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
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.
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.
Wont ever buy a Meltzer book again.
A Follett book
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. I basically hated the book and found it very unsatisfying.
Liked many of Meltzer's other books. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator.
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.
Too many characters sounded the same.
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.
Not one of his better narrators.
I rarely return books....In fact I have only returned one after buying over 100 with you before this...but it will go back
Yes. Scott Brick gives life to the book.
Follows the Inner Circle. Lots of good twists.
Yes but read at night and would listen until eyes gave up.
Keeps you enthralled. Brad.Neltzer writes such gripping novels, hard to wait for next book.
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