Book Review: The Fifth Assassin

Fifth_AssassinThe Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer

Rating: 8/10

This was a very interesting book to read. I enjoy reading spy thrillers from Tom Clancy, Brad Thor or Vince Flynn and Brad Meltzer is now a part of that list. You can never have enough spy thriller authors on your to read list.

I have to give him an A+ for originality on this story. Here is the publishers synopsis:

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.

What Brad Meltzer does is describe how the first 4 Presidential assassins planned and executed their plans along the path to introduce the 5th assassin. The real cool part is that Meltzer has done a ton a research and presents enough facts that you actually will learn some history while enjoying the story.

Another area that Meltzer succeeds is in keeping you guessing who the 5th assassin is. I have a good track record of guessing the plots of stories and tv shows before they are revealed, this one was tough. I honestly did not guess who it was until just before it was revealed, and it was a blind guess at that.

There is plenty of action to keep you excited, there is a lot of details to keep you thinking and there are some really cool characters that keep you engrossed.

This is the second book in the Beecher White series, the first is called “The Inner Circle” (which I have not read yet), but you can start on this book and not feel lost.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good mystery or spy thriller. It is a must for Tom Clancy, Brad Thor or Vince Flynn fans, like myself. Go grab this book and enjoy some good old fashion spy action.

Until next time…


3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Fifth Assassin

  1. I tried reading a Brad Meltzer novel once and just couldn’t get into it… but this one looked really good, and it’s on my TBR, so hopefully I’ll feel differently this time.

    1. I have not read any other Brad Meltzer book, I only know him from his TV show, so I can not speak for his others, but I hope you give this one a try because I think it is well done. If you do read it, please let me know what you think.

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