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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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  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    3/14/16
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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
  • Amazonshopper123
    3/18/16
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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
  • Ms Angela K. Lown
    UK
    3/17/16
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • C H.
    9/25/16
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    "Another winner"

    Exciting until the end, another great read with good narrative and very well put together

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    9/25/16
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    "Not as good as the last one I read"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen Leather or narrated by Paul Thornley?

    Yes, hopefully with better content.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I would say wanting to know the reason for what happened but it was a bit disappointing. It could have been a lot better laid out. A bit repetitive at times.


    What aspect of Paul Thornley’s performance might you have changed?

    He did his best with what he had to work with.


    Was First Response worth the listening time?

    Yes as it left you at times waiting to see what was going to happen.


    Any additional comments?

    Compared to Hard Landings the story was lacking in something but both endings were a let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    Llanfyllin, United Kingdom
    9/23/16
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    "What a disappointment."

    I had high hopes for this book, having read several positive reviews. I was very disappointed. The plot is pretty unbelievable and the characters are one-dimensional and wooden.
    The books starts with what reads like a recitation from manuals about police procedure and equipment. I suppose it was meant to add credibility, but it didn't work for me. The reader is very accomplished, but his slow, clipped enunciation didn't help bring the characters to life.
    The muslim characters all seem to be Daily Mail/Express stereotypes, and Sky News gets plugged a great deal.
    Towards the end, the plot becomes very repetitive, with endless accounts of police interviews. There seems to be a lot of unnecessary padding.
    All in all, I was relieved to have got to the end, and found the ending extremely unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • moira
    9/23/16
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    "So tense, couldn't stop listening"

    Loved the story teller, found the suspense rising throughout the book. Great climax and neatly finished. Will look forward to listening to more of his books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    9/22/16
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    "slow storyline, with very few thrills"

    the storyline is painfully slow and has very little suspense. The only slightly redeemable part is the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ollie
    United Kingdom
    9/16/16
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    "Great build up, very weak conclusion"

    From the beginning of the audiobook I thought it was a great story and the suspense kept building.

    And then came the revelation of why the antagonists hatched this elaborate plan, and it was a huge disappointment. Way too simple am ending to resolve the story.

    Not to post any spoilers, but it seems a waste for such a strong story to be based on such a weak conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Demelzza
    Ireland
    9/15/16
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    "Gripping for the start"

    Such a great story, so absorbing from the very start, brilliantly read and highly recommended to anyone who likes a fast paced storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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