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THE UNDERCOVER COP. Having worked undercover the last ten years, Sean Egan is used to life on the edge. He’s recently infiltrated one of London’s most dangerous criminal gangs, and they’ve just informed him that they want him for a very special job: the daring abduction from police custody of a serial killer known as The Night Creeper.

THE KILLER. Brutally violent yet highly intelligent, The Night Creeper has earned his reputation by torturing five young women to death. Arrested the previous night, he claims that he has a cast-iron alibi for one of the murders, and some highly important information that can prove his innocence – and implicates someone else.

THE POLICEWOMAN. DI Tina Boyd has an instinct for trouble, and a past that continues to haunt her. She was the policewoman who charged The Night Creeper. Now he’s been kidnapped, and it’s Tina’s task to find him. And find him fast, because it’s clear that some very dangerous people want to silence him permanently.

A man, a woman and a sadistic killer. As they race towards a terrifying confrontation only one thing is certain: they’re all going to have to fight very hard just to stay alive.

©2010 Simon Kernick (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Carl
  • 25-05-2015

Not any of Simon Kernick's best

What did you like best about The Last 10 Seconds? What did you like least?

No dead parts in a Simon Kernick novel but I regret to mention that this one turned to be a bit boring when the main part of the story was a severely beating of the main character.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Almost as expected.

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

He use to do a very good job with all characters.

Was The Last 10 Seconds worth the listening time?

Yes it was.

Any additional comments?

Simon Kernick is one of my favorite authors and I look forwart to his next novel.

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  • Blicks41
  • 12-03-2013

Kernick & Thornley good match

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I like to listen to audible when going on long trips. This thriller was great.

What didn’t you like about Paul Thornley’s performance?

Paul Thornley is talented and his many voices were well done, but he tends to drop his voice at the end of sentences and I could not always hear what the last few words were. When taping there needs to be a consistency of volume.

Could you see The Last 10 Seconds being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This is made for the movies or TV...good visualization possible with the writing and I liked the female heroine, even though so troubled and difficult. Is it possible to have a balanced, happy-ish detective solving crimes and staying on the good side of her colleagues, though perhaps not the heirarchy??

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  • James
  • 08-11-2013

Great book defo worth a listen!

What did you like most about The Last 10 Seconds?

a realistic and dramatic book from beginning to end!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sean, Tina..... Both brilliant mavericks

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

PT is by far the best narrator ever I only now read books narrated by him! :)

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

When Tina witnessed the wife of the MP blow her own head off! Didnt see that coming!

Any additional comments?

Just another great book from both Author and Narrator... Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-2012

Thriller

Simon Kernick does the same thing with all his books from what I can see. They are tightly plotted, with cartoonish baddies and protagonists who are not especially sympathetic either. The narration is top notch and the books never let go until the end.

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  • Katie
  • 23-12-2012

A great fast moving listen

Another fast moving novel by Simon Kernick a really great listen that has you on the edge of your seat! What I love about Simon's books is that there is always a surprise at the end. I also love Paul Thornley as a narrater so not only is the book good but he is great to listen too. Can't wait for the next one

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  • Mrs L Lloyd
  • 02-04-2017

Simon Kernick does it again

a really gripping tale another tour de force from Simon Kernick what am In going to domwhen I have listened to them all? great narration as usual

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  • T SOTHCOTT
  • 18-01-2017

Engaging

Gripped from outset. A lot of books in this space. Frank Gardners recent novel just has the edge over this one, but not by much and that's high praise believe me. A must read.

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  • EDWARD
  • 05-10-2015

SUPERB GREAT STORY . AND THE MASTER OF NARRATION

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last 10 Seconds to be better than the print version?

YES

Who was your favorite character and why?

TINA. FOR DETERMINATION TO GET THE JOB DONE

What does Paul Thornley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

THE VARIOUS CHARACTER VOICES ARE OUTSTANDING

AND VERY BELEIVABLE

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

DONT KNOW

Any additional comments?

NO

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  • M. Naylor
  • 26-05-2018

another great plot

Great plot with plenty of twists and turns, made all the better with the fantastic reading by Paul Thornley

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  • Miss
  • 09-05-2018

Very good but

Some of the speech was hard to hear when driving as it was as if the reader was stepping away from the mic

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  • Rachel
  • 28-07-2016

One roller coaster of a thriller!

From the first sentence your hooked. Then it's one sharp bend after another. Mr. Kernick is still springing new twists until the last five minutes. Great read!

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  • anne sturgeon
  • 15-10-2015

Yet another fast gritty one by Kernick

Good book not his best but still quite riveting which was emphasised by great narrative from Thornley always enjoy listening to him