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5.0 out of 5 starsA great adventure story.
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2016
I started reading jack Higgins books and have become hooked. This is by far my favorite book. It is a unique story and is well written. the characters are a bit predictable but it is an adventure story and these people are seldom deep. One thing I like about Higgin's characters and especially his villains, and this was true in "The Eagle Has Landed" as well is that, while many authors simply portray villains as wholly bad, Higgins makes it a point to show us that neither the hero or the villain are wholly good or wholly bad. His characters are often slaves to their inner being; slaves to who they are and this book is a great example of that. I found this to be an interesting story. It is well paced and kept my interest. If you like a good adventure story that doesn't involve the end of the world and is somewhat realistic, you may like Jack Higgins.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2013
Whenever I see a Jack Higgins book on the Amazon deals page I snap it up because they are always easy reading thrillers. This one was no exception. While it was written in 1980 it doesn't show signs of age like many others and I have seen similar plot lines in several more modern thrillers.
A psychopathic but artistically gifted killer whose career sends him around the world has found a regular and satisfying source of victims. While the source is politically inspired he is not interested in political gain, only the adrenaline kick of another successful kill. Things start to go wrong when he accidentally kills an innocent young girl in a hit-and-run accident when he is getting away from the scene of another assassination. The girl is the daughter of Asa Morgan, one of England's most dangerous soldiers with a record of violent success in many dangerous flash-points around the world.
Asa vows to avenge the killing himself. Through his contacts he is able to find clues where MI5 and Scotland Yard cannot venture. But the ultimate clue is uncovered through Asa's sheer cunning.
Higgins racks up the drama with an unlikely relationship between Dr. Katherine Riley, a foremost authority on terrorist mentality, and the killer. Riley becomes part of an emotional sandwich when she slowly uncovers the truth from her friendship with Asa.
The finale is high drama and great spy-craft as the Asa, the killer, his source, the MI5, and Katherine meet in a highly charged public performance.
A page-turning and satisfying thriller - well recommended.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2012
As a musician who has written a similar novel,
Natalie's Revenge (A Frank Renzi mystery)
, I was eager to read Solo, by Jack Higgins. He's one of my favorite authors and I couldn't resist the piano on the cover. The opposing forces in this dark tale are two men bent on revenge. One is a concert pianist, an unlikely calling for a hit man, but one that provides a perfect cover as he plays concerts in various cities, where he kills people.
His pursuer, a British Intelligence agent described by one of his colleagues as "a right bastard," is determined to capture the man who killed his daughter.
The backgrounds of both men are carefully detailed to reveal their motives. A winsome woman psychologist provides a major complication when she becomes the love interest of both men. The action-packed opening creates the crisis that drives this book to its tense concluding showdown, an ending in which there are no winners. Great action scenes and plenty of plot twists! -- Susan Fleet, author of the Frank Renzi mystery series
Another good read by an author who continues to keep readers waiting for the next book and he doesn't allow his fans to be disappointed. Twists in the plot along with suspense of a close contact between the main characters within the story leave the reader wondering what is going to happen next. Expectations seem always fulfilled in the next novel when facts and fiction all are mixed together.
An accomplished assassin who travels the globe as a world class pianist. After one hit, while trying to escape the police, he happens to run down a 14 year old girl. Her father, a SAS colonel, seeks revenge. Along the way he encounters IRA gunmen and members of the London mob.
As with so many of Higgin's thrillers, not all is as it seems.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2019
I have read all of jack Higgins books going back to the first one he wrote as Jack Higgins. I really enjoyed reading this story as a single story. I would place right along side of the Sean Dillon series which I keep looking for more in that series.
This is one of Higgins/Patterson's weaker stories. Too much jumping around, not enough definition between sections so you often feel lost, and at the ending its like he just couldn't figure out what to do with the story next, so he just stopped.
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2012
I rarely read this genre, but I was in the mood for an escape from reality. The fact that the central character is a world class pianist was the primary attraction of this particular book for me. Strangely, the musical aspect of the story turned out to be the biggest obstacle to my suspension of disbelief. The notion that someone, even a very talented musician, could leave music, join the French Foreign Legion, and then return to music without any apparent difficulty is harder to accept that the elements of the thriller that comprises the primary story. The world is well populated by very talented and accomplished musicians. It takes more than talent to become a concert artist of international standing. Once such standing is achieved, it is very easy to lose the audience. Further, the picture of how a concert artist functions was a great stretch. Read this book for the main mystery, but if you are familiar with the world of classical music performance, be prepared to struggle with that aspect of the book.
This book was the most enjoyable of all the many excellent works by Jack Higgins - an author whose books my husband and I have read over a number of years since we were introduced to them on holiday by a couple we met in Portugal one of whom had filled his suitcase with numerous works by this author! I found Solo unputdownable - a real thriller right through to its dramatic end and have great pleasure in recommending it to others
2.0 out of 5 starsNot great - parts rehashed from previous books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2013
Not a great read to be honest and a struggle to get through. A lot of the scenes in the storyline are copies from previous books by Higgins such as dealing with gangsters to trace the source of a firearm is pretty much exactly the same as when Devlin dealt with gangsters in the Eagle has Landed. Wont be buying another Higgins ebook the prices are too high given much better and cheaper content out there that is original and not rehashed lazy writting.