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The Ultimatum Audiobook

The Ultimatum: The Guardian, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Thief. Manipulator. Con artist. Call it what you will - Bianca St. Ives is the best in the business.

Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls' hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master.

She's known as the Guardian. Running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole - and she's damn good at it. She does things on her own terms. But her latest gig had a little hiccup - if you count two hundred million dollars and top secret government documents going missing as little. Her father also died on the mission. The thing is, the US government doesn't believe he's really dead. They'll stop at nothing to capture Richard St. Ives, a high-value target and someone who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world for over two decades, and they mean to use Bianca as bait. With only a fellow criminal for backup and her life on the line, it's up to Bianca to uncover the terrifying truth behind what really happened...and set it right, before it's too late.

©2017 Karen Robards (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"The listener is pulled into the suspense by characters infused with life and believability. Whether you're new to audiobooks or a veteran, Julia Whelan will not disappoint in this mighty fine story written by Karen Robards." (AudioFile)

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    Connie Powell 06-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "great story, but that ending ...."

    I loved the story. High suspense, lots of action . Hated the ending. ahhhh!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 06-19-17
    Kathy 06-19-17
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    "Who really wrote this book?"

    I was very disappointed in this book as I've never read a Karen Robards I didn't enjoy! This one was very different from her usual. Way too technical and redundant to the max! The ending left you hanging and wondering why you wasted your time! What there was of a story was totally unbelievable. I could say a lot more but I'll leave it to the next reviewer.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-17-17
    Janet ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-17-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring and so predictable!"
    Would you try another book from Karen Robards and/or Julia Whelan?

    I am usually a fan of Karen Robards but this story is boring and predictable with the main character so Barbie like.


    Has The Ultimatum turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointing


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberley A. Heart 07-03-17
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    "A Rare Find"
    What did you love best about The Ultimatum?

    I don't usually write review but this author deserves a stellar one. She wrote about a women protagonist who never gave up her power, and never gave up. A character eminently likable. I'm so tired of reading books we're the man swoops in and saves a woman.This book the woman saves everyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are too few authors that provide us with strong women role models. My only comment is "Write faster". I'd like to have the sequel now.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    heather 07-24-17
    heather 07-24-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    One of the absolute best downloads of the summer. Loved the story, characters, plot,twist, and narration. Outstanding listen across the board. I could t stop listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Avid Reader 07-21-17
    Avid Reader 07-21-17 Member Since 2017

    You are the sum of what you read!

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    "Beware. Cliffhanger"

    Cliffhangers are an automatic 1 star from me. There was no indication when I purchased both the ebook and audiobook that this was a ...to be continued...book. If an author is going to write a book, it should be an entire book, not one that forces you to buy another one just to discover how the story ends. By way of protest, I never buy the second book because I don't want to encourage the author to continue the practice, so I will just need to finish the story in my own head.

    Ms. Robards is on my 'automatic' purchase list. I normally enjoy her stories enormously and have reread some of them, however we are generally left with a HEA/HFN ending. The story was paced nicely with plot twist that I enjoyed. The mystery surrounding Bianca and Richard was intriguing, leaving me to wonder why a father and daughter had such a distant relationship. I enjoyed the story until it ended. It was very unsatisfactory and authors that do this make us wait a year or so before there is another book to help explain the backstory and continue with the story. That just isn't for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 07-20-17
    Heather 07-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Engrossing And perfectly performed"

    One of the best performances I've heard on audible. The narrator's voice is riveting and her character voices were amazing. The story was pretty good on its own, but was really brought to life in this reading.

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    Nancy Bridgeman 07-19-17
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    "TOTALLY UNEXPECTED STORY LINE"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have..... great story that I want to share with friends and family


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Bianca: A strong woman, with a heart


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to auto books for more than 20 yrs. this is the first review I have ever been moved to write.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margie U. Salinas, Ca United States 07-19-17
    Margie U. Salinas, Ca United States 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Exciting Book 1: Can't Wait for Book 2!"
    What did you love best about The Ultimatum?

    Bianca/Sylvia has a very special skill set that keeps the listener glued to her adventures. Beautiful, fearless, and resourceful, she's a heroine who thinks on her fast paced feet. I finished this audiobook in two days and kept going back to it as much as I could because the characters are engrossing. I want to know what happens next to Bianca/Sylvia. I'm definitely hooked!!!


    What other book might you compare The Ultimatum to and why?

    I've actually never had a book quite like this one. It surprises, tantalizes, and grips the listener with its suspense, action, and hot, sensual scenes between "Sylvia" and "Mickey." There are so many twists and turns that it's like a roller coaster ride at an amusement park.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Whelan adds to the story with perfection for both female, male, and children's voices. She makes the scenes even more suspenseful with her delivery that keeps the listener on the edge of their seats. It is a pleasure to listen to her as the story unfolds. I was never bored with Ms. Whelan's performance. Due to my vision disability, I am unable to read well for long periods of time. It means a lot to me to have a reader as skillful as she to bring the characters alive as Ms. Robards meant them to be.


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

    Yes, I did laugh in parts when Bianca displays her ingenious talents to get her out of tough situations much to the dismay of her antagonists, or more specifically, one special very hunky character.


    Any additional comments?

    Karen Robards has delivered another wonderful beginning to a series that I am really looking forward to listening. I absolutely loved Charlie and Michael in the Charlotte Stone series, and can't wait to see what is in store for this series future coupling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LexiMuse 07-18-17
    LexiMuse 07-18-17
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    "Great story-- hope it is the 1st of a series"

    Characters are solid. Hope we see more of them in future books. It would make a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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