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4.0 out of 5 stars Dillon's 20th Appearance
Jack Higgins is easily my favourite author, ever since reading The Eagle has Landed around ten years ago I have worked my way through his very impressive back catalogue, loving every book he has written. The fact that he is still writing thrillers of this calibre at the age of 85 is nothing short of amazing and something we should all be grateful for. But many things can...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This book is just a rehash of previous Dillon novels. It is high time Mr Higgins gave up on the PM's Private Army. Anyone familiar with Dillon and his crew will have read basically the same tale in at least a dozen previous Dillon stories. In the past Jack Higgins has written some great stories sadly The Death Trade is not one of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dillon's 20th Appearance, 2 Sep 2014
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Jack Higgins is easily my favourite author, ever since reading The Eagle has Landed around ten years ago I have worked my way through his very impressive back catalogue, loving every book he has written. The fact that he is still writing thrillers of this calibre at the age of 85 is nothing short of amazing and something we should all be grateful for. But many things can only be deemed good or bad by comparison, and that is why I can only give this book 4 stars. Compared to other Thriller writers on the market today Higgins still remains at the forefront of the genre, with plots that are current, topical and could easily be set in any of the UK cities. It is this sense of realism that sets Higgins apart from his peers. However, compared to much of his earlier works this latest offering just doesn't stand up as well as I would have hoped. The Dillon series are becoming a little too formulaic for me, with the Prime Ministers secret army now featured in their 20th novel it almost seems as if the last 3 or 4 novels is a rehash of all that has gone before. We await the inevitable meals of Champagne and scrambled eggs, Roper sitting wide awake for the entire night with cigarettes and whiskey, Dillon and Sara taking a risk that will not sit well with Ferguson etc. While all this may be fresh for someone new to Higgins, for the seasoned fan it can become a little too repetitive. My only other issue with this book is that every character when they speak, their sentence is either preceded by the word 'said' or 'demanded', come on Higgins, mix it up a little. On one page I counted the word 'said' 8 times, maybe this is something his editor should have picked up on?

After that you may be thinking that I really didn't care for The Death Trade, but this is very far from the truth. The action was thick and fast and as usual there was a number of unexpected twists. Descriptions of scenes and characters were second to none and it was easy to imagine yourself in the middle of the gunfire. The plot centres around a nuclear scientist who is being held against his will and being made to focus his talents on making a new super bomb. Obviously a man with this talent is sought after the world over, so when he has a chance of escape who will recover him first? The UK, Iran or the dreaded Al Qaeda? In a race against time Dillon and co must travel as far afield as the Saudi Arabian desert whilst attempting to avoid the far reaching hand of the 'Master', an Al Qaeda controller. With Agents seemingly everywhere, this read will make you question even your friendly neighbourhood shopkeepers integrity.

All in all, still a very good book but in my opinion I would love Higgins to write a new story that did not involve the Prime Ministers secret army. He seems to have settled himself into a comfort zone (and at his age I can't really blame him) and is content to stay there. Even the ages of the main characters needs looking at, Dillon is now 62 and Ferguson must be knocking on 90... If Higgins is going to keep the series running, then how about allowing the next novel to just feature Sean Dillon, after all he was the main protagonist that attracted so many readers to Higgins way back in 1992 (Eye of the Storm). Unfortunately he seems to be given less and less of the limelight with each passing novel. I miss his Irish wit and deadly comments that were so much a part of the earlier works. In comparison to him many of the new additions just seem wooden (Gideon, Roper, Holley etc)

Maybe not the best place to start as an introduction to Higgins, my own favourite novel is A Prayer for the Dying, but not only a book for the completist either. Give it a try, you'll be glad you did.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 10 Jun 2014
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This book is just a rehash of previous Dillon novels. It is high time Mr Higgins gave up on the PM's Private Army. Anyone familiar with Dillon and his crew will have read basically the same tale in at least a dozen previous Dillon stories. In the past Jack Higgins has written some great stories sadly The Death Trade is not one of them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dont bother...., 25 Nov 2014
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I know books tend to deteriorate as a series goes on but this is beyond that - it really was terrible - didnt even make sense half the time - stick to the earlier Sean Dillons if your looking for something to read - time to bring this series to a close Mr Higgins!
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3.0 out of 5 stars the demise of Sean Dillon, 17 Sep 2014
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there is a distinct falling off of Mr Higgins' Dillon stories, but perhaps this is due to the changes in the world political scene over the past few years. P.S. General Ferguson must be well past his retirement date ! I have read all the Sean Dillon stories over the years and they were great fun but perhaps every hero hs his/her day and it is so with Sean Dillon
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master at work, 3 April 2014
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I have long been a fan of Jack Higgins and as always this book doesn't disappoint. Sean Dillons' character has been brilliantly developed and even though you know what to expect when he becomes involved in a case for the 'Prime Ministers' private army' the book does throw up a few surprises.
I can't wait for the next book in the series as I have all 20 Sean Dillon novels!
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4.0 out of 5 stars however I have to say that I enjoyed this story and it has a twist at the ..., 5 July 2014
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I had decided to not read any more of the Sean Dillon novels as they were all the same formula, however I have to say that I enjoyed this story and it has a twist at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... book was brought for a friend who said he enjoyed it very much as Jack Higgins is his favourite ..., 1 July 2014
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This book was brought for a friend who said he enjoyed it very much as Jack Higgins
is his favourite author. As for price and delivery time 'excellent'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Sean Dillon novel, 30 Jun 2014
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Another great Sean Dillon novel, which is extreemly topical, it is a real page turner and deals with the threat of millitant extreemists and is very close to actual current events A great story
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Death Trade, 29 Jun 2014
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Yet again another enjoyable tale from Jack Higgins featuring all the usual players.
Nice that Ferguson didn't figure so much in this story can't wait for next instalment in the Sean Dillon's saga.
I recommend this to anyone still into boy's own, just total adventure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some I have read., 28 Jun 2014
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The individual story lines were not as strong as they have been in the past. The overall plot however was strong...
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