Have you ever stayed up way past your bedtime to finish a good "page-turner" and then be so disatisfied by the ending you couldn't sleep? That was me last week with The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer.
I'm hoping this book is the first of a series, and there will be another book or two to tie-up the loose ends. Of course, with a book so heavily entrenched in conspiracy theories perhaps that's how the author intended the book to conclude...with more questions than answers.
If government cover-ups and secret combinations (to borrow a phrase) get you going, this is your book. It wasn't quite the thriller of Dan Brown's books (Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol), but still good. At times while reading the book I was reminded of the movie National Treasure with Nicholas Cage...but a little more dark.
It's a book full of twists and turns that involve murder and blackmail in Washington DC...involving everyone from a lowly archivist up to the President of the United States. One thing that it doesn't do is make you feel better about the U.S. government. Of course, the author hosts a show on the History Channel about conspiracy theories...so that's probably to be expected.
If you don't mind hanging on a cliff at the end, it's a good read.