The Judas Gate

The Judas Gate A disturbing tape has made its way to British intelligence It contains battlefield chatter from an ambush in Afghanistan in which U S Army Rangers and a British medical team died Most of the Talib

  • Title: The Judas Gate
  • Author: Jack Higgins
  • ISBN: 9780007320462
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A disturbing tape has made its way to British intelligence It contains battlefield chatter from an ambush in Afghanistan, in which 12 U.S Army Rangers and a British medical team died Most of the Taliban voices are Afghan, but the voice of the commander bears an Irish accent Sean Dillon is put in charge of hunting the traitor down.

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    1. This was my first Jack Higgins and it might be my last. To be fair this is book 18 in the series and number 18 is not the right end to start a series. But for all that I'm hard pressed to say anything good about this book. The plot left a lot to be desired. The characters were no more than cardboard cut outs. The pace was like a wet afternoon. When the end came my first reaction was, thank God that's over.I have friends that tell me the earlier books are good so I might give Mr. Higgins the bene [...]

    2. Judas Gate, by Jack Higgins, is one of the dullest, so-called action books I have read. What began as an intriguing, action-filled series staring Sean Dillon has deteriorated into little more than a tale of tedious plotting, endless talking, and almost constant drinking among characters who have lost their individuality. I wonder how the special unit headed by Ferguson can get anything right with all they drinking they do. I also wonder how Shamrock, the Irish-born villain, can plot anything wit [...]

    3. What can I say about The Judas Gate? Large stretches of boredom, interrupted by moments of "hmmm, time to open my eyes now?" Dillon returns, with a major new character (Daniel Holley) who seems to have no real reason for existing. I usually enjoy Jack Higgins' books for treadmill reading, but this one was a few steps below his usual work. I almost wondered if it was written by a ghostwriter or co-author (as has happened with too many of Tom Clancy's book ideas). but no, it appears to have been w [...]

    4. Higgins remains at the top of his form in this latest saga of Sean Dillon, General Ferguson and company as they ferret out the latest of their public enemies when they discover an Irishman is apparently aiding and abetting the enemy in Afghanistan. With only a recording of the voice as a British team is all but destroyed, Dillon and team set out to locate and eliminate this threat to their country. But the enemy has nothing left to lose and attacks from the shadows of anonymity. Twice various me [...]

    5. The theme seemed very cliched to me The story is fast and lot of action happening here, but somehow, it lacked the engaging quality of a good thriller. It might have been better An okey-dokey book. Can be easily given a miss.

    6. Jack Higgins was my favourite author as a teenager. And then I revisited him with 'Judas Gate' when I was in my 30sd found that he has not aged well.To start off, the book is clearly, obviously ghostwritten, and lazily ghostwritten at that. There seems to have not been a single drop of passion injected into the project at any stage, and it comes off exactly as it is: a sleazy money-grabbing exercise.The idea of Dillon and Ferguson being super-deadly-secret-agents at this stage is laughable. Dill [...]

    7. I like Jack Higgins, his characters, and his stories. I have read his efforts since I was a young reader at which point the content was probably inappropriate for me. I've followed Dillon from his days as an IRA villain to his current role as wry anti-hero That preamble out of the way, I didn't love this one but didn't hate it either. I likely suspend my disbelief, or at the very least my critical eye, when I read Higgins (and Cussler, and Clancy, and, well, you get the idea). So if you're looki [...]

    8. Another good book in the Sean Dillon series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of twists and turns and excitement.

    9. This book had many highs and lows. Dragged on a lot, but the story wasExciting. It could have been told in a lot less pages.

    10. Jack Higgins, one of a handful of pseudonyms used by British author Harry Patterson, has written over sixty novels, most of the international bestseller variety. The Eagle Has Landed (1975) was his most highly acclaimed work, but former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon has been his most popular, most enduring character. He first appeared in Eye of the Storm (1992), and a new Sean Dillon novel has hit bookstore shelves almost every year since.By my count, The Judas Gate is the eighteenth thriller in the [...]

