A Season in Hell

A Season in Hell

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by Jack Higgins
     
 

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In Paris, a Cambridge University student is murdered. When his body arrives in England it will be stuffed with pure heroin....On a training field used by Britain's elite Special Air Service, a young sergeant hones his killing skills to a fever pitch....In New York's finest restaurant, a beautiful woman shakes hands with the Vice President. Tomorrow, she will enter

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In Paris, a Cambridge University student is murdered. When his body arrives in England it will be stuffed with pure heroin....On a training field used by Britain's elite Special Air Service, a young sergeant hones his killing skills to a fever pitch....In New York's finest restaurant, a beautiful woman shakes hands with the Vice President. Tomorrow, she will enter a world of murder, terrorism, and treachery. From London to Sicily and Northern Ireland, Wall Street lawyer Sarah Talbot and brutal ex-Special Services man Sean Egan are heading into the heart of Europe's most violent underworld -- for one sweet moment of revenge and...

A Season in Hell

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sean Egan is Irish, well-educated and cynical, trained by the British as a commando who can shoot bad guys between the eyes without blinking. Sarah Talbot is a powerful Wall Street lawyer and a wealthy socialite. This unlikely duo join forces to avenge the killings of Sean's adoptive sister and Sarah's son, both murdered by a ghoulish heroin smuggling ring. They travel throughout Europe, uncovering clues just before each source is murdered before their eyes, followed by the drug ring's cool assassin, Jago. Though it's not unusual to find a political adventure novel lacking in original dialogue or emotional depth, it is surprising to see the plot fall quickly into such predictable contrivances. If Sean straps on an ankle holster at a certain point in the narrative, for example, he will certainly be frisked just a few pages later. The novel has no romance, no sex, and too few twists. The most interesting character, Jago, never lives up to his early promise as the cold-blooded killer with a chilling respect and fondness for Sarah. Higgins builds suspense only to let it dissipate at the last moment, and the ending, though a surprise, is arbitrary and unrewarding. The novel should, nevertheless, eventually find a comfortable niche in the paperback racks. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“Jack Higgins is the master.” —Tom Clancy

“A corking good tale.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

“Higgins is a real pro.” —The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671686741
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
08/01/1989

Meet the Author

Jack Higgins is the New York Times–bestselling author of more than sixty thrillers that have sold over 250 million copies worldwide, including The Eagle Has Landed and The Wolf at the Door. Before beginning his writing career, Higgins served in the British Army along the East German border. He lives in the Channel Islands.


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A Season in Hell 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sean Egan and Sara Talbot make an unusual pair. She's a rich, pampered and sheltered Wall Street powerhouse who just happens to have connections in the White House and on Downing Street. He is a former British Special Air Service sergeant who was honorably discharged for medical injuries; he's a real hard bitten, tough, military type who can kill with no remorse. His uncle just happens to be one of the most respected and infamous villians in London. This fact is very important.However he has now gone legit and is making millions, of which Sean is the sole heir. Sara's husband was a colonel in the British Army, and had a son by a previous marriage, named Eric whom Sara loved as her own son. It is his death that sends herlooking for revenge. Egan knows about revenge and tries to dissuade her from proceding with this business. (his parents were killed by the IRA, which lead him to join the SAS, eventhough he's Irish and a Catholic) Failing to talk her out of it, he goes on to join her in her quest. there is no actual romance between them at all, but it may be inferred from their dialogues that both care very deeply for one another. To twist the story even more, Higgins throws in a mafia connection to the boy's death. The mysterious 'Mr. Smith' and his twisted yet strangely gentleman like accomplice 'Jago,' are connected to both a Protestant extremist group in Northern Ireland and the Sicilian mafia. In the end, the story has taken so many twists that if you haven't been paying attention, you might not understand the outcome. Jago even forms some sort of attachment to Sara and saves her life several times, even though Smith has sent him to kill her. It turns out that Eric's death is one of a series like it, and that it is related to a drug smuggling operation tied to Protestant terrorists in Ireland. The Irish are protected by a former magistrate and knighted soldier called Sir Leeland Barry who heads the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Egan and the woman, as well as their activities, come to the attention of British Intelligence, who order them to quit while they are ahead, knowing full well that they won't, but instead will lead them to the terrorists as well as to the elusive Mr. Smith. A thoroughly exciting book. Higgins at his best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast paced mystery adventure well worth your time
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Boring - don;t bother
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CMaislsee35 More than 1 year ago
A Season in Hell is about a mother who is devastated by the death of her stepson. When she discovers her son was murdered, she is determined to get revenge. That is, with the help of Sean Egan. I really liked A Season in Hell it was not predictable like a lot of other mysteries I read, and it was captivating. This adult novel will be enjoyed by adults as well as teens. Jack Higgins has written many successful books such as The Eagle Has Landed and Night of the Fox. A Season in Hell is about a woman, Sarah Talbot, who wants revenge on the murderer of her stepson, with the help of a former SAS sergeant, Sean Egan. They travel around Europe, hack computers, and are put in danger many times, but Sarah will not quit until she has her revenge. A Season in Hell was very good, the book wasn't complicated and it wasn't predictable either. The plot was well thought out, with unexpected twists and a surprising ending. I enjoyed the style as well, but my only complaint would be that the ending makes me feel there should be another book. This book was thrilling, because you couldn't guess what was going to happen. People you could never expect to die would, and then decisions other people made were also quite surprising. Also, often there is this mysterious person who is the boss of the villains, but no one has seen him, I can figure out who that person is. In this book, however, I had no clue and was quite shocked about the identity of "Mr.Smith" Many will enjoy this adventure of Sarah Talbot and Sean Egan as they travel around Europe. I would suggest it to any one who is looking for a novel that is both surprising and captivating. Hopefully you will enjoy A Season in Hell as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Higgins is still at the top of his craft! Character combinations of heroes and infamous villains as well as revenge and strange twists in the story line, allow the reader to stay deeply involved with the intrigue and mystery Higgins crafts so thoroughly in this fast moving thriller. A great read to add to your list.