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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 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 powerful men and women in America and developed a unique gift: the ability to think like an assassin. Now, he uses that skill in a little-known but crucial job. As a “red teamer,” he poses as a threat, testing the security around our highest officials to find vulnerabilities—before our enemies can. He is a mock killer, capable of slipping past even the best defenses.His latest assignment is to assess the security surrounding the former CIA director at his DC area home. When Nick enters the man’s study, the home’s inner sanctum, he finds the man alone and unconscious. Someone else has been here—someone who attacked the chief and left him for dead, just moments before. Desperately attempting to save the man’s life, he contaminates the crime scene. Now, investigators believe Nick is somehow involved.Nick knows he’s the perfect scapegoat. But who is framing him, and why? To clear his name, he must find the truth—a search that leads to a nefarious conspiracy whose roots stretch back decades. The prize is the most powerful position in the world: the Oval Office.To save himself and the people he loves, Nick must stop the men who rule Washington before they bury him along with their secrets.


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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 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 powerful men and women in America and developed a unique gift: the ability to think like an assassin. Now, he uses that skill in a little-known but crucial job. As a “red teamer,” he poses as a threat, testing the security around our highest officials to find vulnerabilities—before our enemies can. He is a mock killer, capable of slipping past even the best defenses.His latest assignment is to assess the security surrounding the former CIA director at his DC area home. When Nick enters the man’s study, the home’s inner sanctum, he finds the man alone and unconscious. Someone else has been here—someone who attacked the chief and left him for dead, just moments before. Desperately attempting to save the man’s life, he contaminates the crime scene. Now, investigators believe Nick is somehow involved.Nick knows he’s the perfect scapegoat. But who is framing him, and why? To clear his name, he must find the truth—a search that leads to a nefarious conspiracy whose roots stretch back decades. The prize is the most powerful position in the world: the Oval Office.To save himself and the people he loves, Nick must stop the men who rule Washington before they bury him along with their secrets.

30 review for Hour of the Assassin

  1. 4 out of 5

    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. However... 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 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. However... 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 about what happened to any of them. Also, I felt like the espionage game was a little weak in certain areas. Pretty sure if you were being framed to the extent this guy was being framed, and by the lengths these people of power went to do so...the first place they would look is YOUR FUCKING HOUSE. Just sayin... Other than that, while not winning any thriller awards, a decent way to spend a quarantined, social distancing afternoon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Book of the Month

    Why I love it 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 Why I love it 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 switching it up in favor of something less personal and more political. Check out this premise: a shadowy deep state organization frames former Secret Service agent Nick Averose for the killing of a state official, prompting a chase across Washington, D.C. To prove his innocence, Nick—with the help of his genius sidekick, Delia—must uncover a sinister plot perpetrated by a bunch of villainous politicians seeking to control the government. This is the kind of book you read in one sitting because the stakes contained therein feel really high. With an injection of espionage and politics, it’s fast and addictive—and still manages to be full of murder, secrets, and lies! Read more at: https://bookofthemonth.com/hour-of-th...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    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 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 becomes an accused man on the run. To save himself, Nick must find the truth: who killed the Director and Why. The Hour of the Assassin traces the steps Nick must take to clear his name. Who has framed him? What is their goal? Is there more than just a murder planned? This book seems to mirror many current events and conflicts, which adds to its appeal. Many investigation techniques are emphasized. It is a story you will think about.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    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 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 for 500 pages. There’s room at the end of the book to turn this into a series. I would read the next book. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    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 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 #HarperCollins and #Edelweiss for letting me read this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sterling Shanks

    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 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 ready to move on to my next book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    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!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aparna

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Minnock

    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 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 the assassination of Widener. Fast paced, with short chapters, I flew through this. I wanted nothing more than to see Nick figure everything out and could not put it down, and would highly recommend it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pierre Tassé

    Interesting read and more of a detective read than the "hour of the Assassin".

