The Book of Fate

The Book Of Fate

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The Book of Fate is a novel by author Brad Meltzer. It is a political thriller with "Freemasonry conspiracy theory" undertones. It was released in September 2006 and found its way quickly to the New York Times Bestseller List.

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The Book of Fate takes place in Palm Beach, Florida; sometime after the presidency of Leland "The Lion" Manning, who served sometime after George W. Bush. Although the novel does not give an exact date, the bulk of the narration occurs eight years after Manning loses his bid for re-election.

After a botched assassination attempt at a NASCAR track, Manning loses favor as a picture is taken showing him seemingly pulling a woman in front of him to use as a human shield; when in reality, he was trying to push her out of the way. While Manning escapes unscathed due to the actions of the Secret Service; Chief of State Ron Boyle is killed and personal aide Wes Holloway is physically disfigured as he suffers a wound to the cheek and loses control of the left side of his face.

Manning maintains some of the spotlight as a former president and Holloway, enduring years of psychological trauma, remains as his aide. When Wes sees Boyle backstage at a function in Malaysia, Wes becomes the prime target of several parties.

Meanwhile, the enigmatic "Roman" visits Nico Hadrian, the shooter from eight years ago, at a mental hospital. Hadrian escapes and due to his schizophrenia and religious fervor, believes that he must...
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