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The Wolf at the Door (2009)

av Jack Higgins

Serier: Sean Dillon (book 17)

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On Long Island, a trusted operative for the President nudges his boat up to a pier, when a man materializes out of the rain and shoots him. In London, General Charles Ferguson, adviser to the Prime Minister, approaches his car on a side street, when there is a flash, and the car explodes. In New York, a former British soldier, who is also a bit more than that, takes a short walk in Central Park to stretch his legs, when a man comes up fast behind him, a pistol in his hand. And that is only the beginning. Someone is targeting the members of the elite intelligence unit known as "the Prime Minister's private army" and all those who work with them, and whoever is doing it has a lot of resources at his command. Sean Dillon has an idea of who it may be, an old nemesis who has clearly gotten tired of their interference in his schemes. But proving it is going to be a difficult task. And surviving it the hardest task of all.… (mer)
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This work could very easily have been given 5 stars but I always like to hold something back. Again, the body count is down but more ears and hands got damaged by bullets. This is a story about the principle characters in Higgins' books but it involves them to a very small degree. The suspense is built very carefully and the actions are plausible. Emotional conduct is making strong inroads into the peripheral characters and Higgins is displaying a very artful author in this area. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Aug 14, 2016 |
Someone is targeting the members of the elite intelligence ubnit known as "The Prime Minister's private army" and all those who work for them, and whoever is doing it has a lot of resources at hisw command. Sean Dillion has an idea of who it may be, and old nemesis who has clearly gotten tired of their interference in his schemes ( )
Denna recension har flaggats av flera användare som missbruk av våra allmänna villkor och visas därför inte längre (visa).
  Tutter | Feb 28, 2015 |
Slightly better than his recent books, it's hard to even justify giving this three stars, it's firmly in 2.5 territory.

This novel begins with the ending (which happens to be the part containing the most action, and interest). It then steadily proceeds downhill with recounting of past events leading up to the ending, which you already have read. Thus you can already establish some of the past events you're now reading through thereby making them somewhat redundant and the book a little dull.

The only real redeeming factor of the book is that it attempts to make sense of some of the jumbled illogical story-lines in past books however such attempts are only cursory merely mentioning circumstances rather than actively resolving them and/or providing some logical context.

If there's one thing I take from Jack Higgins' recent books it is that he seems to have an apparent hatred of Vladimir Putin. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Mar 30, 2014 |
I like Higgins, I could not stand this book, except for President Putin being the bad guy. It is my fault much more than that of the author: all these macho guys who shoot each other and always fall overboard, the adviser to the American President who is more a bodyguard than an observer, everybody drinking, it all confuses me: what was the story again? We go from ex-Communists, to ex-IRAs, to ex-Islam terrorists, we drink vodka and fall overboard with the next shooting, and I am even more confused. Who are the good guys and why? I cannot tell you: my fault again.
It reminded me of OO7 and the unpleasant sides of Ian Fleming. It seems that I am unable to follow people who get wounded, fall backwards in the water, and come back out of the water in time to shoot the bad guy straight in the eyes or in another adventure with a dry passport in the other hand.
It must be a book for guys. ( )
  claude_lambert | Jul 28, 2011 |
While I always enjoy remeeting Jack's characters, this tale was interesting in that a great deal of it was from the perspective of Mr. Holly, the bad guy, who doesn't seem so bad afterall in a world where bad is consumate evil.. Describing the events that turned him to the dark side created an empathy that was impossible to dismiss.
This was truly unique as Sean Dillion played a very minor role, and yet, you felt Higgin's primary characters were not incidental.
I would wish that Higgins would lay off the rain. It seems every scene in every book is cold and wet, though that isn't entirely true. I know England is a wet country, but even England gets breaks in the weather and the relentless rain detracts. I found myself wishing the darn sun would shine, just to add a different dimension.
Still and all, a pleasureable read. ( )
  DavidLErickson | Jun 21, 2011 |
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On Long Island, a trusted operative for the President nudges his boat up to a pier, when a man materializes out of the rain and shoots him. In London, General Charles Ferguson, adviser to the Prime Minister, approaches his car on a side street, when there is a flash, and the car explodes. In New York, a former British soldier, who is also a bit more than that, takes a short walk in Central Park to stretch his legs, when a man comes up fast behind him, a pistol in his hand. And that is only the beginning. Someone is targeting the members of the elite intelligence unit known as "the Prime Minister's private army" and all those who work with them, and whoever is doing it has a lot of resources at his command. Sean Dillon has an idea of who it may be, an old nemesis who has clearly gotten tired of their interference in his schemes. But proving it is going to be a difficult task. And surviving it the hardest task of all.

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