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Dark Justice (Sean Dillon Book 12) by [Higgins, Jack]
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Many of Higgins's thrillers have told one continuing saga, involving the efforts of Gen. Charles Ferguson (head of the British PM's "Private Army") and his staff to fend off various threats to queen and country. Here the timely challenge is Arab terrorism, but wobbly focus makes this a mediocre entry in a generally first-rate series. An attempt on the American president's life leads Ferguson—who alerted the Secret Service to the threat—and his main man, legendary hit man and former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon, to Josef Belov, an associate of Vladimir Putin (who appears in a cameo) and a Russian oil billionaire who's intent on world domination and who along the way is funneling would-be jihadists from Britain into terrorist training camps in the Middle East. Instead of concentrating on the promising terrorist angle, Higgins traces Dillon and Ferguson's pursuit of Belov and his goons, a race that leads to violent shootouts in Iraq and elsewhere. Ferguson takes a bullet, and Supt. Hannah Bernstein is seriously hurt. The story climaxes in a vengeful, bloody foray by Dillon and old sidekick Billy Salter into Belov's castle stronghold in Ireland. Higgins's action has always been clipped, but here some scenes are positively rushed, and there's much that's overly familiar. Still, the author's high-speed narration and the mesmerizing hard edges of heroes and villains alike should sustain fans' perhaps grudging interest.
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Higgins has been a best-selling author for decades, but most of his books sound pretty much alike. This one, which brings back IRA enforcer turned British intelligence officer Sean Dillon, begins with a botched attempt to assassinate the U.S. president. Turns out the would-be assassin (who takes his own life rather than be apprehended) is part of a network of villains bent on causing as much terror and confusion as possible. Can Dillon and his American counterpart Blake Johnson bring the evildoers to justice? It's a standard Higgins plot, with standard Higgins characters, and fans of the novelist's previous thrillers will soon realize they are in familiar territory. The Higgins name will still attract an audience of devotees, but younger readers new to the genre are unlikely to see what all the fuss was about. Even veteran Higgins readers may find that too much of a once good thing has become tedious. David Pitt
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399151788
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Aug. 2 2005)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O76OWM
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d64ffcc) out of 5 stars Fire the Ghostwriter! Oct. 6 2004
By Brad Embree - Published on
Format: Hardcover
All of these customer reviews are right on point. Let me say that I'm a huge Higgins fan, especially "Solo" and of course the Ferguson/Dillon volumes. I have all of his books displayed on my bookshelf back home, and whenever I'm home for the holidays i always take out Thunder Point and reread the first act - it's brilliant.

Which is why I'm so disappointed with Dark Justice! I read it in two days and have spent just as long trying to decide if the book even had a plot. Without giving anything away to those unfortunate enough waste their money on this book, there's a teaser on the jacket cover that doesn't materialize - and with the "climax" being so short and underdeveloped i'm pretty sure i didn't miss anything. the only person who "fell" was Mr. Higgins off my pedestal.

Shame on the esteemed author. He has a devoted legion of fans, myself included, and he's now mailing it in something terrible. I've seen cheesecakes with recipes that were more interesting - the First Act Dillon barfight, the revenge-motivating Second Act injury to a key character, and the Third Act convincing of Harry Salter that Billy can go on one more mission with Dillon - one can only hope that Higgins will run out of cliched castles in which to stage his "climaxes," but i'm starting to get the sense that we've seen it all before.

Needless to say, i returned the book to Borders - it has no place on my bookshelf!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf6503c) out of 5 stars If I could give it zero I would Oct. 23 2005
By IanBren - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The plot is basic, involving trips to Iraq, London and Ireland.

The book is full of 2-dimensional characters that you don't care for. The dialog is lacklustre; the "action" is simplistic and by-the-numbers. Even the grand finale is over in a few pages.

Dillon runs around the world saving everybody except the US president. There's nothing "thrilling" about this story at all.

I wouldn't have believed it was a Jack Higgins book if it didn't have the name on the front cover.

Don't waste your money.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf65474) out of 5 stars Mini-Review: "Dark Justice" by Jack Higgins April 6 2006
By Alan L. Chase - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I continue to plow through Jack Higgins titles at a fairly brisk pace. His novels of intrigue and espionage are like an open bag of potato chips; you just can't eat one! With "Dark Justice," Higgins addresses the post-9/11 world of anti-terrorism - both in the U.S. and in the U.K. In each nation, the response to heightened threats of terrorism has been to create a shadow counter-terrorism team - one reporting soley to the U.S. President, the other reporting to the Prime Minister.

