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The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1 | [Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison]

The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1

Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.
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Publisher's Summary

Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

Special Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich from Coulter’s best-selling FBI series don’t hesitate to help Drummond find the cunning international thief known as the Fox. Nonstop action and high stakes intensify as the chase gets deadly. The Fox will stop at nothing to deliver the Koh-i-Noor to the man who believes in its deadly prophecy. Nicholas Drummond, along with his partner, FBI Special Agent Mike Caine, lay it on the line to retrieve the diamond for Queen and country.

©2013 Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Ronda 11-09-13
    Ronda 11-09-13
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    "A very good beginning for a new series!"
    What did you love best about The Final Cut?

    I really loved this book and the characters. The story line is great and obviously well researched and the characters were very well written. The book moves right along, which makes it much more exciting to listen to, and doesn't stray over into the unbelievable. All in all, a very good listen!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! It moved along nicely and the plot was very well done.


    Did Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought Ms. Raudman was a poor choice for the female narrator. Her foreign accents are poorly done and the fact that Mr. Andrews does such a wonderful job reading and differentiating all of the male characters, makes Ms. Raudmans' poor performance more disappointing. I've listened to many books that she has done in the past in which she has done a good job, but they were all books in which she only had to do American accents.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always loved Catherine Coulter and this collaboration makes me think that I may have been missing out and seriously need to check out J. T. Ellison's books as well.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 10-30-13
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Sadly it was boring!"
    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had read more of the reviews. I finally stopped listening and felt relief.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 12-09-14 Member Since 2003

    MikeFromMesa

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    "Yawn ..."

    I don’t know precisely what I expected when I bought this book - perhaps the story of an investigation involving different approaches with the British and American methods at odds creating some tension, perhaps conflict between the supervisory government branches of the FBI and Scotland Yard, perhaps something else. What I did not expect is what I got. One dimensional characters who belong in comic books, not in written novels.

    We are asked to believe a lot in this book. We have a Scotland Yard investigator who ignores the orders of his superiors with impunity, who has logical and investigative leaps that would make Sherlock Holmes look like a beginner and who apparently can read minds, an FBI agent who can look at a room after a crime has been committed and know what happened and how the crime took place and various other assorted investigators who can break into secure computer facilities without any trouble, sophisticated criminals who don’t bother to secure their computer information and miraculous escapes from bullets, explosions and the like. It is a wonder that, with all of the talents of the investigators in this book, the crime was not solved by the third paragraph.

    This story might make a good comic book or, as I believe they are now called, a decent graphic novel, but I cannot recommend it as a serious or even light criminal novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Interesting information about a famous diamond"

    I understand this is to be the first book in a new series about a “Brit in the FBI”. Catherine Coulter has a co-author on this book J. T. Ellison The book starts out with Det. Chief Inspector Nicholas Drummond traveling from London to New York City as a member of his Scotland Yard team has been murdered. Det. Inspector Elaine York was on the protection detail accompanying the Koh-I-Noor diamond, the center piece of the Queen Mother’s Crown which is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Saleem Singh Lanighan has hired “The Fox” a famous jewel thief to steal the diamond. There are well developed subplots to keep this story from being a simple one to one contest. There are ingenious disguises, daring bluffs and nail biting escapes all add to the fun of the chase. Coulter’s Savich and Sherlock are also on the case. Drummond’s uncle is the head of security for the Museum. Drummond is teamed up with FBI agent Michaela “Mike” Caine. At the end of the book Drummond is invited to join the FBI. This is an enjoyable easy to read book. There was a lot of information about the Koh-I-Noor diamond including an overview of its history and the curse. As I knew nothing of the diamond I found this interesting which drove me to Google to search information about the diamond. Renee Raudmand and Macleod Andrews did an adequate job with the narration.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Janie O'brien US 10-26-13
    Janie O'brien US 10-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "lousy and boring, boring, boring"

    This would have to be THE WORST book I have ever tried to listen to. The narrators were just terrible; that phony British accent was just too much! I got nearly 1/2 way through part 1 and just couldn't force myself to go any further. What were these 2 women writers drinking when they wrote this rubbish and what were the narrators smoking; it all must have been bad stuff. Take my advice, write separately girls, you do a much, much better job. I'm afraid I won't be on the list to buy anymore of your joint efforts - no pun intended. Thank god I can get my credit back.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki 10-23-13
    Vicki 10-23-13
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    "Great story, badly chosen narrater."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Really enjoyed the plot. The male narrator partially ruined it for me. Although the female character kept comparing the male lead as "just like 007" his voice was that of a man nearly 60. Not my idea of a sexy English voice at all.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was exciting with lots of twists. Every time you thought The Fox was caught, she managed to escape brilliantly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews ’s performances?

    I really enjoy Renee Raudman. Mr Andrews was a severe disappointment for this character. I am sure he would be fine in another context.


    Did The Final Cut inspire you to do anything?

    Just write to complain - my first time ever.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 10-07-13
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 10-07-13

    Avid reader for 45 years

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    "Boring, boring, boring"

    I wasn't looking for a literary masterpiece, just a fun story to help my long commute go faster. This books was just too boring for words - I couldn't get interested in any of the characters or the plot.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    A New York 03-07-14
    A New York 03-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The Fox"
    Would you listen to The Final Cut again? Why?

    Yes. Enjoyed the story line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Involvement of the FBI, the new Scotland Yard, and various multi characters woven in and out of story.


    What does Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hard in the beginning, but easier to get use to.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Final Cut and why?

    Nicholas, Mike, and the Fox


    Any additional comments?

    Follow up with narration style change.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Travelers Rest, SC, United States 10-09-13
    Nancy Travelers Rest, SC, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Annoying Narration"
    What did you like best about The Final Cut? What did you like least?

    I am a fan of many of Ms Coulter's novels, and this one was ok, but the narration was so annoying it was hard to concentrate on the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a different narrator ~ Simon Prebble, Davina Porter ~ anyone but who is doing it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    VoxVolat Dallas, TX, United States 12-15-14
    VoxVolat Dallas, TX, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2008

    mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.

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    "An action packed, fun filled ride!! Boring? NOT!"
    Would you listen to The Final Cut again? Why?

    I hadn't planned to write a review on this book until I saw all the reviews that listed it as being boring. They couldn't be more wrong. This book would have made a wonderful movie. It's action-packed, filled with interesting characters a detailed story line and thoroughly fascinating. The narrators add to this. I hadn't read Coulter before. But I have read Clancy. I find the action in this book worthy of a Clancy novel or James Bond thriller. Well worth the credit and time. I have already listened three time in less than a month.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Final Cut?

    The set up of the theft and description of the action surrounding it was so well done I started to see the whole thing as a movie in my head.


    What about Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews ’s performance did you like?

    They both did a great job with nuanced accents to set each character. They did such a good job I had no trouble seeing the action in my head.


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

    Very much so.


    Any additional comments?

    If you picked this looking for a traditional romantic thriller I can see why you would be disappointed. This is more of an action suspense piece with romantic hints in a new relationship around which this new series will evolve. As for boring, I can only shake my head in wonder at how far off the mark I view that statement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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