From best-selling writer Stephen Leather comes an utterly addictive all-action thriller in which a huge terrorist threat to the capital can only be stopped by one man.
From the best-selling author of the Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale series comes First Response, the utterly addictive new thriller by Stephen Leather.
London is under siege.
Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause.
Their mission: to force the government to release jihadist prisoners from Belmarsh Prison.
Their deadline: 6 p.m. Today.
But the bombers are cleanskins, terrorists with no obvious link to any group, and who do not appear on any anti-terror watch list. What has brought them together on this one day to act in this way?
Mo Kamran is the Superintendent in charge of the Special Crime and Operations branch of the Met. As the disaster unfolds and the SAS, armed police, and other emergency services rush to the scenes, he is tasked with preventing the biggest terrorist outrage the capital has ever known.
But nothing is what it seems. And only Kamran has the big picture. Will anyone believe him?
A chillingly plausible and pulse-pounding depiction of how London might be held to ransom in a concerted terrorist attack: this is thriller writing at its very best.
©2016 Stephen Leather (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
Well wriiten book. Beautifully narrated. I'm wishing for a sequel now as there are a few loose ends and a few characters that I would have liked to know more about. It is hard to review this book without giving away the twist at end so I will just say it is well worth a listen. Or to read the old fashioned way with pages.
"Stunning and so expertly narrated. Oh the pace"
What a book, i read the reviews and was convinced but they did not do justice to what i heard.
The slow clinical pace of the narration was brilliant and actually built the tension. It was almost presented as a rolling news event.
I can't say anything about it as almost any comment could be a spoiler. Suffice to say you will be kept guessing.
this was my first Leather novel, it will not be may last.
Full marks to Paul Thornley. I truly don't believe this book could be as good to read as it was to listen to. I may try sometime
Give this one a go
"Rather dull and repetitive"
Downloaded this because I wanted something to listen to in the car in a long journey. The premise sounds good but it is so repetitive and the plot in the end was just dull. A missed opportunity to write something fast-paced and relevant.
The story is pretty straightforward. The writing is quite basic and the author uses the same phrases and descriptions over and over. I was hoping for some action, and the buildup suggests there will be some, and then... there isn't. The narrator also has quite a halting style which i find hard to be absorbed by. I did finish the book, and it was alright. But only 3 stars. I probably won't buy another Leather book, and will probably avoid Thornley as well.
Not much happens with a weak twist. Plot points are unintelligent and conversation is plodding and obvious. Performance is a good effort with some attempts at accents.
"No spoilers - but for me a pointless book"
I wouldn't listen to another Paul Thornley narration - far too stilted and very little inflection. Almost like listening to a young Michael Caine in 'Alphie' character. Every single word, clearly and separately enunciated, but all nuance and cadence lost as a result.
Seemed like there was a lot of 'fluffing' to fill content. One of the characters introduced is an incident Gold Commander. We are then treated at great length to what a gold commander is and does, and how it differs from a silver commander, and how they work together etc. Which didn't move the story along one centimetre, but just seemed to be chewing time.
No, but can't say why without spoilers.
"another good book by this aurther"
got many books by this aurther another well writen book good twist and turns a book ive heard many times
I have read a lot of his books but this was far from his best, even the twist at the end was too little to save a very poor effort
I ordered this book as part of one of the deals Audible offers. It is not the type of book I would normally listen to and I hadn't heard of Stephen Leather or Paul Thornley but the blurb sounded intriguing. I made a good choice.
The story gripped me from the word go and continued to do so until the end. The narration was smooth, had good timing, was clear and didn't grate as some do.
I am definitely going to add this author and narrator to my 'look for' list and here's hoping the next book I find is as good.
I haven't read the print version, so I can't say, however Paul Thornley is excellent.
I loved the way that, as the listener, you knew something wasn't quite right.....but you couldn't put your finger on it
Can't choose as they were all so good, but had equal parts to play.
Not that particularly moved me, but revenge is always a "heart-warming" moment
On the back of this I have started listening to Stephen Leather's "Jack Nightingale" series.
That is brilliant.....I bought extra credits so that I could listen to the first 3 back to back!
Unlikely to listen again because, well, I don't do that but I have recommended it to many.
Too many to list
Maybe ...if I had enough hours free - as it is, it filled and inspired many hours of dog walking so my pooch was very happy.
I've worked in many Emergency Planning scenarios and this seemed so very realistic. Leather's research seems pretty impeccable with regard to procedures and the pacing is relentless and utterly addictive.
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