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The Death Trade Hardcover – December 31, 2013

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2014
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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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Higgins is a very successful author and this book marks the twentieth "Sean Dillon" novel by him. As such the series seems to be getting a tad stale. This novel contains a great deal of character description & dialog ... but not very much action. If you like well-written prose this book may be just fine for your tastes. To me the main characters and activity all would seem to have been better cast in a 1950's British "whodunnit." The characters and action seem out of place for such a contemporary plot involving modern Arab terrorist activity. In the reality that is now ... how many diplomats, agents, deep opps specialists and superspies all sit around in the paneled libraries of mansions, smoking cigars & cigarettes, sipping sherry & cognac, playing Cole Porter songs on a piano, while discussing and planning their next political assassination? Outdated? Yes, I'd say so.
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i AM AN IRISHMAN THROUGH AND THROUGH AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE UK (BREXIT) VOTE TO QUIT THE OCCUPATION OF IRELAND. THE FACT THAT THE MAIN CHARACTER WAS A TOP IRA ASSASSIN TURNED TO WORK FOR SOME SUPER DUPER SECRET PM ARMY IRKS ME. That being said the books are enjoyable. Just wish you would do one on England getting their asses kick out of my homeland.....

The organgies/Prosies/thuggish Ulster paramilitary/Brit military/and SASies control Northern Ireland, if the people wanted to be a part of the UK you wouldn't need all the above forces along with very high cement walls dividing neighborhoods and they called the IRA a terrorist group. I would say they are Irish Freedom Fighters. People look toward Israel and say they are an occupying force but it has been, historically their homeland for thousands of years and after the fall of the Ottoman Empire the UN set aside this land for the Jewish state; this is not the case in Ireland.
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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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