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Hour of the Assassin

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  3,510 ratings  ·  489 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 Agent—a 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 powe
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 didn’t really give a shit abou
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by Siobhan Jones

I don’t know if you noticed… but we feature a lot of thrillers around here. It’s a popular genre—in our office and with readers in general—and 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 we’re switchin
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Matthew Quirk has written a fast paced fast read novel about power and the ends to which some people will go to get it. Powerful people have powerful enemies. Protection, excellent tested protection is essential. Enter former Secret Service Agent Nick Anerose, a man of special skills who will test protection services for weaknesses, holes and deficiencies. Hired to test the protection provided for a former CIA Director, Nick is unaware that he is being set up. When the director is killed, Nick b ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The title of this book is dramatic, but it really doesn’t have anything to do with the book. There is no assassination plot. This a straight forward “wronged-man-on-the-run” book, and it’s a pretty good one. The action starts immediately and continues until the end. A sense of urgency is maintained throughout. Not a lot of time is wasted on backstory, description or character development. I liked the fast pace and the fact that the author got to the point right away and didn’t drag the story out ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2nd book read by this author, one after the other, ( first was ‘Night Agent’ ) both released this Thursday in the UK ( in E Form ), both brilliant!
Nick has seen and done it all in his previous work as a secret service agent, now he is a ‘mock’ assassin, people/companies hire him to test our their home security systems and their vulnerability, he is on a tough call, the former Head of CIA Security, and it is about to get next level tough!
The story then deals with the aftermath of that night/event
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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 #Ha ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oooh I really like this thriller! Ex secret service agent, now a security consultant was framed for murder and on the run. The whole book was him escaping a team of professional killers while trying to uncover old dark secrets. It was fast paced with action throughout the book. Twists are great as well but the bad guy wasn't a real surprise. I would be happier with a slightly different ending.
4.5 stars
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. It’s easy to like. I just left being
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Super fast paced DC crime drama - military intrigue. I wanted a bit more building, but overall loved the story and cast of characters! I’d love to get more from this MC!
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and action packed, this book is exactly what I needed right now. It’s a high octane page turner and I enjoyed it very much. Now to box it up and mail it to my husband overseas!
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
It took me so long to read this book! When I started it seemed really interesting and a quick read but somehow it could not hold me! I would give it the benefit of doubt that due to the stressful times wasn’t able to focus.
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.
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
Pierre Tassé
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting read and more of a detective read than the "hour of the Assassin". ...more
Jim A
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Average thriller about a frame for murder and dirty politics. Hits the ground running and really doesn't let up. ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced political suspense about an ex CIA guy that gets framed for murder because he knows some seedy and damaging information about a senator. The book takes place over a couple of days while he's trying to understand whats going on and clear his name. I read this in 24 hours because it was so engaging! ...more
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 ens ...more Mystery & Thriller
Former Secret Service agent Nick Averose spent years protecting some of the most powerful men and women in the United States. As a result, he learned how to think and act like an assassin.

After he left the Secret Service, Nick continued using his skills, but in a different way. He would help companies and individuals test their security systems by attempting to break into them. He became a “mock killer” as he tried to get past some of the most sophisticated systems available.

Nick’s latest gig is
Jennifer Morin
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable and kept me on pins and needles. I must admit that even though I’m no spring chicken, I still want the world to be fair. So corruption and lies and evil all make me a little bit crazy. But that feeling didn’t last too long as I got sucked in and just wanted to know what was going to happen next. I will definitely look for more books by this author.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Very fast paced but I wish I'd cared about the characters 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 don’t know what he’s willing to do...”
Good story from Quirk. It’s a long used trope for political thrillers but Quirk adds a little flavor with Nick’s skill set. There are some abrupt tran
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was a page turner for me. The main caricature had to go through alot to clear his name. A good read.
Liddy Coddington
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Interesting when it comes to the setting, the initial setup, and the take on D.C., but the rest of the story feels a little one dimensional and predictable. I don’t normally read books like this, so I’m not totally sure how it compares to others in its genre.
May 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god YES this book is over. I just powered through it tonight because I didn't want to spend the next half week eking through it.

Where do I even begin with this book? Well, it's the first novel I've read in 16 months that was written by a male author, and I'm wondering, Are they all this bad? Or was this just bad luck?

This story is saturated with men. I'm pretty sure there are only 4 named women who appear on scene in the entire book, and none of them ever speak to each other. Most of them
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
Becki (millerreads)
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
3.5 stars rounded up.

This type of book is outside my usual genre preferences, but when Book of the Month chose it as a pick for March, I knew I needed to give it a whirl. I listened on audiobook which I think heightened the experience a bit considering this is a fast paced political thriller. It was well-narrated, and the descriptions of the action scenes were so good, I could picture them like I was watching an actual movie. Although the story is fictional, the political cover-up central to thi
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars rounded up! Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk was an incredibly fast-paced political thriller that I read very quickly! Nick Averose is an ex-military, ex-Secret Service guy who has gone into private practice as a security consultant. Early in the book he is set up and framed for the murder of the ex-CIA Director. The rest of the book covers only a few days time as he tries to uncover who and why this has happened. The glimpse into the seedy underbelly of Washington politics is unn ...more
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
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read! Pretty basic but in a good way. I enjoyed the simple direct approach to the story line. It irritates me when authors spend too many words describing the upcoming scene when it really doesn't add anything to the story. Just keep it moving! And Quirk did that. The reason for the whole drama was believable but there were a couple of things that left me scratching my head but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. ...more
Ashley Moore
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great, fast-paced, action packed book. The writing flows so that you can picture everything happening as your read. You also keep reading to find out what is going to happen. This was a great entertaining book.
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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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