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Title:
Rain on the dead
ISBN:
9780399171949

9780007585885

9780425278079
Publication:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
Physical Description:
310 pages ; 24 cm
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Number in series:
21.
Summary:
In the past few years, the killing and capture of many al-Qaeda leaders has left the terrorist organization wounded -- but by no means dead. And they intend to prove it. On a dark summer night, two Chechen mercenaries emerge from the waters off Nantucket to kill a high-value target, the former president of the United States, Jake Cazalet. Unfortunately for them, Cazalet has guests with him, including black ops specialist Sean Dillon and his colleague, Afghan war hero Captain Sara Gideon. The Chechens do not survive the night, but Dillon is curious as to how they even got on the island. What he discovers sends a chill through his bones -- a name from very far back in Dillon's past. If this man is working with the terrorists now, the assassination attempt is only the beginning -- and the next time, the results might be much, much different.
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The past comes back to haunt Sean Dillon and his colleagues, as the New York Times ; bestselling master of suspense returns with a knife-edge story of terrorism, revenge, and a very old nemesis.

In the past few years, the killing and capture of many Al-Qaeda leaders has left the terrorist organization wounded; but by no means dead. And they intend to prove it.

On a dark summer night, two Chechen mercenaries emerge from the waters off Nantucket to kill a high-value target, the former president of the United States, Jake Cazalet. Unfortunately for them, Cazalet has guests with him, including black ops specialist Sean Dillon and his colleague, Afghan war hero Captain Sara Gideon.

The Chechens do not survive the night, but Dillon is curious as to how they even got on the island. What he discovers sends a chill through his bones; a name from very far back in Dillon;s past. If this man is working with the terrorists now, the assassination attempt is only the beginning; and the next time, the results might be much, much different.


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 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

In bestseller Higgins's lackluster 21st Sean Dillon thriller (after 2013's The Death Trade), the legendary ex-IRA gunman plays a largely supporting role. The shadowy Master, who controls a network of international terrorist groups, plots to assassinate Jake Cazalet, a former American president who lives on Nantucket. Two Chechen brothers travel to the resort island to do the job, but fortunately Gen. Charles Ferguson, who commands a secret British antiterrorist unit, and his two chief agents, Dillon and Capt. Sara Gideon, have just arrived for a visit, and are armed and ready when the hapless pair launch their doomed assault. More attempts to kill Cazalet follow. A few of the good guys die in the line of duty, but new recruits quickly fill their places. Higgins appears to be going through the motions in this tired entry. Series fans will hope he returns to form in the next installment. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Literary Agency (U.K.). (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

An elite British paramilitary unit squares off with a mysterious new al-Qaida master.Best-seller Higgins (Death Trade, 2013, etc.) returns with another round of gratuitous shoot-ups, back-room cloak-and-dagger dealings, and hardened men willing to exchange death for money. With an eclectic cast of characters pushing their own agendas weaving in and out of the story, former IRA assassin Sean Dillon and decorated Afghan War hero Sara Gideon are the central protagonists once again. The novel begins with Gideon and Dillon as house guests at former U.S. President Jake Cazalet's Nantucket home, and the action immediately takes off when the duo saves Cazalet from an assassination attempt at the hands of Chechen gunmen. While the Chechens don't live long enough to do much talking, Dillon uncovers some of his old IRA cohorts providing assistance in the botched operation. With this lead, Dillon's and Gideon's colleague, the wheelchair-bound Maj. Giles Roper, is able to connect the assassination job with the enigmatic new al-Qaida master, who may be operating inside the U.K. This shadowy figure is committed to killing the former president, and he even adds Gideon and Dillon to the list of intended targets. To carry out this operation, the al-Qaida master begins to contact experienced killers from dissident Irish groups and even a former member of the British army. As attacks and gunfights unfold from one incident to another, the underlying plans of this new version of al-Qaida remain unclear. Although there's plenty of violence, we're left with a rather flimsy storyline. A good read for those who want bullets without the complexity or distraction of a tight narrative. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

A group of assassins have just tried to kill a former American president. Fortunately, they failed. Unfortunately for the hired killers, at least the former president just happens to have a couple of uniquely qualified individuals as his guests: Sean Dillon, the former IRA assassin who's now one of British intelligence's top operatives, and Sara Gideon, another trained killer turned intelligence agent. Vowing to find out who's responsible for the attempted assassination, Sean and Sara soon uncover the existence of a new terrorist threat, someone who seems determined, no matter what the cost, to murder the ex-president. This is another solid entry in the Sean Dillon series, which has been running since 1992 (with a new book pretty much every year), and it has the usual satisfying mixture of action and character. Higgins is a veteran of the genre, and if his work has drifted into something resembling formula over the years, it's an agreeable-enough formula and continues to draw readers.--Pitt, David Copyright 2014 Booklist