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How can someone write a whole series featuring a right-wing psychopath as a hero?
on 29 November 2015
I'd never read a Jack Higgins novel before, but I thought I'd give him a try as he's such a well-known author and came with high recommendations. I certainly won't be reading another one. This is simple-minded, cliche-ridden drivel. How on earth is Jack Higgins so popular? The "hero" is a right-wing, psychopathic, terrorist gun-for-hire --- how could anyone find this character charismatic or sympathetic? I find the fact that there's a whole series of nineteen books featuring this horrible, little man quite astounding (and not a little depressing that there's apparently such a market for this morally-twisted rubbish). It's not as if he's even a good writer: he tries to portray Sean Dillon as a kind of criminal master-mind who meticulously plots his dastardly schemes with ingenious precision, when in fact he's more Clouseau than Reacher. We get an idea of his philosophical outlook when we learn that he's a huge fan of Margaret Thatcher and John Major ---- no namby-pamby liberal nonsense for our Sean.The characters are wooden and unsympathetic, there are no meaningful insights into the human condition and the plot-line is simplistic and totally ludicrous. This book left a nasty taste in my mouth, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to any discerning reader with an ounce of moral rectitude.