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5.0 out of 5 starsJack Higgins is a master storyteller
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2021
Higgins does a masterful job with the plot, the various changes, twists and turns that keep you reading on with anticipation and excitement. Liam Devlin is a great character, Brosnan a great sidekick. Fun and entertaining reading. Don’t miss this one!
I've read the entire series that has followed The Eagle Has Landed. It is much like settling in with old friends, old enemies, and new ones. Never know who's going to die, or how, from page to page. This one does not slow down.
One of the things I have noticed in the two books I have read is they smoke and drink a lot. I'm not sure why it is put in the books that much. The book is divided into sub stories and linked together very nicely. They seem to hit and change just at the right time. I am looking for the third book in the series to read.
Warren A. LewisTop Contributor: Historical Fiction Books
3.0 out of 5 starsNot One of Higgins Best
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2018
This is a tough book to get into. I spent half of the book trying to figure out who was who, and the last half of the book trying to make myself care enough to pick it up and read to finish the book. It deals with mostly terrorists fighting each other with one having a goal at the end of it all to assassinate England's Prime Minister. Just not one of his better books in my opinion.
4.0 out of 5 starsI loved "The Eagle has landed" & loved to hate Liam ...
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2015
I loved "The Eagle has landed" & loved to hate Liam Devlin. He is a good bad guy in all three of the series books. I just wished Mr. Higgins hadn't waited so long to bring Liam back. He has become one of my favorite characters being both bad & good. Wish there was more in-between the three books. Since there is such a long time span between them. Liam starts out as a young man & by the 3rd book he is an old man. Still would recommend these two "Touch The Devil" & "Confessional"
Yet another thriller penned by Higgins. The Liam Devlin franchise continues to be a compelling read for those of us who enjoy Adventure Thrillers. The action and plot synchronize smoothly with the buildups to each mini-climax serving a satisfying scenario. Very entertaining read!
4.0 out of 5 starsTerrific espionage fiction, without superheroes
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2016
Liam Devlin, Martin Brosnan, and Frank Barry are ruthless, highly trained killers. All three are veterans of the IRA, but their paths have diverged widely by 1979. Devlin, now sixty-one years of age and still a believer in the cause of a united Irish nation, surfaces from time to time on university campuses in Ireland and the United States, where he is an occasional professor of English literature. Brosnan, convicted four years earlier in France in a near-successful attempt to assassinate Charles de Gaulle, has been confined to a cell on Belle Isle in the Mediterranean, the successor to the notorious Devil's Island. For his part, Barry has turned mercenary. His current employer is the KGB.
The IRA was yesterday's ISIS
If you're under the age of fifty or so, you may be unaware that, in the eyes of the British, the IRA in the 1960s and 70s was regarded with as much fear and disgust as ISIS is today. Earlier in 1979, an IRA bomb had killed Lord Mountbatten, uncle of Prince Phillip, commander of Allied Forces in Southeast Asia in World War II, and the last Viceroy of India. If the IRA had assassinated the Queen, it's unlikely that the furor would have been much greater. This is the "army" from which Devlin, Brosnan, and Barry have all emerged into their divergent careers. Now, when Barry murders the brilliant MI5 agent sent to end his life, Devlin and Brosnan are recruited to take out Barry -- an assignment they cherish because of long-standing rivalry.
Enter the KGB and the Corsican mob
MI5 (called DI5 in the novel) approaches Devlin with a seemingly impossible challenge: to persuade Brosnan that MI5 can arrange for him to leave Belle Isle and join Devlin in pursuit of Barry. However, Brosnan isn't easy to convince. Further compounding the problem, his cellmate is the aging former head of the Union Corse, the Corsican mob, and the two have grown close. Meanwhile, Barry has taken on a high-priority assignment for the KGB: to hijack a truck in England carrying an advanced weapon coveted by the USSR and the USA. To add glamour and love interest, a beautiful and courageous young French photojournalist gets involved as well as all sides come together in a spectacular series of collisions.
It's all a glorious mess, suspenseful and entertaining all the way.
About the author
Jack Higgins, a pseudonym of bestselling British author Harry Patterson, has been writing thrillers and novels of espionage since 1959. According to Wikipedia, "His 84 novels in total have sold over 150 million copies and have been translated into 55 languages." Four of those novels have featured Liam Devlin, of which Touch the Devil is the second. A much longer running series features another Irish terrorist named Sean Dillon. To date there are twenty-one novels in that series.
5.0 out of 5 starsJoin the Tom Higgins club now. This is brilliant.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2015
Read this years ago, when I first discovered Tom Higgins and Sean Dillon. Re reading it on Kindle. It's lost none of its attraction over the years. Higgins is brilliant. No twisting and turning plot, full of red herrings. Just good old, magnetic , believable plots that unravel into excitement for the reader. Hard to stop cheering at times, as Dillon eliminates another fly in the ointment. If you are new to Tom Higgins, jump in here. Great writing, superb plot, and a book you will have to recharge your Kindle battery a couple of times to finish. But you'll love every second of it. It's how every Higgins fan started. Come and join us.