Secrets. Brad Meltzer’s latest thriller, The Inner Circle, presents readers with an action-packed plot, an imaginative premise and weakly developed characters. For fans of action novels, this one places few demands on a reader’s mental acuity; one can sit back, turn pages swiftly and let the action unfold. The imaginative premise is that a secret group has existed for centuries providing support to the United States Presidency. Since few secrets in Washington seem to last minutes, the notion that a big one could survive centuries requires a reader to suspend a great deal of disbelief. The action carries a reader forward, and even after over 450 pages, there’s room for the story to continue, so a sequel may well be coming soon.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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