- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Mulholland Books (March 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316259217
- ISBN-13: 978-0316259217
- ASIN: 0316259217
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Brilliantly conceived and exceedingly well written, this is a military thriller that relies as much on carefully drawn characters as it does on plot points; this is a story about people, about friends who have become enemies, about the importance and fragility of trust. Intense and compelling."―David Pitt, Winnipeg Free Press
"A relentlessly paced military thriller . . . Sophisticated storytelling [and] whiplash pacing . . . Cold Barrel Zero delivers some clever twists and startling surprises. . . . There are layers of moral ambiguity and questions at every turn."―Art Taylor, Washington Post
"Matthew Quirk has elevated to must-read thriller status faster than seems possible. Cold Barrel Zero is a brilliantly researched and written tour de force from an author who understands both high-stakes action and fine writing."―Michael Koryta, bestselling author of Last Words and Those Who Wish Me Dead
"Thriller Award-winner Quirk goes flat-out explosive in this superior military adventure novel. . . . There's plenty of cool cutting-edge technology, but in the end it comes down to action, and the riveting battle scenes are among the best in the business. Readers will look forward to seeing more of the skilled and deadly John Hayes."―Publishers Weekly (starred boxed review)
"Deadly. High-tech. Characters are well drawn and motivated, and their exploits are hair raising. Quirk spins an adrenaline-fueled, military-based action adventure skillfully. Another hard-to-put-down adventure from Quirk .... even more chilling for its air of plausibility. A fine thriller."―Booklist (starred review)
"[Quirk's] best book yet . . . Quirk delves deep into the world of international terror and covert operations, and writes with such authority you half expect his prose to be riddled with redactions. The action dazzles. The characters feel authentic and fully fleshed. The threats seem all too real."―Los Angeles Review of Books
"Adrenaline junkies need look no further than Matthew Quirk's Cold Barrel Zero for their next fix. The action is relentless and exceptionally inventive. . . . This is a must-read for fans of Jason Bourne or Jack Reacher."―BookPage
"Quirk's fast-paced plot keeps the pages turning as readers journey with Byrne on a dangerous adventure. Highly recommended for fans of rapid action with down-to-the-wire conclusions."―Library Journal (starred review)
"A lethal game of cat and mouse fuels Quirk's third and best novel, a military spy thriller in which one all-out conspiracy is met by another. . . . The story is expertly stripped down, the action relentless, and the characters multilayered. . . . [Quirk] takes a major step forward."―Kirkus Reviews
"Matthew Quirk's Cold Barrel Zero is an unputdownable blast! The writing is spare and masterful, you care about the characters, and the action is hair-raising, authentic, at times even mesmerizing. Cold Barrel Zero is one of the must-read thrillers of the year!"―Ben Coes, bestselling author of Coup D'Etat and Independence Day
About the Author
Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he joined The Atlantic and spent five years at the magazine reporting on a variety of subjects including crime, private military contractors, the opium trade, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. Quirk's bestselling first novel, The 500, is currently in development as a major motion picture. He lives in California.
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It was good - don't get me wrong. I just wanted a bit more time to savor different aspects of the story before dashing off to another action sequence. Also, it was full of characters and I had a difficult time keeping track of all of them.
This is a tale of a group of operatives wrongly accused of heinous acts and their struggle to get their reputations cleared. Leading them is Captain John Hayes. He and his team came from Joint Special Operations Command’s special missions units. Those are all classified, black.
Joining them is Thomas Byrne, ex-corpsman who now travels around the world as a fill-in doctor and battles his nightmares. Byrne was my favorite character, well described and full of angst.
This was an okay story for me, pretty formulaic, though there was a twist at the end that caught me by surprise.
I'm now off to read the next book in the series DEAD MAN SWITCH.
The story was a little difficult to get into in the beginning, but then it started flowing smoothly.
Recommended for fans of Brad Thor and Vince Flynn (RIP).