The Last Second

The Last Second

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against a private French space agency that has the power to end the world as we know it.Galactus, France’s answer to SpaceX, has just launched a communications satellite into orbit, but the payload actually harbors...

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  • Monnie

    I've read two of this "Brit in the FBI" series and absolutely loved them both, so when I got the chance to wade into this one as an advance review copy, I was ecstatic. And guess what? The story is a bit more "out there" than the others, but it's yet another 5-star winner in my book.

    The very likable characters, in particular special agents Nicholas Drummond and his sweetie, Michaela "Mike" Caine, are back. The two are staying with friends and other regular characters Grant and Kitsune Thornton,

    I've read two of this "Brit in the FBI" series and absolutely loved them both, so when I got the chance to wade into this one as an advance review copy, I was ecstatic. And guess what? The story is a bit more "out there" than the others, but it's yet another 5-star winner in my book.

    The very likable characters, in particular special agents Nicholas Drummond and his sweetie, Michaela "Mike" Caine, are back. The two are staying with friends and other regular characters Grant and Kitsune Thornton, while Mike nurses a nearly healed broken ankle that happened during a previous adventure. Mike and Nicholas head the FBI Covert Eyes Team, while Grant runs a private security company that's been hired to protect Jean-Pierre Broussard, the founder of Galactus Industries.

    In the prologue, readers learn that astronaut Dr. Nevaeh Patel was drummed out of the space program after a near-death experience during a spacewalking event, after which she claimed to have heard extraterrestrial voices called the Numen. No one believed her and most think she's gone bonkers - and thus unfit for another outer space mission. Insisting she's not crazy, Nevaeh quits the program, later hooking up with Broussard. He wants someone to take over that company while he searches the seas for the "Holy Grail" - a rock believed to have healing powers.

    But Nevaeh has much more on her mind than running a company that puts small satellites in space at an affordable cost. Those voices never stopped calling, you see, and they're getting louder by the day - urging her to undertake a project that will disrupt the entire world and give them, and Nevaeh, total control. Once Mike and Nicholas learn what's going on, they have other ideas - but can they find a way to stop what she's about to make happen, even if it's at the last second?

    A good bit of the almost nonstop action takes place at sea, with scenes reminiscent (to me, at least) of Clive Cussler's NUMA Files books. As the two intersecting plots on land and water begin to seriously converge, all the characters get involved in ultra-dangerous situations that call for super-human feats, and the ending is worthy of an Ian Fleming 007 novel. My verdict? Thank goodness for one of the most boring Super Bowl games ever (and I haven't missed a single one since the 1967 inaugural game) that allowed me to finish the final third of the book nonstop. And speaking of thanks, I'll send some to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review it.

  • Barbara ★

    Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison are a winning combination. These books are fantastic! This one is another thrill-ride where Mike and Nicholas are running around the world trying to stop a crazy person from setting of a nuke and destroying the world as we know it. Totally fun but with it's fair share of danger and excitement. I can't wait for the next installment.

  • Sheila Beaumont

    Wow, what a wildly entertaining thrill ride this sixth entry in Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison's "Brit in the FBI" series is! The same likable characters are back, and this time there's even a bit of fantasy and science fiction, involving an ex-astronaut who is convinced that she is in contact with space aliens who will help her become immortal and rule the world; a Frenchman, owner of the space-satellite company Galactus, who is searching for the Holy Grail; and a satellite containing a nuc

    Wow, what a wildly entertaining thrill ride this sixth entry in Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison's "Brit in the FBI" series is! The same likable characters are back, and this time there's even a bit of fantasy and science fiction, involving an ex-astronaut who is convinced that she is in contact with space aliens who will help her become immortal and rule the world; a Frenchman, owner of the space-satellite company Galactus, who is searching for the Holy Grail; and a satellite containing a nuclear-triggered electromagnetic pulse that could bring anarchy and chaos to the world. It's up to FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela "Mike" Caine and their allies to avert this disaster, in one of the most suspenseful finales I've read in a while.

