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The First Assassin

The First Assassin Winter the United States teeters on the brink of civil war In Washington D C Colonel Charles P Rook is tapped to organize the district s security and to protect president elect Abraham Lincoln f

  • Title: The First Assassin
  • Author: John J. Miller
  • ISBN: 9781449532437
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winter 1861 the United States teeters on the brink of civil war In Washington, D.C Colonel Charles P Rook is tapped to organize the district s security and to protect president elect Abraham Lincoln from the death threats pouring in to the White House He surrounds the president with bodyguards and fills the city s rooftops with sharpshooters, diligently investigatingWinter 1861 the United States teeters on the brink of civil war In Washington, D.C Colonel Charles P Rook is tapped to organize the district s security and to protect president elect Abraham Lincoln from the death threats pouring in to the White House He surrounds the president with bodyguards and fills the city s rooftops with sharpshooters, diligently investigating the conspiracies being fomented with increasing intensity by Southern secessionists Yet amidst the chaos and confusion, a foreigner slips unnoticed into the teeming city Hired by a wealthy Southern planter to eliminate President Lincoln and destroy the Union once and for all, the assassin catches Rook s attention by cutting down anyone who gets in his way As the bodies begin to pile up, Rook realizes he is caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a cold blooded killer who will stop at nothing to complete his mission Rook s only hope is Portia, a runaway slave who holds the key to the assassin s identity if she can stay alive long enough to deliver it Packed with dynamic characters, rich period detail, and a chillingly sinister villain, The First Assassin is a riveting thriller for fans of historical fiction.

    The First Assassin John J Miller, Kevin Stillwell Kudos to John J Miller for compiling a compelling primer in the way historical fiction ought to be written The First Assassin is an illuminating snapshot of American history s darkest hour on the eve of The Civil War, wrapped around a swashbuckling tale of conspiracy and murder that never gets bogged down in the minutia while keeping the pages turning. Assassins The origins of the Assassins can be traced back to just before the First Crusade, around in Alamut, north of modern Iran, during a crisis of succession to the Fatimid caliphate There has been great difficulty finding out much information about the origins of the Assassins because most early sources are written by enemies of the order, are based on legends, or both. Isu Assassin s Creed Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia The Isu are an ancient and highly advanced species of humanoid beings who created the Pieces of Eden, as well as the human race itself As part of their unique genetic makeup, the Isu possessed a triple helix DNA structure and had six primary senses, as opposed to double helix DNA sequence and Assassins Assassin s Creed Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia The Assassin Brotherhood, also known as the Assassin Order, the Hidden Ones during its early years and the Hashshashin during the Crusades, was an organized order of assassins and sworn enemies of the Templar Order, against whom they fought a continuous, recondite war throughout the entirety of Assassin s Code first rate crime thriller Review Not to be missed Assassin s Code opened at the Cleveland International Film Fest courtesy William K Baker First Trailer for Netflix s True Memoirs of an Sep , The action comedy stars Kevin James as writer Sam Larson, a mild mannered would be author who gets mistaken for a killer for hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is Muhamed Mehmedba i Muhamed Mehmedba i Serbian Cyrillic May was a Bosnian revolutionary and conspirator in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassin s Creed Lineage Complete Movie YouTube Nov , When the Duke of Milan is brutally murdered, the Assassin Giovanni Auditore is dispatched to investigate The answers he uncovers implicate Italy s most powe Assassin s Creed Unity E World Premiere Cinematic Jun , The French Revolution was led by the people They stood together and faught the oppression This year, and for the st time in the Assassin s Creed franchise, team up with friends to fight and The Terminator film Terminator Wiki FANDOM powered The Terminator is the first work in the Terminator franchise and the first film of the movie series It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, and Linda Hamilton, with Lance Henriksen, Paul Winfield, and Earl Boen in supporting roles The film opens with the depiction of the year a

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    1. Usually, people say that thrillers are "taut," which is an odd sort of metaphor. You want your sheets to be taut, if you care about that sort of thing. You want your sails to be taut, if you want the wind to take you anywhere. But why does a book have to be taut? The only thing I can figure out is that tautness implies tension (which is another thing you always hear about thrillers, is that they are tense). A taut rope has a lot of stored-up energy in it, and it may break at any moment, so there [...]

    2. Well-researched and entertaining but something about the writing style - particularly the dialogue and over-explaining every character's action (failing to "show, don't tell") - didn't connect with me. At times, the dialogue reminded me more of corny '80s action movies, taking me away from the Civil War-era setting. That said, it's a well-plotted novel that delivered some genuine thrills and was hard to put down, particularly during the third act.Described by Vince Flynn as "like The Day in the [...]

