Review of “Cold Barrel Zero”


“Cold Barrel Zero” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Matthew Quirk ( Mr. Quirk has published three novels.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains several scenes of Violence. This Thriller is set in contemporary California and the primary character is Thomas Byrne. Byrne served with Special Operations as a medic, but left that world and became a trauma surgeon.

Now, long from the Special Ops world, he is reluctantly drawn in to a terrorist plot here is the US. Byrne is first accused of helping a former colleague, John Hayes, who is said to have gone rogue and is tied to the terrorist plot in the US. Colonel Riggs, who was at one time Hayes’ commander, finally seems convinced that Byrne and his girl friend are innocent. He calls on Byrne to help them bring Hayes to justice.

Byrne once released, is grabbed by Hayes and his team. They tell an entirely different story. One that implicates Colonel Riggs. Byrne is unsure who, if either of them are telling the truth. Byrne must stay free, keep from getting killed and protect his girl friend. Ultimately he is faced with deciding who he believes and help them thwart the terrorist plot.

I enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 384 page novel. There was lots of action and it was kept in the realm of believability. The plot was well laid out and it was not clear until towards the end of the novel who Byrne should believe. I was a little surprised at the ending. I had thought that events were being lined up for a sequel, but the plot thread was wrapped up by the end of the book. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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