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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.

    4 of 5 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.


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    JoJoSQA 11-10-17
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    "FANTASTIC!!!!! Excellent fantasy James Bond read!!"

    I am thrilled to see this is a first in a series of books!!! Otherwise, I would say the ending literally & figuratively "left you hanging!!!" It was a super charged book right from chapter one! Our heroine is extremely smart, beautiful, talented, Kind, & deadly all wrapped into one!! You'll LOVE this book, character, author, and narrator! We will ALL be impatiently waiting for the next in this series!! :-) Great job Karen!!

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    Wyo Down 10-09-17
    Wyo Down 10-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved It !"

    This was a great book! Loved the intrigue, the fake/real Father/Daughter relationship, the smart no-nonsenseness until the heart gets in the way. Wonderful narration!
    The narrator can make or break a story...this one is a perfect match! Please offer the next in the series as Audio versions!

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    chris glenn 09-09-17
    chris glenn 09-09-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I waited for this?"

    I have liked this author but this story has no ending snd no umpf.

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    Book lover 09-07-17
    Book lover 09-07-17
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    "Just okay for a Karen Robards book."

    I usually love a Karen Robards book but this left me not wanting to get back in my car and listen. It was a bit confusing as the story went on and it was hard to really like the characters. Well you could like them, you just don't really fall for them. I am guessing this is the first of a series because it abruptly ended. I'm assuming we will see the main character again in another book. If I read/listen that book I hope it's more engaging.

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    "awesome book"

    Loved the book. Great reader. Story was very good and I can't wait to listen to next book.

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    Donald Wilson Detroit, MI 08-29-17
    Donald Wilson Detroit, MI 08-29-17 Member Since 2012
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    "An exciting letdown"

    I enjoyed the first couple of chapters but as the book progressed it felt derivative and unfocused. It wasn't a bad read, but it was predictable. Great performance though.

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