The Killing Ground (Sean Dillon Series #14)

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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 he's just found out to his pain.

Rashid's thirteen-year-old daughter, Sara, has been kidnapped by his own father and taken to Iraq to be ...

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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 he's just found out to his pain.

Rashid's thirteen-year-old daughter, Sara, has been kidnapped by his 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 that tribe, and when the distraught man begs Dillon for help, he sees a chance to settle some old scores — but he 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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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: 9781469234519
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Sean Dillon Series , #14
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    Hard to follow....

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    Setting an ominous trend

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    'The Killing Ground' Delivers

    '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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    master of the espionage and political thriller

    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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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Higgins does it again

    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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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Book 14 in the series

    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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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Typical Higgins

    Excellent book and typically Higgins writting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    Loved the book

    I thought the book was about the best Sean Dilllon book and really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    Who wrote this one?

    This book has a completely different feel from the other Dillon books. And did Jack Higgins actually forget what Billy and Harry Salter's relationship was? In every other book Harry is Billy's uncle, but now he becomes his father. No character development, just jumps from one killing to another. Don't buy, borrow it from the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    one of the sorriest books i've read

    this is by far a botton of the pot book. it is struggling for a plot and rambles on and on about nothing. do not spend your money on this one ----it is a waste if you do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

    One more great Jack Higgins Novel

    I have only read half of the book as of now, however you may already mark it down as one of the best, if not the best in the Sean Dillion series.This is one great read, as are all of Mr.Higgins, books this is just a cut above the rest in the Sean Dillion era. One great book is all you can realy say, except 'Thanks' Mr.Higgins for all your great writeing through the years.

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