A Review of The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer

The Fifth AssassinThe Fifth Assassin

by Brad Meltzer

Grand Central Publishing: January 15, 2013

Mr. Meltzer continues the story that began in the 2012 book, The Inner Circle. If you haven’t read that, stop right now and go get it. Borrow it from the library, or buy it for the Kindle. It’s $1.99 at this time. The Inner Circle

If you don’t, you will regret it. The beginning of the book will confuse you and you will have no idea why anyone is doing what they are doing. I know because that is what happened to me. After reading The Inner Circle, everything will make more sense. This book is really the second half of The Inner Circle.

Since this is the second half of the story, all the same characters are present. Beecher White is still the main guy. He seems like he is catching on a little bit more than he did in the first book. The Culper Ring is still trying to protect the Presidency, while looking to take down the current President, Orson Wallace. The twists and surprises are better this time around. It still feels like a couple of the plot devices are nearly too far-fetched, but the story is much better and for the most part more believable than the first half was. See my review of The Inner Circle on  Bill’s Book Reviews.

The action is well paced, and the story is exciting. It is worth slogging though The Inner Circle so that you can enjoy this offering from Mr. Meltzer. There will be more Beecher stories in the future, so you may as well hop on this train now, because there will be no getting on later.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5. It’s a good, fast paced, action thriller.

I received this book for free through NetGalley.com.

Book Description

Release date: January 15, 2013

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 #1 New York Times bestseller 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.

Product Details

Hardcover: 448 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (January 15, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0446553972

ISBN-13: 978-0446553971

Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestsellers, Heroes For My Son and Heroes For My Daughter, collecting heroes from Jim Henson, to Rosa Parks, to Mr. Rogers. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded — one of the co-creators of the TV show, “Jack & Bobby” — and is the #1 selling author of the critically acclaimed comic books, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. His newest book, The Fifth Assassin, will be published in January 2013.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. You can find him regularly on facebook.com/bradmeltzer or at bradmeltzer.com.

For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush. He was selected by the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways that terrorists can attack the US. The Inner Circle is about a young archivist in the National Archives who finds out that George Washington’s secret spy ring still exists to this very day.

His books have spent nearly a year on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: “Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig.” In the Hebrew translation, it became: “Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse.” We’re not sure if it’s a kosher thing or what.

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen’s Celebrity and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. He also co-wrote the oath that the President of the United States gives to all AmeriCorps members. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko’s.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who’s also an attorney.

The product description and author information is from Amazon. The Fifth Assassin

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