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L’occhio del ciclone (Sean Dillon #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,421 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Sean Dillon è un assassino. Ha lavorato al soldo di tutti - l'IRA, la RAF, l'ETA per citarne solo alcuni - non per principio, ma in base alle cifre del compenso. In vent'anni di attività non ha mai conosciuto il carcere, tanto è abile a sfuggire alla giustizia, tanto geniali sono i suoi camuffamenti e la sua affinata capacità di far perdere le proprie tracce. Un arabo, Mic ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 1997 by Sperling & Kupfer (first published June 1st 1992)
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Christine Blachford
Very mixed feelings on this one. As an action/adventure thriller, it’s certainly intriguing enough to sustain interest throughout. It’s a unique style in which the protagonist is the bad guy, and whilst there is almost equal time given to those hunting him down, I think we’re supposed to root for the terrorist here. I suspect he becomes less bad in subsequent books, but here we’re talking about a guy that signs up to kill one or more leading figures in British Parliament in the late 80s/early 90 ...more
Jane Long
Not bad. Took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I enjoyed it. Think it's the first one I,ve read by him. Onto the next one now, Thunder Point.
Martin Hill
Jan 28, 2016 Martin Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sean Dillon is a bad man. A very bad man. A former IRA gunman, Dillon now hires himself out as an assassin to any terrorist group or intelligence agency with enough money to meet his price. In this Jack Higgins' thriller, Eye of the Storm, the man meeting Dillon's price is Saddam Hussein, Iraq's embattled dictator besieged by an international Coalition of countries during 1991's Operation Desert Storm.

Hussein wants to lash out beyond his country's borders to show the Coalition he can strike at w
Mal Warwick
Feb 22, 2016 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Eye of the Storm, British thriller writer Jack Higgins reimagines the story behind the mortar attack on 10 Downing Street that took place in 1991 shortly after John Major succeeded Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister. The attack took place during the early days of the First Gulf War, when Baghdad was under attack from the air and a land invasion was imminently expected. The Provisional IRA engineered the attack, which mirrored its tactics in Northern Ireland. Instead, Higgins puts the blame o ...more
#1 in the Sean Dillon series. Brigadier Charles Ferguson heads Section 4, "the Prime Minister's private army". For many of the books in this series (at this writing, #21 Rain on the Dead (2014) is the latest), Sean Dillon is Ferguson's chief agent. But in the 1992 series debut, Ferguson is attempting to capture Dillon. On the eve of the Gulf War, the ex-IRA gunman has taken a contract from the Iraqis to make a political statement against Great Britain or America. A quick attempt against ex-PM Ma ...more
Travis Bird
Jun 04, 2008 Travis Bird rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Having read The Eagle Has landed, and having my expectations high, I was amazed to discover that old Jack only had one book in him! This and several others among his efforts show a recycling of the same character types, story lines: I can't figure why he hasn't been denounced loudly for it. I read a few and came to believe I could write a Jack Higgins novel myself using his templates. Unlike Jack, I won't be so cruel. Don't bother reading anything he wrote apart from "Eagle".
Phil Deschler
Sep 24, 2015 Phil Deschler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Phil by: Self
The first in a series of books about Sean Dillon. Dillon is a ghost. No one knows what he looks like & there are no picture,of him, he is an actor who can change his appearance without make up. He worked for the IRA and then broke away & works for himself. He is a killer for hire who loves money but loves killing more. He is a stone cold killer with no emotions or feelings (what good would they do), he kills for money, kills any one who betrays him, old friends where the relationship is ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting storyline.
At first it seemed as if it was another international intrigue/thriller book, but it sadly lacked sophistication of detail and plausibility.

The main character is likeable, but his actions do not fit with his reputation. He chooses poor partners, he practices very poor, almost non-existent planning, tells more people than necessary about his plans, and doesn't even check for tails? He is a rank amateur who chooses a very implausible (almost laughable) method for his main ope
Aseem Achintya
Nov 28, 2012 Aseem Achintya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
masterpiece. first Dillon book i read. i dont have a copy though. theres little i wouldnt do to get a library edition or even a hardback of this or its renamed version: Midnight Man.
Mar 18, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τρίτο βιβλίο του Τζακ Χίγκινς που διαβάζω, από τα πάρα πολλά που έχω στη βιβλιοθήκη μου. Πρόκειται για το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς με ήρωα τον Σον Ντίλον, έναν μικρόσωμο αλλά δυναμικό πολεμιστή του IRA που τώρα δουλεύει σαν επαγγελματίας δολοφόνος. Πρόκειται σαφώς για έναν αντιήρωα που δεν μπορείς να τον συμπαθήσεις ιδιαίτερα, αλλά ούτε και να τον αντιπαθήσεις πολύ.

Στο πρώτο βιβλίο, λοιπόν, βρισκόμαστε στο 1991, όπου ο πόλεμος του Κόλπου είναι ακόμα στις αρχές του, με τον Ντίλον να αναλαμβάνει μ
Danny M
Sep 02, 2014 Danny M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Higgins The story is very interesting. The story is written in typical Jack Higgins format. It is a novel about an IRA hit man Sean Dillion who goes public for hire. The story is very fast paced and easy to read. The book is one in a series featuring the villain Sean Dillion who becomes a very likeable character. The name of the books in the Sean Dillion series are listed below. It seems all the Jack Higgins novels follow a similar story line, and if you enjoy his writing style you will enj ...more
Angus Whittaker
Mar 02, 2014 Angus Whittaker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Sean Dillon (the protagonist of this series)is a really interesting, dynamic character. He appears to be relatively normal in personality - just a little, quiet man who likes tea - but he's really a hardened killer who has worked for just about every terrorist organization on the map. Despite his mercenary terrorism, Dillon is actually a likeable guy - but so is Brigadier Ferguson, Martin Brosnan, and the others who are trying to hunt Dillon down. This provides a very interesting dilemma for the ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Kelanth rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
Aprendo questo libro la prima cosa che dovrebbe salire agli occhi del lettore dovrebbe essere una nube di fumo.

