Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Review : The Wolf At The Door

Jack Higgins is back with his brand new book The Wolf at the Door. The book also brings back the old protagonist Sean Dillon, General Charles Ferguson and his team of operatives.

So this time 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. For Sean Dillon the hunt is on. A very well-connected old nemesis has clearly become tired of the private army’s interference in his schemes. But proving it is going to be a difficult task and surviving it the hardest task of all..

The story is about murder attempts on Fergusson and his team members both in London and New York. Each of the assailants in the attempt is found to carry a catholic prayer card with a specific Irish prayer. The story takes you through how the Russian GRU activates a sleeper provisional IRA cell in London to take revenge on General Ferguson since he was involved in the breakup of GRU/Russian Secret Services covertly operating in London.

Although the premise is good the book fails to build up the plot and catch the reader’s attention like previous Jack Higgins’ books. The pace of the book slackens in the middle and even the climax does not build up as a reader would have anticipated.

The book is a good read for someone who is looking for a thriller but do not expect the usual high standards of Jack Higgins.

About the Author:

Jack Higgins (born 27 July 1929) is the principal pseudonym of UK novelist Harry Patterson. Patterson is the author of more than 60 novels. As Higgins, most have been thrillers of various types and, since his breakthrough novel The Eagle Has Landed in 1975, nearly all have been bestsellers. The Eagle Has Landed sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.

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