Darker Place, A(CD)(Abr.) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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'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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1. You feel comfortable with Mr. Higgins' premise that the Communists are still in control in Russia and running things pretty much the same way they always did.
2. You would like a change from Sean Dillon shooting up whoever the Russians send after him or the person Dillon is protecting.
3. You like some character development to balance your killings.
For me, the premise doesn't really work, but I am tired of the predictable Sean Dillon bloodbaths, and I like a balance between character development and "wet" work in my thrillers.
Alexander Kurbsky is a contradiction in one person: a successful Russian novelist, ex-soldier, and assassin who was happiest while living in the UK as a young man. Now, the powers-that-be in Russia want Kurbsky to penetrate Ferguson's operations in the UK. Kurbsky is "encouraged" to play along by the promise that his sister will be released from a remote gulag.
As the story is told, we know what Kurbsky is doing . . . and it isn't very easy to accomplish. Flashbacks help us understand the forces that have created today's Kurbsky while we also learn more about Major Roper. This is primarily Kurbsky's story, and it's interesting to guess which way he will turn next and whether he will be able to carry off the deception or not.
This is such a change from recent novels that it almost seems like a new series. That shift will cheer some and disappoint others.
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I also found the Russian soldier's abrupt fling with the maid at the hotel where Kurbsky was staying when he defected a bit contrived--as though the maid/lover was thrown in as an obvious plot device (she "happens" to see Kurbsky when he makes a run for it at the hotel and she notifies the Russians who were guarding him).
That being said, despite its jerry-built sections, "A Darker Place" is better than most thrillers, even though it's not Higgins's best.
As for Sean Dillon, he seems to have mellowed out in his old age. He doesn't have that devil-may-care attitude he used to have. In this particular book in the series, he is, in fact, irrelevant.
--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"
Many of the negative comments from other reviewers left me wondering if these people had read the same book I did. I've read all of the Dillon stories and most of Higgins other books; he's one of my favorite authors.
OK, sure. He's writing entertaining, leave-your-mind-in-neutral stuff here---not great classics of literature. As a retired professional writer and communications consultant, I think I know the difference.
In spite of what many other critics have written, I think, for it's genere, this is a well-crafted, highly entertaining read. Dillon is a bit player in this one, but he is there, along with the usual supporting cast, and I especially enjoyed his new characters.
I give it an A+ as an enjoyable read.
There are so many flashbacks (and thus changes in the time-frame) that I could not keep track of who was who, and why who was doing what.
The individual little short stories of the flashbacks are well constructed and interesting, with very interesting characters---but that is all that kept me going to the half-way mark.
If there is an overall plot or story, I have no idea what it was.
I realize that this isn't a very helpful review. However potential readers need to be warned that this is not a novel to read a chapter or two every other day---you've got to pay attention, and perhaps you have to be a Higgins fan and already know the continuing characters.