#1 bestselling author Simon Kernick will leave you breathless with his sheer storytelling power in this race-against-time thriller about a terrorist threat in London.
An explosion blasts through a cafe in Central London. Minutes later, a call from an unknown terror group warns that a far greater attack will be launched in twelve hours’ time.
William Garrett, nicknamed “Fox,” is awaiting trial for mass murder. He claims he can name the bombers—but only at a price.
It’s a terrifying race against time for Detective Inspector Mike Bolt and Deputy Commissioner Tina Boyd as they chase their targets across the city in a desperate bid to prevent a major atrocity before it’s too late…
As shocking revelations are unveiled, you’ll be racing to the last page as fast as the characters in Ultimatum. As #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben says, “Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on tight!”
In this sharp-edged thriller, two of British author Kernick's characters, Det. Constable Tina Boyd (The Last 10 Seconds) and incarcerated terrorist Fox (Siege), collide after a bomb explodes in a bustling London cafe. A group calling itself the Islamic Command claims responsibility, threatening more mayhem unless the government cedes to its demands. The action takes place in a single day, with time stamps marking the beginning of each chapter (the debt to 24 is acknowledged with a wry nod). The characters are often hastily sketched, but the author's strength lies in his immersive sense of place, noting all that is rotten in his homeland. Almost everyone is more than a little bit racist, from law enforcement officers to the terrorists themselves. Filled with references to such real-life events as the 7/7 bombings, phone-hacking, and the parliamentary expenses scandal, the novel depicts a country awash in discontent and beset by an atmosphere of insidious and institutionalized racial hatred.
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This novel shows Kernick at the top of his form. He's got really evil bad guys. For me his most interesting good guy is the policewoman Tina Boyd. She always gets in trouble which makes it very exciting, interesting and entertaining for the reader. It also speaks to the tendency in England as well as in America for a judicial system that protects the bad guys at the expense of the good guys and at the expense of the protectors, the police.