By James Patterson
The 1st e-book IN JAMES PATTERSON'S number one BESTSELLING MICHAEL BENNETT SERIES!
During a kingdom funeral for a liked former First girl in manhattan City's greatest cathedral, the unthinkable happens. Armed males disguised as priests grab the church and seal themselves within, in addition to multiple hundred of the main strong humans in the US. The captives contain global leaders, actors, television stars, athletes, and politicians, and the abductors are armed with sufficient C4 explosives to blow a crater in the course of big apple.
NYPD officer Michael Bennett is pulled into the standoff as lead negotiator. regardless of the escalating chance, Michael faces a good extra terrifying problem at domestic. His spouse has been clinically determined with a devastating sickness, and Michael faces the chance of wasting the affection of his existence and having to elevate their ten teenagers on my own. along with his personal existence teetering and the lives of hundreds of thousands unexpectedly his accountability, Michael struggles to diffuse the annoying scenario quickly. but the abductors' strikes are most unlikely to foretell, and so they block each try to holiday into the cathedralmost as though they're aware of their deliberations.
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Charlie Conlan was once grinning extensively. Rooney faked checking his watch. “Talk a couple of lengthy frickin’ Mass,” he acknowledged. there have been extra laughs. “You be aware of what i actually hate? ” Rooney stated, stalking from side to side now in entrance of the altar. “Don’t you simply hate it for those who visit a friend’s funeral and also you get abducted? ” Rooney chuckled besides the cackles, maximizing the pause for impression. He used to be rolling lovely stable now. He might suppose all of it via his apprehensive procedure. “I suggest, there you're, all dressed up, a bit unhappy concerning the individual gone—but a bit chuffed that it’s now not you, then wham! Wouldn’t you recognize it? The priests on the altar whip out sawed-off shotguns and grenades. ” nearly everyone used to be giggling now. Even the various hijackers within the again have been cracking up. The laughter rolled like a wave off the stone partitions. Rooney all started doing a Gregorian chant after which imitated whipping out a gun. He made a terrified face and ran and concealed at the back of the altar. “Here, take my diamond rings so i will jet,” he acknowledged, imitating Mercedes Freer to a tee. Then he rolled round at the marble ground, conserving his face and whining like a harm Chihuahua. whilst he glanced on the crowd, he may possibly see smiles in all places. at the very least his regimen used to be enjoyable every body a bit. in the back of the chapel, he noticed Little John doubled over, conserving his aspects. preserve giggling, asshole, Rooney idea, getting up off his knees. I received 1000000 of ’em. Wait’ll you listen the only concerning the kidnapper getting the electrical chair. bankruptcy forty FROM THE again of the chapel, former rock-and-roller Charlie Conlan pretended to snicker at John Rooney’s shtick as he studied the hijackers one after the other. there have been six of the jackals alongside the rear rail of the chapel. the massive one, Little John, used to be there, however the chief, Jack, besides one other 5 - 6 others, looked to be away in other places within the church. because the remainder of the hostages persisted to snicker at Rooney, Conlan did his top to keep in mind a few of his military education. He counted the grenades at the kidnappers’ chests, eyed the weapons they carried, the batons, the bulge on the waist in their gowns the place bulletproof vests looked as if it would finish. He slid a number of ft to the left in his pew, not anything too seen, not anything to attract any realization. “Todd,” he whispered. “What’s up? ” the hot York Giants soccer superstar murmured close to his ear. “Is Brown with us? ” the true property magnate used to be a tremendous guy, in his fifties, who appeared to be in beautiful good condition. “He’s psyched,” the athlete acknowledged. “He talked to Rubenstein. Rubenstein’s going to aim to get the mayor on board. ” Conlan was once pleased the quarterback was once with them. Out of them all, the six-four, two-hundred-thirty-pound athlete had the simplest shot at bodily overpowering one of many hijackers. “That’s progress,” Conlan acknowledged to Snow out of the nook of his mouth. “With Rooney, that makes at the very least 5 folks. The extra, the higher our possibilities. ” “What’s our flow? ” the quarterback requested. “This is among me and also you for now. you know the way they frisked us? Took away our cellphones and wallets?