    3. At first one might think "ho hum," another presidential assassin story, but once you are into it, you just might not be able to put it down. This is told primarily from the point of view of the Colonel who is in charge of keeping President Abraham Lincoln generally safe when nobody but himself believes that one or more killers might be out to assassinate this most hated president. Conspiracy theories abound, and Colonel Rook must defy orders so that he can pursue the killers, one of which is a p [...]

    4. “The First Assassin” was a well written historical novel. The events portrayed were realistic, as were the various characters in the story. The story is about Abraham Lincoln's first days in office, and the growing conflict between the north and south. The south has just attacked Fort Sumter, and has formed a plan to have Abraham Lincoln assassinated. The north has a conflict in its ranks as to how much the military should protect Abraham Lincoln. Col. Rook goes against orders to supply addi [...]

    5. Well, as the stars indicate, I thought it was OK - - Its a rather long and somewhat tedious story of an assassin picked by two conservative Southerners to go to Washington and kill Abraham Lincoln. The book describes life in the United States just prior to the start of the Civil War. It covers both the view of Southerners and Northerners as well as life on a plantation from the slaves point of view. All of these issues are important but maybe would be better in a different setting - maybe a non- [...]

    6. Good historical thriller, though you obviously know the outcome of a plot to assassinate Lincoln in 1861. The development of the minor characters is fine, though only one (Colonel Rook) is fully developed throughout the book. The historical details are well-done and thoroughly researched. The end felt a bit rushed, with a lot of loose ends tied up a bit too neatly, but otherwise it was a good read.

    7. A nice piece of historical fiction about one of my favorite historical eras, the Civil War. Not the most exciting book but one that I think, conveys well the speed of the times. I love the portrayal of Lincoln, it captures his brilliant wit in the face of unimaginable troubles. If you like civil war fiction this story is worth the read.

    8. This is an excellent thriller set in the first month of Lincoln's presidency. The characters are realistic and the action is believably from the 19th century (too much historical fiction lets 21st century attitudes and methods seep into the story, this one doesn't).

    9. This was a fast and easy read, but I didn't enjoy it that much. It was meh. some parts were exciting, but it switched back and forth on different POV's too much.

    10. This novel was republished recently by /Kindle and offered as the Kindle low-cost book of the day. I enjoyed the historical setting in Washington, DC of early 1861, just after Lincoln's election, and including his inauguration and the early months of his presidency. The book opens with a mob scene at the train station in Baltimore, through which Lincoln's train must pass. If the president had been on that official train, instead of passing through Baltimore secretly in the wee hours of the morni [...]

    11. If I were to write a one-sentence elevator pitch for John J. Miller's The First Assassin, it would be this: Gone With the Wind meets The Day of the Jackal. Like Margaret Mitchell's tome about the American South before, during, and after the Civil War, Miller's book presents a historical picture of America leading up to that conflict. Like Frederick Forsyth's Jackal, The First Assassin is a taut thriller about a hired gunman preparing to assassinate a political leader, in this case Abraham Lincol [...]

    12. --review by my friend anna-The First Assassin is about Abraham Lincoln who has just become president, and the year is 1861. War is about to start between the North and the South, and people from the South are leaving Washington. Bennett, a plantation owner from South Carolina, wants to eliminate the union and kill Lincoln. A slave named Portia is on a quest from her grandfather, to go to Washington and warn Lincoln by giving him a photo of the killer. But it’s a dangerous journey, and the ques [...]

    13. In his debut historical mystery, John J. Miller weaves a taut web of suspense set in the winter of 1861 at the beginning of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. One man, Colonel Charles Rook, has a deep concern for the president’s safety. His commanding officer, however, considers Rook’s job to be security for Washington D.C. as a whole, rather than the protection of one man, even if that man is the head of a nation in a state of disarray. But Rook has his priorities in the right place. A group [...]

    14. Not a stand out book in any way, but it was not a miserable experience either. There were many predictable moments and just as many moments that were unremarkable enough that I couldn't recall them now if I wanted to. Those things said, reading about regular civilians in the time of the Civil War, hearing about people leaving cities or states because they weren't sure how the state would go, was somewhat entertaining. There were moments that reflected politics now and moments that were so opposi [...]

    15. Historical fiction isn't usually my thing but because I do enjoy the spy-type thrillers I gave this book a read. Perhaps it's just the style I like, but I felt this story skipped from scene to scene too frequently and the chapters were too long. I enjoyed the story, but I didn't have a real connection to the characters. You get some limited background on Rook and a couple other key characters but other than being thrown in to the middle of their lives at that particular moment in time, you know [...]