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle DeVane Wells

    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!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Coleen

    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 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 ensure. The rest of the book is non-stop Nick running from the bad guys. Nick wasn't supposed to get away as the murder was to be pinned on him, but Nick has more energy and tricks than anyone I have ever encountered. Toward the end of the book, I tried to remember if he had ever slept throughout the entire time of being chased. The thought made me want to go back and reread the whole book to find out, and the book is so interesting that I wouldn't have minded. I will be watching to see if this is a first in a nick Averose series, as I can only imagine what could be coming next, and will be anxious to read it. I won this advance readers edition uncorrected proof book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com 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 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 to assess the security surrounding the former CIA director. He is able to break into his DC-area home and enter his personal study. The man is alive and well, but before Nick has a chance to leave the residence, someone comes in and kills him. Nick didn’t do it, but all the evidence points in that direction. He was obviously set up, but by whom and to what purpose? Will he be able to figure out who his enemies are before they get to him and the people he loves? This storyline is timely as one of the main characters is about to announce his run for the presidency. Author Matthew Quirk offers a fascinating glimpse into what life can be like behind the scenes of a major political campaign. He writes with a style that grabs your attention, keeping you in the moment and on the edge, wondering what will happen next. And just when you think you’ve figured it all out, he throws in another plot twist to keep things interesting. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Morin

    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Very fast paced but I wish I'd cared about the characters more. BotM

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    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 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 transitions but overall the story moves okay. Fans of the Camel Club series from Baldacci will enjoy this one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liddy Coddington

    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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    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 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 are just plot tools, especially Ali Waldron, who starts the book as no one and ends it as no one. The protagonist has no flaws. Zero. Who writes a main character like that? This author spends the entire narrative emphasizing how badass his hero is. He's strong, he's scary, he's protective, he's a hero, and he's filled with a righteous anger. At least once per page I had to stop to roll my eyes. Quirk's descriptions of these powerful white men are so dramatic and unnecessary. Quirk spends the entire book telling and not showing. Nick only says he cares about his wife, freaking Karen. He thinks about her when it's convenient, but it's unconvincing. Delia is supposed to be cool and smart, but the way she relies on Nick as her savior is disgusting. Really, he's the only person she knows? He sponsored her family's visas and took her in after she was orphaned? He helped her get through college? She turns to him when she's scared? Nick's a fucking hero, isn't he? Unbelievable. One moment that made me crazy was when Nick starts getting this random rage about the whole thing. There's no progression. One moment he's not angry, then suddenly he's got spikes of anger for the rest of the book. It's clumsily written. At the end, Quirk makes it out like Nick has had all this personal growth and now he knows that he has to kill sometimes and can't be a precious hero all the time. But I don't see Nick grow at all. And Quirk will never let go of Nick as his flawless assassin. And finally, what is up with Nick driving everyone else's car? Why can't Delia be a good driver? Why can't Ali? Why does he always have to drive? Because he's a fucking hero, that's why, and these women all rely on him to keep them safe. Oh no, what would they do without him?! Get to drive their own cars?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    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 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 more recently devoured House of Cards. I knew political thrillers interested me in visual media, but had no idea how they would translate on paper. I read a few reviews before starting this as a way to hype myself up, and one review in particular said they read this book in one sitting because they simply could not put it down. I have to say, I completely agree. From the moment we are dropped into the story my heart was racing. Our main character, Nick, now works as a would-be assassin. His job is to find the holes in the elite and powerful’s security systems, and to fake kill them as proof that he got in and go out without anyone noticing. I’m not sure what experience the author has with combat or military experience, but it was clear that Nick knew what he was doing. This novel had really great pacing. We would jump from heartracing scene, to another point of view with the supposed bad guy. This was something I had not anticipated, but thoroughly enjoyed. I didn’t expect to know who had set Nick up until the very end, but we learn quite early on the source of Nick’s downfall. Somehow, despite this knowledge, I was still thrown for loop after loop. I wasn’t able to anticipate any moves from any of our players. That may be because I’m relatively new to this genre, but I honestly had to put the book down at one point to process a betrayal I did not see coming! This novel had just the right amount of suspense, stakes, and gore to make it enjoyable for me. There’s definitely a fine line when it comes to being too much or distasteful, but I thought this novel toed that line perfectly. I actually really think my dad would enjoy this book, and I might try convincing him to read it as well. The only thing I think was lacking was a firmer grasp on the characters. Sure, the motives were evident, but the characters didn’t feel fleshed out enough. I only cared about Nick succeeding because he was the main character, and his untimely death would have brought the story to a halt. I think when there is so much action, manipulation, and so many puzzle pieces, it’s hard to make your audience care for each character, and maybe in this genre that’s besides the point entirely. I don’t think it deterred the reading experience, it was just something I noticed coming from a high fantasy genre, where I fall in love with almost all the characters by the end of each book. I am more curious now about political thrillers, and want to try a few more in the future to see how they compare. Have you read political thrillers? Do you think this one deserves five stars? Is there a better political thriller out there that I should try next? Let me know!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becki (millerreads)

