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The Fifth Assassin | [Brad Meltzer]

The Fifth Assassin

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Thriller/Suspense, 2014

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States.

Four have been successful.

But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

Beecher is about to discover the truth: that during the course of a hundred years, all four assassins were secretly working together. What was their purpose? For whom do they really work? And why are they planning to kill the current President?

Beecher's about to find out. And most terrifyingly, he's about to come face-to-face with the fifth assassin.

©2012 Brad Meltzer (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Stephen United States 01-25-13
    Stephen United States 01-25-13
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    "Brad Meltzer - The New Serial Writer & Killer"
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    I really enjoyed this book. As a sequel to "The Inner Circle," this book builds on the characters of Beecher, Niko, and Clementine. Yet the author weaves in a new character who drives this book. I enjoyed the story line and the way the author really fleshes out each character. Brings home too many memories of growing up as a teenage boy though - LOL!

    The writing is excellent and I didn't want to stop listening.

    And I enjoyed the ending. Sets the stage for the next book in this new series and makes the reader wonder, once again, about the new character - Marshall. Whose side is he really on? Finding out in the next book will make for an enjoyable read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amma Louisa, Kentucky USA 01-23-13
    Amma Louisa, Kentucky USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating, Spellbinding"
    If you could sum up The Fifth Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    Historical bounty intriguing


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I could NOT STOP LISTENING. I stayed up til the wee hours of the morning as I had to have this resolved then zap....it leaves you during a high point in the story. The rest of the story please? How long until the next book comes out.? I cannot wait to see how this story ends.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Beecher. He just grabs his passion and inner dialogue so well. I feel that I almost know him personally.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I LOVE the little known historical facts such as President Lincoln sneeking into St Johns Church to pray and attend services and leaving before service ended. I also did not know that Lincoln was a member at Foundry Methodist church nor did I know of Foundry's history. Love their sharing of little known facts about George Washington and the playing cards. Facinating.


    Any additional comments?

    I was shocked at the books ending..."WHAT?" You cannot end it here.....how long do I have to wait for the rest of the story? Oh dear! I want to know the rest of the story! I also plan on visitng the sites in the book the next time I visit DC. St Johns Church and Cafe Milano here I come. I've visited the other places. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I LOVE this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cecil 01-21-13
    Cecil 01-21-13
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    "This is my first Brad Meltzer book I did not like"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I thought the book was for me but as it went on and on I realized that at the very end I should have kept this book on the bookshelf


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think my next book will be The Intercept by Dick Wolf


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think Scott Brick did all he could but the book for me lacked substance


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    amar newark, NJ, United States 01-21-13
    amar newark, NJ, United States 01-21-13
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    "not a great book"
    What disappointed you about The Fifth Assassin?

    The story did not grab the reader's attention as one would expect from a thriller.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 08-20-15
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 08-20-15 Member Since 2001
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    "The Culper Series"
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    Approximately fourteen hours long and read by Scott Brick. The Inner Circle is Book 1 in a series, and I purchased it because Book 3, The President’s Shadow, was just released. Thought I’d start with the beginning of the series, Culper Ring, and I’m not disappointed.

    Early on, the story tells of a National Archives employee getting engulfed in a mystery of American history, the ‘circle’ of security surrounding the presidency, and the loyalty of friends. Who’s the bad guy? Who is loyal to the president? Is the president himself one of the good or bad guys? The story will keep you guessing and you’ll get damned near the end of this thriller before you figure it out! The remaining books in the series continue with the adventures of the National Archives employee.

    If you’re a fan of Brad Meltzer, you’ll like these books. I’ve been looking for a good series to enjoy ever since the death of Vince Flynn. I was/am a huge fan of the Mitch Rapp character and the Washington political scene. I’m looking forward to subsequent thrillers by Meltzer and a continuation of this series.

    The Fifth Assassin, also fourteen hours of listening, and also read by Scott Brick. As of this review, the last in the series is The President’s Shadow, a little shorter at just over eleven hours.

    If I say any more about the brilliance of Scott Brick’s narration, it’ll just go to his head. :-)

    Good books, you’ll enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen McGowan Alexandria, VA 08-18-15
    Eileen McGowan Alexandria, VA 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow narration & a few audio glitches"
    What did you like best about The Fifth Assassin? What did you like least?

    I'm new to Brad Meltzer's writing style, which took some getting used to, but the stories in the Culper Ring series are interesting. The only thing I didn't love about the audio book was the narrator's style. The reading speed was really slow and a little quirky. There were also a couple places in the middle/end of the book where some of the words cut out on the audio. Luckily, I also bought the Kindle book and could read along with the audio to catch the words I missed.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Brad Meltzer is good at the slow reveal, keeping you interested until you find out who "dunnit". Sometimes the premise of the Culper Ring series feels a little too "cute" / contrived but I am enjoying the stories nonetheless.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    Odd, slow, quirky


    Did The Fifth Assassin inspire you to do anything?

    Buy the next book in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 08-02-15
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 08-02-15 Member Since 2005
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    "This was a nice sequeal"

    If you enjoyed the first book in the series you will definitely enjoy the continuation of this series, there were some twists and turns that took me and my husband by surprise ,
    I'm looking forward to listening to the last book in the series and hoping it will get better Scott brick as always was a fantastic narrator,

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    Robert R. Richard 07-27-15
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    "Masterful narration"

    Scott Brick is a masterful narrator. He brings every story alive. Meltzer again tells a contemporary saga against the backdrop of history. Beautifully done.

    As a pastor myself, I commend Brad for presenting clergy as we are: humans, nothing more, nothing less. "But for the grace of God go I."

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    Mary 07-20-15
    Mary 07-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great mystery"

    Better than book 1 in its suspense and historical backdrop. You will want to go dug out your old deck of cards,so think where did you put them.

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    Jay 07-13-15
    Jay 07-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    great story that keeps you interested and wanting more. I think we all had a tree house like that growing up.

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