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The Midnight Bell Audiobook

The Midnight Bell: Sean Dillon Series, Book 22

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Publisher's Summary

The new Sean Dillon novel, a knife-edge story of terrorism and revenge, by "the dean of intrigue novelists" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

"The bell tolls at midnight as death requires it."

In Washington, D.C., on a night full of rain, a woman is struck down and killed by a hit-and-run driver. But she is not just any woman - she is the assistant to the head of the secret White House department known only as the Basement. And she had secrets of her own.

In the Virgin Islands, former president Jake Cazalet receives a warning. He is recuperating on a diving trip after successfully helping Sean Dillon and the rest of the "Prime Minister's private army" defeat an Al Qaeda operation in London. But though AQ may be weakened and facing competition from other terrorist upstarts, it is far from dead - and it intends to prove it.

Soon the ripples from these two events will spread and overlap, not only in Washington but around the world. Everyone involved will find themselves in the most desperate battle of their lives - and the midnight bell will toll.

©2016 Jack Higgins. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    A04171 04-02-17
    A04171 04-02-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A reunion of old friends"

    If you are a long standing reader of the Sean Dillon series, this book was merely a light visit to the characters we have come to know over the years. Kind of like a visit to family at the holidays - enjoyable but not of any depth. The plot construction was noticeably devoid of the depth we have come to appreciate. If you are considering visiting the team at Holland Park please start with a previous volume.

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    J. Glaser Michigan 02-01-17
    J. Glaser Michigan 02-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "terrible addition to the series"

    Can't truly explain how bad this book was. Very disappointing addition to the series. Nothing happens! Characters endlessly repeat their back stories. Skip this one.

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    in stripes 11-19-17
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    "Everything has gotten so formulaic"

    A game I now play when a new character is introduced is live or die? villian, her or or bystander? This is nothing like Thunder Point.

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    Eric J. Toll 10-24-17
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    "The Keystone Cops ultimately beat ISIS"

    Jack Higgins books are normally extraordinary. Well researched, carefully plotted and filled with twists and turns. Even the Sean Dillon series is one where each next book is eagerly awaited.

    Until now.

    "The Midnight Bell" doesn't toll for thee or for a good book either.

    It's almost a Keystone Cops meet ISIS. The secret army bumbles its way through one thing after another that even the most green spy would figure out. The dialogue is really weak, but the most annoying aspect of the novel is the ISIS antagonist on his barge in the Parisian Seine.

    ISIS or Al Queda, it's never clear which, seems to be able to get anybody's unlisted satellite phone and make untraceable calls. The terrorist organization has extraordinary intelligence capabilities making MI-5 and MI-6 seem as capable as Maxwell Smart. And when ISIS makes the call, the protagonists respond like a president on Twitter at 6 in the morning.

    In nearly all Dillon books, after he jumps from the IRA to Ferguson's secret army, there is always a transition where Ferguson reveals he withheld information critical to making plot and subplots come together. Since this is expected, it's always fun trying to figure out when the general is going to say, "Oh Sean, by the way..."

    In this book however, Ferguson's role seems to be ... well it seems to be a role without a mission or purpose. But then, most of the plot seems to be without a mission either.

    The book is finishable, but not pleasurable. If those are words.

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    Nancy & Greg Florida, USA 01-30-17
    Nancy & Greg Florida, USA 01-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good entry in the series"

    For awhile I have felt that the Sean Dillon books had become quite formulaic. Although enjoyable they were predictable. This entry is a refreshing change. Although the ending came too quickly and was not unexpected, the story was strong, the narration excellent and it was more like some of the earlier books. There was an odd sense of finality about it, however, which was a little disconcerting. Although, there was enough left untold that I could see another book coming down the road, I would not be too surprised if the series came to and end, which I hope it does not! I would rather read a weak Jack Higgins book than a strong book by almost any other author!

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    bbmertz 01-17-17
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    "Disappointing Sequel"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    After listening to all of the other books in the series, this one is very disappointing. The plot nor characters are very well developed, with the writer just seeming to go through the motions by moving quickly from one scene to the next and repeating the same phrases throughout.


    Would you recommend The Midnight Bell to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, worst book in the series.


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great accents in an attempt to make this book sound better than it is.


    Did The Midnight Bell inspire you to do anything?

    To no longer read any more books in this series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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