The book, a fascinating pastiche of 10 conspiracies, broken down with official-looking documents, is based upon Meltzer’s History Network show “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded.”
Ferrell, who has contributed to FRONT in the past as a freelancer and who will teach at the 2013 Roanoke Regional Writers Conference at Hollins (Jan. 24-25), is the former editor of Omni Magazine. He has done a good bit of ghost and co-writing in the past (he ghosted a posthumous Harold Robins book), but this is his first best-seller.
Ferrell is a superb writer and I sense his solid prose all over Decoded, though Meltzer is better known as a novelist. Keith has written a couple of novels in addition to has work with biography and history.
Decoded has the distinct feel of the novel and it is rife with controversy and spine-tingling action. If you like history—and if you don’t—this one will keep you occupied for a bit.