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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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    Janice Geneva, IL, United States 01-17-13
    Janice Geneva, IL, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    Would you listen to The Fifth Assassin again? Why?

    This is a service to those Brad Meltzer fans out there- BEFORE you listen to The Fifth Assassin, which I was really looking forward to, you need to re-listen to The Inner Circle so that you are caught up on all of the nuances at the beginning of the book. It has been awhile between book releases, so frankly I had forgotten all but the major premise of the previous book.... so just a heads up to reread the prequel to this book first in order to get the most enjoyment from it.


    72 of 74 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 02-05-13
    Michele 02-05-13 Member Since 2014

    I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.

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    "Not the Meltzer I'd hoped for...just bad"

    After The Millionaires, which sucked me in in 2 paragraphs and let me listen over and over with joy, I was willing to give Brad Meltzer a lot of latitude.

    But I'm on Chapter 9, and still can't figure out what the point of this narrative is. I know his wife is in congress or something. I know he is proud of his historical snippets. But this is just bad.

    The story he is continuing is a boring one, and the characters are non-existent.

    I'm turning it off.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 01-21-13
    Susan 01-21-13
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    "You must concentrate..."
    Any additional comments?

    ...or you'll be befuddled with all the twists and turns. Meltzer has his ups and downs with his books. This was an "up". Brick has his ups and downs with his narrations. This was an "up".

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-23-13
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I can't take it anymore"

    I have actually enjoyed some of Brad Meltzer's ridiculous rides before (I listen for entertainment). This was not one of those. When the Culpa Ring "story" (a "secret club" riddled with such incompetent members that it would be amazing to think they could have survived a month, needless to say a century) degenerated into "the real name of Jesus" I KNEW I had to stop listening (I have to admit that I was tempted to drop the audiobook way before). The storyline is ridiculous. I really couldn't care less what happens to ANY of the characters in this story. A bunch of self-centered idiots bound by a bunch of ludicrous coincidences.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 04-08-13
    HIII 04-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Still clueless Beacher"

    Smart, educated, well read Beacher continues to be unbelievable in this second installment of political mysteries. A previous reviewer stated this book is best understood if listened to right after Inner Circle, I followed that advice listening to the books back to back. By the end I found Beacher's culpability doubtful but he does seem to get himself into endless, difficult situations. Sometimes he really does not learn from past experience, Still they are entertaining stories. Based on the ending I know there will be a third book in the series and I look forward to listening!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ruben 03-05-13
    Ruben 03-05-13
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    "Disjointed Story Melodramatically Narrated"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The plot and writing of it could have been less disjointed and more cohesive. The narration could have been less melodramatic. Additionally, the historical connections could have been more succinctly and clearly presented toward the beginning of the novel to provide a better framework for the storyline.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Meltzer’s story?

    The story jumped around too much without sufficient connection or explanation.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Normally, I like Scott Brick, but in this book, he over-dramatized the characters from the beginning. Maybe it was the writing, but compared to his other great narrations (Robert Littel's "The Company" for example), Brick's narration of this book falls flat. It is like he's reading every sentence as if it were the climax of the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fifth Assassin?

    I don't know that I would cut the scenes so much as rearrange them for better continuity. There are a lot of flashbacks.


    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Vanaman 06-15-13
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    "Could be a true story... For all we know"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends on what that particular friend likes, if that person likes "50 shades of Grey" or "Harry Potter"...not so much. If this, so called friend, were to like ..."the Panther" or spy thrillers then I would say "YES, by all means, I would recommend it to them.


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

    Huh? What am I, a casting director ?


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick is phenomenal, always puts my brain to work. I see his characters, feel their love, pain, and joy and angst! One of the Best readers ever. I especially like how every character has their own way of speaking, giving them depth pulling me further into the story!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-22-13
    Michael Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Tough to get thru :-/"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I bought this one without previewing it first. Big mistake!!

    The story is OK enough, but Scott Brick was almost impossible for me to listen too.

    Where he came up with the voice for (Beecher?) is hard to imagine....just about the worst he could have done.....I hope.

    However, if you can struggle thru Brick's performance,(my daughter couldn't) the story is entertaining.

    I was curious about Meltzer, having never read him before....might be a while before I try him again..


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

    Not so much..


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

    might try one with a different narrator.


    Did The Fifth Assassin inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Flower Mound, TX, United States 01-22-13
    Sue Flower Mound, TX, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not well written. Confusing."

    I could not follow this book. Not sure if it was the naration or the way it was written but it seemed very confusing so I gave up. Pity since I adore Scott Brick and have listened to many in this series.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Gmail Santa Monica, CA, US 02-03-13
    Rick Gmail Santa Monica, CA, US 02-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Truly a new favorite!"
    If you could sum up The Fifth Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    What a ride - a terrific continuation of Meltzer's previous release. It was great getting back in touch immediately with the characters. As one who is also interested in presidential history, I found the integrated realism of events that surrounded key presidents, Lincoln most prominently, but others as well, very intriguing. It inspired many search and Wiki inquiries to determine any reality in Brad's basis for some of the plot twists. Truly couldn't put it down - made my commute longer by design. Highly recommended.


    What did you like best about this story?

    plot twists, deep basis for story lines, plenty of surprises


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

    Scott's a favorite - as many have said, he could read the phone book and it would be a must-listen


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

    I was pleasantly surprised and inspired to learn more all along the read


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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