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Disappointed Me From the Start
on October 28, 2010
As a history and Civil War buff, and someone who is very interested in the story of President Lincoln, I was eager to read this "historical fiction" concerning the First Assassin to slay a US President. My mistake was to assume that the novel revolved around John Wilkes Booth and the actual assassination; instead, we get a story that centers on an earlier, failed attempt at Lincoln's life. While I allowed this to disappoint me more than it should have, I just figured I'd settle in and enjoy it for what it was worth. But the author's jumpy narrative and unconvincing portraits of the actual historical figures of the day made me want to get to the end as quickly as possible. Hard to do when you're not enjoying what you're reading at all, and constantly wondering if the author is accurate or trying to second-guess history. In the end, I put The First Assassin down as a mildly amusing, not very credible and poorly written thriller that I expect to forget soon.