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Midnight Runner (Sean Dillon Book 10) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Higgins
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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British agent Sean Dillon returns in a sequel to 2001's Edge of Danger, in which author Jack Higgins, a consistently solid thriller writer, introduced the intriguing and powerful Arab/English Rashid family. Kate, the only Rashid left after an assassination attempt on the American president foiled by Dillon, has sworn to avenge her family and will do anything to humiliate the United States, including sabotage her own oil fields to cripple America's--and the world's--oil supplies.

The fast-paced action starts with the death of a presidential envoy's daughter and ends with an explosive showdown in the Rashid oil fields. Higgins makes the most of a somewhat thin plot with superb pacing and terrific action sequences. From Dillon's earlier adventures, he brings back Harry and Billy Salter, the agent's "reasonably but not totally respectable" gangster pals; White House operative Blake Johnson; and Sean's boss, General Ferguson. The new characters include a Vietnam war hero who's a roving troubleshooter for President Jake Cazalet, and another villainous Rashid, Kate's American cousin Chauncey. And while Kate seems to be down for the count at the end of this adventure, Dillon and his fans may not have seen the last of her yet. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

"Death is the Midnight Runner" goes the Arab proverb that gives Higgins's latest its name, but the title could as well refer to the book itself, swift and coursing with dark passion. A sequel to last year's electrifying Edge of Danger, this 33rd novel from the bestselling author finds the usual Higgins crew most notably, former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon and his present boss, Gen. Charles Ferguson, head of a super-secret British agency answering only to the prime minister responding to various revenge gambits by the beautiful and fabulously wealthy half-bedu, half-English Lady Kate Rashid, countess of Loch Dhu and head of the Rashid Bedu tribe of Hazar, whose three brothers were killed by Dillon and his comrades in the earlier book, after, among other acts of infamy, a Rashid assassination attempt on U.S. President Jack Cazalet. Kate first goes after U.S. Sen. Daniel Quinn, sent by Cazalet to England to investigate Kate and her operations, by seeking to discredit the senator's daughter in a drug scandal, but the young woman dies from the drugs given her without her knowledge. Quinn, seeking his own revenge, induces Dillon and company to confront Kate, no problem when they learn that her master plan involves blowing up a bridge in Hazar desert, thereby disrupting world oil flow and plunging the globe into economic crisis; and, of course, Kate wants to kill Dillon and his pals as well. The action rolls from grand London hotel dining rooms and Oval Office to the Hazar desert, and mostly it's as clipped and brutal, as credible and steel-hearted as Higgins's best; only the absurd final duel between Dillon and Kate, a showdown that feels more scripted than lived, keeps the novel from matching that best.
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 1 2003)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000PC0S14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Almost as poorly written as Harry Potter June 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
Thank God I borrowed the CD from the library instead of spending hard earned moola. This novel leaves you wondering what kind of a Mickey Mouse world Higgin's characters inhabit. The story line is somewhat passable if not formulaic: wealthy meglomaniac wants to screw over the the USA and the world big time but is thwarted by a small rag tag band from a super secret agency. Everything in the novel is overly simplified and lacking in any details or logic for that matter. For example, the main hero Sean Dillion is ex-IRA who works for Her Majesty's Secret Service now. There's a superficial explanation of how that came about, and for some reason all the Brits and Americans are perfectly happy to be best buds with a former terrorist murderer and let him into their secret ranks. Fine, I never read the prequel so maybe I missed the explanation there, but if everybody seems to know and hate everybody else in this book because of a past blood feud, why does everybody spend the first half of the book having drinks and dinner over polite conversation with their sworn enemies only to spend the second half trying to eliminate them? If you're going to kill somebody, kill them, don't buy them dinner and drinks so you can pontificate about how bad you are! The other thing is that for secret agents and military nobody seems to care about being followed or bugged or anything. It's as if all the characters were actors following a bad script and just going through the motions because that is what the screenplay says. If you've read any Andy McNab or Tom Clancy you know they both go to great lengths (sometimes painfully so) to give realistic details about how agents or soldiers act and what motivates them. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Dillon adventure April 1 2002
jack Higgins is fantastic. his last two books really blew me away, and now he's back! Some readers of the last two books were somewhat disappointed due to 2d characters and underdeveloped plot...i can assure you, this time he lacks in no department! I am sure you'll find this a return to form.
I myself didn't mind the last books, i thought they were two of his best. fast paced and exciting. Edge of Danger provided some really really compelling characters. And this book continued that trend. it shows us more of Kate rashid, and brings in the excellent Daniel Quinn, who i would love to see again.
