Ultimatum, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A threat has been made. An ultimatum delivered. Innocent people are in mortal danger. The gripping new bestseller from the master of the race-against-time thriller.

THE THREAT 8am: an explosion blasts through a cafe in Central London.

THE ULTIMATUM Minutes later, a call from an unknown terror group warns that a far greater attack will be launched in 12 hours' time.

THE PRISONER William Garrett, AKA Fox, is awaiting trial for mass murder.

He claims he can name the bombers. But only at a price. THE CLOCK IS TICKING It's a terrifying race against time for DI Mike Bolt and DC Tina Boyd as they chase their targets across the city in a desperate bid to stop a major atrocity - before it's too late ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780099579069



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Kernick's breakneck pace and sheer readability has one turning the pages so fast that one often doesn't notice the deficiencies that have crept into his writing - his characters are two dimensional and irritating, and he sacrifices depth to plot, credibility to pace. This is not the same writer who made such an impact with his first book The Business of Dying, in which we met the complex and troubled but wonderfully human Dennis Milne. Ultimatum continues from where the previous book, Siege, left off: it is by no means a sequel and can be read as a stand-alone, although it references the terrorist attack on a London hotel in which 70 died and Detective Tina Boyd got into trouble for killing a man to protect the innocent. Tina had been demoted but is still a loose cannon, stuffing up more often then we would prefer: when an IED explodes at a crowded restaurant, Tina lets the bomber get away but salvation comes in the form of The Fox, the terrorist who led the hotel siege. He wants to see her, alleging he can cast light on the current attack. His [rice for information is to be released from prison or at least moved, and her sentence lightened. A new character is Jones, an undercover operative who has infiltrated a suspected terror ring and proved himself by killing: in addition to Albanian thugs, Jones also comes up against right wing military types who ;loathe the direction their country has taken, and are determined to provoke such an outcry against immigrants and Muslims, the Britain changes her policy.The best way to achieve this is by creating a terror attack of such magnitude it will be impossible to ignore, and blaming it on Islamic fundamentalists. While Jones pursues this lead. Boyd is reunited with her former boss Detective Inspector Mike Bolt, and tasked with getting information from the Fox.It all comes together in a very satisfying way but, as is often the case with Kernick, there are large lose ends which might form the basis of a sequel, making this a trilogy, or will be references in subsequent novels before eventually being tackled - as was the case with the child sex ring in [previous books.

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