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The Violent Enemy

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Seven years ago, Sean Rogan's dedication to the Irish Republican Army landed him in a high-security prison. When the organization needs his help again, Rogan stages a daring jailbreak, determined to intercept an armored truck and deliver its payload to IRA leader Colum O?More. But the IRA of years past is long gone, replaced by an organization rife with betrayal and manipu ...more
Published (first published January 1st 1966)
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I guess this is one of the books that I could say to : "it's not you, it's me". I am acutely aware that it is a good of a story, it's just that it did not compel me and did not suit my tastes. However, that wouldn't stop me from recommending it to anyone out there who is interested in the IRA and a kick-ass lead character (Rogan). If I ever came across any of Higgins' works in the future, I'll definitely give him another try.
Thrillers don't get much leaner than this. Higgins gets right down to business straight away, opening with a prison break and following it up with a breakneck heist. My first exposure to the author, and it definitely won't be my last.

There isn't an ounce of fat on any of the pages and the thrills come thick and fast. The set pieces are tense and the character interactions highly entertaining. With an extra-short length this is one of those books you can finish off in a couple of readings.

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Classic action-packed cliffhanger and relevant to the times - it was the IRA in 1966. I find it enjoyable today to read stories where no cell phones or extensive computer networks existed. Coppers had limited means of communication while running down the perps. Land lines and radios.
Mark Fallon
Classic Higgins. Reissue from 1966, back when the IRA still had "good guys" as members.
Enjoyable, well written book. If this was a movie script I would applaud its quality.
very typical jack Higgins - all actions, guns and bad guys. Very entertaining!

A bit dated now but still a fun story set in the 60's.
Audio book. Good story. Typical Higgins.
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