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An Iranian medical researcher, forced into applying his work on medical isotopes to nuclear weapons research, is dangerously close to perfecting a more powerful, cheaper nuclear bomb. The man’s family is being held captive by the Iranian government so there’s little chance he would ever defect, but the British (concerned about the possibility of Iran becoming a nuclear power) see a window of opportunity. The man is scheduled to be in Paris, and he happens to be acquainted with Sara Gideon, the intelligence agent who has recently joined the small band of operatives led by series hero Sean Dillon. Gideon and Dillon’s mission: meet up with the man in Paris and convince him to turn over his research. Possibility of success: strong. Possibility of mishap leading to dire consequences and life-threatening danger: even stronger. This is another sturdy action thriller with political overtones from one of the masters of the genre. Fans of the long-running Dillon series will flock to this latest entry, and the reappearance of Sara Gideon (who was introduced in 2012’s A Devil Is Waiting) injects the book with some serious new energy. Good stuff. --David Pitt

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“Higgins, with his usual panache, follows a well-established and successful formula that should please fans.”—Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for Jack Higgins
 
“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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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399165894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399165894
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Higgins is among the world's most popular authors. Since the publication of The Eagle Has Landed--one of the biggest-selling thrillers of all time--every novel he has written has become an international bestseller, including The White House Connection and Day of Reckoning. He has had simultaneous number-one bestsellers in hardcover and paperback, and has been published in thirty-eight languages worldwide. Many of his books have been made into successful movies, among them The Eagle Has Landed, To Catch A King, and The Valhalla Exchange. He lives with his wife on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

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I have been an on-and-off again fan of Jack Higgins since his excellent thriller, The Eagle Has Landed. Though The Death Trade is not anywhere near as good as The Eagle Has Lande and many of his early books, it is still an enjoyable read.

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.
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I have read many of Mr. Higgin's books over the years including several with this team of agents. Reading this one was another re-reading of the past exploits with boring dialogue. It is time for them and Jack Higgins to move on.
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I enjoyed this novel as I enjoy all of Jack Higgins's books. I fancy the characters and their dialogue and their Irish tones. This one focuses mostly on Sara Gideon, who shows repeatedly how resourceful she is. Sean Dillon as usual also has a significant role as well as Billy, but the main character is Sara. She receives the assignment to try to persuade an Iranian scientist to defect to England. He has been working on the development of an atomic bomb that has more destructive powers than those currently in existence. Al Qaeda is also interested in kidnapping the scientist so they can have this bomb. The scientist does not want to develop the bomb but the Iranians are holding his mother and sister hostage. Sara becomes attracted to an Iranian officer who is half Iranian and half Irish.
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"Above all things, cherish life while you can, for death is a serious business." This is the quote one reads just before beginning this tale, one that starts with brutal killings occurring in Houla, Syria. Thus, Higgins sets the stage for another fast-paced Sean Dillon caper. "Death Trade" deals with a potential nuclear fiasco, as an Iranian scientist has discovered, while working under extreme duress, an inexpensive means to produce nuclear bombs four times more powerful than anything as yet known. But, Dr Husseini has a problem. He does not want the current Iranian regime, or anyone for that matter, to get their hands on his discovery.

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.
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I have been reading Jack Higgins for years, and have enjoyed his books. However, hIs stories are getting way too formulaic. You can't go 20 pages without someone being shot between the eyes. There is little emotion, no character depth. Higgins could have written this story over breakfast one morning. He needs to drop these characters and move on to something fresh.
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There’s no denying that Higgins has written some classics over the years, that I have enjoyed reading immensely, but this certainly isn’t one of them. The storyline itself is compelling and there are some interesting characters, including the usual suspects of Dillon & Ferguson, but unfortunately the writing is lazy and downright clumsy in places, especially when it comes to dialogue, or introducing the speaker.

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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