What I'm Seeing Now


My Buddy Brad

Back in 2006 an author previously unknown to me, Brad Meltzer, wrote a book entitled The Book of Fate.  It was, and is, one of many books he has authored, mystery thrillers all.  This one was about all of the architectural and geographic symbolism in Washington DC.  So of course I read it!

Now, I have lived here all my life and have read many books about all that.  There was a lot that Brad's book did not contain.  Of course, it couldn't contain everything!  So I wrote him, even suggesting some other books he might want to read if he wanted to follow The Book of Fate with sequel.  He wrote me back, acknowledging those symbols and even saying he wished he had read those books prior to writing that one!

We have corresponded regularly since.  Recently I received an email from him and an invitation in the mail to a private reading and signing party for his newest book, The Inner Circle.  It is about George Washington's Culper Group, his personal spy ring, which he considered one of his greatest accomplishments. 

So much surrounding that circle was kept so secret, that many of the people in that spy ring were not revealed until the middle of the 20th Century!  And many still aren't!

He read the Prologue from the book, showed a clip nobody had previously seen from his new TV show, and signed books for everyone there.

Of course I went, finally meeting Brad in person.

And of course I bought a book, which he signed for me.  I found him to be funny, personable and very friendly to all present.

You may also have seen his new TV show on the History Channel called "DECODED."

It takes some of history's mysteries, like whether it really was John Wilkes Booth who was shot in that barn, and investigates it to the hilt.

The cast of the show, besides Brad, is composed of three investigators, a professor, an engineer and a lawyer.

The lawyer is Scott Rolle.

Scott is a local boy and came to the reading last night also.  That is him in the blue shirt.

I had a bunch of questions for him too!  And he answered them all for me!

It was a very enjoyable couple of hours and our cyber "relationship" was solidified a bit more.  I look forward to more interaction with him.  And his next book...


Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 12 commentsJay Markanich • January 14 2011 06:25AM


I hope he gave you a free book for your blog post:) I am sure you will sell a bunch of books for him.  Good post! 

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) almost 10 years ago

Good morning Jay. Looks to be an interesting read. Many of the founding fathers were Masons so I can understand the symbolism... 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Navona!  But no, I bought the little fellow myself!

Michael - thanks for the call yesterday!  I love those books on DC symbolism.  I know every nook and cranny of the city and can picture everything as read.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jay * I heard him on Glen Beck earlier this week and downloaded his newest to my kindle and started reading it last night.  I love architectural books and did catch Decoded last night...NOW, I'm ready for SNOW!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 10 years ago

I like his style and thorough research Wallace.  One neat thing is that each book contains a surprise from the previous one, but you have to look for it.  In this book, when you find a reference to the California Tortilla Factory, apparently Brad's fave restaurant, take that location to one of their restaurants and you get a free gift, though I don't know what it is yet!

Tell me there's no snow...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Hi Jay, sounds like quite an evening.  I will have to add Brad Meltzer to my list of authors to check out.  Sounds like there is an order to read the books?  Is that available on a website?  I do like a good mystery solved.  Thanks for sharing the post.

Posted by Dale Ganfield almost 10 years ago

Jay - I've caught a couple of his shows; I'm always interested in hidden or unknown facts about popular topics. It's great that you were able to meet Brad and actually help him in his work. Perhaps we'll one day see your name listed in the credits!

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) almost 10 years ago

That is so cool Jay. Anytime we can meet someone we admire like Brad Meltzer it is a treat. I have to check with my wife and see if she is related to Brad.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) almost 10 years ago

Jay...love his books..they are so filled with Historical items & are written so that one cannot 'put it / them down'
       The new book will go upon my 'must get' lists--Costco or Sam's here I come.  That History show I have seen, but did not put the name together with the author like. 
Have a good Friday & weekend.


Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan almost 10 years ago

Dale - there may not be a "proper" order, but I would start with his oldest and move to the more recent.

John - I like DECODED, and LOVE the logo!  In person he is a very funny, yet very intelligent, guy!

Bob - sounds like your wife's maiden name may have been Meltzer?

Barb - I gotta believe either will have them.  He is popular enough to be picked up by the major wholesale retailers!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Sounds like  you had a great time. It's nice when you can finally meet someone face to face after knowing them only by correspondence.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 10 years ago

It was a nice way to spend part of the evening Jim.  Of course, I was one of the first in line for an autograph, so I wasn't there til late!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

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