The Resource Edge of danger, Jack Higgins

Edge of danger, Jack Higgins

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Edge of danger
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Edge of danger
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Jack Higgins
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eng
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An assassination is planned, but who is the intended victim? Members of the powerful Rashid family plan revenge in a plot worthy of both their British and Arab heritages. This sparks the latest adventure of clandestine operatives Sean Dillon, Blake Johnson, and Hannah Bernstein
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  • After 31 Higgins thrillers, nearly all first-rate, fans know that this author is as reliable as a Rolls. His 32nd novel proves no letdown. Pitting returning antihero Sean Dillon, once of the IRA, now with British intelligence, against an aristocratic English-Arab family bent on vengeance that threatens world order, the story whips along. From London to the Middle East, from Ireland to the White House, it swirls with intrigue and snaps with violence. While driving drunk in England, a Russian diplomat kills the mother of Paul Rashid, Earl of Loch Dhu, one of the world's richest men. The diplomat is protected by both the Russians and the Americans, between whom he was brokering an oil deal. In retaliation, Rashid, whose Arab side stems from fierce desert "Bedu," lashes out by ordering the assassination of the American president. Rashid hires an infamous Irish terrorist to do the deed, but in a tense stalk-and-shoot at the presidential retreat at Nantucket, the attempt fails--prompting Rashid to go after other targets. Higgins's no-nonsense prose builds a tough tale peopled by men--and a few women, notably Rashid's beautiful, equally fierce sister--who thrive on danger and are smart enough to quote Plato in explaining why ("`the life which is unexamined is not worth living.' Which means to me: the life not put to the test"). Dillon's usual gang joins the diminutive, deadly Irishman as he tracks Rashid from one outrage to another, culminating in a showdown in an ancient Scot castle that leaves no doubt of a sequel. This is Higgins near the top of his game, hands a blur as, fast and hard, he deals another winner. Literary Guild main selection. (Feb. 19) Forecast: Like his talent, Higgins's welcome on bestseller lists never seems to wear out. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • Fans of Higgins's thrillers, and they are legion, may welcome another adventure with Sean Dillon and his compatriots (The White House Connection), but first-time readers may be puzzled by their enthusiasm. Harry Patterson, whose best-known pseudonym is Higgins, publishes several titles a year, and it shows. The characters are cardboard; the dialog trite, even foolish; and the plot beyond belief. On top of it all, the novel glorifies a warrior mentality while presenting gangsters quoting Plato and claiming a moral philosophy--this is Doc Savage and James Bond with neither style nor flair. A fabulously wealthy, titled, half-British half-Arab family seek to avenge their honor by trying to assassinate the U.S. president, the British prime minister, and several others. Naturally, only Dillon, the ex-IRA gunman now working as a licensed hitman for the British government, can save the world, mostly by shooting numerous people. At the end, one family member survives to threaten further retaliation, presumably in the next book. Public libraries should expect demand but might consider resisting at least briefly. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/00.]--Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • Higgins's heroes save Western Civ for the umpteenth time (most recently in The White House Connection, 1999).Now it's the filthy rich, incredibly powerful, mindlessly fanatical Rashid family that poses the threat. Half-English, half-Arab and certainly half-mad, these are people for whom hating is an imperative. In particular, they hate the US, "the Great Satan," and have decided it's a good idea to assassinate popular President Jake Cazalet. Or, rather, family head Paul Rashid has decided. His sister and two younger brothers just hang around striking properly worshipful attitudes until Paul assigns them one dirty job or another. But, curses! Even though Higgins's heroes are at the moment elsewhere deployed, the president's wonder dog, Murchison, sniffs out and foils the assassination plot in the nick. Undeterred, Paul is instantly ready to plot again, a multiple target this time. Twelve unfortunate sheiks called the Council of Elders have managed to displease him; a bomb should do nicely for them, he informs his biddable sibs. Cue Sean Dillon! Once a terrorist, now England's ablest counterterrorist, he collects the rest of Higgins's heroes. First, they save the Elders, then, later, they save the Russian premier—plotting Paul never runs dry. But at last Paul's hate falls on the recipient Higgins always intended: Sean Dillon. Mano a mano on the roof of Paul's manor house, they battle ferociously. One of them goes over, one survives. You can guess which? Of course you can, but will this be a case of Moriarity revisited? Guns pop, body bags fill, and featureless characters spout pseudo profundities as impenetrable as: "You know, I love old movies. So often they depict life in a way life doesn't."Your move. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2000)
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033970
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1929-
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Higgins, Jack
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6058.I343
LC item number
E34 2001
Literary form
fiction
NLM call number
PR6058.I343
NLM item number
E23 2001
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True
Series statement
Sean Dillon series
Series volume
bk. 9
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  • Dillon, Sean
  • Johnson, Blake
  • Dillon, Sean
  • Johnson, Blake
  • Presidents
  • Attempted assassination
  • Arabs
  • Vendetta
  • Vendetta
  • Arabs
  • Attempted assassination
  • Presidents
  • Vendetta
  • Great Britain
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Edge of danger, Jack Higgins
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ocm44128051
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780399147012
Lccn
00040268
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)44128051
Label
Edge of danger, Jack Higgins
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm44128051
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780399147012
Lccn
00040268
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)44128051

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