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.
I found this mashup of genres annoying, a run of cliches, pretensions, and unbelievable plot devices. But, I throughly enjoyed having a male reader and a female reader, each doing their respective parts. Really wish more publishers would follow suit.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I'm uncertain why Catherine Coulter separates this series from her FBI Thriller series because Sherlock and Savich are very much part of the Brit in the FBI series. In any case, Nicholas Drummond leaves his high level Scotland Yard position to join the FBI. It does add some spice to the story.
One of the best things about this series is the narration. McLeod Andrews does the male voices and Renee Raudman does the rest. These two are really good together; they are almost as good as Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty.
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!
Yes! It moved along nicely and the plot was very well done.
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.
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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Final Cut . . . it's different, weaving a tale of intrigue and mystery going back centuries. The diamond (Koh-i-Noor), part of the Jewels of the Lion exhibition belonging to Queen Mother in England is about to go on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. And despite every security precaution, it is stolen. The Koh-i-Noor hasn't always belonged to the Brits though . . . and legend has it that the diamond has healing powers . . . After listening to The Final Cut, I researched the history of the Koh-i-Noor, which is fascinating. This was a most satisfying and fun listen.
mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.
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.
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.
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.
Very much so.
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.
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.
Well, it was cheap. I guess I now know why it was on sale. It started well enough (for airplane fare), but grew increasingly preposterous. The writing is embarrassingly bad.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
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.
The plot was exciting with lots of twists. Every time you thought The Fox was caught, she managed to escape brilliantly.
I really enjoy Renee Raudman. Mr Andrews was a severe disappointment for this character. I am sure he would be fine in another context.
Just write to complain - my first time ever.
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