driven, I would not quote any of the histories in this book as fact either. I enjoyed this action-packed thriller.
The Inner Circle was a fun, fast-paced thrill ride and exactly what I expected from the king of conspiracies.
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