Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review of The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

I have finally completed this novel! Yes! I am excited because it was a long time coming. Please don't get me wrong, I just felt like this book was very slow in the beginning, yet started out so promising. It was extremely interesting reading information about the archives. I have always wanted to travel to D.C. and this book only added more to influence making that trip some day. It's obvious that this book was well researched.
There are many things I agree with that appear on blurbs. One, it is fast paced and (initially) gripping. As the pages continued to turn, I got less interested in this book. It could have been a combination of things. Perhaps I was just super tired and couldn't stay focused on what I was reading. Maybe the characters were a little thin and I didn't really care for any of them, including Beecher. Maybe I had high hopes and my hopes were crushed because I was expecting something it wasn't. I was hoping for a nail-biting, suspense-filled intelligent thriller. Instead I got an extremebly boring protagonist that did not entice me in any way to care for him. There were actual moments when screaming at him through the pages would suffice.
In conclusion, I know it may seem that I didn't like this novel about a guy who stumbles upon The Culper Ring, only to find there's another ring outside of the Culper Ring known as Plumbers. Actually, I really enjoyed this book. It has not deterred me from reading more by this author. I get a Dan Brown and Steve Berry kindof vibe from him. I look forward to reading The Fifth Assassin. It's the next in this Beecher series and also Meltzer's latest. I'm giving him this one last shot to wow me. I know he has it in there.

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