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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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This time, Devlin is semi-retired from the IRA and working as a professor of English literature at Trinity College in Dublin. The KGB has placed a deep-cover operative in Ireland, where he's killed both Protestants and Catholics at key times, in order to maintain the state of strife and distrust that exists in Northern Ireland.
But when a Soviet engineer defects to Britain, he has a story to tell. The KGB had set up a town called Drumore in the Ukraine, but it's an exact replica of a market town in Northern Ireland. There, a young man named Mikhail Kelly, son of a Russian mother and Irish revolutionary Sean Kelly, is trained to act as a normal Irishman, and a member of the IRA. Kelly has been in Ireland for twenty years, acting on Moscow's orders to derail any peace initiatives.
Now, the jig is up. But the KGB attempts to put Kelly, his usefulness over, out of commission. They fail, and now Kelly has no where to run and nowhere to hide. In a last act of desperation, he sets his sights on the Pope, who'll soon be visiting England.
Devlin, working in conjunction with the IRA and Brigadier Charles Ferguson, must stop him.
This is a good book for Higgins fans. The beginning of the book seems sort of slow, and never quite builds the tension it intends to. The action picks up near the end, when Mikhail Kelly is unmasked in his assumed identity. Kelly's romp through Great Britain, one step ahead of Devlin and Ferguson, is the best part of the book.
If you like Higgins, and especially Devlin, this one's worth picking up. If you're new to Higgins, don't start here. Start with "Eye of the Storm."
A Soviet spy, a very talented actor, code name Cuchulain, has been living in Ireland for 20 years. His task: to foster unrest. To this end, he's been part of the IRA, but he also works for the other side--whichever will make the situation in Ireland worse.
British Intelligence learns of this from a defector, and has to work in conjunction with the IRA and the only two people who can identify him: the defector and the foster daughter of a high-ranking Soviet official, a concert pianist who was just a child when Cuchulain killed her father.
The story has several twists, as our heroes try one avenue after another to find and stop the elusive and deadly Cuchulain. By the end of the story, the Soviets are after him as well.
Jack Higgins's writing style. It's so transparent, there's nothing between the reader and the story.
The premise. It's intriguing and chilling to think that one man, in the right place, at the right time, with the right training, could cause so much havoc.
The plot and pacing. Every time one avenue of investigation or attack is closed off, we veer down another, always increasing the tension.
The characters. While this isn't by any means an in-depth character study, the characters are well-rounded and understandable individuals the reader can care about.
It's quite obviously an older book, with dated references, particularly those to the Soviet Union.
Cuchulain's cover identity was fairly obvious early on.
This is what a spy novel should be: exciting, edge-of-your-seat suspense and action, plenty of twists and turns, and characters and consequences you can care about.
I like how Higgins brings back the character of Liam Devlin who is now living in Ireland and is a lecturer at Trinity. Higgins often brings characters from earlier stories. Devlin is most famous for his part in 'The Eagle has Landed.' General Ferguson also appears.
There's a nice inside joke as well; At one point a character asks if there's any truth to the rumor that Devlin was involved in a Nazi attempt to kidnap Churchill, the other responds it sounds like something out of a paper back novel. The plot to kidnap Churchill was the plot for 'The Eagle has Landed,' the book that made Higgins a success and has sold over 50 million copies to date.
Outstanding novel. Highly recommended.
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME! YOU CAN'T JUST PUT THIS BOOK DOWN, WITHOUT WANTING TO CONTINUE READING!
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