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Publisher's Summary

From best-selling writer Stephen Leather comes an utterly addictive all-action thriller in which a huge terrorist threat to the capital can only be stopped by one man.
From the best-selling author of the Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale series comes First Response, the utterly addictive new thriller by Stephen Leather.
London is under siege.
Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause.
Their mission: to force the government to release jihadist prisoners from Belmarsh Prison.
Their deadline: 6 p.m. Today.
But the bombers are cleanskins, terrorists with no obvious link to any group, and who do not appear on any anti-terror watch list. What has brought them together on this one day to act in this way?
Mo Kamran is the Superintendent in charge of the Special Crime and Operations branch of the Met. As the disaster unfolds and the SAS, armed police, and other emergency services rush to the scenes, he is tasked with preventing the biggest terrorist outrage the capital has ever known.
But nothing is what it seems. And only Kamran has the big picture. Will anyone believe him?
A chillingly plausible and pulse-pounding depiction of how London might be held to ransom in a concerted terrorist attack: this is thriller writing at its very best.
©2016 Stephen Leather (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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By Gavingks on 03-14-16

Stunning and so expertly narrated. Oh the pace

What a book, i read the reviews and was convinced but they did not do justice to what i heard.
The slow clinical pace of the narration was brilliant and actually built the tension. It was almost presented as a rolling news event.
I can't say anything about it as almost any comment could be a spoiler. Suffice to say you will be kept guessing.
this was my first Leather novel, it will not be may last.
Full marks to Paul Thornley. I truly don't believe this book could be as good to read as it was to listen to. I may try sometime
Give this one a go

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By Danna on 08-15-16

Depressing

I found the story line very depressing, 9 characters all going through the same situation, so the same story repeated 9 times. There was a bit of a twist at the end but It was so obvious I guessed it would end like it did from a quarter of the way through the book. Not brilliant in my opinion

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By Teresa on 11-13-16

excellent story. love it.

Well wriiten book. Beautifully narrated. I'm wishing for a sequel now as there are a few loose ends and a few characters that I would have liked to know more about. It is hard to review this book without giving away the twist at end so I will just say it is well worth a listen. Or to read the old fashioned way with pages.

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By Jeremy on 11-10-16

meh

took awhile to get into, getting used to the voice. ending wasnt what i was exoecting

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