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Angel of Death (Sean Dillon Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Higgins
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From Publishers Weekly

The main plot device in Higgins's new thriller has a certain comic-strip blaze to it: a female British motorcyclist in black leather who carries a Beretta pistol and kills only to create chaos. This angel of death is also Britain's greatest actress, Grace Browning, relishing her new role as assassin of political activists of every stripe, be they Arab or Israeli, Catholic or Protestant, CIA or KGB, East End gangster or American senator. Browning belongs to a group that calls itself "January 30," seemingly in honor of Bloody Sunday in Belfast but actually in honor of nothing but the chaos that she and her homosexual superior, an old KGB hand who's now on Prime Minister John Major's staff, hope will usher in a worldwide Communist state. Pitted against January 30 and Browning are Brigadier Charles Ferguson of the PM's elite Group Four and his most devilish agent, returning Higgins hero Sean Dillon (On Dangerous Ground), ex-actor, ex-IRA hit man and master makeup artist. It's assassin vs. assassin, actor against actor, in this shallow and far-fetched yet exciting yarn, which needs all of Higgins's considerable expertise to stay on course as it hurtles from one nervy thrill to the next. BOMC main selection.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Sean Dillon, a former Irish terrorist turned undercover agent, and his boss, Brigadier Charles Ferguson, make their latest appearance (following On Dangerous Ground, Putnam, 1994) in a lively but rather predictable shoot-'em-up set primarily in the United Kingdom. A terrorist group, born from communism, is killing in the name of Irish nationalism. Their real purpose, however, is to foment anarchism and chaos among the major powers. Can Dillon, partner Hannah Bernstein, and Ferguson track down this band and prevent additional murder? Given the author's writing talent, it is disappointing to find the characters barely sketched and the plot clunking from one episode to the next. Unhappily, by attributing his characters' need for mayhem solely to bloody episodes witnessed in their youth, he cheapens the achievements of real people who have managed to survive Bloody Sunday and other violence. Purchase only where Higgins has a following.?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Computer Support Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner July 6 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sean Dillon was once the most feared soldier in the Irish
Republican Army, until one day he had enough of the destruction.
Now he works for the other side, the most successful agent in the
British government's fight against terrorism. But when he is
rescued from an ambush by a member of "January 30," the newest
and most dangerous terrorist organization, he has to wonder who
his friends and enemies really are.
This is the nucleus of Jack Higgins' Angel of Death. And this
novel is as well done as all of Higgins' other works. It has
interesting characters, plenty of action, and well-written
Part of the fascination in this particular book is the inside
view we get of "January 30." Instead of the typical politically
motivated fanatics, this group is composed of four persons - a
Russian spy, a member of the British government, a college
professor, and a young actress - united by the excitement of the
hunt. For the spy, the purpose of their activities is a chaos
that will ultimately yield the collapse of the British system,
but the others are much more interested in the action than in the
When the group saves Dillon, therefore, it was not out of any
hidden loyalty to the government. When he becomes involved in the
government's attempt to achieve a stable peace in Northern
Ireland, they know he will have to die. The struggle between the
two is a major part of this novel, and Higgins is quite skilled
in showing us both points of view and yet maintaining suspense.
But there are a number of other plots intertwined. At one point,
for example, Dillon goes to the Middle East to deal with the arms
dealer who had set up the ambush that opens the novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Higgins Book!!! Oct. 11 1997
Angel of Death is by far the worst Jack Higgins' book I have ever read. I would have given it a one, except for the action in the first 80 pages. After that it gets boring. The terrorist group January 30 is no match for uber-secret agent Sean Dillon. Not that Dillon is a pushover, but I would have been able to take on this group. There are only 4 members - a bureaucratic KGB man with NO BEARING on the story whatsoever; a double-crossing Parliament official, Rupert Lang (like Sir Frances Pamer in Thunder Point); Lang's lover, Professor Tom Curry; and Grace Browning, actress/terrorist. Hardly The Dirty Dozen. Jack, if you're gonna make James Bond-like books, you might as well create Bond-esque villains who want to destroy England or whatever. Only for hardcore Dillon/Higgins fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it March 15 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I happened to think this was a passable novel. Jack has always been better with historical fiction. Maybe I'm just biased, seeing as how I love the period of WWI and WWII. Read Night of the Fox and others to get the best from this author.
Dillon has never been my favorite character. The story picked up a bit toward the end. The KGB agent didn't have much to do. Rupert Lang was pretty neat. I like3d the way his plot wrapped up. I think Jack should have written more of a chase scene or something when Ferguson confronted Lang about the gun. The guy just ran away. Blast! Well, better call Dillon.
Tom Curry was taken out too quick. The attempted killing of Keogh was okay. The scenes with Dillon down in the pit were tiresome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Higgins As Usual! June 19 2003
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This Higgins book has a female assassin who uses a motorcycle
as her means of helping with her killings. In real life our
master assassin is Grace Browning an actress. She is in the services of a group called September 30. Their goal is to use the assassinations to create chaos and install a Communist state.
Her superior is an old KGB agent who is on Prime Minister John Major's staff. Of course it falls on our hero Sean Dillon to stop this group. He comes through as usual.While this is an
interesting book it is no where close to the caliber of "Eye of
The Storm".
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1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment March 4 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's hard to believe that the same man who wrote "The Eagle Has Landed" wrote this. This book has a choppy, unconnected plot,and follows a formula which Higgins has used for far too long now. His books are now all the same; maybe the names of the villains change, but they all fit into the same category. That may have worked for Ian Fleming, but Sean Dillon is nothing but a cheap ripoff of James Bond. Higgins would be better served if he stuck to writing historical thrillers, such as the two "Eagle" books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The last Jack Higgins book I will ever read Jan. 7 1998
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My expectations of the quality of Jack Higgins' novels have diminished to the point where I will never buy another one of his recycled hack-works. I happened to read Solo, an excellent short novel with spare writing and interesting plot twists, just before I read Angel of Death. A mistake that cost me any enjoyment that I could have taken from this book. Why? The similarities in the final scene are so obvious as to prove that Jack has lost what imagination he has left and is writing strictly for the money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bland April 15 2002
I did not believe the story of the characters at all, neither was well developed. The author also tried to go down the path of the "dark, brooding" lead that will alone save the world and he did not pull it off. I also did not like some of the writing; I found it a bit forced or dry. Not much between the covers. Sure the story sounds interesting, but somehow that does not translate to what is actually written. Overall, this is not that great of a book. There are many others out there that are better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Story
This was a fantastic story! The plot was able to change with little hints. This book like many of Jack Higgins' are great at charcter build up. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by Vincent Giovannini
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel of Death
This is a classic. A superb and unique story that shows the reader just how great a book can be.
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by Jessie
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull
I shall count myself very lucky if i read a more gripping and enthralling story. You just should read it ! A great thriller A blockbuster.
Published on March 16 2000 by Daniel Piacentini
4.0 out of 5 stars A challenging thriller
This thriller is a grabber! Higgins is in top- form. I give this book 4 stars out of five because it went a little slower to read than his others. Still packs a wallop. Read more
Published on July 26 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Entirely unimpressive
It's hard to find anything good to say about "Angel of Death". The characters lacked depth and the plot lacked continuity and originality. Read more
Published on May 3 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars It is a Boring, dull book unlike some of the others
This book is about a terrorist group called Januanry 30. This book is wildly imaginative and you have to use the maximum of your imagination to follow it. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost his touch
Having been an avid reader of Jack Higgins novels after I read, "The Eagle Has Landed", I can honestly say he has fallen in a rut. Read more
Published on Dec 7 1997
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