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Day of Reckoning (Sean Dillon Series, Book 8)

Day of Reckoning (Sean Dillon Series, Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Higgins
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Jack Higgins's Fox is a Mafioso of the new breed--well-spoken, cultured, a war hero--but prepared to kill on reflex. When Fox kills a woman journalist for spying on his affairs, he omits to check out her past; her ex-husband, Blake Johnson, a security adviser to the President, swears bloody vengeance on him and is joined by his friends, notably Sean Dillion, the former IRA enforcer, in a crusade to humiliate Fox before killing him.

"We take this animal out, only we do it my way. It's too easy to shoot him on the street. I want this to be slow and painful. We destroy his miserable little empire bit by bit until he has nothing left. And then we destroy him."

In a sequence of short episodes, each of Fox's enterprises--a London casino, a deal with the Army of God over uranium-tipped missiles, a diamond heist, arming IRA holdouts against the peace process--is taken away from him; we know, though, from the start, that the final reckoning is still to come, and that Blake will find himself Fox's prisoner in the waterlogged cellars of a Cornish castle ... Higgins has a formula down pat, and will never disappoint his myriad fans. We get a lot of technical details about just how to blow up a ship or crack a safe, and a group of adventurers whose utter ruthlessness goes along with sentiment and loyalty. This is the mixture as before, efficiently done. --Roz Kaveney


‘Another page-turner from the master… one of the fastest-moving thrillers Higgins has penned for some time. It isn’t just Higgins at his best, it is him at his most inventive and impressive.’
Oxford Times

‘Dillon makes his 8th appearance in this return-to-form thriller. As in the best of his earlier work, Higgins shifts the action with practised ease between London, Beirut and Ireland… this is Higgins as we like him to be.’
Good Book Guide

Tom Clancy

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0006514359
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (14 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054PILJS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. 'The Eagle Has Landed' turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 7 Aug 2008
Read this whilst in Hospital recently. Along with some of the other reviews, I thought that taking a line through The Eagle has Landed, it would be a safe bet to while away time. I can't believe that the same person has written this sub Tom Clancey tosh. Wholly unbelievable characters and scenarios. Avoid at all costs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars my first Jack Higgins 16 Dec 2006
This book starts off very interestingly and excitingly, then goes back a long way to the beginning of the story to explain everything that has happened in the meantime.

I found the plot quite interesting, the characters were well described and the heroes were likeable enough for me to care about their fate in this novel. I finished this book in two days as it is something of a pageturner and only contains around 350 pages.

On the downside, Higgins crammed far too many characters into this book for my liking, some with similar names so on several occasions I had to go back a few pages to make sure I didn't lose track of who was who (apart from the obvious main characters Sean Dillon, Blake Johnson, Brigadier Ferguson, Jack Fox, Don Marco and Aldo Falcone). I realise those readers who are more familiar with Higgins' works possibly won't have this problem as some of the characters seem to already have appeared in his other books.

And while the storyline was overall exciting, I found this book very predictable and the villains were disposed of far too easily and quickly to make it all convincing.

I'm going to read Higgins' Midnight Runner next as I've already purchased it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Swift and sure . . . 31 Jan 2001
With each book we find that Dillon REALLY doesn't care whether he lives or dies. His boldness is trademark. Ruthless, I enjoyed seeing Bernstein finally get up and walk away from it all. Higgins is doing well. However, Dillon, IS getting old. And some of the plots are predictable. I would like to see Higgins write another one about WWII, those are some of his best.
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By A Customer
I have always like Jack Higgin's books but the plot of Day of Reckoning was trite, predictable, it's dialogue sophomoric and was printed in a manner (1 1/2 spaced lines, large borders, large top margins on first pages of chapters, etc.) to fill space. I call these "filler" books written as a "Contract obligation". It demeans Mr. Higgin's reputation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Trite, obvious, unsophisticated 12 Mar 2000
This book was a severe dissapointment. There is no character or plot development whatsoever.
The characters are unbelieveable. One has little more sympathy for the fleeting moment we spend with Katherine Johnson, than one does for the villain, Jack Fox.
The "English" characters are.....too quaint to believe.
I paid good money for this book, I am dissapointed and believe I have a right to say so.
Comparable to Clancy or Forsythe this is not.
It certainly is " a class of its own" and "..the pages fly" by, as it is the litterary equivalent of pop corn.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish! 8 Jan 2001
The plot lacks imagination and is very predictable. The characters are carboard cut-outs and are completely unbelievable. There is no continuity what so ever and plenty of detail that simply is not true, does not add up and completely make believe. This is not worth the paper it has been written on and, I suspect, is mainly an attempt by Hr Higgins and the publisher to trade on his previous great name to rip-off people who have previoulsy enjoyed his books.
What happened to the author that wrote 'The Eagle has Landed'?
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By A Customer
Jack Higgins brings alive all his favourite characters.Sean Dillon is back as the forever happy ruthless assassin chasing down mafia gangsters and IRA renegade terrorists.Higgins gives the Eastend mobsters a bigger slice of the story in this action packed, page turning adventure.His fast paced story telling is second to none,his style is very direct and his endings just make you impatient for the next offering. Jack Higgins is the best and this is him at his best.Can't wait for the next Sean Dillon adventure.
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1.0 out of 5 stars To read this book would be a waste of time! 12 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Day of Reckoning plot was very straight forward, almost boring. There was no character building, their narrated interaction we pure cliche. I was quite amused by how bad this book was. I would honestly say I have read better 'A' level pieces than this. I think Mr. Higgins fancied a new house in Tuscany in the morning, wrote the book over lunch and then mailed it to his publisher. Absolute pap.
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I'm not sure what age range this book is aimed at - possibly the under 10's. Don't waste your time if you're any older.
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Bought as part of a series to re read on my Kindle. I had bought the book a few years ago in paperback and wanted to read it again.
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