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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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    Felton Emory, TX, United States 04-06-13
    Felton Emory, TX, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Absolute Worst Narration Ever!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What could Brad Meltzer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Picked a different narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    I have listened to Brick before but this seemed to be completely different. Not a good listen at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Anderson Utah 04-04-13
    E. Anderson Utah 04-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not As Good As The First"
    What did you like best about The Fifth Assassin? What did you like least?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brad Meltzer before, how does this one compare?

    This is not one of his better books or series. I have enjoyed others far more.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Love Scott Brick


    Do you think The Fifth Assassin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 04-03-13
    Debra 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unlistenable... Is that a word...?"

    I am really surprised by the positive reviews for this audio book. Scott Brick's over-the-top dramatic lilt in his reading and delivery make this audio book so difficult to hear, that both my husband and I have completely given up on the story. Every sentence ends in an inaudible whisper. The story itself may be vaguely interesting, but it jumps around to the point that you wonder if you are listening to/reading a book relating to time travel...that is, if you can actually hear it. I really expected more from Brad Meltzer... Or maybe it's Scott Brick that ruined it... Anyway, a pretty bad combo. I hate not to finish a book, but I have gone far enough with this one and I can't take it anymore! A complete waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    r spring lake, nj, United States 03-06-13
    r spring lake, nj, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Dud !!!"
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    Wont ever buy a Meltzer book again.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Follett book


    Any additional comments?

    Book started agonizingly slow, had a stronger second half but ended with a complete thud. Absolutely worthless, unexplained ending - worthless.

    Author needs story telling lessons -- especially how to end one.

    Dont waste your time or money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzegal 03-03-13
    Suzegal 03-03-13
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    "This is just a setup for the next book."
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I love Scott Brick's performance. He is second only to George Guidall, in my opinion. I have read many Brad Meltzer books and will read more.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Meltzer’s story?

    It did not flow. There was too much jumping around and it was confusing. I hated the ending and felt cheated. He used this book simply as a set up for another book. It was not the cliff hanger I think it was meant to be.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does different voices well. He performs women as well as men, so that you forget it is a man reading all the parts.I get into the characters better having him read to me.


    Did The Fifth Assassin inspire you to do anything?

    No. I basically hated the book and found it very unsatisfying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CAROL 03-02-13
    CAROL 03-02-13
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    "Very confusing story"
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    Liked many of Meltzer's other books. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer again?

    I will give him another chance as along as it's not about the Culper ring.
    I couldn't figure out if they were protecting the POTUS or trying to kill him.
    I understand that most stories don't confirm the bad guy until well into the story, but you
    usually know at least one good guy from the beginning.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Too many characters sounded the same.


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    Hazel L. Gentry 02-26-13
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    "Not up to the Meltzer standard."
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I would give the next one several review-reads before I spend my money. Previous reads were so good...maybe that's why I'm so disappointed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not one of his better narrators.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely return books....In fact I have only returned one after buying over 100 with you before this...but it will go back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A User United States 02-20-13
    A User United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book, lots of surprises. You need to read "the Inner cirlce" first or you won't understand all the plots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alberta1443 Portland, OR, United States 02-18-13
    Alberta1443 Portland, OR, United States 02-18-13
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    "Great read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifth Assassin to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Scott Brick gives life to the book.


    What other book might you compare The Fifth Assassin to and why?

    Follows the Inner Circle. Lots of good twists.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    His inflections


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

    Yes but read at night and would listen until eyes gave up.


    Any additional comments?

    Keeps you enthralled. Brad.Neltzer writes such gripping novels, hard to wait for next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Hickman Phoenix, Az USA 02-16-13
    S. Hickman Phoenix, Az USA 02-16-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Not so good as I thought!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot was hard to follow. Sometimes some of the characters seemed to be in the past, at other times, they seemed to be in the present. I couldn't always tell if the bad guy was a mental case or where in time he was supposed to be. Conversations between characters sometimes seemed out of place and time. I finally got tired of trying to follow the plot and the bad guy and just gave up. The original plot was good, but there was too many threads weaving in and out of time and I got lost trying to follow thru with the author's intent.


    Could you see The Fifth Assassin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not, unless some of the book is re-written or edited and easier to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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