    11. English General Charles Ferguson has come across some startling information. He comes into the possession of an audio tape that contains conversation from a battle in Afghanistan, the battle killed 12 U.S. Rangers and a British Medical Team. Most of the conversation was in Arabic; however, some of the conversation was in English. There was one person, the commander of the operation, that had an Irish accent and used the codename "Shamrock".The English put together a team to find out who this per [...]

    12. Pot Noodles were probably quite an original concept once - now everyone seems to be able to take some noodles, dehydrate them, put them in a pot, add some flavouring, seal it and get it stocked on the supermarket shelves.Jack Higgins has also joined the band of wannabee pot noodle copyists. I know full well that in a couple of days, this novel will fade into the morass of "me too" books.There was NOTHING original whatsoever in this novel - unless you count the strange ability to be able to make [...]

    13. Finally had time to review: Jack Higgins’ book the Judas GateOk in all fairness I had time to review this book, but instead I choose to read a few other books. If you never read Jack Higgins book, you are doing yourself a disservice, if you like fast paced action books. The characters of this book not only try but they generally save the world particularly the US and/or England from the evils of the rest of the world.There are four or five reoccurring members of this elite force run by a retir [...]

    14. If I were to write a letter to this author I would say:Dear, Mr Jack Higgins, I picked out this book because it really pointed out to me there was something about it that was different. I wanted to know more about Putnam and why it was established, and what does the name of Putnam symbolize. I also wanted to know why this is the name of the book and during what time period did this book involve? Lastly, I wanted to know if this book is compared to a specific time or day in history and were the c [...]

    15. To be completely fair, let me say this is part of a series of books and this is the first one I've read. It will also be the only one I ever read. Normally when I find a book I dislike this much, I simply stop reading. But this plot had potential and since it was a library book, I continued, but what a waste of time. There were some interesting characters, but no one got much development. The few who did then ended up changing themselves completely. Although the plot idea was intriguing, the way [...]

    16. At last year's "A Wolf at the Door" I described the chimera of a revitalization of Jack Higgins. "The Judas Gate" shows that it wasn't a false hope. Higgins has regained his energy and drive. In golf, you need to follow a winning hole with at least a par to validate. With "The Judas Gate," Higgins has validated with an eagle. Unlike Tom Clancy's resent abysmal outing, "Live or Die," Higgins has been able to adapt to the current international threat while embracing his quirky band of operatives. [...]

    17. The Judas Gate is right at the top of the list of the worst books Jack Higgins has ever written.The characters have lost all individuality, the action somehow manages to be dull, the plot developments are predictable and the settings in the book are all recycled from prior books, asides for the brief introduction of a few scenes in Pakistan/Afghanistan. That's without going into the clichéd writing, recycled sequences - including the rehashed shot in the chest, appear dead, but oh no he's weari [...]

    18. REALITY CHECK: Higgins is finally loosing it! If you want to turn the Algerian marshes into the OK Corral once, I'm fine with that but don't do it twice. I mean there is some serious geography on this planet. And another thing, how much whisky and vodka can professional killers drink, I mean give me a breakd that doesn't even cover the brandy and morphine.Any day I'd prefer the realism of Afganistan and Pakistan through the eyes of someone who has lived and worked there (for instance Greg Morten [...]

    19. Jack Higgins plows ahead with his ever-reliable UK sleuths led by General Charles Ferguson and the irrepressible ex-IRA hit man Sean Dillon, this time plunging into the quest to find a mystery man code-named 'Shamrock' who's not only arming the Afghanistan Taliban but is apparently leading them in missions, some of which have resulted in Allied deaths. Higgins is the master of the 'underworld labyrinth' of the UK and exotic locales, all carefully maneuvered by Dillon and various other cohorts, i [...]

    20. The Judas Gate, well in my opinion it was a pretty good read. There were some thrilling scenes throughout this book, but a lot of it was just bad dialogue. Shamrock's character could have been written much better than it was. Jack Higgins (surprisingly) disappointed me with this book, honestly if I hadn't had to complete it for a summer assignment I would have stopped dead center in the book. Over all Sean Dillon came out as the star in the book, helping get rid of the Muslim British terrorists [...]