  • Jill McGill

    Now that was a solid high-tech thriller/science fiction novel that kept me glued to my seat! This book is full of action, suspense, mystery, thrills, and even some laughter. I feel like I need a vacation after reading this one. THE LAST SECOND by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is the 6th book in the "A Brit in the FBI Thriller" series, but you can definitely read this as a stand-alone.

    Do you believe in Aliens? Well, Dr. Nevaeh Patel does, and she is convinced that the aliens saved her life

    Now that was a solid high-tech thriller/science fiction novel that kept me glued to my seat! This book is full of action, suspense, mystery, thrills, and even some laughter. I feel like I need a vacation after reading this one. THE LAST SECOND by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is the 6th book in the "A Brit in the FBI Thriller" series, but you can definitely read this as a stand-alone.

    Do you believe in Aliens? Well, Dr. Nevaeh Patel does, and she is convinced that the aliens saved her life after a spacewalk outside the International Space Station almost turned deadly. Now she believes that once she is reunited with the aliens again she will be able to change the world's destiny and become immortal. Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela (Mike) Caine have to stop Dr. Patel from wreaking havoc on Earth. But will they make it in time to stop her and save Earth?

    Coulter and Ellison have created a non-stop action thriller that will keep you in suspense until the very end. I will definitely be reading more from these two authors very soon! Highly Recommend

    *Many thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sahitya

    More of a 3.5 but I don't wanna round off to 4.

    Brit in the FBI series has been a fun, thrilling reading experience with slightly out there plots but quite enjoyable with some suspension of disbelief. This book is no different and I can wholeheartedly say that I had a lot of fun, much better actually than the previous installment

    .

    This series is another one which always makes it a point to use some advance technological concepts as plot points and in this book, we get a nuclear EMP

    More of a 3.5 but I don't wanna round off to 4.

    Brit in the FBI series has been a fun, thrilling reading experience with slightly out there plots but quite enjoyable with some suspension of disbelief. This book is no different and I can wholeheartedly say that I had a lot of fun, much better actually than the previous installment

    .

    This series is another one which always makes it a point to use some advance technological concepts as plot points and in this book, we get a nuclear EMP that has been secretly deployed on a satellite and sent to space. While the whole of a nuclear bomb being secretly sent to space without anyone’s knowledge seems preposterous, an EMP is a very believable and plausible idea and it’s repercussions are devastating. I loved how the author duo was able to make me believe in the antagonist’s capability to go to such great lengths to destroy the world and still feel that she’s doing it for the betterment of the world. There are also some very very far fetched ideas like aliens and the Holy Grail, which were completely unrealistic but I still enjoyed reading about them as part of this story. The book is very fast paced – taking place in just about four days – so the story is always moving from one country to another (which is what I completely eat up in my adventure novels). The action also starts quite early on and never stops, with some breathtaking sequences on helicopters, in the middle of a typhoon, landslides etc and I was thrilled to bits.

    I definitely enjoyed the characters more in this book. Mike and Nick’s banter is very hilarious and enjoyable and I think I have finally come to love them. Mike is such an adrenaline junkie that not even the end of the world can scare her and I admire her skills. The best part is that while Nick is the go-to hacker of the team, Mike is the one everyone relies on when the situation calls for some hand to hand combat skills. Even during the crisis time towards the end, their banter never ceases and I was particularly thrilled by how the ending played out. It was also great to see Grant and Kitsune again but I wish they could have been a longer part of the story.

    Overall, if you have read the other books in the series, then you will definitely love this one. If you don’t mind reading a slightly unrealistic but very thrilling globe-trotting action novel, then you should give this book a try. The end of the world might be on the horizon, but you’ll still be smiling most of the way.

  • Michelle

    Initial thoughts:

    Full review:

    NASA astronaut, Neveah Patel, has been grounded. While on a mission in space she had a near death experience when she became untethered from the International Space Station. During those harrowing moments she believes she was saved by an exo-planetary species - The NUMEN. However, when NASA reviewed the shuttle transmissions after the incident there was no evidence of anyone else, human or otherwise, besides Neveah a

    Initial thoughts:

    Full review:

    NASA astronaut, Neveah Patel, has been grounded. While on a mission in space she had a near death experience when she became untethered from the International Space Station. During those harrowing moments she believes she was saved by an exo-planetary species - The NUMEN. However, when NASA reviewed the shuttle transmissions after the incident there was no evidence of anyone else, human or otherwise, besides Neveah and her team. NASA's belief is that she suffered a delusional event brought about by this traumatic event. Neveah feels that the head NASA psychiatrist has it in for her. She believes the determination is unjust and led by jealously rather than science.

