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Title:
Midnight Bell.
ISBN:
9780399185304
Publication Information:
Penguin Publishing Group, 2016.
Physical Description:
320 pages
Number in series:
22
Summary:
"The new Sean Dillon novel, a knife-edge story of terrorism and revenge, by "the dean of intrigue novelists" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). "The bell tolls at midnight as death requires it." In Washington, D.C., on a night full of rain, a woman is struck down and killed by a hit-and-run driver. But she is not just any woman--she is the assistant to the head of the secret White House department known only as the Basement. And she had secrets of her own. In the Virgin Islands, former president Jake Cazaletreceives a warning. He is recuperating on a diving trip after successfully helping Sean Dillon and the rest of the "Prime Minister's private army" defeat an Al Qaeda operation in London. But though AQ may be weakened and facing competition from other terrorist upstarts, it is far from dead--and it intends to prove it. Soon the ripples from these two events will spread and overlap, not only in Washington but around the world. Everyone involved will find themselves in the most desperate battle of their lives--and the midnight bell will toll"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

"The bell rings at midnight, as death requires it." - Irish proverb
 
From "the dean of intrigue novelists" ( St. Louis Post-Dispatch ) comes a knife-edge story of terrorism and revenge.
 
     In Ulster, Northern Ireland, a petty criminal kills a woman in a drunken car crash. Her sons swear revenge.
     In London, Sean Dillon and his colleagues in the "Prime Minister's private army," fresh from defeating a deadly al-Qaeda operation, receive a warning: You may think you have weakened us, but you have only made us stronger.
     In Washington, D.C., a special projects director with the CIA, frustrated at not getting permission from the President for his daring anti-terrorism plan, decides to put it in motion anyway. He knows he's right - the nation will thank him later.
     Soon, the ripples from these events will meet and overlap, creating havoc in their wake. Desperate men will act, secrets will be revealed - and the midnight bell will toll.
     Filled with event, driven by characters of complexity and passion, The Midnight Bell is a remarkable novel from the "architect of the modern thriller" ( The Huffington Post).


Author Notes

Jack Higgins is a writer and educator, born in Newcastle, England on July 17, 1929. The name is the pseudonym of Harry Patterson. He also wrote under the names of Martin Fallon, James Graham, and Hugh Marlowe during his early writing career. He attended Leeds Training College and eventually graduated from the University of London in 1962 with a B.S. degree in Sociology.

Higgins held a series of jobs, including a stint as a non-commissioned officer in the Royal House of Guards serving on the German border during the Cold War. He taught at Leeds College of Commerce and James Graham College. He has written more than 60 books including The Eagle Has Landed, Touch the Devil, Confessional, The Eagle Has Flown, and Eye of the Storm. Higgins is also the author of the Sean Dillon series. His novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages.

His title's The Death Trade and Rain on the Dead made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestseller Higgins's routine 22nd Sean Dillon thriller (after 2014's Rain on the Dead) pits the former IRA assassin against the new leader of al-Qaeda, who calls himself simply the Master. Dillon took out the previous Master, and his successor is plotting his revenge. Dillon's allies include Vietnam vet Blake Johnson, who runs the Basement, the American president's "personal security department"; and Dillon's cousin Hannah Flynn, who, although just 19, "had grown up in an IRA family and knew how to handle a gun." Hannah's skills come in handy when she and another woman are attacked, but, as is typical of the genre, violent events that would unsettle a real person have minimal emotional impact. Characters act in reckless ways that will distance some readers from any sense of reality. Others may not care for the unsophisticated politics. For example, a supposedly savvy former president asserts that the U.S. thought at one point "that the deaths of Saddam, Gadaffi, and bin Laden would cure the ills of the Middle East." Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Literary Agency (U.K.). (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Prolific author of yarns of spy craft and intrigue, Higgins returns to his Sean Dillon series with a revenge tale featuring a newly revived al-Qaeda, whose latest leader, "The Master," harangues the heroic cast of the "Prime Minister's private army" with endless threatening telephone calls and manipulates sundry miscreants into acts of random violence against Dillon and his comrades. Along the way a treasonous plot against the U.S. President is uncovered and quashed, and the mystery of a lost treasure ship is solved. Verdict With a villain whose main weapon seems to be a cell phone with unlimited international minutes, a cast of characters straight out of an English drawing-room comedy, and a barely discernible plot, this program is only redeemed by the dedicated exertions of award-winning narrator Michael Page, whose acting prowess somehow makes this mess of a book entertaining. Recommended for die-hard Higgins fans only.-Forrest Link, Coll. of New Jersey, Ewing © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.