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Publisher's Summary

Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President. Teaming up with a beautiful colleague to try to stop the assassin, Sean begins the investigation. The killer is stalking the campaign trail, apparently driven by a $500 million bounty on the President's head. When a dramatic hostage rescue culminates in an intense shootout, Sean realizes law enforcement's horrible miscalculation and what to do about it.
©2005 Brian Haig (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Plenty of believable action plus heavy doses of insider atmosphere add zest to Haig's fifth suspense thriller to feature army lawyer Sean Drummond." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • William
  • Ortonville, MI, USA
  • 04-18-05

The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!

The President's Assassin is one of the more enjoyable picks that I've had from Audible.
Scott Brick does his usual fine job of narration.
While there seems to be a brief reference to events of another Haig novel--which I'm looking forward to reading--this one is entirely self-contained.
Characters are nicely developed and there is adequate description, but the story is exciting, suspenseful, and moves briskly with no risk of boredom.
The irreverent wit of the principal character/story teller will likely evoke a few chuckles. Start listening when you have plenty of time because you will have trouble stopping before the denouement!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • 02-28-05

My first time for this author--I'll try some more

I found this book enjoyable. There were well-developed characters and a plot that held my interest. I didn't anticipate the ending which made it all the better. I'd say this is a worthwhile read.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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I wish Brian Haig would write more...

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

Oh yes! I was hooked within the first 5 minutes. It starts with a murder and Sean Drummond arrives on the scene in a hush hush role with a keen eye for evidence and a sharp sarcastic sense of humor that actually had me laughing and rewinding so I could hear what was written again. The plot was excellent and I LOVED the delivery of money. With out spoiling the outcome I will say that mental image that was drawn with Drummond stripping down to his underwear and refusing to loose them was priceless.

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

Scott Brick performed ALL the characters perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I has a hard time putting it down.

Any additional comments?

I really wish ALL of Brian Haig's unabridged books were available on Audible. I also wish he was more prolific. This is such a good author. I've either read or listened to everything he's written, I want more. I don't want to sound goofy but he truly paints a story with his words.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Rajesh
  • Fremont, CA, USA
  • 07-30-05

A very compelling thriller

The President's Asassin is a rivetting thriller that is guaranteed to keep you guessing till the end. THe novel is humorous through the cynical smart alec character of Sean Drummond with a brilliant narration by Scott Brick. If you liked The Lion's Game (Unabridged) (also narrated by Scott Brick), you are sure to love this one!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • George
  • 05-30-05

I loved this book

Brain Haig's story,prose, humor and sarcasm make for great listening and entertainment. I can't wait for his next book. Each of his Sean Dummond novels have been equally entertaining.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathleen
  • Yorklyn, DE, United States
  • 02-25-05

Haig readers

Regarding the "question for Haig readers:" If you like Nelson deMille, you'll no doubt like Haig. If there are not enough quality audible reviews for a book, I usually look through the amazon reviews to see how the book fared with print readers. In this case, very well. Several reviewers admitted this was their first encounter with Haig, yet did not regret having "started in the middle." Hope this helps.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • vanessa
  • pinole, CA, United States
  • 08-21-10


Preposterous. I managed to get past the ridiculousness of a 35 year old SAC who also still works as a street agent. Later the same character turns out to be a psychiatrist/psychologist too. Really? Even though she joined the FBI right out of college? Right. Add to that nonsense the endless, boring dialogue and a "brilliant" protagonist who consistently states the obvious. I put in 5 hours because there were so many high reviews I hoped it would improve. I can't finish it. I don't even care how this one ends.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A killer read!!!

This was an awesome read, great characters, story, and ending. Great narration as always with Scott Brick. Please get more unabridged titles by this author!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Terrific Plot

This is a very well written and expertly narrated book. The plot is thoughtful and written with an insider's eye for detail. The DC bureaucratic infighting is told very well. The principal character is tightly drawn, and even though to an extent a first-person narration destroys some of the "will he survive" tension, it was still a very enjoyable book. If you like plot twists and you appreciate an inventive approach, you'll like this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Hugh
  • Westlake, OH, USA
  • 10-17-05

Excellent book

Haig's book had me ignoring my cell phone and sitting in my driveway just to inch a little closer to the 'end game.' I will definitely be getting another Brian Haig book again very soon.

I don't know if there's a book that narrator Scott Brick could ever do an injustice to. He's truly masterful at his craft. If you liked this book, check out Robert Ludlum's "The Company" (also narrated by Brick) if it's still available.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful