Ultimatum – Simon Kernick
Where were you when the terrorists struck London, back in 2005?
I can remember where I was.
I was sitting on a train in Stratford, on my way to an interview for a job working as a financial journalist.
When the terrorists struck all the trains to Liverpool Street were suddenly cancelled, so I made my way back to Norwich and it was only when I got back I actually saw the horror of what happened that day.
One of the bombs went off at Aldgate, which was the station I was due to get off at, to go for my interview at Moneywise. With their office on Mansell Street, and my interview scheduled for 11am that day, I was suited and booted and going to ride the tube over and do my interview.
If my interview was at 9am, I reckon I’d have been pretty close to being blown up….
I try and not think about it, just how close I came to death that day. So when I read “Ultimatum”, I felt connected to the terror unleashed by people out to destroy.
The story is about a terrorist cell intent on wreaking havoc on London.
A bomb goes off in a coffee shop at 8am. A group called “The Islamic Command” call the authorities and claim responsibility, stating that another bomb will go off in two hours if prisoners aren’t released.
The 10am bomb goes off in a tower block, slaughtering the police.
“Another bomb will go off at 8pm tonight…”
And so our heroine Tina Boyd is on a race against time to stop the bombers and find out just who is behind it.
“Ultimatum” is fantastic. It is a gory break-neck thriller full of shifty characters, nasty bastards, criminals, guns and geopolitics.
It’s about one woman’s quest to infiltrate a terrorist cell and save the city she loves and innocent people who are just trying to live their lives.
This is a book for anyone who has lived in London, worked in London, or been on the underground and thought “hmmm, that guy looks a bit dodgy”.
I really did enjoy it, and can’t wait for the sequel (let’s just say one of the bad guys got away…..)
The Book Boy Rating – 4/5
p.s – I was staying with my girlfriend Amy, who lived in Clapham when Jean Charles de Menezes was shot on 22 July at Stockwell station. Clapham North was the next station!
Christ, that really was a crazy summer.
Nevertheless I got the job at Moneywise and ended up living in a shared house in Balham…. with a Foxtons estate agent, a buyer for Superdrug and a banker for Santander. Happy days (not).
But that’s a story for another day.