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The Death Trade Hardcover – December 31, 2013
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“Higgins, with his usual panache, follows a well-established and successful formula that should please fans.”—Publishers Weekly
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“Jack Higgins is the dean of intrigue novelists. He has no equal.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Jack Higgins has written some of the best suspense fiction of the past fifty years.” —San Diego Union-Tribune
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The Death Trade is fast reading and loaded with several several intriguing characters. Some are villainous, some are heroic, but most are quite interesting and involved in exciting scenarios.
The plot is right out of today's headlines; dealing with the Iranian nuclear program and its possible effects on world events. The main players include a brilliant but troubled scientst, a megomaniacal billionaire, terrorists of all shapes and sizes and, of course, the small but highly trained and efficient anti-terrorist group working directly under the British Prime Minister.
The story unfolds with breakneck speed and builds to a thrilling climax. I recommend this novel to the typical Higgins fan and to anyone else interested in a very heavily plot-driven exciting and suspenseful tale that spans such world hotspots as Afghanistan, Syria, Iran the Saudi Arabian Desert and, of course, Paris and Great Britain.
Is The Death Trade great literature? Definitely not. Does it follow the formula Higgins has used in most of his books? Without question, yes. Does it have more than its share of cliches? It does. If you can overlook or, at least not be bothered too much by these factors, I'm pretty sure you'll find The Death Trade to be a fun, entertaining read.
In England, news of Husseini's work is known (rumored) and Dillon, as well as the rest of the Prime Minister's private army (including Gen. Ferguson, Sara Gideon, Giles Roper, the Salter clan, etc.) meet to plot their course and set their plan into motion. They intend to contact the doctor (who Gideon knew years earlier) at an event scheduled in Paris, where he is to receive a Legion of Honor award. As fate would have it, nothing goes quite according to plan, starting in London, where Dillon and Gideon are attacked by al-Queda hired guns, though they do escape. Once in Paris the two include a Colonel of the French Secret Service (DGSE) in on their plan. Of course, there are a couple of incidents in Paris and they start discovering more pieces to the puzzle they are studying. From there the action moves around on land, sea and air, in Iran, Beirut, Saudi Arabia with the story ending in London. Various good guys and bad guys are all going after the doctor's prize, the one he wants kept hidden from all. But...not all the players involved are who they appear to be and as the plot unfolds and the conclusion draws near you can expect a few surprises.Read more ›
This is a particularly clumsy example from pg29 but there are far too many ‘he said’/’she said’ introductions to the speaker throughout the book;
‘That was Ferguson, and Dillon said, “There might be an opportunity…”’
People ‘yawn hugely’ rather than just yawn and generally there is far too much ‘tell’ of their personalities and emotions, rather than showing us what they are thinking/feeling through their actions or speech. The dialogue itself is outdated and stumbles at times, as is the cold war espionage world of sing-alongs that Ferguson and Dillon still live in despite the modern setting.
I lost count of the number of times it was reiterated what a hero and action-girl Sara Gideon by various other characters, even after she has just stabbed an assailant in the leg to save Dillon it is mentioned twice, which as a reader I found insulting.
With better editing this could be a great read, but the repetition, clichéd characterisation, and hammering home of facts became annoying and made it mediocre.
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Great read. Fast paced with lots of action and humor. This is a good one to bring along on a road trip / flight or while you are waiting at the airport.Published 2 months ago by Sriram Tharmapuram
Not the best Higgins book I have read. Too much overkill and emphasis on the female back up to Dillon.Published 3 months ago by Les.Colebrook
UK special team comes together at castle/hotel/hideout. They banter, drink, eat, sleep. They go their separate ways and some team member(s) get into a boring skirmish. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. miller
Another Sean Dillon thriller. Although this is a work of fiction it underscores the intent of radical Islam to terrorize the western world.Published 4 months ago by Norman H.