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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5 out of 5 stars
By Gavingks on 14-03-16

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

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3 out of 5 stars
By J Hitch on 02-04-16

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.

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