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On Dangerous Ground (Sean Dillon Book 3) by [Higgins, Jack]
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Having turned former IRA terrorist Sean Dillon into a hero in Thunder Point , Higgins refines his portrait of that deadly little man even further here by allowing him to acquire almost mystical kung-fu skills. This latest thriller opens with a prologue set in Chungking, 1944, during which Mao Zedong and Lord Louis Mountbatten sign the mysterious Chungking Covenant--a promise by Mao to extend the treaty giving Britain control of Hong Kong by 100 years. With Hong Kong due to be returned to China in 1997, the existence of such an agreement could destroy delicate international relationships. One copy of this vital document may still exist, supposedly hidden in a Scottish castle known as Loch Dhu ("Place of Dark Waters"). American billionaire Carl Morgan, determined to locate the document so that he and his Mafia associates might have leverage to protect their operations in Hong Kong, takes up residence in the castle with Asta, his stepdaughter. On the scene to foil their designs are Dillon, Brigadier Charles Ferguson and his Chief Inspector, Hannah Bernstein. Following a path from the castle to a villa in Sicily to a final confrontation in London, the search leaves a bloody trail. Unfortunately, revelation of the novel's most duplicitous villain will come as no surprise to most readers. Nevertheless, Higgins compensates for a less than elegant style with his signature unrelenting pace. BOMC main selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Special agent Sean Dillon seems genetically engineered for the 1990s. As a former IRA operative, he's terrorist chic, but since he's killed no women or children, he's also very PC. In any case, Dillon returns from Higgins' Thunder Point and Eye of the Storm (1992) to help British intelligence locate the Chungking Covenant, a 1944 document in which Winston Churchill agreed to assist Mao Tse-tung against the Japanese for Mao's promise to extend Britain's lease of Hong Kong for another 100 years, to 2097, should his revolution succeed. For some reason, the Mafia--and not the all-powerful Chinese triads?--are most interested in exposing the document and thus sustaining their lucrative Asian drug trade another century. However, Britain fears that revealing the covenant would strain already-delicate relations among the UK, China, and the U.S. This is pure espionage pulp from its far-fetched plot to its cut-out characters. But Higgins keeps the action too crisp and the settings too luxuriant for us to worry much about that. Alan Moores

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 688 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 1 1995)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OIZV0W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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An excellent novel by Jack Higgins. This suspenseful novel is for young adults and older. In 1944, Mao Tse-Tung and Lord Mountbatten signed a secret document. If the British would supply the Chinese Communist Army with ammos to fight the Japanese, Mao Tse-Tung would extend the British Rule over Hong Kong by another hundred years if he ever rules China. However, the plane that held the secret documents was lost in a plane crash.
In 1993, the Italian Mafia learned about the secret documents from one of the pilots that survived in the plane crash. Now, the Italian Mafia would find the documents so their billions of dollars of investment will not be gone in Hong Kong. The British Government finds out that the Mafia is up to the documents. Sean Dillon and Brigadier Ferguson are on a mission directly given by the Prime Minister to recover the documents before the Mafia lay its hands on them.
I recommend this book for people who have spare time to read. It's an excellent novel after all. The storyline is interesting. With the beginning focusing on Mao and Lord Mountbatten and then it ends. It then jumps right into 1993. The Mao part is great. I thought that their meeting really happened. The author has a serious tone in that part of the novel. The best part of the novel that I thought was when Sean Dillon was introduced. He seems like a cool and cold-blooded guy. A guy who use to work for any other terrorist or government organization. He bombed places and killed people. However, he never killed children or women. He sounds like a brutal man but actually he's not. The author was smart in creating Sean Dillon because he makes Sean sounds like a bad guy at the start of the novel but when you read further in the story, what you think of him actually changes.
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Aaaargh, what's happening ???!!! Why is the sense of déjavu so strong in this one, especially following right after Thunderpoint??!!!
I give the books 3 stars because it is fast moving action-packed with a simple plot peppered with some witty dialogues, enjoyable especially for those who had not read Higgins' previous works.
Character-wise, is it my imagination or is the old BG Ferguson, veteran of Korean War, getting more and more into the action, seeing him accompanied by different aides (the female in this one is so similar to the one in Eye of the Storm, but of course *SPOILER* Higgins can't use her 'cos she had a thing against Dillon).
The introduction of physical/mental therapy for Dillon through Chinese arts was refreshing, but frankly, the short duration it took stretches the credibility.
Our heroes seem to make the same mistake again as in Thunderpoint, namely, going after vital objectives while being clearly outgunned when they could have been more careful. And of course, there is slight rehash of Luciano's Luck later in the book.
The interesting character was Asta, an enigmatic woman who had no problem shooting to kill but couldn't take care of a drunken lout, namely, one Fergus Munro. Those familiar with Higgins novels would immediately notice this character has the worst of two of Higgins' famous creations : Dougal Munro and Dougal Munro 2nd generation Ferguson, without any of their redeeming qualities.
Another bright spot of this book though, is that the villains (Mafia) got news of the Chunking Covenant before a mole leaked out the information to the establishment (heroes). Usually in Higgins story, it is the other way around.
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As usual Jack Higgins knows how to thrill. Former IRA terrorist Sean Dillon, who walks a fine line between good and bad, takes to the Scottish Highlands for this fast-paced adventure. In 1944 a secret pact was signed by Hong Kong and England extending British rule over Hong Kong by 100 years until 2097 rather then restoring the nation to China in 1997. However, the document vanishes during an airplane crash over Scotland. The two pilots survive but the vital paper is lost, and with it the matter is laid to rest.
In 1993, the only living pilot confesses on his deathbed to an Italian doctor the details of the covenant. The doctor, who is from a Sicilian mafia family, informs them of the news. The mafia has a vested interest in the deal, as they run and own much of Hong Kong's most successful enterprises. Meanwhile, the reports of the old treaty leak to British officals and like the mafia, they want to get a hold of the paper if it still exists. But who would be the brightest and best person to overcome the odds in finding it? Bring in Sean Dillon!
The pursuit heats to a boil as the charming Dillon takes on the most powerful men in the Italian underworld. The Scottish countryside is turned upside down while Dillon and his colleagues Brigadier Ferguson and the lovely Chief Inspector Hannah Bernstein face continous grave danger as attempts are made on their lives. Indubitably, Sean Dillon outwits the most skilled assassins and finds incredible solutions to get out of the non-stop trouble surrounding him. Sounds a bit far-fetched? You bet! But that's what fiction is all about. I believe Sean Dillon is one of the most exciting characters in modern day thrillers, even if I do find myself rolling my eyes at the amazing way he works his way out of his predicaments. Also recommended: "Eye of the Storm," my personal five-star favorite by Higgins featuring the ever-clever Irishman Mr. Dillon.
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