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First Response Audiobook

First Response

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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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    Gavingks Dunbar, United Kingdom 14/03/2016
    Gavingks Dunbar, United Kingdom 14/03/2016
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    "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

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Angela K. Lown UK 17/03/2016
    Ms Angela K. Lown UK 17/03/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Rather dull and repetitive"

    Downloaded this because I wanted something to listen to in the car in a long journey. The premise sounds good but it is so repetitive and the plot in the end was just dull. A missed opportunity to write something fast-paced and relevant.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J Hitch 02/04/2016
    J Hitch 02/04/2016

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    "Hmm"

    The story is pretty straightforward. The writing is quite basic and the author uses the same phrases and descriptions over and over. I was hoping for some action, and the buildup suggests there will be some, and then... there isn't. The narrator also has quite a halting style which i find hard to be absorbed by. I did finish the book, and it was alright. But only 3 stars. I probably won't buy another Leather book, and will probably avoid Thornley as well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazonshopper123 18/03/2016
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    "Weak"

    Not much happens with a weak twist. Plot points are unintelligent and conversation is plodding and obvious. Performance is a good effort with some attempts at accents.

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    david gilmour 23/06/2017
    david gilmour 23/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent read."

    enjoyed this book from start to finish. great twist at the end. I was addicted to the end.

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    Woodster Southampton 12/06/2017
    Woodster Southampton 12/06/2017 Member Since 2015

    Husband, Father and Southampton season ticket holder and likes the odd glass of red wine and a good book...

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    "Best yet"

    Best Stephen Leather book so far, great story made better by the best narrator of audio books the brilliant Paul Thornley.

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    Matt 19/04/2017
    Matt 19/04/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but not great."

    The story dragged on and I didn't find I was carrying about the outcome. Intelligent plot but I should've listened to an abridged version.

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    P Foster 07/04/2017
    P Foster 07/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Repetitive"

    Not Leather's greatest work. To be honest I found it tedious and repetitive. The plot was thin.

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    John Drennan 10/03/2017
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    "No spoilers - but for me a pointless book"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen Leather or narrated by Paul Thornley?

    I wouldn't listen to another Paul Thornley narration - far too stilted and very little inflection. Almost like listening to a young Michael Caine in 'Alphie' character. Every single word, clearly and separately enunciated, but all nuance and cadence lost as a result.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Seemed like there was a lot of 'fluffing' to fill content. One of the characters introduced is an incident Gold Commander. We are then treated at great length to what a gold commander is and does, and how it differs from a silver commander, and how they work together etc. Which didn't move the story along one centimetre, but just seemed to be chewing time.


    Was First Response worth the listening time?

    No, but can't say why without spoilers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss L ttophi 26/02/2017
    Miss L ttophi 26/02/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "another good book by this aurther"

    got many books by this aurther another well writen book good twist and turns a book ive heard many times

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