    16. Sorry, there are just too many books out there that are far more my cup of tea. I gave it 150+ pages, but I just can't do another 300 in which every motivation is literally spelled out to the point of eliminating any and all subtext, let alone suspense. This is not a horrible book, but whoever decided to market it as a "thriller" must have a very limited frame of reference indeed. It's summer beach reading for those who find Dan Brown too psychologically deep -- Jan Karon attempting historical f [...]

    17. President Abraham Lincoln has just been elected and the nation is on the verge of war. An assassin has been hired to kill Lincoln but Col. Charles Rook is determined to keep the president safe in this gripping historical novel.The details about Washington, DC, its inhabitants and its security give a great background to this thriller which provides a good mix of real and fictional characters to keep things moving along nicely.I went into this one expecting to read about Booth but came away pleasa [...]

    18. Probably not my genre, but I gave it a try. Although the plot synopsis initially attracted me, I couldn't seem to engage with this story or its characters. I can see that others quite like this story and were entertained by it; unfortunately I wasn't one of them. I found it turgid in the extreme. If I were pushed I think I'd put it down to a lack of character development and a lack of tension. A bit like reading a book about the Titanic where you already know that it sank, because the author tol [...]

    19. As a fan of history, and the Civil War specifically, I enjoyed this book. The story followed a pair of anti-union southerners plotting to assassinate the new president, the professional killer hired to complete the task, and a colonel tasked with the security of president and the vulnerable city of Washington D.C. Sure, the intricacies of the story might not have been true, but it was still suspenseful and entertaining. Plus, the setting and many of its main characters were. I learned a few inte [...]

    20. I love historical novels & I picked this one up because it seemed to fit. It was a very well done historical novel. However it also pleasantly surprised by being an excellent fast paced page turner of a spy thriller. A country on the verge of war, members of high society plotting against their own government, those in society with nothing, risking what little they have to preserve a dream of a better life, & bravery in light of doubt as characters find their courage. Excellent read wheth [...]

    21. I found this books so interesting because I consider D.C. my hometown. It was fun reading the description of Washington of 150 years ago and trying to picture it in your mind. Mount Vernon was in shambles, the White House was jst so-so, thebuilding of the Washonton Monument had come to a halt and the dome of the Capitol still hadn't been completed. It's amazing how many buildings are still standing.Even though you know the assassin is not successful the author pulls it off. Too bad the next four [...]

    22. excellent thrilling page turnerI love historical novels & I picked this one up because it seemed to fit. It was a very well done historical novel. However it also pleasantly surprised by being an excellent fast paced page turner of a spy thriller. A country on the verge of war, members of high society plotting against their own government, those in society with nothing, risking what little they have to preserve a dream of a better life, & bravery in light of doubt as characters find thei [...]

    23. This is one of those books where I wish we had a ten-star rating system, because I would give it a 7/10. It examines an interesting but too-seldom-examined period in U.S. history: the time between the election of 1860 and the First Battle of Bull Run. As far as I can tell, Miller gets the historical details right. I only noticed one minor anachronism in the description of the rifles with which militia soldiers in D.C. were armed. It's not a first-rate thriller, but it's well worth reading for hi [...]

    24. I found this is the "Singles", or short stories section of Kindle books. Creative and different. I enjoyed the book for the well researched historical aspects of it. I live near DC so it really talks allotabout the city and even its lay out at the time. The characters are real people and even thier personalities where researched to make them as true to themselves as possible, given it's fictional. I nice little read.

    25. The action in this book is very slow to get going. I think only Silas Marner in my memory was slower paced. Lots of involved detailed build up. The historical references & time period seems to be well researched from what I can tell. I used to read a lot about the American Civil War when I was in 7th-8th grade.

    26. I was pleasantly surprised by the fast pace, attention to detail, characterisation and tenseness of this book. The character of Rook is strongly drawn and despite it being historical fiction, you can't help the sensation that there's an underlying truth to some of the speculated events. All in all a good, quick read, with a brevity of pace which does not diminish the plot.

    27. "First Assassin" is a really great effort for the work of a ninth grader's creative writing assignment or for the intent of a high schooler's summer reading list but I don't believe that the novel was written for either purpose. I found Miller's historical research and context lacking, his dialog modern, and the story predictable.

    28. A good read, quite well paced and a new perspective for me in terms of historical fiction. A range of characters with various roles in the plot. It does finish a bit abruptly but the author wouldn't be the only one that takes that approach. It's not a weighty historical tome, but a good beach or poolside read.

    29. A very good historical fiction book about an assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln before the Civil War. Book goes into a little detail about some of the issues of the time and touches on some of the economical and rights issues that caused the south to succeed from the union. Would recommend to any history or historical fiction fans.

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