The Killing Ground (Sean Dillon Series, Book 14)

The Killing Ground (Sean Dillon Series, Book 14)

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by Jack Higgins
     
 

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Jack Higgins, the undisputed master of action and suspense is back with a brand new adventure featuring the unstoppable Sean Dillon.For intelligence operative Sean Dillon, it is a routine passport check. But the events it will lead to will be as bloody as any he has ever known. The man he stops at Heathrow airport is Caspar Rashid, born and bred in England, but with…  See more details below

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Jack Higgins, the undisputed master of action and suspense is back with a brand new adventure featuring the unstoppable Sean Dillon.For intelligence operative Sean Dillon, it is a routine passport check. But the events it will lead to will be as bloody as any he has ever known. The man he stops at Heathrow airport is Caspar Rashid, born and bred in England, but with family ties to a Bedouin tribe fiercely wedded to the old ways, as Rashid has just found out to his pain. His thirteen-year-old daughter, Sara, has been kidnapped by Rashid's own father and taken to Iraq to be married to a man known as the ‘Hammer of God’, one of the Middle East's most feared terrorists.Dillon has had his own run-ins with the tribe, and when the distraught man begs him for help, he sees a chance to settle some old scores – but Dillon has no idea of the terrible chain of events he is about to unleash, nor of the implacable enemies he is about to gain.Before his journey is done, many men will die – and Dillon may be one of them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Higgins pits series hero ex-IRA enforcer Sean Dillon, now British Intelligence's go-to guy on antiterrorism, against terrorists Hussein Rashid, better known as the Hammer of God. The Hammer's plan is to enter England, kill Dillon's boss and kidnap a 13-year-old who has been promised to him as a future bride. This is a familiar but engrossing cat-and-mouse game involving a vast assortment of British, Irish, American, Russian and Muslim players on both sides of the board. Christopher Lang's crisp rendition aids tremendously in following Higgins's constant shifts from the Hammer's progress to Dillon's attempts to halt it. Lang also possesses a talent for accents. It's fun listening to him handle the group chats, with lightning shifts from lilting brogue to clipped old Etonian, guttural grunts to staccato Middle Eastern twang. One can't ask for any more than that. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 5, 2007). (Feb.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Can Sean Dillon & Co. blunt the Hammer of God and again save Western Civilization?When Caspar Rashid, a native of England with big-time Bedouin connections, is picked up in the passport line at Heathrow, no eyebrows or red flags are raised. Routine security measure, that's all, but as it happens Caspar's arrest is the opening move in a complex game of geopolitical chess. It's Dillon himself who puts the arm on Caspar. To his surprise, Dillon-whose place in the Clandestine Hall of Fame has long been reserved-discovers that Caspar is, in fact, eager to be arrested. He wants help, the down and dirty kind, the kind unhampered by niceties such as rules. If Casper can obtain what he needs, he's willing to swap certain sensitive information concerning al-Qaeda. Dillon & Co. rush to reassure him: "The only rules we have are not to have any." Turns out that Caspar's 13-year-old daughter has been kidnapped and spirited away to deepest Iraq-kidnapped by Caspar's cousin Hussein Rashid, the dreaded Hammer of God, a ferocious Muslim killer who sits at the right hand of Osama bin Laden, at the behest of Caspar's father, the rich and fanatical Abdul Rashid. Caspar wants her returned. And so an operation is mounted, Colts and Walthers bang away at targets endlessly available, body bags fill-can any other thrillmeister equal the Higgins corpse-per-page count?-and finally there's the obligatory O.K. Corral variation, during which, for the sake of us all, Dillon & Co. must nail the Hammer. Higgins' 37th (Bad Company, 2003, etc.): You get what you get.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007290536
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2008
Series:
Sean Dillon Series , #14
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
570
Sales rank:
60,208
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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