REVIEW:The Fifth Assassin

The Fifth AssassinThe Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imagine if it was discovered that throughout history all four presidential assassins were actually working together. New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer is writing to prove just that. Returning in his second novel is Beecher White the young national archives archivist who also belongs to the Culper Ring, a covert network of spies founded by George Washington during the AmericanRevolution. As Beecher races to stop another assassination attempt on this nations president he may just come face to face with a fifth assassin.

WOW! What a great story! I am new to Brad Meltzer but thoroughly enjoyed this tale. Nothing intrigues me more than a story of suspense that is wrapped up in unique and strange historical facts.

I will make note that the chapters are short and their are multiple story lines that do intertwine constantly. Normally this might lead to confusion but on the contrary I felt it carried the book. The short chapters moved the action at just the right pace while the various character plots kept the reader guessing until the very end.

Thanks for the reality break!

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REVIEW: Montaro Caine

Montaro Caine: A NovelMontaro Caine: A Novel by Sidney Poitier
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Spoiler alert. This review does contain spoilers so beware.

A novel of mystery that intertwines science-fiction with metaphysics penned by actor Sidney Poitier.

Montaro Caine, the CEO of Fitzer Corp. has been perplexed with the unique properties of a rare coin for decades. Twenty years prior the coin mysteriously appeared in the hands of a newborn baby and ultimately found its way to the young graduate student, Montaro Caine. The young Montaro quickly discovered the strange unearthly properties before having it removed by its unnamed benefactor.
Fast forward twenty years and follow Montaro through Europe and the Carribean in search of now two famous coins that could perhaps unlock the secrets of an alien race or destroy our ancestral one.

While the novel has colorful characters and a well written narrative I felt that this book belonged as a small chapter in a bigger story. I would have loved to jump into the future and see what it is Montaro and gang were able to do with the gifts of the coins. Or perhaps through the alien technology had at least been given a glimpse of their past and final destruction. I guess, too much mystery and not enough meat and potatoes.

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