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The Death Trade (Sean Dillon Series #20)

The Death Trade (Sean Dillon Series #20)

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by Jack Higgins
     
 

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The master of suspense returns with a cutting-edge tale that pits his heroes Sean Dillon and Sara Gideon against the nuclear ambitions of Iran.
 
An eminent Iranian scientist has made a startling breakthrough in nuclear weapons research, but he can’t stand the thought of his regime owning the bomb. He would run if he could, but if he does,

Overview

The master of suspense returns with a cutting-edge tale that pits his heroes Sean Dillon and Sara Gideon against the nuclear ambitions of Iran.
 
An eminent Iranian scientist has made a startling breakthrough in nuclear weapons research, but he can’t stand the thought of his regime owning the bomb. He would run if he could, but if he does, his family dies. He is desperate; he doesn’t know what to do.

It is up to Sean Dillon and the rest of the small band known as the Prime Minister’s private army to think of a plan. Most particularly, it is up to their newest member, an intelligence captain and Afghan war hero named Sara Gideon, who thinks there just might be a way to pull it off.

But plans have a way of encountering  the unexpected. And as the operation spins out, from Paris and Syria to Iran and the Saudi Arabian desert, there is very much that is unexpected indeed. And much blood that will be spilled.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
Iran is on the verge of making a nuclear bomb that “is cheap and four times as effective as anything else on the planet” in bestseller Higgins’s timely 20th thriller featuring Sean Dillon, the former IRA enforcer turned British black ops agent. The unwilling mastermind behind the bomb is French-Iranian Simon Husseini, whose work on medical isotopes led to his forced research into nuclear weapons. Husseini’s elderly mother and invalid 40-year-old daughter are under house arrest in Tehran to ensure his cooperation. When Husseini manages to escape to Iraq using a false passport, it is up to Lt. Col. Declan Rashid, the military attaché at Iran’s London embassy, to recapture him. Meanwhile, Dillon and Capt. Sara Gideon, introduced in 2012’s A Devil Is Waiting, set out to rescue Husseini, free his family members, and bring him to England. Higgins, with his usual panache, follows a well-established and successful formula that should please fans. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Literary Agency (U.K.). (Dec.)
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Praise for THE DEATH TRADE
 
“Higgins, with his usual panache, follows a well-established and successful formula that should please fans.”—Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for Jack Higgins
 
“Jack Higgins is the dean of intrigue novelists. He has no equal.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
“Jack Higgins has written some of the best suspense fiction of the past fifty years.” —San Diego Union-Tribune
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-25
An elite British special operative unit must prevent Iran from gaining nuclear capabilities and battle an ever growing contingent of al-Qaida terrorists. In this thriller from Higgins (The Devil is Waiting, 2012, etc.), the reader is introduced to multinational terrorists who retain an unrelenting allegiance to the agenda of Osama bin Laden. In this installment, an Iranian scientist who possesses the intellectual capabilities to enable Iran to gain a nuclear weapon must be freed from the fetters placed on him by his country so that he can use his incredible body of scientific knowledge in the pursuit of goodness. Serial characters who reappear to play central roles in this novel include the former IRA assassin–turned–loyal British man-at-arms Sean Dillion; the leader of the prime minister's "private army," Gen. Charles Ferguson; and Sara Gideon, a heroine from the war in Afghanistan who utilizes her ruthless killing ability and the immense wealth of her banking family to fight for justice wherever and whenever she must. A somewhat unbelievable plot develops when high-ranking Iranian officials are, in fact, working for al-Qaida and continually attempt to kill Dillion and Gideon. To make matters even more complicated, or fantastic, a half Iranian/half Irish hero of the Iran-Iraq War, Col. Declan Rashid, appeals to his "Irish side" and begins to work against his family and his country while developing romantic feelings for Gideon. In a number of instances, Higgins will introduce characters and scenarios that echo the British adventure stories of the late-Victorian period. However, a lack of character development and minimal scene setting make this reverberation of an earlier, and idealized, writing tradition a fleeting experience. Brief thrills but continuous action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399165894
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
Sean Dillon Series, #20
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,140,232
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Jack Higgins has written some of the best suspense fiction of the past fifty years.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Higgins, with his usual panache, follows a well-established and successful formula that should please fans.”—Publishers Weekly

“When it comes to thriller writers, one name stands well above the crowd—Jack Higgins.”—The Associated Press

Meet the Author

Since The Eagle Has Landed — one of the biggest-selling thrillers of all time — every novel Jack Higgins has written, including his most recent works, The Judas Gate and A Devil Is Waiting, 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.

Higgins, who lived in Belfast until he was twelve, had several close calls with bombs and gunfire at an early age. After leaving school at fifteen, he served three years with the Royal Horse Guards in Eastern Europe during the cold war. Subsequently, he was a circus roustabout, a factory worker, a truck driver, and a laborer, before entering college at age twenty-seven. 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 on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

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