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The Dark Hour (Sidney Fitzpatrick) Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2012

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Book 3 of 5 in the Sydney Fitzpatrick Series

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A high-profile killing has brought FBI Special Agent and forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick to Amsterdam—even as the assassination of a prominent U.S. senator rocks the political world. Two seemingly unrelated murders are leading Sydney to the threshold of a shocking conspiracy to spread a plague of death across the globe, especially when her sketch of a killer—and possible conspirator—reveals the face of a female CIA agent believed to be dead.

The murder of a witness and the disappearance of the missing agent's husband, covert government operative Zachary Griffin, has Sydney racing against the clock to prevent a biological nightmare of astronomical proportions. For the dark hour is rapidly approaching when all secrets will be revealed . . . and the lives of countless millions will hang in the balance.

About the Author

Robin Burcell is an FBI-trained forensic artist who has worked in law enforcement for over two decades as a police officer, detective, and hostage negotiator. A two-time Anthony Award winner, she is the author of four Sydney Fitzpatrick novels—The Black List, The Dark Hour, The Bone Chamber, and Face of a Killer—as well as four novels featuring SFPD homicide detective Kate Gillespie: Every Move She Makes, Fatal Truth, Deadly Legacy, and Cold Case.

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Product Details

  • Series: Sidney Fitzpatrick
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062133470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062133472
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. A. Filippelli VINE VOICE on November 27, 2012
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The Dark hour is an amazing fictional story about the possibility of biological weapons and what they could be used for in in the wrong hands.

The Dark hour is the third in Author Robin Burcell's Sydney Fitzpatrick series. Like the other two books Face of a Killer and The Bone Chamber this is an absolute thriller from page one. Burcell gets the reader into the meat of the story quickly and it continues page after page. Burcell takes the reader from Washington DC to Amsterdam to France and to the Amazon. Like the other two books in the series The Dark hour is action filled and fast paced.

Followers of the series will recognize some of the other characters like Tex, Father Dumas, Tony Carrillo and Griffen. They all play key rolls.

The story comes at the reader from two different directions, the first being Griffen trying to find out who killed his wife in a Government clandestine mission gone bad and the second being the murders of some college students out on an expedition. Burcell eventually weaves both story lines together in a way that makes sense into what becomes a mission to save the some unsuspecting people from being victims of a biological attack that could cause world wide political ramifications.

While I recommend that you read the Face of a Killer and
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Robin Burcell's books are dark, fast paced, intriguing and well written.

The Dark Hour has the same conspiracy theory as the Black List, set in another country, with a different story line. It is taut, frightening and constantly edgy.

Our Artist heroine is sent to Holland to do a portrait of a criminal from a witnesses discription. But the witness is not certain of the man's appearance. She remembers the woman with him much clearer, so the artist draws the woman instead, setting off a series of repercussions that reach all the way to the White House because the picture is of a CIA agent who supposedly died five years ago in an explosion. The woman was the wife of our heroine's love interest.

In the United States a covert agency burns their top agent to keep him safe--that agent is the husband of the "rogue" woman who did not die 5 years ago.

Now our artistic heroine refuses to go home, determined to help the man who has repeatedly saved her live over the years, and to find the woman she drew--especially since the woman who descibed this fugitive and her uncle were murdered for it.

Add in a virulent serum of death, a phantom ship with a dead crew, a hidden jungle labratory, two separate love stories, a rogue White House staffer, a "lost" covert operative to rescue and the afore mentioned consipiracy theory, and you have a fast, furious and fascinating read. Those who are interested in spy stories, mysteries, conspiracy theories, medical mysteries and Great Escapes will enjoy this book.
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One of my always buy authors who did not disappoint this time out. Stellar writing, compelling mystery, and spine tingling thrills combine to make this a hard to put down worthwhile read. I look forward to the further adventures of Sydney and crew.
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By T. Dyer on February 18, 2013
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Robin Burcell has become my new favorite action writer. I started reading the Sydney Fitzpatrick series out of curiosity and quickly became hooked. These books are fast paced with interesting story lines. The attention to character development and plot development is what got me hooked.

I am waiting the next installment of the adventures of FBI agent Sydney Fitzpatrick and her circle of friends with great anticipation. You will be entertained with these books also.
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By L. W. on February 2, 2016
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Another good read from the author. All the books in this series so far have been great. Well worth the time to read.

I believe a review is just that, how you feel about the book. I hate reading passages from the book that some posters consider a review! That's why you read the book!!!!!
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I reserve 5 star reviews for those rare books which take your breath away, leave you forever changed, and/or change the,way you see yourself and your world. While The Dark Hour doesn't meet those criteria, it is a fine and entertaining novel. I will refrain from summarizing the plot and simply say, read it. HIGHLY recommended.
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Another wild ride while agents try to stop the conglomorate Black Network from causing major harm to mankind. Lots of twists and turns and near-death experiences based on what could be true incidences that could happen! Another great installment of this series. Can't wait to read the next one! If you like James Rollins or Michael Crichton, you will like this one...
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Sit back and get ready to enjoy an action-packed trip around the world as Sydney Fitzpatrick gets involved in another top secret and very dangerous investigation. "The Dark Hour" is the third in Robin Burcell's series featuring Sydney Fitzpatrick, who is both an FBI Special Agent and a forensic artist. The prior book in this series, The Bone Chamber is a combination of an FBI thriller and a suspense novel in the same style as "The Da Vinci Code". "The Dark Hour" is more of a true FBI suspense novel with computer hackers and the threat of a deadly virus thrown in.

This follow-up book is excellent, but not quite as exciting as the prior book in the series. It is fast-paced with action involving a large cast of characters, including the FBI, the CIA, secret agents, double-agents, black ops agents, as well as several villains. You definitely have to stay on your toes while reading to keep up with the storyline. The whole book takes place over one month from locations ranging from Washington, DC to Amsterdam, to Paris, and even the lost city of Atlantis! There is obviously a lot going on and like a giant jigsaw puzzle with seemingly unrelated pieces, there is a lot of chaos and confusion before everything comes together at the end. In the parts of the book when things became too confusing, my attention wandered. The most unique thing about this series is Sydney's skill as a forensic artist, and although a drawing she does in this book is a key part of the story, she only does the one drawing. I would have loved to see more of Sydney in action doing her drawings and less of her dodging bullets.
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