Non ho mai visto così tanti personaggi (tutti e dico tutti) accendersi una sigaretta prima o poi nel libro, alle volte due nella stessa pagina. Se non fosse un thriller (?) bisognerebbe credere che se non fossero le palottole ad uccidere qua e la qualche comparsa ci penserebbe il fumo di sigaretta, non che io sia di principio contrario al fumo, ma un'esagerazione è un'esagerazione.

A p
I'm not one for reading back to back books of the same author, but having enjoyed 'The Eagle has Landed' so much (my first Higgins novel) I went straight into the first of the anti-hero Sean Dillon series, Eye of the Storm. It turned out to be an inspired decision. The story was well scripted and based around a factual mortar attack on 10 Downing St, the British Prime Minister's residence. I was unsure about the main character, Dillon, being an ex-IRA terrorist and all round 'bad guy' and althou ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my Jack Higgins book and I found it very entertaining, for a spy thriller - and guess what, it didn't require special effects - I wish Hollywood would take note. Adults can be entertained using their minds and imagination. In this story, Sean Dillion, a man of 1000 faces, is paid handsomely to murder someone high in the British government. His attempt to carry out the dastardly deed on the Prime Minister fails so he goes after the British War Cabinet-that's right, the entire cabinet. Thi ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Oni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A fast food book. Actually I read this book just because I get bored, and I want I light snack. And that's what I get. A light snack.

The story is about a hit man, ex IRA enforcer, Sean Dillon. After disassociating with IRA, he became a hired gun, for anyone who can afford him. The background of the story is the First Gulf War, during Bush Senior administration. He was hire by Saddam Hussein regime to make a big hit, big enough to startle the West.

The story is quick-paced, you can read it without
Nancy Ellis
An interesting version of "how it might have happened" based on Iraq's attempted mortar attack on 10 Downing Street in 1991. The two "heroes" of the story are both former IRA assassins, Sean Dillon now a terrorist for hire and his former ally Martin Brosnan who has taken a different path and assists the authorities in the search for Dillon. It's action packed, of course, and full of unsavory characters, but a quick and entertaining read.
patrycja polczyk
Feb 22, 2013 patrycja polczyk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Clare Smith
Mixed feelings on this one. I like the idea of the protagonist being an anti hero. I like that he is an average joe and not a super hero gym bunny Hollywood character. I found the way his Irish accent was written made him sound like a caricature. The storyline was good just your average thriller setting but quite readable for a light read. Okay read but not gripping.
David S.
Decided to start another series while on vacation.

Higgins (an author I've never read before) has a brilliant hero, or anti-hero if you will, in Sean Dillion. I couldn't imagine having the same respect for this character back in 1991, when the first gulf war was full on. I would have wanted this little Irish potato head tarred and feathered, after being quartered!

But, 20 plus years later, things have quieted down and readers are more inclined to see the anti-hero's POV much more clearly.

This is
Aug 26, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read every Jack Higgins book ever since I read my first, The Valhalla Exchange, in 1976. Jack Higgins does what he does best; writes a crackling good story which moves fiercely along. I usually tear though them in one day. I have collected 38 of his books on my shelf and enjoyed every one of them! I have read some of them more than once!
the book that i read is about history of the mortar attack on number te downing street when the war cabinet was meeting st ten a.m on thursday,7feb191...dillion ,the main character of the story killed was hit and run incident i think...i am not sure about the end what dillion wanted to do was a success.

the story by jack higgins was not that good.most of his story was about killing his story ,i think is more for adult to read and nt for teenagers to read.this is because i need to
I have read the Sean Dillon's out of order and started a bit later on. In the other books they briefly mention about how he came to work for Brigadier Ferguson and I've always been curious. So finding book 1 was brilliant as it made it all clear. I must admit I do find the character Dillon really likeable and I also like Liam Devlin who crops up in the book as well. Higgins has an easy to read writing style that makes you just keep reading and enjoying it. I am going straight on to book 2 to fin ...more
May 31, 2016 Curt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this short book, although it was a little slow at times. I hope that was because it's the first in a series and the characters needed to be more fully explained. I'll find out when I explore other books in the Sean Dillon series.
Sep 15, 2015 Estelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love sean Dillon stories

Sean Dillon stories are funny and exciting. I always hate it when they end. My husband likes them and I'm sure my son and his boys w
I'll like them.
Dec 14, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. A fast read, but interesting. Dillon is sort of an anti-hero, and I am looking forward to seeing how Higgins develops him. I have the next one on my table ready to read!
Felicity J
I so enjoyed this one! A rush across Europe following a trained assassin and bomber. The adrenalin was almost a guilty pleasure as he made his way through people to achieve his warped ends. If you are sick and injured but can still read, this is an excellent diversion from (your own) pain. Thanks to Greg Crass for the lend.
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May 10, 2015 Brad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
couldn't get into it. Characters felt hollow and un-believable. The settings and descriptions similarly felt shallow and un-engaging. Did not finish.
James Murphy
Another fast-paced read from Jack Higgins. However, this one felt a little lacking. In any event, it's the first book in a series. Perhaps the next book will provide more background about Sean Dillon and his various abilities...
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Jack Higgins is the pseudonym of Harry Patterson (b. 1929), the New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy thrillers, including The Eagle Has Landed and The Wolf at the Door. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Patterson grew up in Belfast, Northern Irelan
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