Thursday, July 16, 2015

SPECIAL EVENT: THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

A SPECIAL EVENT! 

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW
BY BRAD MELTZER

REMINDER ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW:
To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he's responsible for safekeeping the government's most important documents . . . and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets.

But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency.
Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring's help. The alarming discovery of the buried arm has the President's team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important: What's the message hidden in the arm's closed fist? Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn't the President. It's Beecher, himself.

Beecher's investigation will take him back to one of our country's greatest secrets and point him toward the long, carefully hidden truth about the most shocking history of all: family history.

REMINDER ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brad Meltzer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and six other bestselling thrillers. His nonfiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were also New York Times bestsellers. He is the host of the History Channel series Brad Meltzer's Decoded and the Eisner Award-winning writer of Justice League of America. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at www.BradMeltzer.com. You can also see what he's doing right now at Facebook.com/bradmeltzer and Twitter.com/bradmeltzer.


If you ever get a chance to meet Brad and hear him speak, you must do it as he is the nicest, funniest author I think I have heard in a while. He also is super intelligent and knows so many interesting things and has done so many interesting things that we can only dream about. The picture was taken when Brad was in Dallas speaking and I got to meet him.

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW:
If you aren't already a fan of Brad Meltzer from all his books, comics, television shows, and more, you will be after reading THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW. Brad Meltzer is an author with a passion for uncovering the truth in history, especially when there is a chance that a mysterious conspiracy might be involved.

THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW is the third thriller in Meltzer's Culper Ring series where once again, Beecher White is the central character. An unlikely protagonist, White is the national archivist in Washington, DC. and is puzzled when President Wallace calls on him for help. Usually at odds with the President, being asked to represent the Culper Ring comes as a shock to Beecher. The original Culper Ring's main objective was to protect the Presidency just like it did with George Washington during the Revolutionary War. With the President and his family suddenly targets of an unknown assailant, the Secret Service enlists Beecher because of his background and expertise. In an intricate and compelling coincidence (or is it?), Beecher White's father appears to be involved in this perplexing case.

White's search now takes on personal meaning as he traces his father's mysterious past. The narrative alternates between present and past as readers begin to see possible connections. The past reveals connections not only with White's father and a group of U. S. soldiers known as the Plankholders, but also a group known as the Golden Circle. How could all of this information from the past help to solve the danger hovering over the current U. S. Presidency? Would Beecher White discover his father to be involved with a conspiracy or would he take on the label of hero? How is the current danger to the presidency linked to the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan's life? 

As I listened to THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW, I found it hard to turn off my audio book. Just when I thought I had things figured out, Meltzer would throw in yet another twist and I was back to listening to find out its connection to the stunning conclusion. Readers who enjoy not only a good mystery, but one based on fact and history, will find THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW by Brad Meltzer to be just the right summer sizzler to keep one reading and turning pages, and then eagerly waiting for the next in the series to come out.

HOW THIS SPECIAL
GIVEAWAY WORKS
  THANKS TO MITCH AND THE FOLKS
HACHETTE AUDIO BOOKS,
 I HAVE ONE AUDIO BOOK OF 
THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
AND
FOR ONE VERY SPECIAL WINNER...
I MYSELF WILL BE GIVING AWAY AN 
AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF
THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW 
  
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42 comments:

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holdenj said...

I think the Culper Ring and this archivist sound like an interesting read!
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If I'm understanding the requirement, my comment on the preview post was #12. And I'm commenting here. I think Meltzer's interest in history makes it all the more interesting to us.
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Carol N Wong said...

This sounds so fascinating because there really was a Culper Ring. Books like this make me want to read more about it in the history documents. It does sound so intriguing an I am very happy that it is a not a "page turner" but a disc "changer"! Thank you for your review, now I am even more interested in it!

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Carol N Wong said...

Re-reading the June post about this story, I am wondering about the puzzle that is contained in the fist of the arm that was found. Why was it aimed at Beecher instead of the President? What is the shocking truth?

This is not the only secret that has been hidden since George Washington as I have read. But I am really wondering how the secret was kept? How did this secret society stay secret. It baffles me! It is a bit off the subject but I have an ancestor, a woman who was a double agent during the Revoltionary War. To this day, people still don't know which side she really favored. How do people do this???? How do they keep a secret when they die?

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Carol N Wong said...

With the reveal of some kind of involvement of Beecher's father, will his father be a true hero or a danger to President Ronald Reagan? This is so mysterious!

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With the reveal of some kind of involvement of Beecher's father, will his father be a true hero or a danger to President Ronald Reagan? This is so mysterious!

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I like novels of political intrigue. Thus looks like a good one. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Margie said...

I like that there are lots of twists and turns in this book. Enjoyed your review. Not sure I am following the directions. I made all entries in original post, one here. ?

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Tina said...

Glad I'm not the only one confused. I'd love to win this because the premise of a secret society is an intriguing one, but this poor old lady can't understand the directions, so maybe the book might be too much for me?

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Grandma Cootie said...

The concept is so intriguing. The Office of the President is far removed from most of us so this makes such an interesting story.
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Linda Kish said...

I've always kind of been in the dark about what goes on behind the scenes of our government and not thought much about it. I take a lot for granted freedom-wise. This Culper ring sounds interesting. Why is this arm there and why with a paper in its fist. And, why directed toward Beecher. So much to find out. If I had my druthers, I'd rather have the book but I could listen to the audiobook if need be.

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