Jack Higgins lives on Jersey in the Channel Islands.
YA-When Henry Baker leaves his home on St. John to deep-sea dive in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean, he has no idea that this is not going to be a routine day. Pushed by a sense of adventure and an extremely calm sea, he goes to an area usually too dangerous for diving. In the waters of Thunder Point, Henry discovers a German U-boat, the captain's diary, and a watertight briefcase that belonged to Martin Bormann. Forty-seven years after the fall of Nazi Germany, the discovery of documents detailing the politican's escape rocks the British Parliment. This damaging information cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. Unlikely alliances are formed and the race to retrieve the briefcase is underway. Thunder Point is an action-packed, easy read. The intrique of the plot and excitement of the chase will appeal to YAs.-Grace Baun, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
In this thrilling tale that combines World War II espionage with contemporary politics, Higgins proposes that Nazi lieutenant Martin Bormann escaped Allied forces in 1945 and made his way in a U-boat to South America, along with a notebook listing U.S. and British Nazi sympathizers. One of the names in the notebook happens to be the Duke of Windsor. In 1992, a diver in the Caribbean finds the wreck of the vessel, and word gets back to the British authorities that the notebook is still onboard. Irish terrorist Sean Dillon is recruited to retrieve the item, but he's not the only one interested: a notorious drug dealer with Parliamentary connections is also in on the hunt. The involving story unfolds rapidly across two continents as the rivals race to secure the momentous prize. Helped immeasurably by Dillon's fascinating character and a stylish performance by Roger Moore, the tension builds to an enthralling climax. Highly recommended.-- Jay Rozgonyi, Fairfield Univ. Lib., Ct.