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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  765 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Framed and on the run for his life, a former Secret Service agent discovers how far some men will go to grasp the highest office in the land in this electrifying tale from the author of The Night Agenta propulsive political thriller reminiscent of the best early Baldacci and Grisham novels.
As a Secret Service agent, Nick Averose spent a decade protecting the most
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by William Morrow
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3 - 3.5 Stars

This was a super fast-paced, easily digestible nugget that I threw down in one two hour sitting. So for that, bravo. In fact, even though the story wasn't all that original, I enjoyed myself so much I truly wanted to rate this higher.


The offset of how fast-paced this was is that we are left never really getting to know any of the characters and/or their backgrounds all that well...therefore, the stakes never felt all that high. To be blunt: I didnt really give a shit about
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by Siobhan Jones

I dont know if you noticed but we feature a lot of thrillers around here. Its a popular genrein our office and with readers in generaland we feature at least one every month. In other words, you could be a BOTM member going back for years and have ordered nothing from us but books about murder, secrets, and lies.

That said, we generally stick to thrillers of the endangered wife/missing girl/runaway woman variety. We still love those, but this month were switching it
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I have read a couple of Matthew Quirks books earlier and thought they were good but this one is great. It was very hard not to read it all in one go. Hour of the Assassin introduces Nick Averose former Secret Service, now he spends his time evaluating security for people. That is until it all goes so very wrong. Someone wants to be president and needs a scapegoat to cover some earlier events. He picks Nick as the bait and then its nonstop action and conspiracy. I have to thank #WilliamMorrow ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and action packed, this book is exactly what I needed right now. Its a high octane page turner and I enjoyed it very much. Now to box it up and mail it to my husband overseas! ...more
Rebecca Minnock
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!

Former Secret Service Agent, Nick Averose, has been framed for the murder of Malcolm Widener, the former director of the CIA and now he is on the run. 

Sent to test the security of Widener's home, Nick realizes something is wrong when he hears the unmistakable sound of a gunshot from outside.

Unsure who he can trust, and desperately trying to outrun the people chasing him and save the people closest to him who are in danger, he needs to get to the bottom of the secret that led to
Sterling Shanks
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a quick read and fast paced. If I could,I would have given it 3.5 stars. I read a lot of thrillers. In the gamut of thrillers I read this one falls in the middle for me. There were a few well placed twists. However because the book starts off with a bang and moves pretty quickly, it leaves you very little time to have any real connection with the characters. They were just pieces in a typical thriller format.

I would encourage anyone to read it. Its easy to like. I just left being
Shelley Lawrence
Hour of the Assassin is a really interesting, easy-to-read, entertaining, political thriller. It almost reads like a political, espionage TV drama, similar to a more readable Tom Clancy story. There were detailed parts that were a bit over my head, mostly a case of me getting lost in the obscurity of the details, but it was nonetheless a clever, gripping, intriguing, well-written thriller. I look forward to more from this author.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Former Secret Service agent Nick Averose now has his own business doing security checks for people and businesses who have high security issues. His job is to test the existing security to see if he can find flaws and 'every defense has it weakness' as he notes with the job that starts this book. When he finds the flaw, he is to report it, except that in this job, after finding the flaw, he finds that he has been 'set up' to take the blame the death of the the person whose security it was to ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk is a March #botm pick. This is my first book from Quirk. Nate is a former Secret Service agent but now a security consultant. He is framed for the murder of a former CIA Director. He is on the run from powerful men willing to do anything to protect an old secret. But they dont know what hes willing to do...
Good story from Quirk. Its a long used trope for political thrillers but Quirk adds a little flavor with Nicks skill set. There are some abrupt
Camden Hoeffner
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wish I could do half stars because I really would give this one 3.5..... But oh well. Anyway, I won this book from a Goodreads giveaways an advanced reader copy. My first ARC!! As such, I feel maybe a little more obligated to leave a review that I normally would. I did really enjoy the story, but I just felt like the writing style was a bit underdeveloped. Let me explain, chapters that are one paragraph are not chapters. Having 100+ chapters in a book that is about 360 pages is absurd. ...more
Angela Pineda
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
In a word, frustrating. This book had potential an interesting story for sure - and is similar to a book I LOVED years ago... but it fell flat. Very flat. Even a semi cool twist at the end couldnt make me care that I spent way too long reading this book. (Large font, 335 pages, 100 chapters. 🙄).

