The Ultimatum (The Guardian Book 1) by Karen Robards

Posted May 30, 2018 by desoosthuizen in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Ultimatum (The Guardian Book 1) by Karen RobardsThe Ultimatum by Karen Robards
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Series: The Guardian (Robards) #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on 13 June 2017
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Thief. Manipulator. Con artist. Call it what you will - Bianca St. Ives is the best in the business.

Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls' hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master.

She's known as the Guardian. Running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole - and she's damn good at it. She does things on her own terms. But her latest gig had a little hiccup - if you count two hundred million dollars and top secret government documents going missing as little. Her father also died on the mission. The thing is, the US government doesn't believe he's really dead. They'll stop at nothing to capture Richard St. Ives, a high-value target and someone who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world for over two decades, and they mean to use Bianca as bait. With only a fellow criminal for backup and her life on the line, it's up to Bianca to uncover the terrifying truth behind what really happened...and set it right, before it's too late.

©2017 Karen Robards (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Wow, just wow!! This is my first ever Karen Robards book and it will not be the last, I have already preordered the next book in the Guardian Series.

Bianca St. Ives runs a successful security firm publicly, privately, she is part of her father’s team of thieves. Her father is one of the best he is impossible to be caught or killed until one of their operations involving two hundred million dollars in a secret safe beneath the palace of an Arabic prince, Bianca discovers the money is gone.  They have been played, from there, anything that can go wrong goes wrong, the palace guard catches up with her before she can make an escape. However when she does make her escape she is just in time to witness her father blow up in the getaway vehicle.  The US Government doesn’t believe her father is really dead so they con her into doing another job for them in the hopes that she will lead them to her father or that he will appear.

Bianca!  I absolutely loved this character, she has been trained from a young age how to disguise herself, fight, break into anything, charm people, to get out quickly and she is smart.  To her this is the way of life with rules in place for a reason, as the story unfolds, she learns a lot of new truths that she has to deal with.

I couldn’t stop listening to this book, it was action packed and kept me wanting for more. This book was the perfect blend of Oceans Eleven and Mission Impossible, with a female lead.  Karen Robards did an amazing job with this book, I am looking forward to reading other books by her. I found that the book might have been a little too detailed but at the same time, I love that she hasn’t left you wondering how that just happened. The book ends with a cliffhanger but it did not leave me with unanswered questions. If this book wasn’t a part of a series I would have been happy with the ending. The only question I have is what’s next for Bianca?

The narration of this book has been brilliantly done by Julia Whelan, switching between characters you could clearly hear a distinction. I could listen to her voice all day she conveyed urgency and suspense you could feel the emotion that has been described in this story. I don’t really have the words to describe Julia Whelan’s narration it was THAT good. Even with all the extra detail in this book that would normally annoy me Julia made me keep listening. I really hope that Julia gets to narrate the rest of the books in this series.

The production of this audiobook was excellent.

I would recommend this book to anybody that enjoys this genre, young or old and especially females.

About Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl). Her debut novel is forthcoming.

After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

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