    She embarks on an endeavor to reunite with the Numen and bring peace to the world. But as time goes by Neveah becomes more delirious, more fraught, and more bitter as she feels slighted and betrayed by NASA. Quickly, she becomes bent on revenge. Her new aim - destroy the International Space Station and be granted immortality by the Numen. In order to achieve this goal she has to rid Earth from the "noise" created by our cellular devices and satellites. Her grand plan is to send a nuclear bomb up into space to set off an electromagnetic pulse that would effectively shut down the world's electrical grid. With the potential to bring about a world war Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine do not have much time to recover the Holy Grail, capture Neveah and her psychopathic killing machine of a lover, defuse a nuclear bomb and save the world. As you can guess

    takes place in break neck speed and is action packed.

    I just had a bit of a time with this book and I am not sure why. This is my second Coulter book. I really liked the first one,

    , a lot which is why I requested this one. I think it is because I was in the middle of a reading slump. I've gone over a whole week without completing

    book. Usually I read a book a day or two. So I am going to blame this one on me and my slump. For now this book will suffer a three star rating, but I will definitely return and read more from Catherine Coulter.

  • Carolyn

    Thanks to NetGalley and Simon&Schuster for this ARC in return for an honest review. The book mixes elements of a high-tech thriller, science fiction, and a legendary artifact fantasy. I thought the scientific/technological aspects of the story very well explained by the authors, which made it quite easy to follow. As a non-stop action thriller, the plot moved quickly but left little time to build up a feeling of suspense and tension on my part.

    I had never read any of the previous books in

    Thanks to NetGalley and Simon&Schuster for this ARC in return for an honest review. The book mixes elements of a high-tech thriller, science fiction, and a legendary artifact fantasy. I thought the scientific/technological aspects of the story very well explained by the authors, which made it quite easy to follow. As a non-stop action thriller, the plot moved quickly but left little time to build up a feeling of suspense and tension on my part.

    I had never read any of the previous books in this series, but we get some of the backgrounds, professional assignments and relationships of the main characters. I didn’t feel much connection with the characters which will probably improve when I read some of the preceding books. Less emphasis was placed on their personality than on their existence merely as action figures (in my mind). It was confusing that some characters were referred to by their first names and then later by their last names only, sometimes on the same page.

    We meet a crazy scientist/former astronaut, Nevaeh, who has the power to destroy civilization as we know it. She controls an orbiting nuclear device containing an EMP which has the potential to wipe out all electrical transmissions and also destroy the space station and wrack destruction on areas in the weapon’s path. If this is not a sufficient threat, if the blast heads eastward towards Russia and China WW3 could ensue. She believes that while she was on a spacewalk she was saved by alien creatures. As a result of the discussion of her encounter she was grounded as an astronaut and now works at the private space station owned by Jean- Pierre Broussard, where she has completed her diabolical scheme. Her motivation is her conviction that the space aliens are demanding that she must silence the earth and outer space so she can join with them and rule a changed and peaceful world.

    Recurring characters in this series are FBI Special Agents, Nicholas Drummond and Michaela(Mike) Caine who work for Covert Operations Branch. Their friend, Grant Thornton, works at a private security company. They encounter sea disasters, helicopter crashes, mudslides, and severe battle wounds during the course of the story. I found it implausible that our dauntless heroes showed superhuman ability to sustain severe injuries and still keep on going in this breathtaking adventure.

    Grant is to provide security for Jean-Pierre Broussard, a billionaire who runs Galactus Industries with the goal of providing cheaper space travel. His main passion is searching for ancient treasures. His goal is recovering for the legendary ‘Holy Grail’. This artifact is in the form of a black rock, and one of its attributes is conveying immortality to a worthy person. It was lost centuries ago when a ship carrying it sank. Once the ‘Holy Grail’ is recovered, Nevaeh plans to steal it because she thinks the alien creatures are immortal and she aims to have eternal life alongside them.

