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The Fifth Assassin Hardcover – January 15, 2013
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
First, for folks who didn't read the previous 2 books with these characters, he should have considered some recap or summary. Even though I did read the books ("The Book of Fate" introduced Nico Hadrian and "The Inner Circle" introduced the Culper Ring), I didn't remember everything from before and found myself thinking "where did THAT come from?!" (e.g., who is the dead First Lady that Nico keeps talking to?).
Secondly, mysteries are good but hopping all over the place to "create" mystery isn't good. Some chapters were 2 pages then you'd hop to 18 years ago for some snippet to explain why the main character feels the way he does about his friend. That whole 18 years ago story just seemed forced and not that relevant to the story.
When the book finally, painfully, ends, it turns out that the whole thing isn't finished. Probably for another book, which hopefully will be more tightly written than this jumble.
I've read all his books but unfortunately have to say this was my least favorite and one that I had to force myself to finish.
This book has action and intrigue from the start to the surprising and chaotic end.
Meltzer and Baldacci seem to both be able to make librarians work as a heroes in an action/suspense book. Amazing! You take an awkward character who does what he needs to do when it is in the line...makes for great and interesting reading to anticipate how the character will adjust to the situations.
My only complaint is that the premise regarding the assassins is a bit far fetched and casts a bit of a "REALLY?" in your mind as you read the book. In a way it makes the story more interesting but a bit too unbelievable at the same time. Read and judge that part for yourself though.
This does not however detract from the fact that this is a really good action/suspense read that is imaginative and even though it is in a crowded writing genre comes off as original. The fact that Meltzer throws a lot of historical data into his books just makes them that much more enjoyable for me.
Thanks Mr. Meltzer for giving me a book good enough to distract me from the misery of a rainy day stuck at the airport.
The plot is convoluted and confusing and really made no sense and is silly. The characters are poorly developed, shallow and have nothing to say.
Most of the questions in the plot were left unresolved, awaiting his next book I presume. No resolution at the end.
Have read several of Meltzer's prior books but never again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another mind bending story from Brad Meltzer. I think he can keep a plot line so tangled to come out so well better than anyone.Published 4 days ago by knight1wolf
Once again, I lost sleep because of Brad Meltzer. It happens every time I buy a Culper Ring book. I simply cannot stop reading these books once I start. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Michael Sigers
Great read. Brad Meltzer never disappoints and leaves you wanting more!Published 4 days ago by George R. Wheeler
Good stuff. I like Meltzer. I think this is one of the best. Perhaps it's because of the level of detail over the three books.Published 8 days ago by David L.
This is the 2nd book of the Culper Ring series and I enjoyed it more than the 1st one. I thought it had a plausible plot line and enough twists and turns to keep me motivated... Read morePublished 16 days ago by DWLassie
The Good: This series isn't my normal type of thing, but the books keep dragging me in. This time, a serial killer is going around assassinating priests, in the same style as past... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jennifer Sicurella
I think I will easily walk past the next Meltzer book I see. This one certainly did not match up to the hype. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Need to read the entire series since this is the second of 3 to really appreciate it.Published 22 days ago by Donald Scott Dykstra