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Confessional [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Jack Higgins , Michael Page , Inc. Brilliance Audio

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Aug. 28 2012 Liam Devlin Series (Book 3)
Mikhail Kelly’s credentials were impeccable. Russian mother, Irish father hanged by the British. He could split an apple – or a head – across a large room with a handgun. And his special talent was acting. The KGB gave him the perfect part…assassin. For more than twenty years Cuchulain has created chaos, fear and disorder in Ireland by hitting counter-productive targets on both sides of the border, making fools of British Intelligence and the IRA. But Cuchulain is a man whose time is nearly up. The one person who can identify him is the beautiful Tanya Voroninova, daughter of a KGB general. And the one person who can persuade her to defect is Liam Devlin, poet, scholar, IRA gunman retired. Hunted by the combined forces of British Intelligence, the IRA and the KGB who now regard him as an expendable embarrassment, Cuchulain prepares to hit the most counter-productive target of all time…

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Value Priced; Unabridged edition (Aug. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441843752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441843753
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g

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'It is tense, it is riveting, it is what a thriller should be' New York Times 'Open a Jack Higgins novel and you'll encounter a master craftsman at the peak of his powers ! first-rate tales of intrigue, suspense and full-on action.' Sunday Express 'Higgins is a master of his craft.' Daily Telegraph 'A thriller writer in a class of his own.' Financial Times 'The master craftsman of good, clean adventure.' Daily Mail --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Since The Eagle Has Landed—one of the biggest-selling thrillers of all time—every novel Jack Higgins has written 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. 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 in Jersey on the Channel Islands.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  45 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Higgins fans. Oct. 19 2000
By "bulldog51" - Published on Amazon.com
This book is another in Higgins' Liam Devlin series. Devlin is the former IRA gunman, German intelligence operative and all around charming rogue from such other Higgins works as "The Eagle has Landed" and "Touch the Devil."
This time, Devlin is semi-retired from the IRA and working as a professor of English literature at Trinity College in Dublin. The KGB has placed a deep-cover operative in Ireland, where he's killed both Protestants and Catholics at key times, in order to maintain the state of strife and distrust that exists in Northern Ireland.
But when a Soviet engineer defects to Britain, he has a story to tell. The KGB had set up a town called Drumore in the Ukraine, but it's an exact replica of a market town in Northern Ireland. There, a young man named Mikhail Kelly, son of a Russian mother and Irish revolutionary Sean Kelly, is trained to act as a normal Irishman, and a member of the IRA. Kelly has been in Ireland for twenty years, acting on Moscow's orders to derail any peace initiatives.
Now, the jig is up. But the KGB attempts to put Kelly, his usefulness over, out of commission. They fail, and now Kelly has no where to run and nowhere to hide. In a last act of desperation, he sets his sights on the Pope, who'll soon be visiting England.
Devlin, working in conjunction with the IRA and Brigadier Charles Ferguson, must stop him.
This is a good book for Higgins fans. The beginning of the book seems sort of slow, and never quite builds the tension it intends to. The action picks up near the end, when Mikhail Kelly is unmasked in his assumed identity. Kelly's romp through Great Britain, one step ahead of Devlin and Ferguson, is the best part of the book.
If you like Higgins, and especially Devlin, this one's worth picking up. If you're new to Higgins, don't start here. Start with "Eye of the Storm."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a spy novel should be Aug. 23 2006
By D. K. Stokes - Published on Amazon.com
It's been quite a while since I've read a Jack Higgins book, though his were the first action/adventure, spy novels I ever read. Now I remember why I enjoyed them so much.

A Soviet spy, a very talented actor, code name Cuchulain, has been living in Ireland for 20 years. His task: to foster unrest. To this end, he's been part of the IRA, but he also works for the other side--whichever will make the situation in Ireland worse.

British Intelligence learns of this from a defector, and has to work in conjunction with the IRA and the only two people who can identify him: the defector and the foster daughter of a high-ranking Soviet official, a concert pianist who was just a child when Cuchulain killed her father.

The story has several twists, as our heroes try one avenue after another to find and stop the elusive and deadly Cuchulain. By the end of the story, the Soviets are after him as well.

The Good:

Jack Higgins's writing style. It's so transparent, there's nothing between the reader and the story.

The premise. It's intriguing and chilling to think that one man, in the right place, at the right time, with the right training, could cause so much havoc.

The plot and pacing. Every time one avenue of investigation or attack is closed off, we veer down another, always increasing the tension.

The characters. While this isn't by any means an in-depth character study, the characters are well-rounded and understandable individuals the reader can care about.

The Bad:

It's quite obviously an older book, with dated references, particularly those to the Soviet Union.

Cuchulain's cover identity was fairly obvious early on.

The Verdict:

This is what a spy novel should be: exciting, edge-of-your-seat suspense and action, plenty of twists and turns, and characters and consequences you can care about.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An example of how thrillers should be written. Aug. 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is an old favorite of mine. A good plot and true human characters make this yarn a great read. Higgins is a master at very quickly setting the scene, giving the reader a clear idea of where the action is taking place. He introduces the characters without beating about the bush and sends them on a ride that grips them and the reader from the first page to the last.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced Thriller Dec 30 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Russians trained him and planted him deep in the hottest spot in the free world-Northern Ireland. He had the perfect cover and the perfect plan-to kill the most beloved man in the world. Too late the Russians changed their minds. He was out of their control. Desperately the IRA tried to head him off, but he was even better than they at the undercover game. So Tony Villiers of BI, had to do what he most hated, he had to have his Agency beg for help from former deadly foe and Irish terrorist, Liam Devlin, the only one who could stop the ideal assassin.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A typically really good book by Jack Higgins May 23 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read it a long time ago, but I do remember that it was classic of Higgin's quick and exciting style. If you like Tom Clancy, but get bored with the first three hundred pages of Clancy's books, or don't want the technical input given by Clancy, Higgins will always deliver a quick fast paced action book, with interesting plots

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