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. Read more...
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 "
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-07-07
- Reviewer: Staff
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. Agent: Amanda Preston, LBA Literary Agency (U.K.). (Sept.)