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The Ultimatum (The Guardian Book 1)

by Karen Robards

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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."--… (more)

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Bianca is skilled, creative, and has a moral code. Her ability to plan heightens suspense because situations change quickly in dangerous ways. Will she see every variable and make the right decisions? Her cool spy score is further enhanced by glamorous locales, cool gadgets, and ‘mission impossible’ type situations. On her side are likable characters I would enjoy seeing again. My favorite character was Doc. He’s a hacker, not a spy, but he bravely insists on helping Bianca. They create a sibling-like dynamic. (Doc reminds me of Benji from the Mission Impossible movies.) Another character with potential is ‘Mickey’- a handsome operator Bianca spars with in several intense incidents. I also liked characters from Bianca's security company in Savannah, GA. Opposing Bianca are sinister villains I wouldn’t want to face. Ultimatum offers a super spy heroine, spy fun, and suspense.

Ultimatum has some similarities to Mission Impossible. Ultimatum also reminds me of Orphan X by Greg Hurwitz. Both books feature protagonists trained from a young age to be spies. Both are forced to face their pasts and deadly enemies who would kill/control them. ( )
  Roxanne_Reading | Mar 10, 2019 |
Very enjoyable with several twists (tho not much romance) and super suspenseful cliffhanger ending. Bianca is a thief whose father is killed in their heist but no one believes he is dead. ( )
  afarrington | May 24, 2018 |
I won this ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway -- The Ultimatum (The Guardian #1) by Karen Robards (Goodreads Author) -- .... thriller with a hint of romance with a twist at the end to set us up for the next in this new series! (side note: I liked this author's unique writing style, however it may annoy some.) ( )
  tenamouse67 | Jan 6, 2018 |
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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. ( )
  treehousereader | Aug 8, 2017 |
Romantic suspense master Robards delivers an intrigue-laced, edge-of-your-seat thriller, but the HEA is delayed. Whelan keeps the adrenaline flowing from the prologue where a four-year-old's family is assassinated. The intensity rackets higher as the now adult “Bianca St. Ives”, trained as an elite thief capable of slipping in and out of numerous personas, attempts to escape a failed heist that leaves most of her team dead. Whelan uses the following interlude where Bianca sets up a legit security firm to display her vulnerability, protective instincts, and desire for close personal ties. However, to save an innocent child, Bianca dives back into danger. Whelan conveys the full range of confusing emotions as Bianca unravels her past and the truth about the man she has always called father. Her fleeting encounters with the equally chameleon-esque operative "Mickey" ring with humor and potent chemistry. The sequel can’t come quick enough!

The improved review was published in Booklist Online Sept 6, 2017 issue. ( )
  ktoonen | Jul 17, 2017 |
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