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The Killing Ground (Sean Dillon Series, Book 14) by [Higgins, Jack]
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3.0 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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‘Open a Jack Higgins novel and you’ll encounter a master craftsman at the peak of his powers…first-rate tales of intrigue, suspense and full-on action’ Sunday Express

‘Higgins is a master of his craft’ Daily Telegraph

‘A thriller writer in a class of his own’ Financial Times

‘The master craftsman of good, clean adventure’
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'Open a Jack Higgins novel and you'll encounter a master craftsman at the peak of his powers!first-rate tales of intrigue, suspense and full-on action' Sunday Express 'Higgins is a master of his craft' Daily Telegraph 'A thriller writer in a class of his own' Financial Times 'The master craftsman of good, clean adventure' Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1318 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9F0Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
As an avid reader of the Sean Dillon books i was looking forward to this new book but wow! was i disapointed . Like the other reviewer i feel the author is been a bit lazy in his story lines. The plot of the book is very similar to previous books ( just how many members of the Rashid family are there??) and how many times do people come to kill the main characters and end up dead themselves. The other main gripe is the authors use of character names and scenes ie The old man in village pub who's called Harker, this senario and name has been countless times in the books.
If there is to be a new adventure for Dillon i think the plot has to be better , the characters developed , the scenes updated and the plot has to be miles better.
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Format: Hardcover
The main problem with this book is that the characters are just so tired. As other reviewers state, Dillon and co have been around the block so many times that there is just nothing new for them to do. There is a fair amount of action, but it is predictable, entirely one-sided and takes place in the same old locations. Instead, we know from page one that nothing of any real importance is going to happen and that General Ferguson and his team will see off the usual cast of Arab fanatics and ex-IRA assassins with the usual ease. These characters have barely developed over the past few years and it shows: I realised that I didn't actually care what happened to them; in fact I kept hoping that one of the main characters would get shot just to liven the book up a bit. The product placement is also increasingly irritating - everyone either wears Armani suits or uses Zeiss glasses, usually at the same time.

Higgins has lost his flair for snappy dialogue. In this book the characters barely talk to each other in anything other than a matter-of-fact, "get in the van, Billy!", way and the dialogue is boring and repetitive. People are always meeting to discuss "the situation" or phoning to update someone else on "the situation" and so by repeating what has happened Higgins simply burns pages without bothering with any decent twists and turns in the plot. Several times someone says something and Higgins writes "After that there was simply nothing to say." That could be the motto for this entire book, and certainly the Dillon series: as drama, the series and characters have nothing left to say. Annoyingly this refrain suggest that Higgins himself doesn't actually care anymore; if he did, he'd find his characters something interesting to say.
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Format: Hardcover
both my husband and I waited for this book as we have enjoyed all the previous dillon books but this one was a big let down,very predictable,same old story,no surprises,no twists,nothing to keep you wanting to get to the end.Infact this book just stopped on the last page.However that won't stop us waiting for the next dillon book as we know how good they have been in the past.
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Format: Hardcover
A very tired author. Not in the same class as his all action previous books.Sean Dillion is hardly involved.Travels at a good pace with very little fact attached.
Buy his earlier paper backs for a good read and value for money.
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Format: Hardcover
The first six Sean Dillon novels were great reads but recently I couldn't tell one from another. We're on number fourteen in the series and the plots, characters and locations are all very similar. The books have a global setting but we only visit the same places the castle in Ireland, East London, Iraq and a basement in Washington. Speaking of Washington The Presidents Daughter' was released in 1997, how long is Jake Cazalets term in office? The novels are meant to be contemporary but the time period they're set in no longer exists. I only read these novels out of habit and each time I do I promise myself I won't bother with the next one.
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Jack Higgins and his Hero Sean Dillon at their very best. As always Higgins puts enough information about his characters into each book, you can pick up any Sean Dillon story with no need to read the preceding ones. There are also references to Sean's previous escapades so should you be reading them in order, as l am, you will be reminded of the previous tales and adventures. I highly recommend this series.
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Format: Paperback
I've heard of Jack Higgins numerous times, but never actualy read any of his books. Saw this sitting in a book shop and simply bought it on an impulse as something to read to pass time. Thankfully I had no particular preconceived ideas on how good it was going to be - I say thankfully, as had I thought it was going to be any good, I would have been so very disappointed!

The entire book is a perfect example of the worst kind of formulaic writing. The characters are so lacking depth they are 2 dimensional at best. The book lacks any kind of descriptive writing, the "action" when it occurs is clumsy and simply unrealistic. In fact, the whole thing is just awful. The story jumps around between a myriad of "characters" to create an illusion of fast paced action, but simply becomes irritating instead.

Has the feel of a book that was produced simply to meet the demands of a contract whereby the author had to produce a certain number of books for the publisher.

If it was possible to give it zero stars I would.
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