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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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Item as promised. Prompt delivery. However this book while enjoyable does not rise to the old Jack Higgins style. Read morePublished 24 days ago by James W. Clifton
It was a little difficult to sort out all of the characters at first, but then I got into the rhythm and enjoyed the book.Published 25 days ago by Andrew C.
Ferguson and crew at it again, but this twist beats most all of his past! Dillon, Sara and many more work this one up to atop twist.Published 25 days ago by Karen Johnson
Simon Husseini, a physician turned nuclear scientist is attempting to flee Iran for the West to avoid having his discoveries used for terror by his government. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nyssa
Enjoyed the mix of characters and how he drew them into the storyline. Interesting plot and unexpected outcome. Would Recommend.Published 3 months ago by G Goodwin