meltzerThe President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer; 2015; $28.00; 401 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0-446-55393-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 7/8/15-7/10/15

A severed arm is found in the White House’s Rose Garden, with something clutched in its hand another arm is found at Camp David with something clutched  in its hand.  The President decides that he needs the help of Beecher from the National Archives and the Culpepper Ring to defeat some people who mean to bring harm to the Presidency and perhaps the nation.  In the course of the investigation Beecher discovers some disquieting things about his family, his friends, his hometown, and his government.  A great mix of the beginning of the country, recent history and current events.  Beecher and his pals are geniuses in different areas of history and other areas that come in  handy during the investigation and conflict.

Grade A

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, I did it is an exciting combination of history, modern adventure and learning about family and friends.

What is with the title of the review?  Howard Zinn said ” Patriotism is not obedience to the government.  Patriotism is obedience to the principles for which the government is supposed to stand.”  Some of that comes into play here.