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The President's Shadow
by Brad Meltzer
The President's Shadow is the latest book in the Culper Ring series by Brad Meltzer. Initially I was concerned about reading this particular book since I had no previously read any of the books in the Culper Ring series. Turns out I had nothing to worry about! Any information that I might have missed was easily explained by Meltzer and the story definitely stands on its own.
Beecher White works for the National Archives and also is a new recruit for the Culper Ring, a secret society started by George Washington to protect the presidency. Nico Hadrian has just escaped St. Elizabeth's mental hospital in Washington D.C. when he attempted to assassinate the president of the United States. Their fathers served in the same military unit when they were younger. When the First Lady finds a severed body part in the Rose Garden, Beecher is the first person they call. The only problem, Beecher can't stand the president, Orson Wallace.
Meltzer has written a face-paced thriller that I was unable to put down. Told from each character's point of view, each chapter ends with a question mark. Don't even try to tell yourself "one more chapter", you won't be able to do it! Find a cozy chair, rainy day and cup of hot tea and get comfortable, The President's Shadow should be consumed in one prolonged serving! (this would make a great beach read!) Enjoy!