The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI Series #6)

The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI Series #6)

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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 the head of a private space agency who has the power to end the world as we know it.

It’s Bastille Day in France, and the private French space agency Galactus—France’s answer to Space X, owned by the eccentric treasure hunter Jean-Pierre Broussard—has just sent a satellite payload into orbit. Billed as a “communications” satellite, it harbors a frightening reality: a nuclear electromagnetic pulse has been hidden aboard.

In days, when the satellite is in position, Galactus’s head and Broussard’s second in command, Dr. Neveah Patil, will have the power to lay waste to the world with her EMP, and create her own immortality with the Holy Grail—the stones of the heavens and the very treasure Broussard has spent his life searching for.

The countdown has begun, and Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine will go down to the wire to stop this heinous attack. With their signature “nonstop action with enough realism to keep you thinking and scare the daylights out of you at the same time” (Suspense Magazine), Coulter and Ellison have created a thriller to take you on a breakneck and breathtaking journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511371728
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: A Brit in the FBI Series , #6
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 166,453
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Catherine Coulter is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighty-three novels, including the FBI Thriller series and The Brit in the FBI international thriller series, co-written with J.T. Ellison. Coulter lives in Sausalito, California. You can reach her at or visit

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series "A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.

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The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI Series #6) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Love the strong partnership between the heroes.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Excellent read. I coudn't put it down. But sure would like to kmow what becomes of the Stone after the end.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer 8 months ago
The Last Second, by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison, is the sixth book in the A Brit in the FBI series. Each one seems to be more action-packed than the last. This one involves an astronaut, Dr. Nevaeh Patel, whose tether breaks loose during a spacewalk. Afterwards, she is diagnosed with PTSD, and her sanity is questioned. When NASA’s psychiatrist grounds her, she is determined not only to return to space, but also to get revenge. FBI special agents and members of the bureau’s Covert Eyes Team, Michaela (Mike) Caine and Nicholas Drummond are still in England, with plans to go to Rome. Mike is recovering from a hairline fracture of her ankle when they find themselves drawn into near disaster. There is a search for the Heaven Stone, also known as the Holy Grail which Nevaeh believes will make her immortal. She will stop at nothing to get her hands on that stone. Mike and Nicholas are called upon to rescue the crew of a yacht that has been attacked, and immediately become involved in literally saving the world from Nevaeh’s insane evil plans. The Last Second is a fast-paced thriller with a little comedy and just a hint of romance thrown in. I couldn’t put it down. What Makes This Reviewer Grumpy? • Using “loaning” in place of “lending”; • Using “further” in place of “farther” – they are not interchangeable; • A lot of split infinitives; • Using “bring” in place of “take”; • Misplacement of the word “only” within sentences; • Consistently beginning sentences with the conjunctions “and” and “but”.
Anonymous 9 months ago
love this auyhor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taken a promising FBI mystery series and moved it to the hard to believe Sci Fi book section.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just what I've come to expect from this series. A can't put down wild ride with characters I love. Until the next time....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best!!! Great read !!!
TropicalDelusions More than 1 year ago
The Last Second – Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison Nicholas Drummond & Michaela Caine are back, as they become embroiled in a case that may result in the Earths destruction… Astronaut Nevaeh Patel, formerly of NASA, is now the CEO and President of Galactus, a private company that has excelled in flawless launches into space. Grounded by NASA after experts disbelieved her story of extraterrestrial contact while on the International Space Station, Nevaeh has one goal – to either return to space, or to provide an opportunity for the Numen, a highly intelligent species that saved her from drifting off into space on a spacewalk, to descend to Earth. Is she truly in touch with other life? Or suffering from a psychiatric break?? It’s launch day at The Guiana Space Center, and the Galactus 5 rocket is on the pad and in its countdown. Unbeknownst to anyone, the payload, a satellite, has been loaded with plutonium, and Nevaeh has altered its trajectory. When the satellite doesn’t respond to ground control, it is presumed lost, due to a faulty system. Meanwhile, Galactus owner Jean-Pierre Broussard is out on his yacht, the Griffon, in the Strait of Sumatra, where he has discovered the remains of the Flor de la Mer, a ship that sunk in these very waters over 500 years ago and was rumored to be carrying the Holy Grail. As the object of his search is brought to the deck and revealed, a traitor is drugging the evening meal, and the item is very quickly stolen, before a ballistic missile is fired that strikes the ship and her sleeping crew. Amongst the crew is Grant Thornton, friend of Nicholas & Mike, now missing and presumed dead with the disappearance of the Griffon from radar. As Nicholas & Mike search desperately for the Griffon and their friend, the clock is ticking on Nevaeh’s plan to detonate a nuclear bomb in space. But can they put the pieces of the puzzle together in time?? A heart-pounding new thriller from the ‘Brit in the FBI’ series. This one will keep you up well into the night!! Great read!! I was fortunate to receive an advance reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an objective review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Bev_Ash More than 1 year ago
