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“The bell tolls at midnight as death requires it.” But will it finally toll for Sean Dillon & company in the explosive new thriller of murder, terrorism and revenge from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
In Ulster, Northern Ireland, a petty criminal kills a woman in a drunken car crash. Her sons swear revenge.
In London, Sean Dillon and his colleagues in the ‘Prime Minister’s private army’, fresh from defeating a deadly al-Qaeda operation, receive a warning: ‘You may think you have weakened us, but you have only made us stronger.’
In Washington, D.C., a special projects director with the CIA, frustrated at not getting permission from the President for his daring anti-terrorism plan, decides to put it in motion anyway.
Soon, the ripples from these events will meet and overlap, creating havoc in their wake. Desperate men will act, secrets will be revealed – and the midnight bell will toll.
‘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
‘With fresh plots, interesting characters and vibrant settings, Jack Higgins has firmly cemented his reputation as one of the world’s most successful thriller writers.’ The Strand Magazine
‘A thriller writer in a class of his own.’ Financial Times
About the author
Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. The Eagle Has Landed turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into sixty languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films.
Bestseller Higgins's routine 22nd Sean Dillon thriller (after 2014's Rain on the Dead) pits the former IRA assassin against the new leader of al-Qaeda, who calls himself simply the Master. Dillon took out the previous Master, and his successor is plotting his revenge. Dillon's allies include Vietnam vet Blake Johnson, who runs the Basement, the American president's "personal security department"; and Dillon's cousin Hannah Flynn, who, although just 19, "had grown up in an IRA family and knew how to handle a gun." Hannah's skills come in handy when she and another woman are attacked, but, as is typical of the genre, violent events that would unsettle a real person have minimal emotional impact. Characters act in reckless ways that will distance some readers from any sense of reality. Others may not care for the unsophisticated politics. For example, a supposedly savvy former president asserts that the U.S. thought at one point "that the deaths of Saddam, Gadaffi, and bin Laden would cure the ills of the Middle East."