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First Response Audiobook

First Response

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Teresa 13/11/2016
    Teresa 13/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent story. love it."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 10/11/2016
    Jeremy 10/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "meh"

    took awhile to get into, getting used to the voice. ending wasnt what i was exoecting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suzie 25/03/2016
    suzie 25/03/2016
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    "Unusual twist"

    Narrator was excellent author had filled it out .... and out. Bit long for topic

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ms Angela K. Lown
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    17/03/16
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    "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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    14/03/16
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    "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

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • J Hitch
    UK
    2/04/16
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    "Hmm"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazonshopper123
    18/03/16
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    "Weak"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jules
    United Kingdom
    22/11/16
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    "Unexpected Find"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    saltash, United Kingdom
    13/11/16
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    "Fantastic twist"
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Response to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so I can't say, however Paul Thornley is excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way that, as the listener, you knew something wasn't quite right.....but you couldn't put your finger on it


    Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favourite?

    Can't choose as they were all so good, but had equal parts to play.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not that particularly moved me, but revenge is always a "heart-warming" moment


    Any additional comments?

    Just fantastic.
    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    9/11/16
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    "Alarmingly realistic"
    Would you listen to First Response again? Why?

    Unlikely to listen again because, well, I don't do that but I have recommended it to many.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mo


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to list


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • wayne
    2/11/16
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    "couldn't put it down"

    What an excellent story, should be a film. gripping from start to finish great characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andy benn
    27/10/16
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    "my 1st audio book"

    Took me some getting used to.

    Narator was very good, his characters were recognisable.

    Story was cool, not sure if it was because it was an audio book that i struggled a little to focus on it. however it was a good, perhaps not as exciting as others i have read by Mr Leather.

    Overall worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    20/10/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Very enjoyable read, especially if you enjoy a good crime story mixed with anterior novel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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