As usual this was a good read from authors Coulter and Ellison. I think 'A Brit in the FBI' is one of the better series available today. The plot was very well written and there were some times that the action and suspense made my heart race. The characters were brought to life so that you could see them in your mind's eye. Even though I didn't like the villains I still had a vision of what they looked like and who they were. I received this ebook from NetGalley for an honest review.
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PDTMK More than 1 year ago
I have read every Catherine Coulter book, but this one is AWFUL. do not waste your money on it. It is so hard to understand, so hard to place the characters, just don't know where they are in the universe. DUMB!!!!!!!!! PDTMK
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Review by Heather Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog The Last Second by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is a science-fiction thriller. Nicholas Drummond and Michaela (Mike) Caine are back (introduced in The Sixth Day) and trying to save the world from a nuclear EMP. Dr. Neveah Patel is a brilliant woman and the biggest mistake NASA ever made was to ground her. She actually accomplished the goal of space travel, to communicate with an interstellar species, the Numen, and NASA doesn’t want to hear about it or for anyone else to either. Dr. Patel is then forced to show NASA and the world how wrong they have been and to make the Earth silent. Silent, so we can all hear the Numen for ourselves. Nike and Mike are in a breathless race against time to stop the deployment of the EMP and capture Dr. Patel before she wreaks such havoc on Earth that we might never recover from. The regular characters (Michaela and Nick and Grant and Kitsune Thornton) are likable and we are definitely rooting for them to succeed, but Dr. Neveah Patel is probably my favorite character. Is she mentally ill? And, if so, was she before she went to space or did something happen on her space walk? If she’s not mentally ill, is she evil? Part of me, really wanted her to be right, but as the book progresses she becomes harder and harder to identify with. As with some science-fiction, a certain suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy this book. The idea that someone could launch such a catastrophic device (nuclear EMP) into space even via a private space company is ridiculous, but once you get past that the story is fast-paced and engaging. I highly recommend The Last Second, it will definitely keep the pages turning until the end.
Suzanne Costner More than 1 year ago
Even when the members of the Covert Eyes group are on vacation, they can't seem to avoid trouble. Nicholas and Mike are supposed to be enjoying some time off and the beautiful Mediterranean area - but they hear about a downed yacht and spring into action. It is understandable that they would rush to the assistance of the yacht when one of their friends was known to be on board. But things are not as simple as a sinking ship, and would readers really expect anything so uncomplicated from these agents? As usual in the cases that the team takes on, there are multiple lines to follow and complicated plots to unravel. This time there are ancient shipwrecks, legends of the Holy Grail, satellite launches, stolen nuclear material, an EMP bomb, telescopes, the International Space Station, and aliens. So ... just an average day for the Covert Eyes. The search for answers has Adam hacking into networks best left unnamed, while Nicholas and Mike travel from Italy to Malaysia, Lyon, and Sri Lanka. Along the way there are shootouts, crashes, ambushes, and even an encounter with Al Qaeda and the CIA. Between Nicholas and his skills on the computer and Mike's weapons and hand-to-hand proficiency, they make a great field team even when the rest of their group is halfway around the globe. The continuous countdown shown at the beginning of each chapter heading increases the tension as readers wonder if it truly will take until the last second to find those responsible and stop them. This series continues to deliver fast-paced action, humor to break the tension, intricate plots, and the sizzling attraction between the team's leaders. The relationship highlights the mutual respect for their abilities and the story line takes advantage of their faith in each other as well as their desire to keep each other safe. Highly recommended for fans of suspense thrillers.
JReppy More than 1 year ago
I have a conflicted opinion about this series. I like the Covert Eyes characters and their allies. The main characters in this novel were well-developed and interesting. I particularly liked Kiera and Poppy. The plot was interesting and well-crafted. While the basic plotlines were not unique -- search for the Holy Grail, communication with aliens, and terrorist attack using a nuclear weapon (in this case, an EMP set off in low orbit), I am confident there has never been another book that combined all three together. The authors did a good job of weaving these disparate plots together into a coherent overarching plot. The story goes back and forth in time, revealing more of the backstory of Nevaeh Patel, former astronaut and now CEO of Galactus Space Enterprises, and how her plan radically to alter the world has developed. While US and British intelligence figure prominently in the series, I like that intelligence or military services in other countries are utilized as well. However, as I said in a review of an earlier book in the series, the action scenes are way over the top, which detracts somewhat from the overall quality of the book. Yet, it is still a good read and a good addition to the series. I received an e-galley via NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before diving into my review of The Last Second, I want to share some facts about the co-authors of the series A Brit in the FBI. Catherine Coulter has written over 85 novels, including 78 New York Times bestsellers. She initially began writing historical romances, and later added suspense thrillers. J.T. Ellison has written over 20 books and is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with thrillers published in 27 countries and 