The Ultimatum

  • by Dick Wolf
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detective Jeremy Fisk tracks a serial sniper who has mastered state-of-the-art airborne technology to hunt his prey in this chilling thriller from the New York Times best-selling author and creator of the Law and Order franchise.
When a leaker named Verlyn Merritt releases sensitive documents from the NYPD Intelligence Division to WikiLeaks, some of the deadliest criminals have access to Detective Jeremy Fisk's unlisted home address. Within hours three mysterious assailants arrive at his Sutton Place apartment. Who are they, and why do they want Fisk dead?
Authorities quickly identify and arrest Merritt. But the case takes a sinister twist when an anonymous third party makes threats if authorities don't release Merritt immediately. Forced from his home and his bank accounts drained, Fisk confronts Chay Maryland, a reporter who has been covering Merritt's case. Fisk wants the journalist's help to get close to the leaker - to find out what Merritt really wants and who else is involved.
The investigation is nearly derailed when a serial sniper begins shooting people on the street who seem to have no connection to Merritt's case. The killer's aim is eerily accurate - and Fisk believes the shooter might be using a drone rigged with unusual sighting capabilities. Then the sniper contacts the New York Times and promises to kill one person every day "for the greater good of the citizens of America".
With the clock ticking and millions of lives at stake, Fisk and Chay must find the mastermind before he can wreak havoc on a city paralyzed by fear.

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Strong Performance; Likable Characters; So-So Plot

The most striking thing about this book was the continued good performance by Peter Ganim, Dick Wolf has a franchise worthy character in Jeremy Fisk but I believe the supporting characters need to be richer, more developed.

While the story spun around current events and concerns, it seemed rushed and disjointed. Moreover, Fisk's latest love interest was a little cliché. Though this latest Fisk installment wasn't my favorite, I did enjoy the audiobook.
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- Robert "Entrepreneur + Avid Reader + Concerned Political Skeptic"

Reminds me of John Corey

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ultimatum to be better than the print version?

I've never read the print version


What did you like best about this story?

It had a great ending and I really like the character of Jeremy Fisk. Wonderful narration, too.


What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

I was introduced to Peter Ganim's narration on the first Jeremy Fisk novel. I am impressed with his ability to do any kind of voice or accent. He has a nice voice that is easy to listen to and I look forward to more of the Jeremy Fisk series narrated by him.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Drones over NYC


Any additional comments?

I bought the first Jeremy Fisk book on a "first of series" sale and was hooked. The character reminds me a little of the John Corey books by Nelson Demille. Fiske does things his own way, is often in trouble, but always saves the day. I skipped the second book because I'm not into drug cartel novels, but decided to buy this one. The only drawback to this book is that there were too many story lines going at once and it was hard to follow, at times. Dick Wolf could have left out the character of the reporter who was not at all likable (characters are everything to me when listening to a book and I like them to be someone I'm rooting for) She was just plain annoying. I felt the cartel "hit man" theme was unnecessary, also. The story of the mad scientist would have been a good enough theme to carry the whole novel. I have to say that the ending was worth the long winding path of this book and I did end up enjoying it. I'm looking forward to more Jeremy Fiske novels. They sure do give a realistic view of NYC and there are excellent details about the intelligence unit of the New York City Police Dept. and their interaction with anti-terrorist task force.

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- Blue Dragonfly "BlueDragonfly"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio