- File Size: 407 KB
- Print Length: 461 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597116
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (June 26, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 14, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003HHQ12O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book's strength is its portrait of the Washington, D.C. of 1860. Miller is able to convey a strong sense of place by working details of the city into the plot rather than just giving a narrative travelogue. Technology, architecture, sanitation, and commerce all come up in fairly natural ways. He is a bit less successful with this in his portraits of Charleston and a South Carolina plantation.
The biggest weakness is the dialog. Many characters' words feel "researched" rather than lied. This is always the toughest task in historical fiction - giving us a feel for the strangeness of our language in a different time while making it feel alive. Miller has a way to go to be one of the best at this.
The plot is enjoyable, and the pacing and rhythm are well done. Miller avoids the dreadful "quick cut" technique that seems to sell so many bad books these days. A very enjoyable read.
Most immediately impressive, of course, is the depth of John Miller's historical research. He's able to capture both the era and the people in it quite well. More significantly, however, he's been able to wrap that research around a well-crafted story, a plot that keeps the reader involved, and characters we can care about (contrast this, for people still looking for political bias, with the wooden characterizations in Newt Gingrich's Pearl Harbor novel Days of Infamy, where I would not have recognized his "Winston Churchill" as Winston Churchill if the author hadn't told us that's who he was). Is Miller's prose style to everyone's taste? No, of course not. But then, neither is any other writer's. Parts of "The First Assassin" could use some tightening, as the pros say. Some of the narrative passages, I'd like to have seen as dialogue instead ("Show them, don't tell them"). I'm confident future novels will be more polished -- and there will be future novels, won't there?
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It helps if; you love period pieces, history and are a die hard Lincoln devotee. With that said, it's a page turner.Published 1 month ago by WebDragon220
Very riveting!! Keeps you in the edge of your seat! The historical descriptions help with the narrative and add meaning to the story.Published 1 month ago by FERNANDO L BESTARD
I love Civil War era history and this book seemed very true to that time. The characters, particularly Col. Rook, are real and fully fleshed out. Very enjoyable reading!Published 1 month ago by 3whelr
Very interesting background---the civil war and the whole depiction of slavery .It holds your attention ---you do not want to put the book down.Published 2 months ago by michael pantuliano
A thrilling visit to a very credible Civil War era. We are given a tour of the inside the minds of slaves, enslavers, abolitionists and pro-slavery unionists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DeWitt C Fields
Miller is an excellent journalist, but he shows serious chops as a novelist here. "The First Assassin" is a classic thriller with airtight plot and well-rounded characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Dean Lurie
This is an exciting story about life on a pre-civil war Southern plantation spanning the election of Abraham Lincoln and his early presidency. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great historical fiction. Seems to be well researched. Good story line.Published 3 months ago by Robert M Miner
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