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Thunder Point (Sean Dillon Book 2) by [Higgins, Jack]
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YA-When Henry Baker leaves his home on St. John to deep-sea dive in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean, he has no idea that this is not going to be a routine day. Pushed by a sense of adventure and an extremely calm sea, he goes to an area usually too dangerous for diving. In the waters of Thunder Point, Henry discovers a German U-boat, the captain's diary, and a watertight briefcase that belonged to Martin Bormann. Forty-seven years after the fall of Nazi Germany, the discovery of documents detailing the politican's escape rocks the British Parliment. This damaging information cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. Unlikely alliances are formed and the race to retrieve the briefcase is underway. Thunder Point is an action-packed, easy read. The intrique of the plot and excitement of the chase will appeal to YAs.
Grace Baun, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this thrilling tale that combines World War II espionage with contemporary politics, Higgins proposes that Nazi lieutenant Martin Bormann escaped Allied forces in 1945 and made his way in a U-boat to South America, along with a notebook listing U.S. and British Nazi sympathizers. One of the names in the notebook happens to be the Duke of Windsor. In 1992, a diver in the Caribbean finds the wreck of the vessel, and word gets back to the British authorities that the notebook is still onboard. Irish terrorist Sean Dillon is recruited to retrieve the item, but he's not the only one interested: a notorious drug dealer with Parliamentary connections is also in on the hunt. The involving story unfolds rapidly across two continents as the rivals race to secure the momentous prize. Helped immeasurably by Dillon's fascinating character and a stylish performance by Roger Moore, the tension builds to an enthralling climax. Highly recommended.
- Jay Rozgonyi, Fairfield Univ. Lib., Ct.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 833 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Sept. 1 1994)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IATDQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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This is a little yarn. But don't let the adjective fool you. In these days of sweeping techno-thrillers that rely heavily on (and are often weighed down by) techno ga-ga, Higgins' "little" yarns are a breath of fresh air. Everything about this book, except the pre-title sequence in Serbia could be written in the 1960s.
Lets see there's a sunken German U-boat, a plush locale, sharks (aquatic and bipedal), seaplanes, exploding yachts, dastardly villains, able henchmen (if only just), and a love interest that is little more than a devise for the story. Yep, that's 1960s fair...gotta love it!
Much of the story is a bit predictable, not many plot twists - but who cares. You bounce along with the protagonist, Higgins' loveable Sean Dillon, former IRA terrorist, and his new employer, Brigadier Ferguson (who gets an unusually large part in this story considering he's usually the spymaster that sits back and manipulates the game) as they race against time to unearth documents from the Third Reich that may implicate many in Britain's and America's upper crust in Nazi efforts to thwart the allies plans during World War II. I say again, pure 1960s fair.
I especially enjoyed the dialogue among Dillon and Ferguson, they definately seem like old warriors. Plus Higgins has a way of making even readers from Peoria read with a Scottish brogue or a Belfast cockney. Unfortunately, his characters from other cultures seem to adopt the same idioms. The hispanic villians can be heard calling Dillon a "bloody bastard", probably not the epithet of choice in Cuba.
And another thing...yet another hold over from the 60's, why is the protagonist always referred to in dialogue by his last name.
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Once again, Jack Higgins uses his knack for merging past history with modern day thrills in the high-octane adventure, Thunder Point. Featuring everyone's favorite IRA terrorist turned hero Sean Dillon, this yarn takes to the dangers of the high sea as Dillon is hired by the British government to recover documents missing since World War II. These papers aren't just old political red tape rubbish--quite the contrary. They were property of Adolf Hitler and they contained the names of many members of the British establishment who were friendly to the Nazi cause. Now nearly fifty years later if these documents fell into the wrong hands they would have a devastating impact on Britain's aristocracy and Parliament, as kin of the people on the list were working their way up the ranks in British societal order.
In the Caribbean, rumor has it that a U-boat that sank in 1945 which carried Hitler's associate Martin Bormann was discovered by a lone diver in a treacherous remote location. Coincidentally, the diver is killed in a freak accident just days after finding the U-boat and so he takes to his grave the secret of its whereabouts. Soon the hunt is on as Dillon and a barrage of enemies are in a race to find it first, thus obtaining the documents Bormann was thought to carry.
The Sean Dillon series is always addictive action-packed stay up all night reading. Thunder Point is only a slight notch below Higgins' best Dillon tales. Even Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt can't hold a candle to Sean Dillon's considerable scuba diving talents in Thunder Point. But then again, is there any area where the illustrious Dillon doesn't excel? After all, this man is an accomplished theatre actor who speaks fluent German, Spanish, French, Arabic, Italian, and Russian, not to mention English and Irish.
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Readers of Higgins' previous works would have been introduced to Sean Dillon, ex-IRA turned mercenary, a man who had his own codes regarding keeping of one's word but kills ruthlessly.
The background to the plot is this : a long lost sunked German U-boat from WW2 was found, and somewhere inside is a briefcase containing a list of secret bank account numbers to fund Nazism after the war, and a list of British secretly supportive of Nazi Germany, including the abdicated former monarch Duke of Windsor. The potential embarassment and backlash led the British PM to give the job for Group Four under BG Ferguson, who in turn sought the assistance of Sean Dillon, given the delicate nature of the job, the sub being in Virgin Islands, US territory and all. However, the operation is not as secret as it should be, for already, descendants of people named in the list were urgently seeking to get the briefcase first.
Higgins' flair in his work lies in keeping his story short, quick-moving with not too complicated characters who are just about credible.
Unfortunately, there were some loopholes in this one. First of all, the capture of Sean Dillon was rather hard to believe given the past records about him. If he was a chameleon who travels constantly under various guises, it would have been rather hard to believe that Ferguson could have known to bait him in Vienna.
Second, how the actual site of the wreck was discovered was rather incredible, given how no one thought of it earlier. Most divers would have come to it sooner.
Third, given the resources available to G4, and the critical nature of the job, it seems hard to believe that such a small force was despatched and they kept being tangled by simple hoodlums.
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