Beecher is back in Brad Meltzer’s latest novel, The President’s Shadow. It follows behind The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin from this amazing writer who is also a #1 bestselling author! A thrilling storyline that feeds you some history like the others but adds a little mystery to what might have happened with all of those involved. With characters like Beecher who you instantly for in love with, you find yourself at the edge of your seat wishing him the best.
Beecher White is a member of the Culper Ring and now the President needs their help. When body parts turn up buried on the White House grounds, The President looks to Beecher, who dislikes and does not trust him, to help find out who is involved. First is finding out how they got past all the security and cameras. With the rest of the characters from the first two novels, Beecher will not work alone. But can they find answers before it is too late? And just who will be the hero in the end?
If you pick this novel up without reading the first two you will be okay because it will be easy to catch who is who and what has happened so far. However, I recommend you read the other two as well if you haven’t yet because Brad Meltzer is just that great! The President’s Shadow will have you waiting for the next Beecher novel impatiently.
Here is the next review I promised you about Brad Meltzer’s next novel, The Fifth Assassin! This is the sequel to The Inner Circle. Remember Beecher White who works in the National Archives for the U.S. Government? He is back helping his friend Tot and the others in the Culper Ring in trying to figure out who is behind the many copycat assassinations. Each one copies an assassination on a President from the past. As Beecher gets close to putting clues together friends from his past reappear. Clementine from the first novel shows up with secrets about their fathers’ past in the military. Was everything Beecher was told as a child a lie? How does this fit in with the murders that are appearing in places of worship? What secrets is his old pal Marshall hiding?
I was hooked on this second novel with Beecher White. Much different than the first in ways where the main character is outside his place of work for the majority of the book. He has grown with confidence and trusts his gut feelings. But is that always the smart thing for him to do? Beecher might have ended up over his head in this one. Read it for yourself to see if our hero from before sells out in what he believes in or fights protecting it.
Again, I love how Meltzer adds a lot history, facts, and some fiction in a story with suspense like this. Unlike some of the reviews I read, (which I try not to do before reading a book myself.) I thought Meltzer’s writing and story line was great. I personally cannot wait for the third one!!!
Have you ever wondered about the stories from behind the White House that are never told? What secrets the President might have? The Inner Circle written by Brad Meltzer is one of those fictional novels that have you wondering those questions if you have not already done so. Beecher White is an archivist who works in the White House. He is in charge of taking care of those precious books and documents kept in the National Archives for the U.S. Government.
As Beecher is giving a tour to an old classmate, Clementine, they both meet up with a security guard who talks him into showing Clementine a secret room that they should not have been inside. In that room they come across a dictionary that use to belong to George Washington. The dictionary was hidden in a secret place. The one mistake Beecher makes, changes his life forever!
This starts off with a line of events beginning first with the death of the security guard minutes after they find the dictionary. After the loss of his friend, Beecher and Clementine spend the next few days trying to find out who left that dictionary, who was it left for, and what did it all mean? Meltzer did a great job of making you wonder if things like this could or have happened in our history. It has me wondering more about the true stories behind the secret group, the Culper Ring. Does it really still continue?
I really enjoyed this book and felt like I was taking a tour of the White House with the vivid descriptions that Meltzer gives about the rooms there as well as other locations true to history like Mt. Vernon. I love books like this where the author takes some of history and adds fictional stories to give you a whole different perception.
The best thing about this book is a second one about Beecher White came out in January 2013! Watch for that review soon.