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"More gripping than Action Man's hands" (Mail on Sunday)
"As ever, Kernick’s research is impeccable. The plotting is brilliant and makes for a tense, action-packed read" (Sunday Mirror)
"Another Kernick cracker; he never lets you down" (Sunday Sport)
"Kernick delivers his book like a runaway locomotive without brakes. This is another cracking read from a great author." (www.crimesquad.com)
"Pace, pace, pace is what Simon Kernick does best." (Daily Mirror)
A threat has been made. An ultimatum delivered. Innocent people are in danger. The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless and The Last 10 SecondsSee all Product description
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This book is certainly full of action. And as the chapters are rather short i found it very easy to keep on reading just a few more chapters.
A series of bombings rock London and threats to cause even greater devastation if England doesn't agree to withdraw from Afghanistan are made. Tina Boyd and Mike Bolt are working together, to try and find the culprits behind the bombings before another one goes off. It seems like a race against time, but can they stop anymore innocent people from losing their lives.
A fast paced, and interesting read.
What I like about Simon Kernick's books is the way that he juggles several characters and storylines which all come together in the end. There's always lots of twists and turns and the action is fast. All his trademark attributes and characters are here, but for whatever reason I felt like the formula was showing more than usual. The introductory action sequences which you know will tie back to the story but you don't initially know how. The character who won't be what he seems to be. Tina Boyd acting rashly as usual. It all felt a little like I'd read it before.
It's a fine balance for author who write multiple thrillers, finding a way to make each book different without changing it so much that they lose the formula for success. I just felt that this time around, Kernick perhaps hadn't pushed himself as far as he could have.
Having said that, I reiterate that it's a perfectly entertaining thriller which I tore through in no time flat and enjoyed. I look forward to Kernick's next book and seeing what happens next!
I was pleased to see the return of two familiar characters - Tina Boyd and her friend/colleague of a few books past, Mike Bolt. Mike Bolt is now heading up Counter Terrorism Command and after her previous exploits Tina is out of favour with the Met however she finds herself working with her old friend in trying to stop a terrorist attack on London. I think Tina is a great character, she's a loose cannon in many respects who acts on her instincts and has trouble following orders - however she gets results and just seems to be a magnet for trouble and dangerous situations.
This book had all the tension and action you expect from Simon Kernick. The story takes place over a 12 hour period and the chapters are short and punchy and told from the viewpoints of the police, and the terrorists involved who really are quite evil and have no limits.
I really enjoyed the book but for me this one didn't quite match up to Seige. It may be because the storyline is similar and I found it a bit repetitive in places but having said that it's still an excellent read which keeps you on the edge of your seat. My rating 4/5.
This is the sequel to The Siege, but that's no obstacle to enjoyment as the author retells some of the story and very effectively introduces the main characters along with some understanding of their backgrounds and motivations. Tina Boyd is a feisty policewoman with scant regard for processes and rules - she drives the fast paced story, but also has her softer side in her affection for ex-boss Mike Bolt. I liked Jones too, the Afghanistan veteran with the family background and the history as criminal, undercover operative and ex-prisoner.
The story is fast and exciting, with characters of pure evil engaged in acts of terrorism involving high explosives and stinger missiles, all set amid the familiar scenery and iconic buildings of London. There's thrill piled on thrill, and it's certainly a book that keeps you turning the pages. While I cheered Tina on as she operated well outside the normal rules, I must admit I found it rather more difficult to engage with the hardened criminals and their chilling acts of violence.
But the pace is good and I liked the fact that the story is set quite firmly in a familiar setting and amid a very realistic world of political intrigue. Not entirely my cup of tea, but an enjoyable read. And should the series continue, he's certainly built a set of memorable and engaging characters who are facing a challenging future.