The Killing Ground (Sean Dillon Series #14)

The Killing Ground (Sean Dillon Series #14)

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by Jack Higgins
     
 

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Sean Dillon takes on a mission of mercy, in which he will be shown none.

Intelligence operative Sean Dillon stops Caspar Rashid at Heathrow Airport, and is pulled into danger. The man's daughter has been kidnapped by Rashid's own father and taken to Iraq to be married to one of the Middle East's most feared terrorists.

Rashid begs Dillon for

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Sean Dillon takes on a mission of mercy, in which he will be shown none.

Intelligence operative Sean Dillon stops Caspar Rashid at Heathrow Airport, and is pulled into danger. The man's daughter has been kidnapped by Rashid's own father and taken to Iraq to be married to one of the Middle East's most feared terrorists.

Rashid begs Dillon for help?but he has no idea of the terrible chain of events he is about to unleash, nor of the danger he is about to face.

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.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101207598
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/12/2008
Series:
Sean Dillon Series , #14
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
91,530
File size:
639 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jack Higgins lives on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

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The Killing Ground (Sean Dillon Series #14) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book and the previous two novels with Sean Dillon have begun a downward slide from the exciting and complex plots of the previous books. Only because Mr. Higgins has become one of my favourite writers have I read the novels vainly hoping he would regain his form. These last three Sean books appear to have been written to a schedule and the plots within have not been sufficiently developed. Also the action is truncated and less involving. I used to read the books cover to cover in a very brief time. Unfortunately I now read when time allows rather than making the time to finish. Bring back the old Mr. Higgins. Note I have read most if not all of the other non Sean books also, and they were also excellent, so I have a lot of Higgins work to base my critique on. Please bring back the old Mr. Higgins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Killing Ground' is a corker from the reigning master of the thriller Jack Higgins. It's replete with villains of all stripes and sizes, such as, turned-out-to-pasture IRA enforcers bemoaning their fates with bottles of Bushmills whisky in hand, Russian Mafia mobsters working both sides of the fence, and crack-shot Iraqi terrorists, as well as the requisite good guys, of course. The shrewd General Ferguson and computer-savvy Major Roper are on hand. And so are the not-so-good guys ex-IRA hit man Sean Dillon and his young cohort Bily Salter, who are aligned on the side of law and order nowadays. All told, 'The Killing Ground' is a zesty broth of blood-soaked suspense and derring-do with a shockingly high body count in the espionage arena, where everything is never black and white but, in this case, grey and bloodred.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author so I did not know it was a series. It is very hard to follow who is who in the book the author seems to jump from one person to the next without a real plan. The ending is very dull kind of like the author just decided to end the book. Worth reading but dont buy it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Billy Salter is now part of Major Ferguson¿s Secret Intelligence Service and like Sean Dillon, killing is just another tool in his arsenal. Sean and Billy are working passport patrol when they notice Mr. Casper Rashid and his wife Mollie entering the country after traveling to several known terrorist-sponsored countries. They are detained and brought in for interrogation. Rashid tells them that his thirteen year old daughter Sara has been kidnapped taken to Baghdad by her paternal grandfather where she will marry the Hammer Of God, well known and respected by al Qaeda and Osama. If the British agents will help him get back his daughter, he will give them all the considerable information he knows on the Army of God and other terrorist organizations. The deal is struck but Sara¿s grandfather gets word that they are coming to rescue her. He hands his grandchild over to her betrothed who takes Sara to her uncle¿s estate in Hazar. It takes a lot of work and subterfuge but the British agents rescue Sara. Their troubles are not over because Russian President Putin using an intermediary puts out a hit on Ferguson and his crew while the Islamic terrorists do the same. Much blood will be shed, including some on the right side before things are temporarily settled. --- Jack Higgins is the master of the espionage and political thriller, changing enemies as the times change. Sean and Billy are cold blooded killers who know what they are as they fight against the enemies of England. Their efforts prove they are not thugs but very intelligent loyal men who do what they are told by their superiors with no questions asked. The author shows his skill as he makes the reader believe the terrorists and the Russians are in bed together although with the Chechnya revolt that seems unlikely. --- Harriet Klausner
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Henry_A More than 1 year ago
Jack Higgins does it again. With The Killing Ground, Higgins uses main character Sean Dillon to save the world from terrorists and win the war of international espionage. Not quite as exciting as some of his other books, and Dillon doesn't always play a leading role, but entertaining nonetheless. Sara is one of the best characters ever made.
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ebny1 More than 1 year ago
If you loved book one you will like book 14..... Jack Higgins created a great character in Sean Dillon... He never lets you down. But don't worry if you haven't read any of the other books in the series, start here YOU WILL go back and read the others. I started years ago on book 3 and was hooked could not get enough. All the characters in this series are remarkable.............
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bigdad1 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book and typically Higgins writting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was about the best Sean Dilllon book and really enjoyed it.