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Kingdom Come Mass Market Paperback – Jul 3 2001


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (July 3 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449003213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449003213
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,126,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether writting under his psuedonym John Case with his wife, or going solo, Jim Hougan has a definite gift for creating likeable characters who get caught up in the unexpected while carrying out seemingly dronelike yet out of the ordinary jobs. Hougan's main man in "Kingdom Come", Jack Dunphy has been relegated to glorified information gopher at Langley after having been pulled off an undercover assignment in London after the death of an Oxford Professor of Jungian psychology whom he had under surveillance. Dunphy's annoyance at being yanked from his cozy nest with British sweetie Clementine enhanced by the frustratingly endless grunt work of public information gathering lead him to buck the system and uncover the relevance of the professor's death. What he discovers is a Gordian knot of intrigue that eventually threatens his life and the lives of anyone with whom he comes into contact.

As Dunphy plows through clues that take him all over Europe, the reader breathlessly turns page after page, liking Dunphy and his cohorts immediately. The facts that he uncovers make for fascinating reading---puzzlers will enjoy being thrown information seemingly straight out of left field. Unfortunately, as the story leads into its ultimate denouement, it becomes choppy, the ending sequences beginning at the estate within the Swiss National Park and the ending voyage at sea seem rushed and not fully thought out, as if the author had run out of steam and simply wanted to finish the story under 400 pages. The last paragraph leads the reader to believe some sort of transference has taken place, but obviously this is certainly not developed and there seems no hint of a part two where the reader can stretch his imagination further.
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By Michael Butts on Jan. 24 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cattle mutilations. The Roswell UFOs. Crop circles. A black Madonna (no, not Whitney Houston). These and more are "explained" in Jim Hougan's overwrought conspiracy thriller, "Kingdom Come." Hougan is half the team using the pseudonymn John Case for his/their other books, and I have to admit, Case's works are far superior to this one. Admittedly, I am not a true fan of the "espionage" thriller, so I may be a bit prejudiced, but as a thriller connosieur, I found this book tedious, redundant and at times very boring. The pacing is incredibly slow, and when the action scenes do arrive, they are crisp and efficient, if not a little bloody. Anyway, Jack Dunphy and cohort Clementine are likeable characters, and you find yourself wanting to cheer them on as they search for the reasons Jack was booted out of the CIA and why his life is in danger. The additional threat from the man Jack "steals" money from only tends to bog down the true plot. At any rate, by the time Jack and Clementine reach the source of their search, the ending is so mystic and enigmatic, that one wonders why the book was even written. Technically, Hougan has some fine touches, but overall, is at best a mediocre read.
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By A Customer on Jan. 30 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Enjoyed this book, look hopefully forward to some kind of sequel. Main character Jack Dunphy was interesting and humanized (though I don't see the comparison to Bond at all). Good tying together of the messianic mythology. Dunphy makes a couple of dumb mistakes though, that I found hard to believe he would make, even during (or especially during) the heat of the chase. Still, started and finished it in one night, so must have been pretty good!
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By A Customer on Nov. 29 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like this, you should read John Case's works, which according to a possible rumor, may be Jim Hougan's penname. I wouldn't be surprised, as the tempo and themes are strikingly similar.
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Format: Hardcover
......Doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. So wrote Mark Twain many years ago and Jack Dunphy, the main character in this book, becomes a believer very quickly. Jim Hougan is half of the husband and wife team which writes under the pen name, John Case, and as such they have written two very good books and one which I have recently reviewed, which is not up to their earlier standards. However, on his own in this effort, Hougan more than carries the day. It is a fast paced mystery-thriller which leaves you wondering how much that is revealed therein, may be more fact than fiction. It will leave you satisfied that you have been told an interesting yarn, however as you scan the newspaper you may see stories that will make you wonder if all that is as it seems. To tell you more would spoil the fun. Read and enjoy!
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Jack Dunphy makes for a good hero in "Kingdom Come" because he, unlike Bond, is flawed. Jack is relatable. He's not the perfect super-spy and not everything he does goes off without a hitch. This is very refreshing in this sort of novel.
Secret organizations within secret organizations. CIA cover-ups. Black helicopters. Cattle mutilations. Men in black. Border hopping in the modern age. Nail-gun torture. This novel has everything but the kitchen sink thrown into it. The interesting thing to observe is that somehow it all works. In the hands of another writer this wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining.
My only regret is that the character of Clementine was so one dimensional. She is never totally developed and used to her fullest potential. She's along for the ride with Jack and that's about it. More thought was given to the secondary and tertiary characters than our hero's love interest and that's a shame.
I'll admit that "Kingdom Come" does end somewhat abruptly and cryptically. But that's a minor issue. Overall this was a great read.
As the cover states:Admit nothing. Deny everything. Spare no one....
Add to that.... Read this novel. It's a lot of fun.
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