The writing is first class. Some writers over-write, too complicated and hard to understand, and some writers underwrite, with oversimplification. But jack higgins gets its absolutely perfect. Sean Dillon is great, and all the other regulars are back with force.
The plot here is good, although i didnt feel it was quite as good as his previous two. there is less action, and it's not quite as fast paced. However, the characters are still strong. I was a bit disappointed with the fact that Kate Rashid wasn't really "after" Dillion, as i had been lead to believe. I was looking forward to a book where the tables had been turned on the heroes and they were now the ones being hunted. Really hunted.
Another quibble...the number of times Higgins mentiond "unleavened bread" and "saville row" suits, really got on my nerves. Does he have to tell us the type of bread every time? Does he only know of one type of suit? (For almost all of the characters, at one point or another in the book, turnbed up wearing a savilel row suit.)
one of the other things i have really loved about this book and the last is the setting. They speed around the globe from the Us to London to the Hazar.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an action thriller with no frills March 9 2004
By Larry
Jack Higgins is a very well established thriller writer who started writing decades ago in the same vein as Alastair MacLean and Ian Fleming. They wrote with a spare direct language creating scenes of action with minimal words or characterizations. This is quite different than today's character driven novels. Nonetheless, over the decades, his popularity hasn't waned. His latest work, MIDNIGHT RUNNER, continues the story from last year's EDGE OF MIDNIGHT.
Sean Dillan, an ex IRA warrior, in his tenth outing is, once again, pitted against the Rashid family specifically Kate Rashid, the sole heir to the family's fortune. Countess Kate wants to disrupt the stability of the United States economy by disrupting the flow of oil even if it is her oil distribution that is directly affected. The purpose is to discredit President Cazalet's reputation and legacy. With the help of her cousin, Rupert Dauncey, she also wants to enact her revenge on Sean Dillon who is responsible for several deaths in her family. This leads, of course, to an explosive climax as the forces of good and evil clash.
Once again, Jack Higgins remains true to form in creating an action thriller with no frills. Adversaries share dinner and drinks prior to heading to the battlefield. Deaths are, again, dealt with quickly and in a matter-of--fact style. Characters are shallow and lack true depth of feeling. Depiction of locale is a bit flimsy but effective enough for the rapidly paced adrenaline charged plot. The purpose of the Higgins books are simply to entertain and on that level they succeed admirably.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial adolescent tripe
I think Mr Higgins is suffering from Alzheimer's in his golden years - Midnight Runner is a big letdown from his previous work, so much so that I would venture to guess that this... Read more
Published on July 14 2011
2.0 out of 5 stars a thriller? not even close
Maybe I'm missing something...I've read and loved tons of "thrillers" but Midnight Runner just didn't keep my attention. It actually became a chore to read this book. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by SM
3.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy but entertaining
Jack Higgins is a very well established thriller writer who started writing decades ago in the same vein as Alastair MacLean and Ian Fleming. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Larry
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Higgins Hack Job: Midnight Runner
When I read a Jack Higgins novel these days, it is with a certain kind of sadness. Gone are the complex plots, intriguing characters, and story twists that marked so much of his... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by Kevin Tipple
1.0 out of 5 stars WUI (of Bushmills)?
Thin and utterly unrealistic plot, poorly written - definitely expected more. Unnecessary detours, constant repetitions and not just the annoying references to Bushmills and... Read more
Published on June 15 2003 by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Some, Be Sure to Read the Prequel
There's no doubt about it, Jack Higgins writes a lot. This piece, which has as a companion piece the book EDGE OF DANGER, is actually much stronger in plot and characters than... Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by George McAdams
1.0 out of 5 stars Saturday morning cartoons, but with alcohol
Ever read a book that makes you grit your teeth after reading the last word of the last sentence, because you're so angry at yourself for not throwing the thing [out] back at page... Read more
Published on May 21 2003 by Scott Ohlgren
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven Intensity
Jack Higgins' 'Midnight Runner' begins with great intensity and suspense, setting the novel's expectations, but stumbles about until arriving at a satisfying ending. Read more
Published on May 19 2003 by Mark F. Weber
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in action
What can I say?! The dynamic team of Blake Johnson and Sean Dillion are at it again. This reviting sequil to Edge of Danger was fabulous. Read more
Published on May 8 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappionted
The first Jack Higgins book I read was "Pay the Devil" and I loved that book. This book however is a totally different story while it was a good enough book to read on a plane or... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by General Pete
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