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A famous Russian writer and ex-paratrooper named Alexander Kurbsky has gotten fed up with the Putin government, and decides he wants to "disappear" into the West. He is under no illusions, however, about how the news will be greeted at home, having seen too many of his countrymen die mysteriously at the hands of the thuggish Russian security services, so he makes elaborate plans with Charles Ferguson, Sean Dillon and the rest of the group known informally as the "Prime Minister's private army" for his escape and concealment.

It's a real coup for the West except for one thing: Kurbsky is still working for the Russians. The plan is to infiltrate British and American intelligence at the highest levels, and he has his own motivations for doing the most effective job possible. He does not care what he has to do or where he has to go...or whom he has to kill.

©2009 Jack Higgins; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"When it comes to thriller writers, one name stands well above the crowd - Jack Higgins." ( Associated Press)

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  • Thomas
  • Franklin, TN, United States
  • 02-27-09

Best Jack Higgins book in several years

I 've been a huge Jack Higgins fan for over 20 years. The last several Sean Dillon books that I've read repeated too many of the same formula elements, i.e. the boat ride to Ireland, plane landing in the sea, Blake Johnson getting ambushed, the same quote from Heidegger about resolute living and Dillon getting saved by his titanium waistcoat. A Darker Place does repeat most of these leitmotifs but it goes further and explores many new elements.

Sean Dillion is relegated to a relatively minor role. He is in the story throughout, but in the back row of the characters. My interest in the next book in the series is high because of the introduction of one or more new characters that I think can enrichen the cast of usual characters.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Enjoy Sean Dillon

Glad Sean finally has a girl friend. He's reason I keep reading the books although he's not as prominent as he used to be. It was nice to see how Roper was injured.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful