Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer .

Eight years ago, a crazed assassin killed the President's oldest friend and left aide Wes Holloway permanently disfigured. Now an impossible sighting of the dead man forces Wes to confront the truth of what really happened on that terrible day.

The Book of Fate is a well researched novel about a very workable conspiracy. I think it is a good book and shall vote it 4 stars on Book Army . This book ticks all the boxes, the story has a good structure and the joy is in the detail. All these little details add up to build a story that clearly unfolds the conspiracy behind the shooting at the Speedway stadium. A nice touch is the explanation of how political aides actually work behind the scenes. What is different about this thriller, is that the lead character is not a glamourous all-action hero but an under-dog who gets stared at because of his facial disfigurement. Wes has to deal with all these stares and get on with his life. His true friends ignore his scars and engage eye contact.

The Book of Fate was written in 2006 and published in paperback in 2009. It has 600 pages and I enjoyed reading this book until page 530. Then the story comes towards the end but it becomes very run-of-the-mill with no surprises. The Book of Fate was spoiled by the rubbish ending, a typical American gun-ho shoot-out that was rather childish in it's appeal. What was a deep, thought provoking conspiracy novel, ended by being a cheap action thriller. The Book of Fate does make the reader wonder if this type of conspiracy does take place in real life, it would not surprise me if it did, human nature being what it is.
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