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Ultimatum

Luke Carlton, Book 2
Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Ultimatum by Frank Gardner, read by Rupert Farley.

SIS agent Luke Carlton returns in the explosive, action-packed and unerringly authentic new thriller from BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner, author of the acclaimed number one best seller Crisis....

Deep within a cave system at the Iranian military complex of Parchin, southeast of Tehran and hidden from the prying eyes of Western satellites, scientists are working round the clock on a banned device. Acting on the orders of a renegade cell within the ultraconservative Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, their intention is to propel Iran into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations - and seal its domination of the Middle East.

Britain’s intelligence agencies know something is up - they have a mole inside the programme. Ready to hand over the information, he must first get out of Iran. Crossing the mountainous border into Armenia, he was due to rendezvous with MI6 agent Luke Carlton at a remote snowbound monastery. But the mission goes bloodily wrong, and Carlton has to be extracted. And fast.

On the back foot after that fiasco, MI6 is suddenly presented with an opportunity - to recruit an individual with unique access to the leader of the IRGC hardliners. And Luke is chosen to reel them in. Going into Iran undercover is dangerous enough, but the real nightmare begins when a senior British government minister on an official visit is kidnapped, his close protection officer is killed and Britain is presented with a terrifying ultimatum. And as the only agent inside Iran, it falls to Luke Carlton to head off what could lead to a catastrophic confrontation in the Gulf...and the clock is ticking.    

©2017 Frank Gardner (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks
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excellent thriller

builds on the success of the first book. very topical and can't wait for next one.

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Generic and badly written

I hit this just after a LeCarré so it was like golf from a vintage Bordeaux to a mint slush puppy. Full of contradictions and clichés and the narrator seemed pulled out of the kids’ book department with silly voices that rarely matched the mood. More like an early teen romp than a proper spy thriller.

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More, more!!

Very believable and compelling storyline. This is a real page turner which clearly benfits from the author's long and distinguished career as an inquisitive journalist. I very much hope that there is another Luke Carlton book in production

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poor

weak story line and a bit predictable. not as good as his first book in this series

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Ultimatum

A very good listen. Written by someone who has probably been in some tricky situations. Frank’s narrative was very believable. There are some evil people out there. Recommended

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Unlikely

Not as good as the first one. Plot unlikely and unbelievable. Luke not cut out for the job

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Powerful, evocative story with many twists & turns

Following a similar yet enjoyable pattern, this makes for an excellent novel in this genre. Details demonstrate Frank Gardners knowledge base very well.

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Fast Paced Action Thriller

This ticks all the boxes for fans of fast paced action set in the middle east. It is crisply plotted and very well read. Some of the characters could have been more fully fleshed out but I guess the author's key priority here has been keeping the action going. Luke Carlton is a likeable enough hero but he definitely needs to sort his private life out and not take domestic phone calls when on a mission. In a novel where everything else rang true that seemed like something of an operational non - starter but then again phones are useful devices for getting our characters both in and out of tight spots.

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Absolutley Fantastic

I have both of the Luke Carlton books and they are really, really good. A wonderful action packed story with the sideline of Luke and his girlfriend. The reader uses just the right tone and speed with a very good variety of voices. This is a book that will keep you listening until you have finished it.

If you enjoy action packed well written stories you will not be disappointed with this book

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Really disappointing

I’m a huge fan of Frank Gardner’s reportage and even more inspired by his ability to tell a story having seen him speak. But both this and his other Novel Crisis, are just dreadful. Badly written cliche, cringe-worthy dialogue, repetitive and boring in places, strangely embellished with naff flowery language, and very linear unexciting stories.

Both narrators are also dreadful and really don’t help.

Just so disappointed.