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White House Connection(MP3)Lib(Un) [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Jack Higgins
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July 25 2005 Sean Dillon Series (Book 7)
New York: Late at night, the rain pouring down, a well-dressed woman in her sixties stands in a doorway, a gun in her purse, waiting for a Senator to come home. Washington, D.C.: The phone rings on the desk of Blake Johnson, head of the White House department known as The Basement. The President wants him now. London: The Prime Minister sits thinking of Sean Dillon, the one-time terrorist, now his most effective, if not exactly trusted, operative. It'll have to be Dillon, he thinks. There's no one else. Someone is killing off the members of a splinter group known as the Sons of Erin, normally not a cause for much concern, but the consequences are much greater than anyone realizes. For in these actions lie the seeds of disaster: the fall of two governments, the derailing of the Irish peace process. Dillon and Johnson must stop this unknown assassin, the heads of state agree, quickly, quietly, before all hell breaks loose... But they may already be too late. For in the Manhattan night, the silver-haired woman smiles, adjusts her rain hat more snugly on her head, and steps out into the street. Four down, she thinks. Three to go.

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The Irish peace process is at risk because of the actions of a heartbroken mother in Higgins's 29th thriller. American-born and married to a British lord, 60-ish Lady Helen Lang, the "nicest person you'll ever meet," has taken it upon herself to avenge the brutal death of her son, Peter, at the hands of the Sons of Erin, a fringe Irish-nationalist group led by a psychotic Vietnam vet and with operatives in Dublin, London and the U.S. Other members include gangster Tim Pat Ryan, IRA terrorist Jack Barry, U.S. Senator Michael Cohan and a mysterious member known only as the Connection, who is revealed to be a mole in the White House. With nothing more than an old government file, a modified computer and a .25 revolver, Lady Helen makes short work of most of these villains, managing at one point to knock off three of them in four paragraphs. Naturally, this wholesale violence attracts the attention of Higgins regulars Brigadier Charles Ferguson and Sean Dillon, who try to protect Senator Cohan during his upcoming visit to London. It's not giving away any surprises to reveal that eventually the bad guys get theirs, but there are precious few surprises here, and a bloodless, cartoonish quality to everything from the dialogue to the killings. Higgins's attempt at characterizations are unpersuasive at bestAto prove that she's really a decent sort, Lady Helen passes up a chance to kill Senator Cohan in favor of shooting a couple of muggersAand as usual, Sean Dillon's prowess as a gunman includes the ability to outshoot men who have already drawn a gun on him. As for the style, everything is fast, flat and featureless, like driving a car on cruise control in Kansas. Higgins's fans may be pleased, but other readers will probably want a more exciting ride. BOMC main selection.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Higgins's novel of British and American undercover security forces collaborating to stop Irish terrorists, identify a killer, and locate a mole in the White House is stronger on violence than suspense, yet it comes across well as an audiobook. When not killing people, the characters are swilling whisky, chain-smoking, and pondering past and future atrocities while nominally trying to bring peace to Northern Ireland. Reader Dick Hill has fun with character voices and gives the listener a feast of sound: the musical Irish accent of reformed terrorist Sean Dillon; the deep-pitched, thick, brutal voice of professional terrorist Jack Barry; the crisp, clean accent of hero Blake Johnson; the slightly Caribbean lilt of a Harlem cop; and the Boston clip of aristocratic and determined Lady Helen. Recommended for popular collections.AJuleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Williamsburg, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I've read few Jack Higgins books, and this was my first. That said, I didn't know any of the recurring characters or their stories, yet it didn't make a difference. The story makes perfect sense without foreknowledge of the characters, and this was still a great book.
In the opening pages, an assassin waits patiently for a Senator to arrive at his residence. Against the backdrop of a light rain, two men pull a woman into an alley with the intent to rape her. The assassin comes to her aid, and we find that the assassin is an old woman, a kindly old grandmother! From this moment on, my interest was peaked. I had to find out who this woman was, how she entered her profession, etc. I was not disappointed. "The White House Connection" is a spy thriller true to its purpose, perfect for a rainy day or an extended plane ride. If you like Jack Higgins, you'll definitely love this novel. And if you've never read his work, this is a great starting point. For a quick reality escape, read this book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars smoker May 19 2003
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The plot of this book is simplistic: a mother wants revenge for her son, and gets it. Other than that, nothing much happens. The whole story is predictable. I don't think I will spoil anybody's surprise by disclosing that the mother -- loved by all -- dies when revenge is complete and has a lovely funeral.
This is a book peopled by ... caricatures, such as the troubled soul with a difficult past, and bizarre habits only to be hinted at. Imagine! one character has a Gurkha batboy named Kim. I bet the author stayed up all night trying to think that one up.
You can get cancer just by reading this book, with all the smokers in it. If you cut out every time somebody lights up, or asks for a cigarette, you would reduce the book's volume by a good 10 per cent.
