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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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  • GavinOutlook
    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

    9 of 9 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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • J Hitch
    UK
    4/2/16
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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.

    5 of 6 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    4/19/17
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    "Good but not great."

    The story dragged on and I didn't find I was carrying about the outcome. Intelligent plot but I should've listened to an abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P Foster
    4/7/17
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    "Repetitive"

    Not Leather's greatest work. To be honest I found it tedious and repetitive. The plot was thin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Drennan
    London, UK
    3/10/17
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    "No spoilers - but for me a pointless book"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen Leather or narrated by Paul Thornley?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was First Response worth the listening time?

    No, but can't say why without spoilers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss L ttophi
    2/26/17
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ronan
    United Kingdom
    2/5/17
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    "Ridiculous Plot"
    What was most disappointing about Stephen Leather’s story?

    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


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Thornley’s performances?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jules
    United Kingdom
    11/22/16
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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

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