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The Fifth Assassin (Culper Ring Trilogy, book 2)

by Brad Meltzer

Rated: Moderate

With Beecher White now in the Culper Ring and having made an unfortunate enemy of the president of the United States, the race has now begun between the two, each determined to take down the other.

But soon it is discovered someone is murdering pastors in Washington, D.C., and re-creating each of the four presidential assassinations. Now the number-one suspect has ties to Beecher. Will the re-emergence of an old friend be what Beecher needs to help solve the murders, or will he soon discover that his old friend has more to do with the killings than Beecher would like to believe?

With fatalities growing and the Culper Ring backed into a corner, will they choose to let go of this battle or will their commitment to the presidency outweigh their own safety? Continuing where The Inner Circle leaves off, The Fifth Assassin is the second book in the Culper Ring Trilogy.

I really enjoyed this book and found that about halfway through I was wishing it wouldn’t end. But something that I both loved and struggled with were the flashback scenes. There are quite a few, with many that are so painful, I could barely continue reading. But in the end they added to the character development, which was so wonderful that I have really come to love the characters and understand and sympathize with them and all they have gone through in their lives.

Yes, this book still had some of the confusion that The Inner Circle had, but the story seemed a bit simpler, with many of the distracting characters removed. Overall, I loved this book and can’t wait for the next.

Rating: Moderate. There were two mild sexual situations with no graphic detail. There are also a number of scenes involving young boys and pornography; nothing graphic is mentioned, with all scenes playing to a comedic angle rather than sexual. Violence is limited to just a few instances with some detail. There were 22 mild and 14 moderate uses of language.

— Reviewed by Nicole Borman

Nicole Borman is a high school librarian who didn’t catch the reading bug until college. Although she likes most genres, her genres of choice are nonfiction, YA chick lit, and anything Pride and Prejudice-esque.

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  • The Fifth Assassin (Culper Ring Trilogy, book 2)
  • by Brad Meltzer
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Fiction
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