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Publisher's Summary

A threat has been made. An ultimatum delivered. Innocent people are in mortal danger. The gripping new bestseller from the master of the race-against-time thriller.8am: an explosion blasts through a cafe in central London. Minutes later a call is made to a local radio station: ‘We’ve just detonated a bomb. Another will explode shortly. The British Government has until 8pm tonight to meet all our demands, or a far greater attack will take place somewhere in the country that will bring fire down on all your heads. You have been warned ...’DC Tina Boyd and DI Mike Bolt have just twelve hours to stop the terrorists – before it’s too late...

©2013 Simon Kernick (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Pace, pace, pace is what Simon Kernick does best." ( Daily Mirror)
"Simon Kernick writes great plots, great characters, great action." (Lee Child)
"Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on tight!." (Harlen Coben)
"Simon Kernick uses every trick in the book to keep the action breakneck." ( Time Out)
"Another Kernick cracker; he never lets you down, five stars." ( Sunday Sport, ‘Book of the Week’)
"plot more gripping than Action Man’s hands." ( Live Magazine, Mail on Sunday)
"As ever, Kernick’s research is impeccable. The plotting is brilliant and makes for a tense, action-packed read." ( Sunday Mirror)

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  • Kirstine
  • 27-06-2014

Fast-moving thriller

The author specialises in books like this where the forces of law and order are faced with an imminent threat and the story follows their efforts at break-neck speed. It’s a topical scenario with a deadline given that a catastrophic terrorist attack will hit London if demands are not met by 8pm. Smaller attacks earlier in the day confirm that the perpetrators are serious. Islamic extremists are obvious suspects but the plot turns out to be more complex. Bodies pile up and characters make stupid decisions that get them into dangerous situations. It’s a very macho book: even DS Tina Boyd, the only prominent female character, is gung-ho in her approach to policing punching and shooting her way out of trouble.
This is not subtle literature but it certainly holds ones attention. Of its genre this is a good example. I’d say that the authors previous book, Siege, involving some of the same characters, is an even better book.

The narrator’s delivery-style adds to the sense of urgency and danger.

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  • Paul
  • 17-11-2013

Pacey, decent storyline

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, a decent modern story, we'll paced and easy to follow. A good page turning novel.

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  • JonR
  • 21-06-2013

Enjoyable Page Turner and an Easy Listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you liked Simon Kernick's previous books you'll like this one; however I found the plot a little thin and the story not as engaging as previous books due to the lack of chacacter development.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jones because his was the only character really developed, showing true human emotions such that you cared about what happened to him.

What about Paul Thornley’s performance did you like?

Excellent as ever, a well paced narration with great characterisation.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

An exciting story that made one want to keep listening, although the ever increasing body count was a little disturbing.

Any additional comments?

I am sure that with all the loose ends we'll see the underlying story thread continued in a future Simon Kernick publication. Would have preferred to have seen more of SK's usual unexpected twists, and because of the aforementioned loose ends was left feeling a little in limbo!

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  • Sylv Sheehan
  • 06-04-2022

This deserves a 5* review

What a great adventure. I've read quite a few of Simon Kernick's books, and this is in there with Relentless. It's pure fantasy, but worth a credit.

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  • John Waterman
  • 15-02-2022

No a bad resumption of the Siege

Continues the story well but not as good as the Siege. Enjoy. Paul Thornley as story teller

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  • alan
  • 27-04-2021

excellent

I've read all of kernicks books, this is one of his best. if you never read a kernick book, try this one, you will not be disappointed

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  • MRS MARIA A CASSELL
  • 16-03-2021

fantastic as always

same high quality story as i have come to expect from Mr Kernick. Totally gripping

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-2021

Simon kernick

I have red most of his books fantastic author can’t wait for his new one

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  • Eun
  • 23-06-2020

Brilliant!

Thrillers! They don’t get any better than this! One of the best Simon Kernick books!

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  • Sadiq
  • 11-02-2019

Brilliant storyline - Captivating

Loved every moment of the story. very realistic and Simon goes into all details very well

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