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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Glass Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781423390947
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November 2032, Joe Benton has just been elected the 48th president of the United States. Only days after winning, Benton learns from his predecessor that previous estimates regarding the effect of global warming on rising sea levels have been grossly underestimated. With the world frighteningly close to catastrophe, Benton must save the United States from environmental devastation. He resumes secret bilateral negotiations with the Chinese—the world’s worst polluter—and as the two superpowers lock horns, the ensuing battle of wits becomes a race against time. With tension escalating on almost every page and building to an astonishing climax, Matthew Glass’s visionary and deeply unsettling thriller steers us into the dark heart of political intrigue and a future that is all too believable.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristobal | 1/30/2014

    " Very good and forward thinking. I'm sure Palin would suffer a brain cramp if she tried reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Therese | 1/30/2014

    " Scary and all-too-believable scenario for the future, but pretty pedestrian writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/16/2014

    " Excellent thriller based on a premise of global warming destroying the low lying lands around the world. The need for international cooperation to end carbon based emissions is highlighted by the struggle between the world's two-largest manufacturers and the failure of the Kyoto accords over the years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miklos | 1/14/2014

    " An engaging political thriller for political junkies and self-righteous green types. Very hard to put down. However, the book falls flat to exploit its idea with the most potential: to present the world 20 years from now. Everything is linear, there is no paradigm shift from today's world: there is a G9 (with India), China has the biggest economy and is still planning to occupy Taiwan, Beijing is a 13-hour flight from DC, the makeup of the security council is unchanged. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meghana | 1/10/2014

    " Ultimatum reads like an extended episode of the West Wing. It's a political thriller involving a showdown between China and the U.S. over reductions in carbon emissions. Very intense and scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graeme Stokes | 6/10/2013

    " The first novel by Matthew Glass whom we are lead to believe is an Australian doctor now living in England. He has written an American politically aware thought provoking environmental astute read set in the not too distant future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tiina | 6/9/2012

    " Bo-ring. Tried to read this but it was so full of politics blah-blah that I could not. From what I could see when skimming the middle parts, the book stayed politics blah-blah until way down the line. Perhaps it turned thrilling. Did not stay to find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dj | 3/4/2012

    " a good political read of the potential crisis' a near-future president may face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Steen | 3/1/2012

    " This is a good read, with a very plausible future global warming - political - US/China showdown story. Characters are somewhat superficial, but that's the point of a fast-moving thriller, right? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/30/2012

    " A topical plot with characters that were a bit too predictable. Overall the story runs a bit long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/22/2011

    " This will keep you turning the pages to see what it going to happen next. All to believable, well maybe a bit of a stretch at the end, but certainoly necessary reading for anyone who thinnks the UN or other peace negotiations ever stand a chance of success. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 8/21/2011

    " Really 2.5 stars. I couldn't really call this a "political thriller" because nothing much happened besides a lot of talktalktalk and some things blowing up far away from the story's locale. The redeeming factor for me was the way the author made me believe in the future he had created. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " 2032, new president, recalitrant Chinese, bad climate. Mayhem ensues with bad consequences for all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graeme | 1/19/2011

    " The first novel by Matthew Glass whom we are lead to believe is an Australian doctor now living in England. He has written an American politically aware thought provoking environmental astute read set in the not too distant future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/24/2010

    " The book was great. Very compelling and hard to put down. The characters are paper thin but the story is fascinating. It is a book which will not be relevant 10 years from now but is spot on with our current affairs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 9/14/2010

    " This will keep you turning the pages to see what it going to happen next. All to believable, well maybe a bit of a stretch at the end, but certainoly necessary reading for anyone who thinnks the UN or other peace negotiations ever stand a chance of success. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristobal | 3/25/2010

    " Very good and forward thinking. I'm sure Palin would suffer a brain cramp if she tried reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 3/22/2010

    " This is a good read, with a very plausible future global warming - political - US/China showdown story. Characters are somewhat superficial, but that's the point of a fast-moving thriller, right? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/19/2009

    " A topical plot with characters that were a bit too predictable. Overall the story runs a bit long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 George | 11/5/2009

    " This book caught my eye and got a favorable review from the Economist. It kept my attention, but went from marginally interesting to completely awful by the end. I won't spoil the ending, but it is bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/2/2009

    " SPOILER ALERT: apparently solving climate change (in 30 years or so) will require thermonuclear war between China and U.S. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bc | 10/11/2009

    " Wow!
    check it out. It's awesome in its foreshadowing "

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About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.