The dividers tell you that this section takes place in New York or London, or something. Beyond that, and a few street names, the book does not produce any sense of place. It doesn't help that the "Americans" sound British. Read James Lee Burke and you're squarely in rural Louisiana; Ian Rankin places the reader right in Scotland. I have never visited either place, but feel I know them, just from the authors' skill. Jack Higgins' writing makes you feel you are sitting in a chair at home, wondering, isn't New York any different from London?
It rains a lot in this book. Characters slip through walls and out windows. They like to do nothing so well as to tell about battles they have fought, and they do so almost every time they speak. Two characters (Hedley and the Secret Service agent) even review their battle resumes as they slug it out: My war was bigger than your war! Fortunately, the Gurkha orderly doesn't get a speaking part. Otherwise, he too would be telling us about battles he fought: "Here's your tea, sir.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is it time for Higgins to hang it up? March 5 2001
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I have been reading Higgins off and on since "The Eagle Has Landed" was new, but not recently. I was stunned by this poor effort by a one time very good (but not great) writer. I'm even more surprised by how he was able to slip this one past so many of his obvious fans.
First, I need to dispell one myth here. This is not a fast read as some seem to believe. It is an incredibly short book. The hard cover version came in at just over 300 pages but is virtually double spaced. However, quantity would not matter if there was something of substance here. Unfortunately, the plot has more holes in it than swiss cheese.
Police work is largely a matter of tracking down leads and eliminating suspects. Thanks to computers, cross checking crimes and people's movements is not as problematic as it once was. Early in the story, it is discovered that someone is using an unusual calibar pistol to commit murders on both sides of the Atlantic. The authorities quickly (and correctly) guess that the killer must be using a private plane to get her gun in and out of the US and Britain. Yet they fail to do two things that would seem to be basic. They do not search their computers for other murders with the same, rare gun, and more significantly, they never check the flight plans of private aircraft to provide leads to the killer's identity. (Of course, if they had, this very short book would have been even shorter.)
The killer is identified in the first pages of the book. She is an elderly woman on a mission. She eventually provides a clue to her identity to her primary, intended victim who is the real villian of the book. He should have been able to snap his fingers and either know who she is or find out quickly. Instead, he spends page after page whining about who it could be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read but Higgins Has Done Better Feb. 17 2001
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In The White House Connection, Jack Higgins, the prolific thriller writer has again reprised former IRA terrorist Sean Dillon, Brigadier Charles Ferguson,Hannah Bernstein and Blake Johnson in a fast paced story where the combined talents of British and American intelligence are used to thwart Irish terrorism.
In this continuation of the Sean Dillon saga, Higgins introduces an unlikely opponent for the combined US/UK intell team as they try to determine who is killing off the Sons of Erin and why. That killer, a woman, is as unlikely as any protagonist Higgins has ever used. Without revealing the person's identity (although the author does so early on), suffice it to say that the concept is improbable and unlikely. It seemed as if Higgins was really reaching for something with this book and the reader needs to suspend disbelief more than is usual for novels of this type.
In the process of leading the reader through the story, Higgins does his usual good job of providing history lessons right where they are needed to give readers the needed background to explain or amplify why he has written a character or scene a certain way. His intertwining of certain historical facts, especially those on Irish rebel history immediately explain why a Protestant Irish American would be a member of the IRA when everyone knows that the enmity between Catholics and Protestants in Ulster is legendary. When Higgins does this, he is at his best.
Another noticeable and at times very annoying feature of this book is that the dialogue Higgins gives the American characters is more British than American. In some cases it is more Irish than American. It almost seems as if Higgins has no knowledge whatever of American idiom and doesn't know how to write using our speech patterns.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It Pains Me...
...to rate this book so low. I am a long time fan of Jack Higgins having enjoyed his books since I was a teen. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by T. King
5.0 out of 5 stars another great read
I debated between four or five stars and gave it five stars because I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. Read more
Published on July 20 2003 by "truthandjustice"
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent light reading
Lady Helen, a geriatric British aristocrat, gains revenge on people involved in the killing of her son. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2001 by W. Fish
2.0 out of 5 stars Come on!
Super-granny killing gangsters, never getting killed herself.
Please
Published on Oct. 10 2001 by Eduardo Andrade
5.0 out of 5 stars The fantasy is great!
Some of you guys are tough! It's Jack Higgins, for heaven's sake. When I want a quick, exciting read, I turn to him. And he usually delivers. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2001 by "cajasu@aol.com"
1.0 out of 5 stars Please disconnect me from this nonsense
Excuse me, with all the clues out there, why did it take these masterminds so long to figure out who was knocking off all the Sons of Erin? Read more
Published on June 2 2001 by Paul Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars This was so fantastic!
His books just keep coming! Great reading by me and great writing by him! I am up to dATE and can't wait to see what comes my way next! I wish Higgins has a web site! ... Read more
Published on May 21 2001 by Daniel R. Bills
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK read...
..but not the best. I have difficulties with superheroes who are capable of leaping tall buildings with a single bound, speaking 20 languages fluently and invariably surface from... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The dependable modern-day bard does it again
As always, Jack Higgins is a quick and excellent read. This one is as pleasing as ever. A novel with either Hannah Bernstein or Charles Ferguson as the main character would also... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2001 by Hamilton Jackson Truman
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