A Devil Is Waiting (Sean Dillon Series #19)

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“Jack Higgins has written some of the best suspense fiction of the past fifty years,” wrote the San Diego Union-Tribune, and The Strand Magazine agreed: “With fresh plots, interesting characters and vibrant settings, Jack Higgins has firmly cemented his reputation as one of the world’s most successful thriller writers.”
And in his new novel, a devil is indeed waiting. . . .

The President is coming to London, but not to an entirely warm welcome. A fanatical mullah is offering a ...

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Overview

“Jack Higgins has written some of the best suspense fiction of the past fifty years,” wrote the San Diego Union-Tribune, and The Strand Magazine agreed: “With fresh plots, interesting characters and vibrant settings, Jack Higgins has firmly cemented his reputation as one of the world’s most successful thriller writers.”
And in his new novel, a devil is indeed waiting. . . .

The President is coming to London, but not to an entirely warm welcome. A fanatical mullah is offering a blessing to anyone who will assassinate the President, and though most London Muslims think the mullah has crossed the line, a few think otherwise.

Urgently, Sean Dillon, General Charles Ferguson, and the rest of the small band known as the “Prime Minister’s private army” are called in, augmented by an extra-ordinary new recruit, an intelligence captain and Afghan war hero named Sara Gideon. She has her own contacts and ways of working, but the more she explores the threat, the more she discovers herself in a very dark place indeed.

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Former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon has little time for private thoughts as he races to nullify the possibility that the US president will be assassinated on a visit to London. Fortunately, the gorgeous Captain Sara Gideon is on hand to help him stabilize the troubled world. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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Capt. Sara Gideon, “a brilliant linguist” just home from a rough tour in Afghanistan, joins the can-do ranks of Great Britain’s anti-terrorism squad, the so-called “Prime Minister’s private army,” in bestseller Higgins’s rousing if predictable 19th thriller featuring former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon (after 2010’s The Judas Gate). Dillon and his team get on the trail of a Muslim terrorist, Ali Selim, who’s offering a blessing to anyone who assassinates leaders of the Western world, including the U.S. president, who’s soon due to arrive in London. Violence flares as the search extends from London to Pakistan and into the Persian Gulf, where the bad guys kidnap Gideon, heir to a banking fortune, and hold her for ransom. Higgins fans will appreciate the well-choreographed action sequences, but those seeking a nuanced view of the politics of terrorism or characters with real depth will have to look elsewhere. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
Even the veteran novelist doesn't seem thrilled with this one. Times of global unease provide plenty of fictional fodder for both fans and authors of international thrillers. While the latest from the bestselling Higgins (The Judas Gate, 2011, etc.) encompasses car bombing and assassination attempts, conspiracies involving members of the IRA and the Taliban and an irresistibly gorgeous heroine who happens to be both a millionaire and an accomplished killer, it suffers from a curious lack of narrative momentum, stilted dialogue and implausibility even within the fictional world it inhabits. Britain is the primary setting for the British author who has more than 60 novels under his belt, though the action propels the narrative from New York to Afghanistan, as a team of British, American, French and Muslim confederates attempt to foil a plot that may involve the assassination of the president. Or revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden. Or something. The central characters within the "Prime Minister's private army" remain Sean Dillon and Daniel Holley, under the command of General Charles Ferguson. Fans of the series will remember that both Dillon and Holley were both previously involved with the IRA, and that the latter once almost killed the former, but by now they've become close friends and comrades, their devotion to the British Empire unquestioned. Providing a romantic twist is the ravishing, redheaded Sara Gideon, a Jewish war hero and undercover intelligence officer enlisted by Ferguson's team. Everyone assumes that Holley will try to seduce her, though she spends much of the novel trying to seduce him. As has become his unfortunate tendency, Higgins attempts to advance the plot through dialogue that one can't imagine anyone actually saying--e.g., "As you two well know, several dissident groups, all IRA in one way or another, have raised their ugly heads once again." And "International terrorism is the scourge of our times, Mr. President, powered by fanatics who insist on extreme views. It's like a cancer that needs to be cut out to stop it spreading." The world survives, but will boy get girl? Or girl get boy?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469269429
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Series: Sean Dillon Series , #19
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 889,706
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Since The Eagle Has Landed—one of the biggest-selling thrillers of all time—every novel Jack Higgins has written has become an international bestseller. He has had simultaneous number-one bestsellers in hardcover and paperback, and many of his books have been made into successful movies, including The Eagle Has Landed, To Catch a King, On Dangerous Ground, Eye of the Storm, and Thunder Point. He has degrees in sociology, social psychology, and economics from the University of London, and a doctorate in media from Leeds Metropolitan University. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an expert scuba diver and marksman, Higgins lives in Jersey on the Channel Islands.
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  • Posted February 8, 2012

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    Devil in the Details

    The review process is very important to me, and I value it when folks take the time to write their true opinions of a book, along with their reasons for that opinion. I like the Jack Higgins novels. They are written in a very casual style that will not win votes in the literary circles, but they are entertaining. One seems to leave off and the next begins almost seamlessly. The characters feel like I know them after so many novels. Usually there is some suspense as a matter of global importance is at hand, and the guys..and now Sara... fearlessly step in to solve the problem, at least for the time being. So my true opinion is that there are better writers to be found, but Higgins has created a cast of likable characters in interesting situations. When there are only ten pages left and a big battle is underway, it's hard not to know how it ends, but then, I kind of knew before I started the book.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Where is Sean?

    Great read
    Not enough Sean though..

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    highly recommended

    typical jack higgins work,good suspense,good action

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    One of the few action series that's stayed consistently good ove

    One of the few action series that's stayed consistently good over the years. Exciting and entertaining.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Loved it Lived it

    The best jack higgins novel i have read in a few years. Why all the negativity regarding this book.? It kept me on the edge of my seat.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Just the kind of violance I like

    Has all ghe stuff to make a great read...mayham, violance, and a love story while chasing the evil axis of the world

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Cool

    Dont know what to say

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