    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 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 this story is quite terrifying, and though I tend to be conspiracy averse, it had me wondering… While I enjoyed the overall story, there were certain plot points that didn’t work for me, which largely revolve around the direction one of the characters connected to Nick was taken. I’m being intentionally vague to avoid spoilers, but I want to believe the character’s arc took that path for a reason because it just doesn’t seem like it would be so easily resolved otherwise. I don’t see anything on Goodreads to suggest this will become a series, but that would be consistent with some of the author’s other efforts, and the ending certainly provides for it. If so, I would like to see if something more comes from that character because it just doesn’t sit right with me as is. This was a quick, entertaining audiobook, and a nice change of pace from the mostly domestic thrillers I’ve been reading lately. It was also just the kind of book that has been working for me during this time when my nominal reading patterns have gone by the wayside.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Camden Hoeffner

    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. 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. It made the writing a bit disjointed and messed with the flow to me. It was like the teacher told him it had to be a certain lengthy so he changed the margins to make it. The characters were good and I liked them and I wanted to root for the good guy and boo the bad guy. But, there were so many characters they just seemed kind of underdeveloped. There could have been more of them in the story and more story in general. I also feel like he tried to throw a bit of a twist in at the end, but it was kind of artificial and just like oh, btw boom and we are moving on. He tried but he just didn't quite get there. Like I said, good book and good story and I look forward to seeing this author's style flesh out!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Moore

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I really enjoyed this book! It’s fast-paced, kept my attention, and was thoroughly entertaining. It reminded me of the TV show 24. If you like political or espionage thrillers, you’ll love it. Nice twist at the end, too. Two thumbs up!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie Eastlick

    Fast paced and action packed! I usually do not read political thrillers or watch action movies but after reading this novel, I might just start. At first I struggled to get into the story but was quickly swept away and couldn’t put it down. I am looking forward to reading more from this author!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela Pineda

    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 couldn’t make me care that I spent way too long reading this book. (Large font, 335 pages, 100 chapters. 🙄). The writing is just plain bad. It’s extremely choppy. It glazes over character development.. and I can’t really put into words how reading this book made me feel other than irritated. If the premise s 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 couldn’t make me care that I spent way too long reading this book. (Large font, 335 pages, 100 chapters. 🙄). The writing is just plain bad. It’s extremely choppy. It glazes over character development.. and I can’t really put into words how reading this book made me feel other than irritated. If the premise sounds interesting, PLEASE READ “The Short Drop” by Matthew FitzSimmons. That book was phenomenal. This is a watered down, poor man’s version of a good story. I’m shocked BOTM picked it as a selection.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda RedCouchReads

    Fast paced, action packed, realistic Good twists and turns A quick, interesting read Political intrigue, but not overly political Plot over character driven

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kourtney

    Action-packed from start to finish, “Hour of the Assassin” had me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of the book. This is easily one of my favorite reads of 2020 thus far!

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