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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (August 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399153152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153150
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Higgins picks up where his last novel (Dark Justice) featuring top-level British intelligence officer Gen. Charles Ferguson and his right-hand agent, former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon, left off, three weeks after a shootout killed Russian billionaire Josef Belov and his agents Yuri Ashimov and Maj. Greta Novikova. But hold on, not all of the above are really dead, and those left alive have sworn to destroy the general and his band of spies, who are also grieving for their colleague Supt. Hannah Bernstein, another casualty of the confrontation. President Vladimir Putin makes several appearances to give orders to various minions and Russian super-agent, Igor Levin. Their mission is to secure the now-deceased Belov's vast oil interests for the Russian government. With few double-crosses, deceptions or surprises of any sort, Higgins's plotting is not very inventive, and the final shootout, when it limps onstage, takes two short pages. The whole mise-en-scène feels dated, with little in the way of modern-day tradecraft or technology. Ferguson's admiration for his Russian enemies and bonhomie for Levin in particular seems plain silly: "Damn his eyes, I like the bastard. Who knows what the future holds?" Not much for Higgins's fans, if we're to judge from his latest example. (Aug.)Correction:In the June 27 review of Paul Anderson's Hunger's Brides, the agent information was misstated. The book was acquired from Random House Canada.
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From Booklist

Picking up where Higgins' Dark Justice (2004) left off, Sean Dillon--former IRA enforcer now working for British intelligence--seeks revenge on the Russian agents responsible for murdering his colleague Hanna Bernstein. The Russians themselves, however, are not too happy with Dillon for killing their man, billionaire and former KGB official Josef Belov, who was been responsible for "terrorism of all kinds." With the death of dealmaker Belov, Russia's prospects for a steady flow of oil out of Iraq ("since the vote for democracy") are threatened; the Kremlin must now resort to Plan B: using impersonator Max Zubin to stand in for Belov to maintain some stability in the Russia-Iraq connection until a new, improved Plan A emerges. This is pretty standard Jack Higgins: wooden characters and far-flung if barely credible locales, but enough plot and action to keep his many fans by his side. Alan Moores
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More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Stick with Mr. Higgins for one more book.
Donald Mitchell
The best thing that could have happened in this book is that the bad guys would have succeeded and Dillon and company KILLED, DEAD.
Amazon Customer
Very poor editing does nothing to improve it.
Jerry Saperstein

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tim Joyce on March 1, 2006
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I have read all of Jack Higgins' books, inclusing those written under his known psuedonyms. Typically, I have enjoyed his writing immensely, as it mixes places, action, mystery, and excitement. Unfortunately, that seems to be missing with each new effort. I am growing tired of the same cliches that Sean Dillon uses, the purported tie to the US and President Cazalet and Blake Johnson, the Salters, etc. It seems tired and forced, and dated. The characters all speak in a fashion that indicates that they are from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. The plotlines are predictable.

Don't get me wrong; I have loved Jack Higgins' writing for many years, and will continue to read all of his new efforts. I just hope that there is something new in his future writings.

I give this book a "3".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Albert on March 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I managed to finish reading this book in the hope that it would get better. It never did. I've enjoyed many of his previous works, but this is the worst of his that I have read. I probably should have given it one star instead of two. Save your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By for your information on August 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jack Higgins is my favorite author, and his books got me reading instead of watching Beverly Hills 90210 when I was younger. However, I do agree with some of the earlier reviewers. In this book (Without Mercy), some of the activities and characters are unrealistic (too easy to gather/steal information, too friendly between the enemies, etc...). Additionally, looks like Mr Higgins is trying everything he can to tie this book to his previous books (Belov, Rashid). I think it is time to cut the cord with the current villains and come up with some fresh ideas. It is getting repetitive. However, once again the book was easy to read. No crazy descriptions and plenty of actions. I was able to read it one day. I am extremely disappointed with the fact that Mr Higgins decided to kill Hannah. She was a perfect character throughout the Dillon Saga (and my second favorite character only to Liam Devlin). If it was up to me, Mr Higgins should have killed Billy. Out of all the characters in the book, Billy is the most unrealistic character and makes the book even more unreal (read the book, Billy turns into a badge carrying-super sidekick). I would not recommend this book to anyone who has never read Jack Higgins. If you want to start reading Jack Higgins, then start with "The Eagle has Landed", "Night of the Fox", or "Eye of the Storm". You will love it. However, if you are a Jack Higgins fan like me, then we must continue to read Sean Dillon and his crazy crew. I hope this helped!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry Scantlebury on October 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
You know, the guy was great. In baseball and football and other sports, your past 'greatness' carries you beyond your eroded greatness just about 5 minutes after the National Anthem. Then the fans are calling for your head.

Too bad we can't do that here. Ditto James Patterson. Ditto Higgins' countryman Follett. The date for the next Higgins book used to be pasted on the check out desks and cubicles of any Borders or Barnes. Well, those days are gone. (Remember 'Eagle has Landed?' Remember 'Season in Hell?')

This is a silly book. It is certainly not plot driven because the plot makes no sense at all. The Russians (I thought like the Nazis, we didn't have them any more) are plotting to kill the rest of Fergusen's team after the shoot out in "Dark Justice." Hannah, before she dies, continues to rankle Sean Dillon who has drifted from a philosohic assassin somewhere in between Bond, the old Harry Palmer and Jack Reacher to a virtual cartoon figure. Fergusen continues to ply everyone with booze. It makes no sense. In one scene the First Officer of the aircraft flying back to England at 600 miles per hour comes back in the cabin and Fergusen offers him a drink?

This may be it for me and Jack Higgins. He's interested in the yearly paycheck. Can't blame him, really. We keep buying his books. Bloody shame. He was such a talented chap. So full of promise. 1 star. Larry Scantlebury
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Hardee on January 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have been a longtime reader of Jack Higgins (Harry Patterson / Martian Fallon / James Graham) for the past 30+ years. After finishing his latest book "Without Mercy", I felt it was a little lacking. I read many of the other reviews to see if other readers had the same consensus as I, to my dismay they did. I think that Jack has fallen into a trap that can plague writers who create a character (like Sean Dillon) and try to write book after book in a continuing fashion. Let's face it, Sean has been around since 1992 in "The Eye of the Storm" and it has been a good series. The problem lately has been the transition and redundancy of the story line, it's almost like we are getting a cut and paste job from some of his previous books. This book actually is written in fashion like Tom Clancy's "Debt of Honor" with the transition to "Executive Orders", but instead of the gripping excitement experienced with Clancy, "Without Mercy" fizzles and you can anticipate every move three chapters before it happens. Jack should have just made his last book "Dark Justice" a few chapters longer and not created "Without Mercy", which is a four chapter book with a lot of filler.

I really would like to see Jack go back to writing WWII novels that he do so well, like "Night of the Fox", "Storm Warning", and the "Eagle has Landed".
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