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Bad Company

av Jack Higgins

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Serier: Sean Dillon (book 11)

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A typical Higgins work with the whole company of characters. The story is a real stretch which suggests Higgins might need a break. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Jul 2, 2016 |
Bad Company starts off in World War 2, and for the most part chronicles the life of Baron Max von Berger. An SS officer in the war, he was summoned by Adolf Hitler, who gave von Berger his diary as well as access to funds that would launch an extremely successful industrial career that provided the baron great wealth. Fast forward to present day, and he enters an alliance with the Rashids, Arab oil moguls who operate on the opposite side of the law. Sean Dillon, ostensibly the main protagonist, has killed all of the Rashids, including Kate, which infuriates von Berger. He vows revenge on Dillon and British black ops commander Charles Ferguson. He also comes in contact with his son, Marco, who he did not even know existed, and mayhem ensues.

The book teases about this deep dark secret that von Berger is holding, which can be found in Hitler’s diary. They built this up like it was going to be a big deal, but when it was revealed, I felt incredibly underwhelmed. Spoiler alert: The secret is that toward the end of the war, Hitler reached out to President Roosevelt to join together, end the war, and turn on Russia before they took over Eastern Europe. Roosevelt sent the father of the current president of the United States to be his emissary. Something that would horribly damage the president. I thought this was a yawner. I didn’t see why the president’s father under the orders of Roosevelt sent to hear out Hitler was a big deal. I’m sure negotiations happen in war all the time. Also, Dillon is maybe in 25% of the book, even though he is the protagonist. Von Berger gets far more screen time and character development. He wasn’t as villainous as one might expect since he was very big on honor. The action was solid but the plot wasn’t terribly interesting, and the character of Marco was a little over the top. This was just an okay novel that is hard to get excited about.

Carl Alves – author of Reconquest: Mother Earth ( )
  Carl_Alves | Jun 6, 2014 |
If I was so inclined it would be possible to review this novel using a single cheesy line from the very book I'm now writing about: "It's like a bad novel, the whole thing." That pretty much sums up my thoughts on this title, but nonetheless I shall expand below.

This current plot arc started with the Rashid Family in "Edge of Danger" two books ago, some unbearably bad judgement and an epic plot hole saw the arc extend into "Midnight Runner", the entire book of which was spent trying to fix the bad judgement exhibited in the prior book (we all know that if we attempt to assassinate the US President but then our family dies the authorities will let us go with sympathy, right? right?).

Well, continuing on with the epic plot holes "Bad Company" introduces us to Baron Max von Berger who was been a silent partner of the Rashid Family all this time to the tune of two billion dollars. However, despite the Rashid Family attempts at destroying the world oil markets, conspiring to assassinate a US president and various other nefarious activities such as arms smuggling and what not, no one, anywhere, in the US Government nor UK Government security services bothered to run a simple computer check on the company Rashid Investments until this book... then oh what do you know there's a silent partner.

We then continue the utterly ludicrous bad judgement and let Baron Max von Berger get away with his plans for awhile before a climax in a castle in Germany.

Oh, and Hitler's missing diary is involved in what seems a bad Clive Cussler-esque attempt at tying current action to past events, but it's never really used per se just hangs around at the edges of the story as apparent motivation for them to chase Baron Max von Berger down because being a part of a conspiracy to corner the world oil markets and arms smuggling is apparently A-OK.

Deeply unimpressive novel with an even more uninspiring plot that the last two novels. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Oct 8, 2013 |
### Amazon.co.uk Review

*Bad Company* is a competent, unmemorable example of the sort of thriller Jack Higgins can do almost without thinking. His usual characters--former IRA assassin Sean Dillon--and his various allies in British Intelligence and the London underworld--find themselves having to cope again with the consequences of earlier actions. German millionaire Berger and his illegitimate mafioso son Rossi are determined to avenge Kate Rashid, who was herself killed trying to take revenge for her brothers, whom Dillon killed for entirely good reasons of national security. Berger is, however, a more problematic enemy, since he was the last man out of the Berlin fuhrerbunker and is the repository for Hitler's genuine, and extremely compromising, diaries. Specifically, he is the man who can prove that there were peace negotiations between the Nazis and the father of the current US president. There is intelligence here, and some superficial expertise about stunt-flying, but far too much of the plot is a recycling of elements Higgins has found reliable in the past. This is one for his many committed admirers rather than for new readers. --_Roz Kaveney_

### Review

'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

The Higgins thriller-engine revs up for its 32nd, with Hitler's "secret diary" the McGuffin. Berlin, April 30, 1945, and that is one bleak and blasted bunker in which Sturmbahnfuhrer Max von Berger makes a command appearance. A diminished Adolph Hitler, his fate sealed, has a final mission for the decorated young officer: to be keeper of the "holy book," his diary, to guard it closely until the day arrives when it can be used "to advance our cause." Flash forward to the present. Fortune has smiled on Baron von Berger, propelling him into the loftiest echelon of high-rolling entrepreneurs (munitions, oil) and yet, at the core, he remains as he always was: just a simple soldier for whom the laws of loyalty are immutable. Loyalty to his cherished Fuhrer, of course, but also to the beautiful Kate Rashid, late the half-British, half-Arab countess of Loch Dhue. It was British superagent Sean Dillon, series hero (Midnight Runner, 2002, etc.), who helped render the lovely but lethal Lady Kate deceased, an act of self-preservation if ever there was one. To von Berger, however, there's no such thing as an extenuating circumstance with loyalty the issue. He'd been half in love with the seductive (and willfully wicked) chairperson of multinational Rashid Investments-partnered her in a variety of clandestine ventures-but over and above this he credited her with once saving his life, of having wrested him from the clutches of some murderous Iraqi thugs. In behalf of Lady Kate, then, von Berger commits himself to "a Jihad," with Dillon and his ever on-call irregulars the announced target. At this point, Hitler's diary (and the revelations therein) becomes what everyone wants and is ready to kill for, setting the stage for the obligatory Higgins bloodbath. "It's like a bad novel, the whole thing," someone says, admittedly in another context. The Higgins thriller-engine sputters. (Kirkus Reviews)
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
I like the way he writes, but do not agree sometimes with the way he ends the book.
  wandacreason | Aug 17, 2011 |
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