This is how I remember Higgins' original works growing up as a teenager in India. Somehow I missed this gem back then. The plot line is thin as usual. It is the execution (screenplay?) that matters with Higgins' works. And it is tautly paced. You might leave off one of his other books in the middle and come back to it later. But this one, you are going to want to finish in one sitting. I thought the main character was pretty young to display the level of maturity and instincts described in the book. But I suppose that the warring times of the early 20th century without the distractions of social media or organized sports meant kids grew up pretty fast then, if they didn't die young in war.
The time is several years after World War 1 when former war flying ace Sam Hannah, while flying mail along the Negro River in Brazil comes across an old biplane literally coming apart in the air along his route. He directs Neil Mallory to a grassy clearing where the plane eventually is destroyed as it touches down. Hannah lands himself, hurriedly gets him in the plane and takes back off before their activity attracts the attention of hostile natives. From this point Mallory goes to work for Hannah to earn money to return to home in England. The story progresses to the native attack and massacre of nuns and the priest at the nearby settlement and two nuns arrive to return to the church and Neil and Sam find themselves on a rescue mission to save these nuns. The further into the book you go, the harder it is to put down. An excellent Jack Higgins thriller.
I have read many stories by this author and enjoyed all of them.I always look forward to when a new book by this author comes out.I would recommend any story by this author because of the way the author writes them.
No name is more closely identified with action thrillers than that of Jack Higgins, and this is Higgins at his best. With a solid plot and sharply drawn characters, it's a hard book to put down. A hearty recommendation for anyone looking for a little literary excitement.
Nice change from the usual Higgins fare. Very entertaining. Fast paced as always and the best of endings. I love Higgins, not just for his writing style, but the book is not overlong. Great rainy day read.