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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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    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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    Bob United States, AZ, United States 05-22-15
    Bob United States, AZ, United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but too long"

    I skipped a lot about Wisconsin. He would get a suspenseful storyline and poof! goes back in time that was boring. I didn't get the connection until the end. when I did, my thought was "so what?"
    Scott Brick again saved the book. He could narrate the dictionary and I'd buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 05-11-15
    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 05-11-15

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    Wordy, confusing sub plots that go back and forth! Scott brick save the audiobook. Not sure why I bought this book! Another disappointment!

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    James Don 05-11-15
    James Don 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great blend of history & fantasy"

    I loved the plot and story line overall. The characters were engaging. There was great build up to the end and ultimate delivery of a dramatic ending. The story was complex and keeps you guessing. I loved it! The narration is very stylized in what reminds me of an old detective novel.

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    gregory pucci 03-29-15 Member Since 2002
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    "A good series!"

    A little slow at first but , it gets better and better! Entertaining! I will get the next book in the series.

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    Walter 03-02-15
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    "Better than first Beacher novel"

    Although I didn't find the story really believable, it was a good listen. But I guess it is fiction! Scott Brick, as is usually the case, did a great job narrating. I thought this book was more entertaining than the first one, If you like Brad Meltzer and Scott Brick, then I think it was worth the listen

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    mike meeker 01-22-15
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    "Spectacularly Bad"
    What would have made The Fifth Assassin better?

    It really needed a more compelling, interesting and believable plot. It needed a real protagonist. There was not a single likeable character in the entire book.


    Has The Fifth Assassin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not from the genre, but certainly from the author and narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's monotonous, singsong voice was extremely irritating. I am not sure what would help.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did learn something about the assassins of former US Presidents.


    Any additional comments?

    I read about one book every two weeks, and have done so for about 40 years. I can not recall a more worthless book.

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    Tony 12-31-14
    Tony 12-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Impossible to imagine it's better than the first!"
    What did you love best about The Fifth Assassin?

    I love how amazing Meltzer is at his job! His ability to make a predictable story so darn NON-Predictable is just amazing!! Talk about a twist at the end. I have listened to this book no less than five times and have found something new each time!


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

    This novel is action packed from beginning to end, and that is not hyperbole! Brad Meltzer is a master at this genre. I have actually began to consider reading some of his graphic novels, or comics or whatever they are called; but he is that good!


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have and honestly I love them all!!! I will say that this is my favorite performance of Mr. Brick to date, but every single performance I have heard of Mr. Brick has surpassed the last. He has a unique ability to make each character extremely distinct and completely recognizable regardless if the character is a male or a female!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!! I found myself sitting in my car just to listen to more and more of it. Then, I purchased some LG Tone headsets, yes two of them (just in case one of the children decided they wanted to use one) and listened while doing dishes, or sweeping and mopping. I tried so hard to listen while doing homework as well; I don't advise that to anyone, and I had to stop because, well it was just impossible to not be engaged in Scott Brick's performance while trying to learn advanced Psychology material.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please, PLEASE make Scott Brick the performer or any and ALL psychological novels from here on out. If he performed even half of the books I have tried and then returned due to the performer, I am sure I would NOT have returned them.

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    B 09-24-14
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    Better than nothing if you're stuck in the cabin with old paperbacks. I still have trouble not picturing Seinfeld as Brick reads.

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    RexS Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 01-06-14
    RexS Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Poor story and performance"

    I have listened to and read many of these kind of stories and this story was really poor. I could no relate to any of the characters, especially Beecher who was smart but angry all the time and did not seem to have a clue about what was going on. Scott Brick also did a poor job of reading. It was sad because I have heard him read many times. Perhaps it was the poor material.

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