Rough Justice (Sean Dillon Series #15)

Rough Justice (Sean Dillon Series #15)

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by Jack Higgins
     
 

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"Dispatched by the President to report on the state of still troubled Kosovo, his trusted agent Blake Johnson runs into a military man there named Harry Miller, who has the same task from the British Prime Minister. They band together just in time to stop a Russian officer from torching a mosque - or rather, Miller stops him, with a bullet to the forehead." This… See more details below

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"Dispatched by the President to report on the state of still troubled Kosovo, his trusted agent Blake Johnson runs into a military man there named Harry Miller, who has the same task from the British Prime Minister. They band together just in time to stop a Russian officer from torching a mosque - or rather, Miller stops him, with a bullet to the forehead." This action will have considerable consequences, not only for Miller and Johnson and their associates, including Britain's Sean Dillon, but for a great many people, all the way to the top of the governments of the United States, Britain, and Russia. Death begets death, and revenge leads only to revenge, and before the chain reaction of events is done - from Kosovo to London to Beirut to Ireland to Moscow - there will be plenty of both.

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Publishers Weekly

Action, betrayal, murder and mayhem have long been the staples of Jack Higgins's international thrillers featuring ex-IRA enforcer turned British operative Sean Dillon, and this latest outing continues that tradition. However, Dillon falls into more of a supporting role in a story involving the current Russian regime's efforts to bring forth a new type of cold war. Most of the heavy lifting is performed by the seemingly mild-mannered MP Harry Miller, who, like Dillon, is in reality a British secret agent. Michael Page's narration keeps the action flowing, all the while balancing an international cast of heroes and rogues. Whether the characters are Russian politicos or Irish thugs, British elites or Islamic terrorists, Page provides each with their own particular voice. With a dry, straightforward delivery, he is equally adept in presenting the intricate, globe-trotting plot, driving the story forward and maintaining the taut suspense. Fans of this enduring series will not be disappointed. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, June 23). (Sept.)

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The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jack Higgins has produced some of the best suspense fiction of the past fifty years. The Killing Ground demonstrates why, serving up a fast-paced melodrama set in a shadowy and violent world where things—and people—are seldom what they seem.
Library Journal

Higgins, the principal pseudonym of British novelist Henry Patterson, presents his 15th Sean Dillon thriller, following The Killing Ground. A British agent shooting a Russian soldier trying to torch a Kosovo mosque sets in motion escalating retaliatory actions affecting the United States. Higgins fans may savor the action and adventure, but the stock characters and predictable dialog make this one of the author's lesser works. Actor/narrator Michael Page, who previously read two other titles in this series for Phoenix Audio-Dark Justice and Without Mercy-delivers another consistent, character-driven performance. Recommended only where Higgins has a large fan base. [The Putnam hc was recommended as "of interest in all public libraries," LJ7/08.-Ed.]
—Sandy Glover

Kirkus Reviews
Add a pinch of Putin to the pot, boil for 300-plus pages, serve Higgins Stew to a reliably hungry audience. The Russians, it seems, are in search of lost swagger. According to the best thinkers in U.S. and U.K. corridors of power, they want to replay the Cold War. "But not with nuclear submarines this time," U.S. President Jake Cazalet is warned. Instead, with gas and oil judiciously used for bribing and/or browbeating-as the case warrants-in aid of the Putin vision. What he seeks is restoration, the return of his country to its glory days when no one dared toy with the Russian bear. To thwart and block becomes the task of master spy Sean Dillon and his tiny team of trusty operatives, who will need all the help they can get. Fortunately, it's available. Almost the equal of Dillon in geopolitical cunning-and every bit his equal in death-dealing-is the team's newest recruit, Harry Miller, a sort of latter-day Scarlet Pimpernel. To most observers, Miller appears a staid, color-me-gray MP unaccountably married to the eminently desirable Olivia Hunt, that talented and gorgeous ornament of the British stage. That he's actually a stone killer is, however, known well indeed to a very nasty coterie on the Russian side, who, in retaliation for ravages to their ranks accomplished by Miller forays, arrange a lethal contract. It backfires. Someone dear to all concerned is murdered by mistake. Aroused, considering themselves under attack, Sean Dillon & Co. plan a retaliation in kind and, in the end, as so often before, slay their dozens in defense of the realm. Clearly, Higgins (The Killing Ground, 2008, etc.) has little interest in varying the recipe, and readers who've savored before will no doubtsavor again.
From the Publisher
"The master's master of spycraft storytelling."
- UPI

"Pure Higgins."
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Higgins makes the pages fly."
-NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

"When it comes to thriller writers, one name stands well above the crowd-Jack Higgins."
-ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399155130
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/19/2008
Series:
Sean Dillon Series, #15
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 - 14 Years

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From the Publisher
"The master's master of spycraft storytelling."
- UPI

"Pure Higgins."
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Higgins makes the pages fly."
-NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

"When it comes to thriller writers, one name stands well above the crowd-Jack Higgins."
-ASSOCIATED PRESS

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