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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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  • Michael
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-22-13

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 15 people found this review helpful

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Great mystery

This historic novel was great reading with just the right amount of history that was very entertaining .

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  • Rick R.
  • Santa Monica, CA, US
  • 02-03-13

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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Fascinating, Spellbinding

If you could sum up The Fifth Assassin in three words, what would they be?

Historical bounty intriguing

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

I could NOT STOP LISTENING. I stayed up til the wee hours of the morning as I had to have this resolved then zap....it leaves you during a high point in the story. The rest of the story please? How long until the next book comes out.? I cannot wait to see how this story ends.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Beecher. He just grabs his passion and inner dialogue so well. I feel that I almost know him personally.

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

I LOVE the little known historical facts such as President Lincoln sneeking into St Johns Church to pray and attend services and leaving before service ended. I also did not know that Lincoln was a member at Foundry Methodist church nor did I know of Foundry's history. Love their sharing of little known facts about George Washington and the playing cards. Facinating.

Any additional comments?

I was shocked at the books ending..."WHAT?" You cannot end it here.....how long do I have to wait for the rest of the story? Oh dear! I want to know the rest of the story! I also plan on visitng the sites in the book the next time I visit DC. St Johns Church and Cafe Milano here I come. I've visited the other places. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I LOVE this series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This is my first Brad Meltzer book I did not like

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I thought the book was for me but as it went on and on I realized that at the very end I should have kept this book on the bookshelf

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think my next book will be The Intercept by Dick Wolf

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I think Scott Brick did all he could but the book for me lacked substance

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  • amar
  • newark, NJ, United States
  • 01-21-13

not a great book

What disappointed you about The Fifth Assassin?

The story did not grab the reader's attention as one would expect from a thriller.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Conspiracy Thriller

Never knew who the good guy really was. Good secret society book. Liked it well enough to promptly read the next in the series. Two is enough though.

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Plot twisting mind bender, great read.

Very compelling, twisting plot lines. Keeps you guessing. Just when you think you have it figured out another nuance makes you reconsider. Lots of flashbacks ala "Catch 22" but it flows well.

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Extremely too long & drawn out. Orator's voice became too irritating to listen to. Very
Disappointed.

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Suspense!

Downloading Book 3 now. Great to have a great, fast moving book like this to pass my workday!