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Key title THE NEW BESTSELLER FROM THE THE ORGINAL THRILL-SEEKER - JACK HIGGINS. Jack Higgins is one of the most instantly recognisable names in thriller writing around the world -- after more than three decades at the top Recent novels such as A FINE NIGHT FOR DYING , BAD COMPANY and TOLL FOR THE BRAVE have seen a significant resurgence in his sales. All have been instant bestsellers in both the UK and the USA. Higgins' previous novel, DARK JUSTICE sold over 25,000 copies in hard cover, and spent over a month in the bestseller lists. Dark Justice was also a New York Times bestseller Competition: Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler
Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. 'The Eagle Has Landed' turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films.
Higgins picks up where his last novel (Dark Justice) featuring top-level British intelligence officer Gen. Charles Ferguson and his right-hand agent, former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon, left off, three weeks after a shootout killed Russian billionaire Josef Belov and his agents Yuri Ashimov and Maj. Greta Novikova. But hold on, not all of the above are really dead, and those left alive have sworn to destroy the general and his band of spies, who are also grieving for their colleague Supt. Hannah Bernstein, another casualty of the confrontation. President Vladimir Putin makes several appearances to give orders to various minions and Russian super-agent, Igor Levin. Their mission is to secure the now-deceased Belov's vast oil interests for the Russian government. With few double-crosses, deceptions or surprises of any sort, Higgins's plotting is not very inventive, and the final shootout, when it limps onstage, takes two short pages. The whole mise-en-scene feels dated, with little in the way of modern-day tradecraft or technology. Ferguson's admiration for his Russian enemies and bonhomie for Levin in particular seems plain silly: "Damn his eyes, I like the bastard. Who knows what the future holds?" Not much for Higgins's fans, if we're to judge from his latest example. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'Open a Jack Higgins novel and you'll encounter a master craftsman at the peak of his powers ! first-rate tales of intrigue, suspense and full-on action.' Sunday Express 'Higgins is a master of his craft.' Daily Telegraph 'A thriller writer in a class of his own.' Financial Times 'The master craftsman of good, clean adventure.' Daily Mail
In this sequel to Dark Justice, Charles Ferguson, Sean Dillon, and Billy Salter are back in the pub trying to figure out what the Russians and the IRA are doing, who exactly is responsible for the murder of Hannah Bernstein, and what steps they should take. Overheard by a Russian operative in the next booth, the Englishmen lose their edge, and the usual bloodbath follows. Darkly amusing is the continual denigration of the IRA by the Russians who hire them to do their dirty work and then complain that the Irish are so untidy. By the end of the novel, there are many bodies, yet a few English and Russians are left to connive another day. Talented reader Michael Page infuses emotion and suspense into the story by speeding his pace and altering his pitch so that the listener is drawn into the tale. His range of accents also helps to delineate the various characters. Given Higgins's popularity, most libraries will want to add this recording.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.