Nov 13, Dean Economy rated it it was ok. Good book to read if you want something that you can put down at any time. It seems that Jack Higgins used scenes from several of his older books and just rewrote them a little. If you like his characters you will enjoy this book. If you expect something original you will be disappointed.
Jul 19, George Hancock rated it really liked it. Good story, fast paced novel - international intrigue. Fourteen books into the Sean Dillon series, it's clear Jack Higgins got bored. Aside from some character names, weapons and drinks, they barely resemble the older books in the series. Staking out an airport, Sean Dillon captures a member of the Rashid family, but this particular Fourteen books into the Sean Dillon series, it's clear Jack Higgins got bored. Staking out an airport, Sean Dillon captures a member of the Rashid family, but this particular Rashid is actually an honest citizen.
He does, however, have a kidnapped daughter, and when Dillon and the rest of the Prime Minister's Private Army offer to help they get pulled into a bigger plot involving Russian spies, the IRA and an Al Qaeda connected terrorist known as the Hammer of God.
It's nowhere near as cool as it sounds. It's hard to know where to begin complaining. The plot is convoluted as hell, and it never comes together in any coherent way. And most of the villains are still around by the end. The Russians are all there; the head IRA guy is alive, though some of his henchmen were killed; the Broker is not only at large but not identified. Everything amounts to a game of tag, and it just becomes boring.
The characters are dull and inconsistent. And everyone commenting how astonishing she is gets old fast. Igor Levin is a part of the team now, despite being one of the people responsible for killing Hannah, which none of her "friends" seem to care about. There are also way too many characters, to the point where Dillon no longer feels like the lead; he's just another supporting character.
There were so many assassination attempts in this book it would've been the perfect opportunity to thin the herd at least a little; alas, no.
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At one point, Roper -- who is paralyzed -- stands up out of his wheelchair. A Rashid is killed by a group of Sunnis, which makes no sense because they're affiliated with Al Qaeda, which is a Sunni organization, making the Rashids Sunni as well. All of these things and more are why I say it feels like the book wasn't edited. Reading these last two Higgins books was a real bummer. I do so enjoy these Sean Dillon books from Jack Higgins.
They are always loads of fun to read and this was no exception. The Killing Ground continues the Rashid storyline which has been a story arc in a few of the Dillon books. This time it is a different member of the Rashid family, Caspar who lives with his with Molly and daughter Sara in London. Caspar is no longer Muslim and has been rejected by his Bedouin brothers in Hazar. However, as punishment, they kidnap his daughter for her to be betro I do so enjoy these Sean Dillon books from Jack Higgins.
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However, as punishment, they kidnap his daughter for her to be betrothed to Hussein Rashid who as a follow of Bin Laden has been given the name Hammer of God. Billy Salter and Dillon, go to Hazar and kidnap Sara back in payment for Caspar giving them more information about the Rashid organisation that is left. At the same time, the Russians have also decided that they have had enough of Ferguson, Dillon and Salter's interference in their affairs and have decided to take them out.
Again, the action travels from Baghdad, Hazar to Dublin, London and Sussex with the stories connecting to give you the final play out at the end. Higgin's later books, flow so well and are very easy to read, there is no nonsense with them and take you from one situation to the next so well. He manages to connect them so well with how people betraying other people so they find out the information they need.
This time I have knocked off one star, because I had one small gripe, which was the repeated use of a storyline that Higgin's has used before in another Dillon book. I don't want to go into too much detail as it might spoilt for those who have not read it yet. But it relates to the use of a disused tunnel to get into a compound without anyone knowing about it. I am sure that Higgin's used this not long ago and sometimes his lack of imagination for solving problems can let him down. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars because it was a really enjoyable read overall.
The days of vintage Jack Higgins are long gone, drowned in a sea of vinegar that is the Sean Dillon books. These identikit novels see Dillion and his increasingly large posse take on some criminal or other and win the day. I think I have read nearly all of them, but the similarity that they possess means that I can never be too sure if I have picked up a new book, or am just reading it again.
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Yes, it is another D The days of vintage Jack Higgins are long gone, drowned in a sea of vinegar that is the Sean Dillon books. Yes, it is another Dillon book, but the action is quick and the consequences nonsensical. Dillon is up against another of the Rashid family, in this case an aged Uncle, but also a young and deadly killer. When a young women is kidnapped form the UK and forced into living in Iraq, the undercover spy decides to go even more off the books and get her back without the knowledge of Brigadier Ferguson.
The plot feels very similar to others and even references previous set pieces, before copying them — a very odd way of writing.
However, there are a few very entertaining action sequences here that cannot be said of some of the other books in the series. A rescue from Iraq stands out as it leaves even Dillion feeling a little helpless. Perhaps it is the few years I have given between reading Higgins books, but this was not a bad effort. It is a quick read, daft and full of action. May 10, Warren Thoms rated it it was ok. Not a bad story but I found in this book and some of the others in the series that the ending is a total of 5 pages of the book. Some books will use that as an epilogue but when you still have what would normally be at least 20 pages or more of and ending crunched into 5 pages or so, it just feels like it could have been better.
Heck I'm not a writer but I could have written a better ending. Maybe the next one will be better. Other than that, if you have liked the series so far it is like that. May 11, John Boyda rated it it was ok. Sorry, but this one stunk! I like the Sean Dillon character, I like the writing, but the plot on this one was terrible. Unbelievable supporting characters and a plethora of coincidences, also unbelievable for both the good and the bad guys.
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Without happenstance, none of the action would have happened, none of the main characters would have been able to have their final duels. I can only hope the next is better. Oct 30, John rated it liked it. One murder after another. Plots to kill terrorists and government officials combined with a back story about a Bedouin family, an assassin, and a 13 year old girl abducted from her home to become a child bride. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason.
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