The writing is just plain bad. Its extremely choppy. It glazes over character development.. and I cant really put into words how reading this book made me feel other than irritated.

If the premise
Amanda (AllThisTime? Always.)
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fast paced, action packed, realistic
Good twists and turns
A quick, interesting read
Political intrigue, but not overly political
Plot over character driven
Brenda George
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Andrea (formerly Amadeus)
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bit different than the usual thrillers and mysteries I love, but still full of action and suspense. I vacillated between a 3 and a 4 because its a little disjointed, but I bumped it up because I liked the injection of DC politics and one twist I didnt see coming. ...more
Bree Chairez
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I finished this book in 24 hours, it would've been more like 4-6 hours if I didn't get on my phone so much lol but anyways, right at the start of this book are thrown into the plot. So much is happening you feel like you are in a live action movie.
I was praying this book did not loose its momentum as it went on, but it just got better and better.
The action did not stop from beginning to end.

I would highly recommend if you like action packed dramas, with plot twist at every
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I dont read this genre so it was a great first read! I found it exciting and a page-turner. It was a quick read and Im glad I picked it as my BOTM. ...more
Courtney Thompson
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I may give this a 3.5 on a kind day. Its just not for me. Im sure many will read it and love it. Some will even devour it. Not I. I struggled to even get into it and enjoy it. Then I found myself trying to finish it quickly just so I can move on to a different book. I thought the storyline was boring and the characters were flat. ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice get away to be in a book.
If you liked Mcguyver you will enjoy this read.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story was a quick read and the action was quick-paced and held my attention the whole way through. ...more
Heather Button
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. A lot. It started off fast. Right into the scene of the crime and it didnt let up until the last few pages. ...more
Jonathan  Lindsey
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun, fast-paced political thriller; high level of suspense from chapter 1 straight through to the end.
LA Lichte
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Political thriller - I am flummoxed as to how to write a review without spoilers ! I read it before its release date because it was my Book of the Month Club selection.
Janet Womack
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hour Of the Assassin is the first Mathew Quirk book I have read. I was blown away by how good this book is. It's a non-stop thriller with political corruption at every turn. You never know who can really be trusted. How far would the rich and powerful go to keep their secrets? Are you willing to be someone's puppet to reach the Oval office? How many lives would you sacrifice for that kind of power? Would you risk your life to reveal the truth? Hour of the Assassin is a book you don't want to ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A pure insider, Washington D.C. book. This book has politics, intrigue, backstabbing and the breakneck pacing starts almost immediately and does not let up. This book reminded me of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. What Jack Reacher is to the military, Nick Averose is to politics. As someone who grew up in the area and actually attended one of the schools named repeatedly, I can state that the setting and atmosphere is spot on. The plot is genius and really well executed. I really enjoyed this ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, from start to finish!
No boring or slow parts.
Page turner for sure! Really enjoyed this book.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Matthew Quirk has written a thriller that keeps you guessing at every turn.

Nick Averose is a former Secret Service agent who now runs his own security company. During a routine job he realizes that he has been set up for the murder of a former CIA agent. What happens next is a whirlwind of lies and intrigue.

I will certainly read more by Mathew Quirk!
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this book down. It was a simple read that wasnt bogged down with too many details, yet descriptive enough to paint a clear picture. Loved the character backstories as well.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love Vince Flynn, read Matthew Quirk
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here's the link to my Mystery Scene review of the book:
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was my Book of the Month choice for March. I wanted to choose something really different from what I normally read, which was the whole intent behind getting a BOTM subscription. I read the synopsis and the first page of this book, and decided to give it a chance.

It was sold to me as a political thriller where an ex secret service agent is being set up by some of the most powerful people in Washington. Growing up I watched a lot of the show Burn Notice, the movies Bourne Identity, and
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Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in San Diego.

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