15 languages. No one can deny the fact that Coulter and Ellison have made their marks in the literary world and have proven themselves to be preeminent word crafters and storytellers. Having made it clear on their genius writing talents and accomplishments, and in all fairness to Coulter and Ellison having not read the first five books in their series A Brit in the FBI, I was at a disadvantage by starting with book 6 of 6, The Last Second. Coulter and Ellison’s natural, picturesque, and stylistic manner of writing The Last Second was strikingly written. The technological and factual aspects interspersed throughout The Last Second e.g, Guiana Space Center (CGS), nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) extravehicular activity (EVA) meaning spacewalk, the jet pack used in space and commonly known as a simplified aid for EVA, which is a smaller version of the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) aspects of uses, et cetera are believable. However, the whirlwind of aliens, the Holy Grail, the continuous action of and interaction with landslides, typhoons, et cetera, as well as the other innumerable events that took place around the globe in four days, left me with believing the length of the The Last Second was incredulous. There were too many things happening, too much traversing the world to realistically reach a resolution in four days; this would never be possible, fiction or not. I also discerned some disjointedness when joining two parallel plots of the story. Plot one begins with space, a psychotic (perhaps) scientific astronaut, and aliens, and parallels another plot of Broussard at sea in an impetuous quest to find the Holy Grail. And I felt a disconnect from the characters, but this is on me as I had not read the five previous books in the series which put me at a disadvantage of the backstories of the characters, particularly characters from the earlier books in the series who appeared in The Last Second. This made it difficult to connect the characters to one another. But again, this is due to my not reading the first five books of the series. What stood out to me as exceptionally well done was the writing, the suspense and unknown coupled with the unexpected twists that I never saw coming, and the humorous back and forth wordplay between Nick and Mike. I recommend this book because the authors are sensational. However, I believe I would have benefited from reading the first five books of the series before starting with The Last Second. In recommending this book, I suggest the readers begin with book 1 of 6 and work your way to The Last Second. I wish I had started with book 1 of the series; by not doing so I felt as if I was reading an Indiana Jones meets Star Wars story. Thank you, Simon & Schuster, Catherine Culture, J.T. Ellison, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review The Last Second. D.B. Moone
AvidReaderOfAllBooks More than 1 year ago
I am ambivalent about this book. Part of the problem with the book is the fact that I read it after I read a book that was very intense from the very beginning. Since this one wasn’t, it took me a while to get into it. I don’t believe that The Last Second is different in any significant way from the other Brit in the FBI books or Catherine’s other FBI books. Once the story changed from the back story of Dr. Patel to Mike and Nick it was much better. The part I liked was the way Mike and Nick work together. No matter what happened to them, they were there for each other. I gave it four stars.
MauCarden6 More than 1 year ago
Why not go for broke? In Catherine Coulter and J.T.Ellison’s The Last Second 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 The Sixth Day 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 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 day is pretty 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 their 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.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Last Second by Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison is a recommended thriller, highly for the right reader, and 6th in the Brit in the FBI Series. Dr. Nevaeh Patel is an astronaut who left NASA after she returned from a mission on the International Space Station with claims that aliens, who she calls the Numen, saved her life.She was declared unfit to return to space and she resigned. Currently she is working for Galactus, a French company which launches satellites into space. The owner of Galactus, Jean-Pierre Broussard, is on a treasure hunt in his yacht for the Holy Grail. Nevaeh has nefarious plans into place. She has placed a nuclear bomb on the current satellite sent into space and plans to detonate it, causing an EMP. Then she believes the Numen will come and she will rule the world with them. If she can take the Holy Grail from Jean-Pierre Broussard, then she believes the Grail will give her immortality. FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are on vacation when they learn that their friend Grant, a body guard for Broussard, is in trouble and they leap into action to help him. They also learn about the plan to cause an EMP which they need to stop. This is an action-packed thriller, but it also expects you to swallow a whole load of disbelief and improbabilities for the bulk of the action to take place. I had a difficult time with this. I imagine fans of the series who have read the other books in it will accept any scenario to get to the action and the subsequent denouement. There is just a few days to stop crazy people doing believable things while a hurricane is coming, and maybe aliens. Now, the quality of the writing is very good, which helps the acceptance of some of the absurdities. The main characters aren't quit as well developed as a new reader would hope, but this is also the sixth book in the series. New readers might want to start with earlier books for a greater understanding of the background of these characters. The new characters are basically well developed. This is an exciting book I like thrillers and can accept quite a lot of speculation in the action, but this novel went just a bit too far afield. If I find myself shaking my head and talking back to the novel, it is not a good sign. Fans of the series will likely jump right in and ignore any questionable occurrences. Start with the earlier books, if possible, for a better reading experience. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Gallery Books.