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
I love Scott Brick ability to bring the characters to life with his voice, so yes I would definitely buy another one of his narratives as long as it's not written by Brad Meltzer. At this time, I have no intention of ever buying another novel by him.
No, I actually enjoyed reading James Rollins who stories are usually about a secret order of some kind.
Yes, Scott Brick showed enough emotion to suit the story line.
I was sorely disappointed with this novel. I was expecting real drama, mystery and excitement, and got none.
I like Brad Meltzer's early works, so I was really looking forward to this one, but the Fifth Assassin, like the novel that proceeded, the Inner Circle, was dull and left a lot to be desired. There was way too much history and fact and not nearly enough fiction and excitement. I felt like I was in history class and dreading every single moment of it. I hope his next fictional novel will be more entertaining. It is why I select to read fiction instead of non-fiction. I think Meltzer is a great fictional writer, but unfortunately he seems to be stuck in a boring writers realm. I hope he finds his way out because I miss the days when he wrote stuff like the Zero Game.
It was okay. Story was very boring in some areas so it took me a long time to finish this book.
The story line was a little blah although the listening some of the history was interesting.
Scott always does a good job.
No, I usually don't repeat books.
It did keep me going, and I had to wait until a slower part came around to shut it off.
As far as I'm concerned Meltzer is a wonderful teacher and darn good writer. Very, very bright while he weaves fiction and fact. I've watched him on the History Channel doing the "Decoded" series, very interesting as are the topics he has his team research.
I am a fan of Brad Meltzer's "Decoded", but have never read any of his books. This one just did not hold my interest, And, what a disappointment, since I am a huge fan of conspiracy theories and mysteries.
I love how the author runs with an idea and gets it to tie into actual history.
Scott Brick is my favorite narrator. Always does a great job with the story!
Have enjoyed his work on other titles. He is not bad.
My book started playing at chapter 62. Not sure why, but the story is so bad, I do not care to try to straighten out the problem.
Look, it's my fault for not realizing this book was part of a trilogy. So, since I did not read Book 1, I was not primed to read this book. And I feel this book does not stand on its own. It isn't that I missed Book 1. its more that I expected a fuller story in this book. All the 14 hours of build up and suspense just seem to get dissipated by the 15th hour made to set up Book 3, whenever it will be written and published.
As far as believability, Beecher, the main character is an archivist, i.e. a librarian. Why? What about the Dewey Decimal System makes one a James Bond? Given the subject matter, he could have been FBI or Secret Service. Wouldn't have really made a difference and would have been more believable. While the author added substantial back stories to some of the main characters--usually a good thing--jumping from the present to past often seemed to cut or frustrate tension rather than enhance it.
I've listened to Scot Brick before and liked his readings. This time, however, it seemed like every sentence was read as if the next were about to reveal the secret of the universe--the reading was somewhat overboard.
I wanted to like the book based on interviews with Brad Meltzer. I was looking for to a great historical thriller. The book does pretty well deliver well on history, but I was not thrilled.
I could not get into this book at all. The story seemed interesting but the narrator was terrible. He seemed to end each sentence in a whisper as if he were reading the book to someone who was trying to doze off for the night. He was entirely too dramatic with every sentence. The narration completely spoiled this book and I did not finish it.
Picked a different narrator
I have listened to Brick before but this seemed to be completely different. Not a good listen at all.
Meltzer is trying to create a memorable character in Beacher White and for me it just isn't happening. If you LOVE history and really into politics you would enjoy this book far more than me. I got sick and tired of all the historical detail and wanted a bit more action. Throw in the fact that the conspiracy part (all of which is continued from book 1 - the inner circle) was getting pretty thin. In the end I was just sick and tired of the book and wanted it to end - the actual ending was incredibly disappointing as I really wanted the bad buy (the President in this case) to die.
This is not one of his better books or series. I have enjoyed others far more.
Love Scott Brick
It needs and the story was left at a place for a third book. Sadly it is not a series I will likely continue due to my complete lack of interest in history and politics. If there was more action and more enticing twists and turns then I would be more interested in a third book.
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