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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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    Jeanne Wolf Hollywood 02-11-13
    Jeanne Wolf Hollywood 02-11-13 Member Since 2004
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    "FIRST CHOICE READ. or listen..THE FIFTH ASSASSIN"
    If you could sum up The Fifth Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    CAN'T STOP READING--WON'T STOP LISTENING


    What did you like best about this story?

    Meltzer is always fresh, surprising . You go for a ride and you learn a lot on the way. TOO RELEVANT FOR COMFORT.


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

    Scott is always good...he seems to really get into The Fifth Assasin


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A smart thriller that you will keep thinking and thinking about.


    Any additional comments?

    This one is a WOW! Read it or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-11-13
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2003
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    "A Good Sequel"

    Good continuity with first book, somewhat ponderous, but a good and interesting listen. I question the need for so much to be made of the "COPPA RING" Look 4 ward to the next follow on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Menlo park, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Sheryl Menlo park, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010

    give me action

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    "Not his best work"
    What would have made The Fifth Assassin better?

    Less tedium.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Vince Flynn


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

    Maybe. Scott can get tiresome with his intonations. Sometimes it'd be nice if he just read the book and didn't insert so much voice inflections.


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    Steve ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO, United States 02-11-13
    Steve ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, great performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think I could listen to even a mediocre story read by Scott Brick


    Would you recommend The Fifth Assassin to your friends? Why or why not?

    Reminded me of the enjoyable complexity of Dan Brown's books


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

    After Nelson DeMille's books performed by Scott Brick, I'm a big fan and look for books read by him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Action, illusion, and double-cross


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Enid newyork, NY, United States 02-11-13
    Enid newyork, NY, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "athrilleraboutpresidantialassasines"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story flows along. Good for a friendthe


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

    A recurring thread of historic presidential asasins ...very interesting.scott brick rnhances the drsma


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

    He inhances the drama.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A book for history buffs!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 02-10-13
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 02-10-13
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    "...to be continued"

    ....to be continued is the best part of this novel. If I hadn't read "The Inner Circle" I'd have been lost at times.

    It was an interesting thriller with many of the familiar Meltzer twists and turns. It was a good read but Brad has a way to go to match Dan Brown in the decoding and historical arena. The characters are wonderful, the narration is sweet but there was something I couldn't put my head around to made me think everything was there.

    Still, I anxiously await the third novel in this series, Hadrian, Clementine, Marsh and Beecher need to fulfill this drama to a final crescendo.

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    Thomas Levin Chicago 02-07-13
    Thomas Levin Chicago 02-07-13 Member Since 2007

    TNL

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    "too much drama in reader's voice"
    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I ordinarily like him but it was too much for this book. Undulating narration. Highs and lows in tonal quality-made listening to it difficult whenever there was background noise


    Any additional comments?

    Like a movie that is 30 minutes too long, the story could have been shortened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    au2wns Pell City, AL, United States 02-07-13
    au2wns Pell City, AL, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Intriguing!!!!"

    WARNING!!
    Read the "Inner Circle" first. Characters are easier to follow once you get the background. Overall book was very good. Can't wait for 3rd installment

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    Stephen Hilton, NY, United States 02-06-13
    Stephen Hilton, NY, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Book"
    If you could sum up The Fifth Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    I would rest rest of the books before listing to this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character


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

    Yes Scott is very good reader.


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

    Yes at the end going back, then to the present .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond ALPINE, UT, United States 02-06-13
    Raymond ALPINE, UT, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a retired CPA and have always liked to relax with a good book of intrigue and mystery. Listening via Audible has made "reading" fun.

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    "A real disappointment."
    What disappointed you about The Fifth Assassin?

    I should have known better after having read the first book but I guess I didn't connect it with the current Fifth Assassin.


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

    Let's say I will never read a Brad Meltzer book in the future.


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

    Absolutely. He is probably why I chose to read this one. Most of the books I have listened to are by Scott Brick.


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

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I would appreciate a credit for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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