Brad Meltzer is an author from the US who specializes in political thrillers, non-fiction books, television screenplays and comic books. His key areas of interest are law and history.
His first novel, The Tenth Justice, was published in 1997 and since then he has released a further ten including a trilogy of books under the title of The Culper Ring Series’. He has collaborated on various comic books, written three non-fiction books between 2010 to 2013, and has recently focused on children’s books; having released eight of them between 2014 and 2016. His involvement in television has seen him create the show Jack and Bobby’ as well as presenting a variety of historical documentaries for the History channel.
Order of Brad Meltzer Non-Fiction Books
|1||Heroes for My Son||2010|
|2||Heroes for My Daughter||2012|
|3||History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time||2013|
Order of Brad Meltzer Standalone Novels
|1||The Tenth Justice||1997|
|3||The First Counsel||2001|
|5||Green Arrow: Archer's Quest Deluxe Edition||2003|
|6||The Zero Game||2004|
|7||The Book of Fate||2006|
|8||The Book of Lies||2008|
|9||The House of Secrets||2016|
Order of Culper Ring Series
|1||The Inner Circle||2010|
|2||The Fifth Assassin||2013|
|3||The President's Shadow||2015|
Order of Justice League of America Vol. II Series
|1||Justice League of America: Lightning Saga||2009|
Order of Ordinary People Change the World Series
|1||I am Amelia Earhart||2014|
|2||I am Abraham Lincoln||2014|
|3||I am Rosa Parks||2014|
|4||I am Albert Einstein||2014|
|5||I am Jackie Robinson||2015|
|6||I am Lucille Ball||2015|
|7||I am Helen Keller||2015|
|8||I am Martin Luther King, Jr.||2016|
|9||I am George Washington||2016|
|10||I am Jane Goodall||2016|
|11||I am Jim Henson||2017|
|2||The Mighty Johns||2002|
|3||Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box||2013|
Brad Meltzer Awards:
Brad Meltzer’s works have received wide critical acclaim, with him being known for his meticulous research in particular. His novel, The Fifth Assassin’, was a finalist in the 2014 Audies awards and won the silver medal in the Florida Book award competition for popular fiction in the same year. He was a finalist in the Audies again in 2016 with his latest novel, The President’s Shadow”, but his greatest award received to date was the Eisner Award in 2013 for his work on the Justice League of America comic books.
Brad Meltzer Books Into Movie/TV:
None of Meltzers books have ever made it into movies or television. However Brad Meltzer co-created the TV series Jack & Bobb which aired for one season. He also was the host of a show called Brad Meltzer’s Decoded as well as Brad Meltzer’s Lost History.
Best Brad Meltzer Books:
Three of the most significant works by Brad Meltzer are:
Heroes for my Son: This marked Meltzer’s first foray into non-fiction literature and debuted at number 2 on the New York Times bestsellers list. The concept behind the book is that since the birth of his son in 2003, Meltzer has collected a series of short stories and vignettes from heroes that he hopes will serve as inspirational and helpful guidance when growing up. This book is the first of two (the second being “Heroes For My Daughter”), and contains 52 short stories about the lives of various famous people ranging from Jim Henson and Dr Seuss to Rosa Parks and Mother Theresa. It follows the Wright brothers, as they meticulously planned their flights by bringing extra materials for each flight and preparing for every eventuality, and Miep Gies who risked her life during the Second World War to protect Anne Frank from the Nazis. By bringing together this group of stories, Meltzer curated a great collection of role models that every child would do well to look up to.
The President’s Shadow: Meltzer’s particular area of interest for writing is the Presidential structures of the United States and this, the third and most recent novel in his Culper Ring Series, easily reached number 1 on the New York Times’ bestsellers list upon release and was a finalist in 2016’s Audies awards. Continuing the mysterious government themes of the previous two, it opens with a severed arm being found buried within the grounds of the White House and quickly becomes an adventure into the world of the Culper Ring; a 200 year old society that is ultimately responsible for protecting the Presidency. Fears abound when the arm is discovered, raising questions about how it got there, the significance of the way in which it was buried and the realization that the arm had not been left there for the attention of the President, but for Beecher White- a young staffer that works in the National Archives. Beecher soon becomes embroiled in events and must take quick and decisive action to save the President, and himself.
The Book Of Fate: Having reached number 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list, The Book Of Fate focuses on a mysterious code that it turns out was created 200 years ago by Thomas Jefferson. By deducing the secrets hidden within this code and combining them with those hidden within a decade old presidential crossword puzzle, a young presidential aide named Wes Holloway (and the survivor of an attack on the President 8 years previously) unearths a modern day conspiracy that reaches the height of the government and the elite of Palm Beach society. This book has it all- presidential assassination attempts, secret societies, and codes hidden in Masonic symbols that are within the architecture of Washington D.C itself. As Holloway discovers the truth he must decide who to trust, and who can help him stop the devastating events that are in motion.