The plot ingredients for "Dark Justice" include a former IRA terrorist who now works for the Prime Minister in combatting terror, a Russian oil mogol who is a friend of Putin, a failed assassination attempt on the American President, and internal conflict within the Prime Minister's shadow team about the moral dilemma of operating "above the law" in order to have a fighting chance to thwart the terrorists.

As always, Higgins adds his own special blend of spices - well-drawn characters and unanticipated plot twists that makes this "bag of potato chips" delicious, crunchy and satisfying.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf6545c) out of 5 stars Fast, Fast Read Sept. 22 2004
By Carol - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Whenever I want an exciting, fast read I turn to Jack Higgins. All the old crew is here, especially Dillon. I like this a lot, but I get the feeling all the main characters are getting a little long in the tooth! They sound as if "nothing gets better, no matter how much we try". This book dealt with the dark side of Islam and was much too real for me.

Yes, it was exciting and if only the bad guys were stopped as quickly and efficiently as Sean Dillon made it feel. He is one superdude. Ususally authors take hundered of pages to conclude a book. Higgins took 23 pages!

But I love the guy anyway. I couldnt put the book down and managed to suspend today's reality for a short time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf65918) out of 5 stars Very Poor By Jack Higgins normal standards Feb. 24 2005
By Mr. A. J. Simpson - Published on
Format: Hardcover

The main problem with this novel is that if you're a Higgins fan then you've read it before.

It's a lacklustre half hearted re hash of the Rashid novel, "Edge of danger", also "Midnight Runner", and a few others. It even has the main baddie buying the Rashid's assets and property as if he is forewarning the reader of what to expect. It has the same meeting of the bad guy's at a formal function. The same frank exchange of what each knows about the other. The same bad guy's where one believes Dillion can't be as bad as they say, with ridiculous implausible underestimation of him, whilst another pays him homage to impress the reader by re-hashing his previous exploits via the "file" on him. The same recruitment of old IRA comrades of Dillion's who suitably hero worship him, but will try to kill him for the sake of the "game". Even the anti climatic ending is in a country manor/ castle, with Dillon and Billy Slater parachuting in at low level, on the rush, going against greater odds who are waiting for him at the manor.

However what is very noticeably different about this novel, is that although it feels like just a re-write of a previous novel, it lacks Mr Higgins normal drama, suspense and action packed thrills. Its as though Mr Higgins was bored with it too and rushed it without thought or effort. It lacks Dillions normal flair, there are no instances where Dillion amazes you, or stuns you with his gentle romantic demeanour, bursting into deadly action of epic proportions. Despite being a Dillion book there are only two action scenes involving him, so under played, lacking in suspense, drama or significant action that you wonder why Mr Higgins even bothered to include them. The second of them is the end show down, which is the worst part of the book. Its ridiculously easy, it ends in a few pages of none action, and the potential showdown of deadly proportions that you anticipate doesn't happen. In one paragraph the ultimate bad guy, the one you expect to give Dillion a run for his money say's lets leg it (one man dead only) then in one sentence he's made it from the manor, across the fields and onto a boat that Dillion simply blows up. As a reader you feel cheated.

The only thing you remember about this book is Mr Higgins stressing over and over that terrorist's post 9/11 should be disposed of by any means. That England and America should do absolutely whatever it takes to bring them down and suspend all rights laws or moral considerations in order to do so at any cost. One wonders if this is truly a Dillion fictional Novel, or if its Mr Higgins platform to shout his opinions regarding Terrorism and anti-terrorism at the powers that be and the world at large. Certainly he makes no effort to provide a thrilling ride of suspense and drama, whilst stresses again and again from various viewpoints his beliefs in regards to how anti-terrorism should be fought. He even throws in the token nod to the moral considerations of removing human rights and laws from the equation in the form of Hannah Berstein's conscience, stressing her position on law via her position as superintendent for special branch and morals via her grandfather the Rabbi. But straight away Mr Higgins stresses that its her feelings or emotions that cry out for due process, the law and human rights and her intellect telling her that it should be ignored to do what must be done. He even has a priest from the church of England giving her moral advise that due process of the law needs to be suspended to fight terrorism. (Ignoring the fact that she's jewish) I'm not saying I'm against this view point, but if Mr Higgins felt so strongly that he needed to write a novel to air his views he could have at least spent as much time and effort on the novel itself. At least that way may be more people would read it.

I feel compelled to say that I'm a die hard Jack Higgins fan and owner of all his Novels to date. Normally Mr Higgins provides flair, drama, suspense and thrills by the bucket loads, so I hope new readers don't judge him by this book alone.

If you've not read a Jack Higgins novel before, then this is an okay novel by the standards of other novelists, but if you have then this is deeply, deeply disappointing. For those new to Jack Higgins may I suggest you try "A prayer for the Dying", I book I have re read so often that I'm on my third battered and worn copy.