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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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    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.

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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.


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    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 02-15-13
    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another winner from Brad Meltzer"

    I enjoyed this story even more than the previous, maybe because I was already emotionally invested in the characters but possibly because I adore Scott Brick and have listened to enough of his narration that I feel as though we are old friends.
    Worth the credit!

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    elza annapolis MD, United States 02-13-13
    elza annapolis MD, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "not the best meltzer"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think Meltzer is stretching the reach of the culper ring. it has lost some of the mystery and excitement


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    move on to another topic


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

    No, I hope not


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't really like this story...I had to force myself to finish it, and admit to blanking out several times..it didn't keep my interest

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    Tyler glenmoore, PA, United States 02-11-13
    Tyler glenmoore, PA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Stupid, waste of time"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's a real page turner but when you do there's nothing there. Sorry I spent my money.


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    Tom Paso Robles, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Tom Paso Robles, CA, United States 02-11-13
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    "Time Wellspent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fifth Assassin the most enjoyable?

    Good story with expressive delivery. I loved the historical connection to the four Presidents that have been killed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story with a good "who done it" plot.


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

    Scott Brick is very expressive in his presentation. Well done!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 02-11-13
    Sandra 02-11-13
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    "Engrossing, but lacks character depth."

    I did enjoy a glimpse of a secret government world, and feeling a part of the inner workings of Washington D.C. That being said, I expected more; I'm still wondering why I should care about the characters. Although I met some of them in an earlier Meltzer novel, they are still underdeveloped.

    I was engaged in the story, certainly, but disappointed that there wasn't more depth. Consider this a good vacation read; entertaining, slightly informative regarding government history, and an escape from our non-espionage lives.

    Narrator Scott Brick comes through, as always, with a stellar performance.

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    Jeanne Wolf Hollywood 02-11-13
    Jeanne Wolf Hollywood 02-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Hollywood Journalist JEANNE WOLF'S HOLLYWOOD ON YOU TUBE

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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 2006
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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.

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