Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"A Devil Is Waiting" by Jack Higgins
Jack Higgins remains of one my favorite writers of political and espionage thrillers. In "A Devil Is Waiting" he takes the reader through a whirlwind tour of the world as it exists after the death of Osama Bin Laden. Al Qaeda still exists and wants to demonstrate to the world its continuing power by launching an attack as the U.S. President visits London.
A motley cast of characters is drawn from all over the world - the Prime Minister's private anti-terrorism team, former IRA terrorists turned government muscle, a rich Sephardic Jewish soldier named Sara who has been commandeered into the special private army because of her linguistic skills and battlefield track record. We also have a French foreign Legion veteran, an Al Qaeda leader hiding in Afghanistan, a few thugs and a whole lot of chaos.
Higgins knows the dark worlds well. His writing about places and weaponry and tactics smacks of someone who has been there and carefully recorded nuanced thought patterns and speech patterns of the denizens of these dark worlds.
Whenever I finish a Jack Higgins novel, I am hungry to read the next one.