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Jack Higgins

Jack writes WWII thrillers with even less technical writing aptitude than Ludlum, but his stories are very easy to read: short, fast, to the point. You can read one of his on a plane trip and glean the satiafaction of a well-planned plot and enjoy poignant action. He follows the bestselling thriller plot formula, so if you're a little short on time he's a great find.


The Eagle Has Landed

by Jack Higgins

Rating: ***.5

 

I'm listing and ranking this one first and best because it's probably the best-selling of all his books. It's a story of espionage and commando action. Threatened on all sides, a desperate Adolph Hitler lashes out with an impossible order: kidnap Winston Churchill-or kill him. Highly recommended as a first forray into the world of Jack Higgins.

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Sheba

by Jack Higgins

Rating: **

 

In 1939, American archaeologist and part-time smuggler Gavin Kane is hired by a beautiful woman to find her missing husband, who embarked on an expedition to discover the legendary Temple of Sheba. When Kane finds the ancient ruin, it has become a Nazi stronghold and base of operations for Hitler's master plan: the destruction of the Suez Canal.

I read this one on an airplane because I had nothing better to do and found the book mildly entertaining. Not one of my favorites, but then Higgins is not one of my favorites. Apparently thousands of readers disagree with me. Oh well.

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On Dangerous Ground

by Jack Higgins

Rating: **.5

 

As 1997 approaches, England's prime minister learns of a secret document signed by Mao Tse-tung that could delay the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong for an additional 100 years. The British hire former terrorist Sean Dillon to keep the document from coming to light, before parties in Hong Kong retrieve it and destroy the balance of world power.

Another quick read with a little more flow than Sheba. That's why the extra half star in the rating.

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