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 am normally a big Brad Meltzer fan, but this book was horrible. Tried twice to get through it, even went back and read the first book in the story, but no help. The story was just horrible.
I have always enjoyed Meltzer, but this one was really hard to follow in audio. I almost gave up four or five times. I had to force myself to finish it.
I can't put my finger on what was wrong with it, but I know I can't recommend it.
It was fine.
I would give Brad another try since his book usually get such high ratings. I normally love Scott Brick - but as so many others have said - every single line is read with soooo much melodrama it's hard to tell when something really is dramatic.
I would give him one more try.
Less melodrama - just read the book and don't make every line the height of suspension.
Confusion. The author switches from first person view to third person view and back again. It's very hard to stay in the story.There are too may characters early on - it makes it hard to identify or care about any of them.There are a ton of flashbacks - every other paragraph takes places in a different time.
A rough ride and for my first Brad Meltzer book it makes it tough to come back for another.
The book picks up where the last one left off and does not waste a lot of time on pre-established character development which is nice. familiar characters with familiar idiosyncrasies I think slows interest into the story. New characters were nice to see but the overall plot is so un-engaging you find yourself having to repeatedly rewind to try and figure out what happened while your mind wandered for the last ten minutes. the sub plots are more intriguing than the main story line and the slight twists thrown in at the end are fun but definitely not a Kaiser Soze I didn't see that coming kind of moment. not the best... not the worst...
Of course! he is a smart and witty author capable some great work.
they are all the same.
Maybe, if they added some humor to it and kept it fun and engaging, Sure. If they went the mystery for idiots route of Da Vinci code, Definitely not.
I am Kaiser Soze!!!
Tell us about yourself! I am a 64 year old black male. I was an IT professional before I retired several years ago. I prefer espionage book or just plain old mysteries.. I am now a truck driver and has lots of time to listen to books.
Nothing in Particular
All was average
Scott was masterful as usual.
The book before this one was better.
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.
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