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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (178 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John J. Miller Narrator: Kevin Stillwell Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469243207
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Washington, D.C., 1861: As the United States teeters on the brink of civil war, Colonel Charles P. Rook organizes security in the nation’s capital and monitors the death threats pouring into the White House. He surrounds Abraham Lincoln with bodyguards, covers rooftops with sharpshooters, and investigates rumors of conspiracy fomented by secessionists. Yet amid the chaos and confusion, a mysterious killer slips 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most exciting thrillers I have read in a long, long time. This is historical fiction at its best and John J. Miller is the hot new author everyone will be talking about.”

    Brad Thor

  • “An excellent book.”

    Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit of Honor

  • “A great ride.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia Welch liuzzo | 2/20/2014

    " Started out slow, but once the story was woven together, couldn't put it down. Very well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian D | 2/19/2014

    " The premise of the book was a good idea, but the storyline and character development did not meet my standards. 3 stars at best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denes House | 2/14/2014

    " Fast-paced, interesting, and riveting as it races to its exciting conclusion. Satisfying both as a novel and as a glimpse into the beginnings of the American Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Hill | 2/7/2014

    " Historical Fiction, so far so good! Stopped reading felt like a history lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 1/30/2014

    " maybe it's because I live in DC, but I loved the description of the city - and Charleston, which I had just recently visited. I hope there's a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/28/2014

    " This is not great literature. But, if your are a historical fiction enthusiast and like the civil war era you must read this. It starts a bit slowly, but the pace picks up and it is a very entertaining novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/22/2014

    " A fun read, but nothing great. It took a while to really get moving, but the final quarter of the book was a good ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/16/2014

    " I'm a big fan of historical fiction, the best of both worlds. It gives me a frame of reference, a time and set of circumstances woven with a gripping story. That's what you'll get if you read this book, set in 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/7/2013

    " Very fun read if you are interested in DC history and the building of the city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loren | 11/28/2013

    " It probably deserves 3.5 stars. It's an enjoyable novel that feels like a lighter shorter version of Day of the Jackal for some reason. The characters are alright, the story proceeds well, the history seems ok (though I'm no expert on this area). It's a good read for a few days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 11/27/2013

    " I really liked it. The changing scenes were not difficult to follow at all. Plot was easy to follow, but gripping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rozee | 11/26/2013

    " This probably isn't a fair assesment, but I started to read it, then put it down, then started up again. Not able to keep my interest in it. Perhaps further along might pick up again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 10/8/2013

    " An entertaining read. Some interesting anecdotes about Lincoln and perspectives on Washington DC in this era. But in the end, the outcome is known and too many of the plot twists and characters were predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norris Battin | 8/15/2013

    " Fairly predictable for Civil War buffs -- familiar settings and stereotyped characters -- but managed to stay with it 'til the end. No surprises -- good guys carry the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 7/17/2013

    " A very interesting fictional account of Lincoln,s first months in office. Many hated the new president and assassination plots were hatched by many. Though we know he survived these the story deals with one Yankee Colonel who is determined to protect him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/6/2013

    " I bought this book by accident, but I actually enjoyed reading. It did have a slow start but soon got my attention and the last half of the book went quickly. I was interested in the era and enjoyed reading about the happenings of Washington at the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Papalodge | 5/28/2013

    " A relaxing page turner. Well defined charachters. Good description of Washington DC. Interesting tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sho | 5/4/2013

    " Excellent story set at the time shortly before and after president Lincoln's inauguration. Secessionists send an assassin after him... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/6/2013

    " Fast-paced, with an interesting mix of fact and fiction. Moments of it shocked me, and I did breathe a sigh of relief at the resolution of one plot point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalynn | 3/13/2013

    " This was fun! Imagine 24's Jack Bauer in the Civil War, and you have the idea. Its not my usual type of read, but my husband was raving about it so I gave it a try. And I'm glad I did. It was a fast read, despite its length. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dexter | 2/11/2013

    " I really liked the authenticity of the historical setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/3/2013

    " Not quite getting into this, and I'm not sure why (this kind of book is definitely in my wheelhouse - Civil War, Abe Lincoln). Anyway, it's fairly long and I'm not entirely invested in the characters, so I'm going to set it aside and leave it as a possibility later down the road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Hall | 1/18/2013

    " I thought this was a fine historical thriller. Very well done, especially in the descriptions of Washington, DC in 1861. "

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About the Author

John J. Miller is the author of The First Assassin, a Civil War thriller. His nonfiction books include The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football, Our Oldest Enemy, A Gift of Freedom, and The Unmaking of Americans. He writes for National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. A native of Detroit, he is director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College in Michigan.

About the Narrator

Kevin Stillwell is an actor that has voiced a number of audiobooks, including Careless Love, Last Train to Memphis, The First Assassin, The Millionaire Affair, and others. His film and television credits include Looper and Drop Dead Diva.