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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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This is just a setup for the next book.

Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

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.

What was most disappointing about Brad Meltzer’s story?

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.

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

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.

Did The Fifth Assassin inspire you to do anything?

No. I basically hated the book and found it very unsatisfying.

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Very confusing story

Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

Liked many of Meltzer's other books. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer again?

I will give him another chance as along as it's not about the Culper ring.<br/>I couldn't figure out if they were protecting the POTUS or trying to kill him.<br/>I understand that most stories don't confirm the bad guy until well into the story, but you<br/>usually know at least one good guy from the beginning.

What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

Too many characters sounded the same.

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Not up to the Meltzer standard.

Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

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.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not one of his better narrators.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I rarely return books....In fact I have only returned one after buying over 100 with you before this...but it will go back

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  • A User
  • United States
  • 02-20-13

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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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<br/>

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.

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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

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

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

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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  • Big tom
  • Paso Robles, CA, United States
  • 02-11-13

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!