The Fifth Assassin (Culper Ring Series #2)

The Fifth Assassin (Culper Ring Series #2)

by Brad Meltzer
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The Fifth Assassin 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 177 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book! I can almost hear brad meltzers voice as i read it. I enjoyed learning the factual parts. I feel like there is more to be told on the story. Enjoyed the breecher and i feel like he still has more to do. Left me hanging on the end hoping that this story keeps going. Well written with facts. Lookx like mr. Meltzer. I cant wait to read morel i have read all his books i now have a new favorite book this one and the inner circle. Still i loved the zero game.
The_Book_Wheel_Blog More than 1 year ago
Great Meltzer'ish Read!  Every time I read a Brad Meltzer book I am reminded of how much I love his books. More than being ‘just’ an author, he is a gifted storyteller. Over and over, I am swept away into a world of political mystery and intrigue. I was introduced to him years ago by a friend of mine who swore I would love his books and she was dead-on. His books are always fast-paced and punctuated by short chapters that lead to the “fly through the book” effect and I am always left wanting more. The Fifth Assassin is no different. Bringing back his character, Beecher, The Inner Circle, this book focuses on a killer who is copying the last four presidential assassinations in a lead-up to the assassination of the current president. I won’t give away any more than that, but this might one ranks up there with my favorite Meltzer book, The Book of Fate. One of my favorite things about Meltzer is that he writes historical fiction without being labeled an historical fiction writer. He’s not lumped into that genre, and yet his books are always heavily entrenched in truths and theories that exist in present day. For example, in this book, he draws on the history of playing cards, the origins of their symbols, and the real-life storage of body parts at a Washington, DC museum (where I would love to visit….). This makes sense because his show, Brad Meltzer Decoded, is hugely popular and delves into the backstories of various codes and symbols, so he knows his stuff. In sum, this is a must-read for anyone who likes fast-paced, action-packed books that tell a real story. It’s also great for people (like me) who are interested in history because I was left Googling a lot of the nuggets of information that were dropped so surreptitiously into the novel (did they really put maps on the inside of playing cards during WWII?!). 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that the Fifth Assassin is an excellent partner to the Inner Circle. I urge anyone who enjoys a great read to pick up Meltzer's latest book. You will not be disappointed and you might even learn something in the process. Five stars for this book!
Thirdyen More than 1 year ago
My problem with this book as well as the "24" story line of a Nixonian President is believeability. In this age of internet, texting, blogging, I find it difficult to accept that a criminal could be elected President. Corrupt like Agnew, but not criminal. Otherwise a fair read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author did a good job of assimilating the four assassinations of the US presidents into the story line. There were many twists and turns in the plot. I did not care for last chapter ending. Too many characters were left hanging. Are we suppose to wait now for the next novel?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first Brad Meltzer book I have not enjoyed. I thought it jumped around too much -- from today to another century and back and forth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother. The plot is confusing and gets boring. I had a hard time reading to the end, but I hate to not finish a book.
JaxJV More than 1 year ago
The book is difficult to read.The plot line has no contoinuity J J Vax
breakfastpop More than 1 year ago
Honestly, by the time I finished this book, I barely knew what was going on. I think Brad Meltzer missed the mark with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not care for The Fifth Assassin. I read a lot of Vince Flynn and other similar authors,but this was just not holding my interest. it was not one of those you cannot put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The jumping back and forth between decades was distracting and did not add much too the overall story. Hopefully this is not the trend of future books as this was a disappointing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read everything including the back of cereal boxes. I have been reading for over 60 years. This was one of if not the worst book I have read. I want my money back and all the timei wasted reading this swamp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I struggled thru the first 60 pages or so before i decided to continue. It got interesting for a bit then fizzled. Storyline is good but the organization delivered the story in too many chopped up bits.
Skivats More than 1 year ago
Very Disappointing. Story line was jumbled and almost unreadable with a horrible ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am sorry I wasted my money this is a boring book, drags on and makes no sense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done, Brad, well done! Kept me on the edge of my seat and looking around every corner. But how did Marshmallow get his burns....did I miss something?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second Brad Meltzer book . I enjoyed it and would recommend it . There is plenty of action and suspense without the language getting too rough .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Brad Meltzer's first installment, The Inner Circle, but this book takes conspiracies, plots, murderers, and motivations to an unbelievable level. The plot twists are too contrived, the threads are too unrealistic, and the conclusion is disappointing. For serious historical, thriller, and mystery readers, you can skip this one.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
Terrible-no stars---convoluted tale that is not worth the time or effort to get through and it is a battle to get through.
histbuff More than 1 year ago
This book has a good premise and showed a lot of promise. However, it was difficult to follow, jumping forward and backward in time constantly. That made it very difficult to follow, especially if you set the book down and pick it up again later. I enjoy Brad Meltzer's TV show but I was disappointed in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like reading on a pogostick Jumps around with ahalf dozen narrators back and forth over 20+ years with no conrinuity Despite an intriguing storyline wasnt able to read through to the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stinks. Many unconnected story lines that no amount of torturous contrivances could adequately glue together. The characters are beyond strange; their associations are not plausible. I only read to the end to see if Metzger (or his editors) found a way to make the nonsense plausible. They did not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not one of the most enjoyable books that I have read....staggered through to the end, which was left open for a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read! I really like all the hisrltory that is covered. And then to find out there's a hidden code in The Inner Circle, even more intriguing! Can't wait for the next one in this series.
willybee More than 1 year ago
Could not get past the first 60 pages! Within those pages the story jumps from one the current time into multiple time periods to the point that I gave up trying to stay on track with who did what when. I cannot believe one of my favorite authors would purposly confuse readers to the point of throwing in the towel. One can`t possibly keep track of a mutltitude of characters in current time, one hundred year old murders, and mini chapters starting years ago, three hours ago, today, along with ancestores jumping back in time, etc. You need an outline and character listing along with who is related to whom guide for this one. I reread the first 65 pages 3 times prior to giving it up as hopeless.