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Title:
The ultimatum
Author:
Robards, Karen, author.
ISBN:
9780778330707
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : MIRA, [2017]
Physical Description:
330 pages ; 25 cm
Series:
The Guardian series ; bk 1
Abstract:
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.

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Summary

"Enthralling... Readers won't want this adrenaline-rich story to end. "
--Booklist (starred review)

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.


Author Notes

Karen Robards was born in Louisville, Kentucky on August 24, 1954. She graduated from the University of Kentucky. Her first novel, Island Flame, was published in 1981, when she was 24 years old. Since then, she has written more than 40 contemporary and historical romances including To Love a Man, Sea Fire, One Summer, Irresistible, Whispers at Midnight, Guilty, Shameless, and Sleepwalker. She has received six Silver Pen Awards, two Waldenbooks Wally Awards, one Romantic Times award, a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been named to the Romantic Times Romance Writers Hall of Fame. She has written a number of series, including The Banning Sisters and Charlotte Stone. Her title's, The Last Kiss Goodbye and Hush made The New York Times best seller list.

(Bowker Author Biography) Karen Robards is the author of more than twenty novels, including the enduring romance classics To Love a Man and Dark of the Moon and the national bestsellers The Midnight Hour, Ghost Moon, and The Senator's Wife.

(Publisher Provided) Karen Robards is the author of over twenty novels. She began her career as a historical romance writer and is the author of long-time classics: To Love a Man and Dark of the Moon. Her hardcover contemporary suspense novels have appeared on national bestseller lists, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

(Publisher Provided)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

This series launch from bestseller Robards (Hush), about a female master thief with highly developed martial arts skills, scores points for energetic storytelling but is marred by an implausible plot, shallow characters, and uninspired dialogue. As a child, Bianca St. Ives, known as the Guardian, learned about martial arts, explosives, and deception instead of playing with toys. Now she has joined her father, Richard St. Ives, "tall and elegant, the ultimate silver fox," in recovering stolen money and secret government documents. The elite criminal and law enforcement entities know Richard only as the Traveler. When Richard is killed during a botched job, Bianca returns to running her own security company in Savannah, Ga. Email delivered to Richard's encrypted account later sends Bianca on an international recovery mission and a search to find out if her father really is dead. A far-fetched, game-changing character reveal near the finale is more laughable than stunning. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* The latest from thriller-master Robards is an enthralling high-stakes caper novel. Bianca St. Ives gorgeous, intelligent, talented, multilingual, and able to hold her own in any fight or social situation was trained by her father, the leader of a gang of elite swindlers and thieves, to be accomplished in all the skills she'll need to follow in his footsteps. When a heist in Bahrain at a prince's palace goes wrong, she makes a spectacular escape and retreats to her legitimate identity as a security expert, certain her father and his crew perished. She is also convinced that an e-mail arriving in her father's secret account and offering a job is a trap, but a video of her seven-year-old half sister being held captive is enough to convince her to say yes. With cinematic clarity, Robards immerses readers in the glamour, action, and danger facing Bianca as she once again encounters an exceptional man she met briefly when fleeing the palace. Readers won't want this adrenaline-rich story to end, and surely Bianca deserves a series. Nonstop excitement and a believable romance give this broad appeal. Buy extra copies.--Herald, Diana Tixier Copyright 2017 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Bianca St. Ives is a gifted and integral part of her father's international band of high-stakes thieves who specialize in conning con men and returning their ill-gotten gains to their victims. But when a job goes wrong and her father is killed, Bianca takes over the family business and subsequently becomes the target and pawn of the U.S. government, which doesn't believe Richard St. Ives is really dead. With her team and livelihood at risk, Bianca needs to dig up the truth about her father before the feds do. This series launch moves swiftly and keeps us engaged; Robards's visually evocative narrative allows the reader to "see" -Bianca during her escapades. VERDICT Readers who appreciate the thrillers of Iris Johansen, Tess Gerritsen, and Lisa Gardner will enjoy getting to know Bianca St. Ives. [See Prepub Alert, 12/12/16.]-Nicole A. Cooke, GSLIS, Univ. of -Illinois at Urbana-Champaign © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.