The Fifth Assassin (Unabridged)
by Brad Meltzer
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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.
This guy creates drama from nothing. Characters are boring and make no sense. Meltzer fails to create realistic relationships between characters. People are unbelievably loyal to others for no apparent reason. I can't quite explain what I mean by this but I'm sure you will understand what I mean if you read the Beacher books. These are the only books I've read (listened to...I don't read ;) the characters (Beacher & Tot mostly) go on these boring long winded history lessons in the middle of life threatening situations which usually don't make any sense. Meltzer just tries way to hard to crowbar in his knowledge of American history. And truthfully I'm not sure of the accuracy of some of it. All in all its a frustrating read. I want to punch the main character ( Beacher) In the face and that's not a good thing. He is no Dan Brown, though I'm sure Meltzer would deny trying to be. Browns books never let me down like this.
The Fifth Assassin
Obviously the writer is very talented with a fantastic imagination. He has great knowledge of U.S. history. However the use of multiple inadequate flashbacks and unbelievable coincidences made this a worthless read. I will do my best never to read one of his books again.
Young Doctor David
Save your money
Poor narrative and overly-dramatic narration. What has happened to Scott Brick? His past work was the main reason I bought this.