A birthday party on a beautiful summer Sunday afternoon on the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the guest of honor, Roland Fortune, mayor of New York City.
Suddenly, multiple explosions rock the entire building. This is not an accident, not a gas leak, but a heinous act of terrorism. Among the injured is the mayor himself, and although he survives, but the woman he loves does not. Ultimately, the death toll exceeds 1700 people. And the terrorism does not stop there. As the city's other iconic sites are targeted, the mayor throws Manhattan into lockdown.
In the chaos that ensues, law enforcement groups converge on New York City. The FBI, Homeland Security, the Armed Forces, even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the President, come to the aid of the New York City Police Department.
Amidst this massive joint effort, only New York City Police Commissioner Gina Carbone is closing in on the terrorists. Her tactics well outside legal bounds, her cell operating in total secrecy, Gina takes vigilantism to a new level. Will her extremely aggressive actions succeed - or plunge the city into further catastrophe?
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I have not read the print version.
Yes, it had a fairly fast pace with the action. There weren't too many idle moments.
He did a good job of conveying the characters attitudes and personalities.
Id say the most moving point was when the mayors girlfriend was killed.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"The F as in fiction"
It began with an explosion - well three, to be precise - an attack on the museum on a warm, sunny day and ki!ling hundreds of tourists and families enjoying a pleasant time out. Sarah, the wife of the mayor, is one of the casualties. What follows next has to be heard to be believed: it is outrageous, exciting, unexpected and totally captivating. I had expected a good political thriller, a search to find the culprits of the atrocities and, yes, Manhattan Lockdown is all of that. But so much more. And some of the possible implications which arise are very uncomfortable.
The story is well told with certain individual's lives, present and past, highlighted and woven through the main action, like that of the media hyped 'Angel of Light', a doctor early on the scene of the first explosion who risks injury or possible death to help the wounded and a reporter out to make his name with a scoop. But no one is quite what they seem to be, and as the terrorist action escalates, the story twists unexpectedly winding tighter and tighter. The characterisation is excellent, the plot very imaginative and the whole scarily thought provoking.
Rob Saladino does a fair job narrating apart from some strange word pronunciations. He captures distinctive conversational voices for all of the protagonists although his performance as the Times reporter was somewhat slurred and a couple of others were also problematic. However the overall quality of the book was mostly let down by a poor editting in the production, with varying sound quality, some longer than necessary pauses, and, as at the conclusion of the book, no pause at all.
But do not be put off by these minor problems which are, at worst, a mere irritation. This is a book well worth buying as it will shock as well as surprise and entertain. My thanks to the rights holder for the complementary copy which I received in exchange for an honest review. This I have given.
- Norma Miles