    21. Continuing with the stories of Sean Dillon, General Charles Ferguson, the Salters and many others, Mr. Higgins brings his novel up to date by searching for the mysterious British leader of the Taliban warriors in Afghanistan.This story is about betrayal from top to bottom with lots of travel around the world on private and government jet planes; lots of action in the Middle East, Europe, Ireland and England. As usual, most of the characters tell everyone they meets everything they know which lea [...]

    22. Higgins is past his prime here and is relying on his earlier characters to 'keep the game going', but the nett effort is disappointing !As already remarked (in other reviews), this sums up the book - Supposedly very experienced spies, reformed terrorists and 'special forces' types blab about secret stuff, tell people things even we wouldn't and generally mouth-off in such a way that the other side inevitably hears about it. Then they discover they've 'been discovered', but still walk blithely in [...]

    23. Interesting plot starts with the recording of a hot mike of dead US soldier made by a British with Irish accent,call sign Shamrock, on a combat zone in Helmond province Afganistan. Twelve US soldiers and a detachment of British medics were ambushed and killed. The President of USA contacted the Prime Minister who dispached General Ferguson and his team (Dillon, Harry Miller, the Salters, Holly). Action starts in Algiers, London, Belfast back and forth. The lead man of Al Qaeda in London, a profe [...]

    24. Somehow this book made it onto my kobo from a mass epub download. I opened it by accident while flipping through my library. Figured it would be easier to just read it than go through the steps to mark it unread. I've never read Jack Higgins before and don't intend to again. It's like watching a really bad action thriller, but at least those only last an hour and a half and you can distract yourself with other things while you watch. All that said, I did finish it. So it couldn't have been that [...]

    25. #18 in the Sean Dillon series. Keeping this thriller up with today's headlines, the Prime Minister's secret force faces a deadly attack on Army Rangers in Afghanistan with help from the homefront. Daniel Holley appears again after his debut in The Wolf at the Door (2010).Sean Dillon series - The massacre of Army Rangers in Afghanistan reveals that an Irishman, Shamrock, is applying IRA tactics to the Taliban's struggle. Fearful that British-born Muslims may be heeding the call to jihad, official [...]

    26. Jack Higgins brings back his band of counterterrorists, Charles Ferguson, Sean Dillon, and others to keep the Queen and country safe. This time the book's theme is on home grown terrorists that have embraced the philosophy of Osama Bin Laden that the only good westerner is a dead westerner. The Queen's counterterrorism team takes on the Preacher, Shamrock, several Algerians, former IRA fighters and a bevy of gun wielding thugs in an action filled, easily reading yarn. Good escapist reading by on [...]

    27. Part of the Sean Dillon thriller series. Dillon, General Ferguson, Major Roper, the Salter Brothers, Daniel Holley and others focus on their latest enemy to Queen and country. This story is about betrayal and treason with lots of travel around the world on private and government jet planes; lots of action in the Middle East, Europe, Ireland and England. All they have to work from is a recording of a voice an Irishman, working under the code name of Shamrock, who is aiding the enemy in Afghanist [...]

    28. I have enjoyed Jack Higgins for several years. The Judas Gate is a well-told story with some interesting characters. Higgins takes you to places you wouldn't want to visit with people you may not necessarily like but nevertheless want to spend time with. Nice to see the old pro can still knock them out of the park.Reviewed by, David Feeney, author; Terror on the high seas

    29. General Charles Ferguson, Dillon and the rest of the PM’s special unit are hunting down a shadowy terrorist with the code name Shamrock who has been heard on captured radio transmissions directing an ambush on coalition troupes in Afghanistan. The language is English and at first it is suspected he is an English citizen and Muslim who has joined the Taliban. Dillon and company quickly discover that there is much more involved and find themselves being targeted by members of Al Qaeda. It’s an [...]

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