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The Judas Gate (Sean Dillon) Hardcover – January 4, 2011

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Book 18 of 21 in the Sean Dillon Series

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Sean Dillon, the former IRA soldier and missionary who now works for the British government, has another tough case on his hands. In Afghanistan, a unit of American soldiers and British medicos were ambushed. Some of the attackers were British-born Muslims, which is bad enough, but it appears their leader might be a mysterious Irishman who calls himself Shamrock. Against his better judgment, Dillon reaches out to an expert on the Irish element: Daniel Holley, an assassin who once nearly killed Dillon. This is an especially dialogue-heavy novel—much of the action is implied, or takes place off camera—perhaps because the author is interested in exploring the relationship between Dillon and Holley. Like the previous Dillon novel, The Wolf at the Door (2010), this one is slower paced, more introspective, and frankly, not quite as engaging as some of the earlier entries in the series. Fans, however, will want to see Dillon through to the end. --David Pitt


'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 'Higgins is a master of his craft.' Daily Telegraph 'A thriller writer in a class of his own.' Financial Times 'The master craftsman of good, clean adventure.' Daily Mail --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Sean Dillon
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399156844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156847
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,240 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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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Filled with international intrigue, great action and scene setting, this is a very good book.

Would probably have enjoyed it more if I had read earlier books in the Sean Dillon series, but that is no reason not to read this fine work. There were just times, early on, as characters were being introduced, that I sensed I was missing something in their relationships and interactions, references to earlier adventures, challenges and books.

Frankly, reading this book, its quality, suspense and mystery, has convinced me to go back and start at the very beginning of the series.

What's this book about? Supposed good guys helping the definitely bad guys kill Allied soldiers (good guys), Dillon's tracking them down with suspense, surprises,twists and turns on every page.

Even if this is your first Higgins/Dillon book, go for it. You won't regret it!!!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Rendine on January 6, 2011
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The Judas Gate is another great offering from Jack Higgns featuring one of the best protagonists evr, Sean Dillon. If you never read Jack Higgins before read The Judas Gate then go back and start from the begining. You will be richly rewarded.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Olson VINE VOICE on January 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A cerebral action read.
Ambivalence is my general feeling about Jack Higgins' latest novel Judas Gate. It was not what I expected from the several book synopses that I read. I was thinking this would be about a manhunt in Afghanistan or the surrounding region for the British turncoat known a Shamrock. Instead, it was a drawn out story about the legacy of the Irish "Troubles". Most of the usual Higgins characters were involved as they plotted and discussed the who, what and where of Shamrock. Included was the normal cast of Muslim terrorists but missing was the action. Much of Higgins' tale was verbal interaction between the cast of characters. Now don't get me wrong, there were some action scenes but they were few and far between with lots of characters talking, planning, and discussing a variety of issues. All in all this was more of a cerebral thriller: Lots of mental gymnastics with short spurts of physical action.
The plot was an interesting one involving the voice of a turncoat British agent heard on a dead American's hot mike after the ambush of 12 American Rangers and responding British helicopter medical team. All were killed. The hot mike tape was analyzed and the findings sent to British Intelligence for review and action. Sean Dillon is summoned and put on the case to find the traitor. From there, the story very slowly unfolds.
Again, The Judas Gate is more about thinking than doing, searching than finding. Thus, my ambivalence about this novel. I was expecting something else as the thesis was a very good one. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the story but to a lesser extent.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T Squared on January 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I was a teen, my Dad gave me a copy of Higgin's early masterwork "Storm Warning" and I have been a big fan ever since, looking forward to his novels every year (or so). But, like many reviewers of his last few Dillon novels I was starting to wonder whether he was "losing his fastball". They were OK, but not up to his early standards.

"The Judas Gate" is a happy return to form. OK, it is still not among his best, but it is much better than his recent efforts. The action was non stop and the double crosses and bouncing around the globe were a lot of fun. It's interesting that while the US President in recent Dillon novels had a name (Jake Cazalet), the current president is referred to as.... wait for it... the President :) I don't think this is a slap but a way to prevent the Dillon timeline from being hemmed in.

It was interesting that Dillon's girlfriend Monica Starling is mentioned, she does not appear this book. To be honest, given the storyline, trying to fit her in this one would not have worked. It's nice he has a girlfriend, but I still wish Hannah Bernstein hadn't been killed off though.

Poor Dillon doesn't seem to have much luck with women on the whole. It seems that recent Dillon novels end with a very rich, and very disturbed woman (like Kate Rashid and now Jean Taylor) with a blood oath against him. Maybe his next book will start with Dillon coming home to Stable Mews and Monica throwing a pot at him saying "Where have you been!?"

Jack Higgins is in his 80's now. While he could probably write Dillon novels until he drops, I wish he would go back and do another historical fiction based novel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grubb Street Rapscallion on January 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Time to Retire Dillon

Judas Gate, by Jack Higgins, is one of the dullest, so-called action books, I have read. What began as an intriguing, action-filled series staring Sean Dillon has deteriorated into little more than a tale of tedious plotting, endless talking, and almost constant drinking among characters who have lost their individuality. I wonder how the special unit headed by Ferguson can get anything right with all they drinking they do. I also wonder how Shamrock, the Irish-born villain, can plot anything with his constant drinking. Maybe it's the Irish way, according to Higgins; if so, it doesn't paint a very positive portrait of a warm and loving people.

There is no sense of urgency in what happens in the story. We learn that a dying soldier had accidentally recorded an Irish-speaking commander of a Taliban unit in Afghanistan that had attacked and killed a dozen US. Army Rangers and members of a British medical team, in an ambush. The chase is on, of course, to find that apparent traitor who calls himself Shamrock. We also hear of a mysterious Preacher, the Al Qaeda leader in London, who somehow manages to remain safe as an academic, despite his constantly using a cell phone to contact those he controls, including Shamrock; surely, MI5 should have intercepted his calls, especially with key word recognition programs. Along the way, we hear a lot about the Troubles and their aftermath in Ireland, yet see little of the consequences of that often brutal and tragic period in Irish history. We also hear about the fighting in Afghanistan, but most of the action is off stage; all we get is a lot of talking about it.
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