    Trying to stop the detonation of the orbiting device, Nicholas, Mike, Jean-Pierre, the CIA, agents from various countries all converge on Nevaeh’s secret control post hidden in Sri Lanka. The clock is ticking down while Nicholas and Mike rush to stop the impending doomsday scenario. The action is fierce and non-stop, and I think that many readers and fans of this series will be thrilled by this book.

  • Maureen Carden

    Why not go for broke? In Catherine Coulter and J.T.Ellison’s

    The Holy Grail aka Heaven’s Stone, aliens, and a errant satellite armed with a small nuclear bomb are the threads that make up this heart thumping new outing for FBI agents Michaela (Mike) Caine and Nicholas Drummond. The nuclear device is designed to emit an EMP-electromagnetic pulse designed to take out most of the earth’s electrical grid and as a side effect maybe cause a full out nuclear war.

    Too bad this was all ba

    Why not go for broke? In Catherine Coulter and J.T.Ellison’s

    The Holy Grail aka Heaven’s Stone, aliens, and a errant satellite armed with a small nuclear bomb are the threads that make up this heart thumping new outing for FBI agents Michaela (Mike) Caine and Nicholas Drummond. The nuclear device is designed to emit an EMP-electromagnetic pulse designed to take out most of the earth’s electrical grid and as a side effect maybe cause a full out nuclear war.

    Too bad this was all based on the fake news articles about certain astronauts passing lie detector tests concerning their seeing aliens. Note the term lie detector-not polygraph; important difference. I say too bad because in Coulter and Ellison’s last book in the Brit in the FBI series

    I was delighted with all of the cool scientific and arcane information presented.

    To catch up new readers and as a reminder to faithful readers-and yes I’m one-here is a quickie summary. In six months of book time Nicholas Drummond has gone from a Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard to being an FBI agent. He has made it through the academy (which actually lasts four months), partnered up with FBI agent Mike Caine, fallen in love with her, and saved the Queen, the Prime Minister, and the U.S. President. And I think the world a few times. He has been knighted and Mike has been made a Dame. The Knighthood might be a bit superfluous because eventually Drummond will become a Viscount. BTW, this is a rank of the Peerage, seldom of Royalty. But I apologize if Drummond is actually related to the Queen. In other words, they are typical FBI agents. Sorry, couldn’t resist as I am contractor who works part time with their training.

    As always the story is at breakneck speed with a short timeline. Coulter and Ellison’s are as slyly convincing about the first alien encounters as they are for the recovery of the Holy Grail from the ocean floor. The also do a great job in documenting the former astronaut’s journey from off the chart genius to evil genius.

    The settings from a cliffside villa in Capri to the jungles of Malaysia are breathtaking. No surprise there.

    The information about EMPs seems to be accurate and well presented. EMP weapons are possible and may exist. But then again lightening strikes are a form of EMP's.

    Drummond totally treats Mike as an equal and never pulls the man card on her. Especially in highly dangerous situations. Without giving anything away, how she saves the world is funny.

    I have a slight problem with the super bad girls being lesbians; I hope it’s not an editorial cliche/judgement making them the villains. Although no doubt there will be readers who are offended they even included a lesbian couple. I also have a problem with a secondary character sleeping with one of the baddies, kinda makes him a man-ho. I have another problem with Mike and Nicholas's superlative healing powers. But this just goes with their almost super human adventures.

    If you are looking for a fun, action packed story, this will do very well.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Lynn Horton

    I'm obviously in the minority here, and I've enjoyed the other books in this series. But the dialogue is so contrived and flat, and the premise so unbelievable, that I returned the book at the 50-percent mark. I just didn't want to invest any more time in it with so many other books out there to read.

    Very disappointing.

  • Tim

    Space, terrorists, holy grail, murders. That's lots to tie together and not too well in this less than appetizing goulash story. 4 of 10 stars

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