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on 25 April 2017
Not one of his best. Too many characters making it extremely hard to follow. Got a bit frustrated.
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on 29 May 2014
What is there to say about Jack Higgins? Probably the worlds best known thriller writer, and easily my favourite author. A number of years back I bought 'The Eagle has landed' in a book sale and never looked back. I immediately went and purchased his entire back catalogue. The only problem was that I never wanted to stop reading his novels so ended up rationing them out to make them last as long as I could.

Day of Judgement follows Simon Vaughan and is the 3rd book featuring the character (Amazon for some reason advertises that it has Paul Chavasse as the lead character, this isn't true and he doesn't even appear at all).

The scene is set in Germany during the cold war. Chavasse is a hired mercenary smuggling people through the checkpoints to freedom in the west. However things go wrong when he encounters a beautiful girl. When she asks to be returned to the East, Father Conlin agrees to take her. A Dachau prison camp survivor and champion of human rights he knows the stakes are high. The East despise men like him, if only they could capture and brainwash him for their own cause.

And so begins an action packed adventure. Higgins is always an expert at mingling fact with fiction and here he is no exception. Centred around President Kennedys trip to Berlin in 1963 we are allowed to imagine what would happen should the East persuade a Catholic priest of high standing to make anti American statements, advising that all his hard work smuggling people was for political gain rather than humanitarian reasons. Obviously if this coincided with Kennedys speech it would look to discredit the entire operation. A cat and mouse game ensues with the east trying to break Conlin and the West planning his abduction. We meet commando priests, undercover agents, rogues and even the Pope.

As always with Higgins expect plenty of action (I love the way the second bullet always smashes the targets spine) and more than enough twists to keep even a rollercoaster enthusiast happy. A well deserved 5 stars.
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on 4 March 2009
Cold War thriller that moves along steadily, no frills or fanfare, a bit flimsy, but undemanding if that's your want.
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on 18 May 2000
One of Jack Higgin's earlier novels, Day of Judgement is amazing. Whereas nowadays he has fallen into a rut, churning out the same charcaters re-hashed time after time, this was written at what I consider to be the peak of his career. The characterisation is amazingly real, and the book is very dark, as opposed to some of the airy-fairy 'gung-ho' action of his other, lesser novels. Witness the musing of the main charcater: "17 is walking your girl home in the rain for not much more than a kiss. 17 is standing under a lamppost with a girl in your arms, while the rain drifts down like silver spray" - the stuff of legend.
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on 15 September 2014
AS USUAL WITH JACK HIGGINS BOOKS, A VERY GOOD STORY LINE, AND VERY HARD TO PUT DOWN ONCE YOU GET INTO THE STORY. FIRSTCLASS, I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL MY FRIENDS
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on 14 January 2017
Quite good
Up to Norma standard for jack Higgins. Story holds interest right through the book. Would most certainly recommend and read again
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on 5 April 2016
First book in years good suspense though thin on drama. Mix of romance with revenge and faith. Showed what was faced by the people at that time
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on 28 January 2015
Another great story from the master story teller. My husband has taken up reading in his 70's and is hooked for the rest of his days.
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on 1 January 2016
Another excellent exciting and gripping novel by Jack Higgins. Well worth a read! An excellent novel by a great author.
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on 16 July 2014
As always a fantastic read. Thoroughly enjoyed this Jack Higgins novel.
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