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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Value Priced; Unabridged edition (April 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441838929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441838926
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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By Murray on Dec 27 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This action spy novel is fast paced and it is set during the first Gulf War. The lead character is a for-hire terrorist who cut his teeth in the IRA. The target is no less the PM of the UK. The cast of supporting characters include the usual toughs, cops, spies and the war weary veterans who know better.

The action takes the reader through Paris, London, Belfast and a farm and a French Chateau. I found the lead character weak in that if he really was the master of evading capture, then he wouldn't be telling almost everyone his plans. This character was too chatty to be elusive as the story makes him out to be. This novel was a easy and somewhat enjoyable read. If you like the genre then it's worth the time to read it.
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One of the things that Jack Higgins does extremely well is to take factual events (or at least rumored events) and weave an exciting fictional story around them. In this case, the story surrounds the failed mortar attack on Number Ten Downing Street prompted by Sadam Hussein during the Gulf War. Mr. Higgins takes these events, and introduces us to one of his most memorable characters. Sean Dillon is an ex-IRA assassin now working as a gunman for hire. As a villain, there are few better. His skill at weapons as well as his ability to become anyone he chooses make him almost unstoppable.
Of course, acting as protagonist in this story is Brigadier Charles Ferguson and his secret organization called Group Four. He enlists the aid of Martin Brosnan, an ex-ally of Sean Dillon's, to stop Sean from completing his mission. What we end up with is a taut cat-and-mouse game between two very clever agents, each one of them determined to defeat the other and settle several old scores in the process.
As this is the first of the series of stories that have Sean Dillon as the main character, the suspense is a bit lessened. I mean, it's obvious that Sean won't be killed, and it's also obvious the mortar attack will fail, since this is an actual event and we know how the event turns out. However, this book is a very engaging tale, and it serves as excellent background on what Sean Dillon was like before he became 'one of the good guys'.
As an author of espionage and adventure fiction, I've not found another author that I enjoy as much as I enjoy Jack Higgins. And since Sean Dillon is easily Mr. Higgins most memorable recurring character, this book serves as a welcome introduction to his stories.
If you're interested at all in good, solid espionage with lots of fast-paced action, this book is definitely for you.
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In this book, former IRA terrorist turned freelance assassin Sean Dillon attempts to assassinate former PM Maggie Thatcher, then the entire British War Cabinet, all at the behest of a former KGB colonel and an Iraqi-French oil millionaire. British intelligence operatives and two of Dillon's former IRA colleagues are tasked with stopping him.
Dillon is at his best as the charming yet cold-blooded rogue who operates according to his own set of (somewhat twisted) standards. The short appearance by veteran IRA man turned professor Liam Devlin is a welcome addition. The character of Martin Brosnan is not as clear as he could have been. I haven't read any other Higgins books involving him (though I'd very much like to,) so I'm not sure if this is a general problem with the character or just this book's incarnation of him.
All in all, a great introduction to a great character whom you wind up rooting for in spite of yourself.
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Sean is definitely a character you will learn to love. Though ruthless, he is certainly a wonderful edition to Jack Higgins' wonderful writing. A must read!
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As the book that first exposes us to Sean Dillon, reading EYE OF THE STORM is pivitol to one's better understanding the Dillon books that follow because you get to read more about his background, experience his coldheartedness, and witness his modus operandi.
As for the audio versions, I've had the pleasure of listening to the unabridged version by Patrick Macnee and there is no better reader (or performer) around. The abridged version is OK and definitely better than the downloaded version whose quality made it sound like I was listening to the downloaded audio through string with a tin cup. Their problem seemed to be of the four levels of quality that they could download it in, only the first two were available, with a burnable quality and an MP3 quality not available.
If you're going for the audio versions, get the cassette version and avoid the download so that you can experience Macnee's delightful way of crisply going from one accent to the next.
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In this Jack Higgins classic which ranks as one of his very best, IRA gun-for-hire Sean Dillon is the protagonist and main character(recurring throughout several Higgins books) who is recruited by Saddam Hussein through French arms dealer Michael Aroun to assassinate the Prime Minister and War Cabinet during the Gulf War. As the plot develops, it is up to American CIA operative Martin Brosnan and head of the PM's clandestine intelligence agency Brigadier Charles Ferguson to stop Dillon when they are tipped off about the threat. Those of us that remember the real-life mortar attack on 10 Downing Street when John Major was in power are presented with a fast-paced account of what might have happened - could it have happened this way? This thought-provoking actioner is well-paced, easy to read and crams in a Clancy-esque story at less than half the length with no unnecessary subplots. A must-read winner!
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