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The Judas Gate (Sean Dillon #18)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,328 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
General Charles Ferguson, Commander of the British Prime Minister's private hit squad and adviser to the new president of the United States, has been given a disturbing recording from Afghanistan, on which the murders of American Army Rangers and a British medical team are recorded. About half of the Taliban force voices on the tape are British. One authoritative voice is ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published September 2nd 2010)
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Jan 22, 2011 Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mi6
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 ...more
Jan 21, 2011 Randy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 break...and 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 M
Jan 21, 2011 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 24, 2011 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Higgins books.
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
Paul Pessolano
Feb 26, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jay Connor
Mar 09, 2011 Jay Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Beth - ;)
A good read, with all the usual characters as his previous books. It seems that British-born Muslins are going to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban and they are being mentored by an Irish former soldier who calls himself Shamrock. Sean Dillon, once a top enforcer for the IRA and now working for the British MI5, is charged with finding out just who Shamrock is. The story takes Dillon and his cohort from London to Ireland, Pakistan, Algiers and back to London, with considerable violence occurr ...more
Lynn Lerch
Apr 11, 2011 Lynn Lerch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another rousing tale by Jack Higgins with my favorite characters. Sean Dillon, Maj Ferguston,Frank Salter and Holley are fighting Al Quaida. It seems that British muslims are fighting against the British and Nato forces (Americans) and their leader is Shamrock a code name from someone from the United Kingdom. It is fast moving from the first sentence and its hard to put down. The ending is very good and makes one want to read more of the special group under Ferguson.
R Bartel
Apr 23, 2011 R Bartel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: intrigue
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 ...more
Apr 30, 2011 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
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 ...more
Huw Rhys
Jun 17, 2011 Huw Rhys rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 10, 2011 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was an early fan of Jack Higgins as well as the stories he wrote under Harry Patterson. In the last few years I have been reading stories by other authors and The Judas Gate is the first Jack Higgins book I have read in quite a few years.

It's like catching up with an old friend. The storyline is very contemporary but with the same flair and style that made his early novels so good.

Highly recommended.
Endre Barath
Aug 21, 2012 Endre Barath rated it liked it
Finally had time to review: Jack Higgins’ book the Judas Gate
Ok 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 retire
Harvey Burgess
Apr 21, 2012 Harvey Burgess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Jack Higgin's books with Sean, Fergeson, Roper and the Salters. The descriptive scenes set in the Irish countryside are some of my favorites. I've always wanted to visit Ireland and I get a glimpse of it in these books. The world of deceit and deception is very intriguing. Politics at it's worse is usually part of the plot. I always feel as if I'm visiting old friends when I read Higgin's books.
Dec 20, 2012 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 anothe ...more
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The novel begins with Dillon being his usual brash self, and setting up the usual chase around the world, but for once, it seems like a wild goose chase. It misses the character of Hannah Bernstein, that's certain. Very uninteresting characters and action scenes, and not something that as a Sean Dillon fan, I'm used to reading. Can only hope that the book is a one-off glitch.
Mar 27, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
Mar 30, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Afghan ...more
May 23, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2013 Tifa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Sova
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 t
J.m. Herriott
Jan 14, 2014 J.m. Herriott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining and action packed tale. My first but not last Jack Higgins book. I enjoyed the international intrigue and European flavor. It was fun watching or joining, the once mortal enemies come together to fight a common terrorist foe. Jack weaves technology and old bare basic human capabilities to defeat the modern fanatical enemy we're faced with worldwide. If you enjoy action and suspense, you'll enjoy this book.
Henri Moreaux
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 wearin
Apr 30, 2014 Vikram rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryan Mora
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 ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Mom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Spy thriller about former IRA types who are working now for British intelligence and trying to defuse an Al Quaida plot against Briain. On audio it was difficult to follow all the characters and keep track of what side they were on and the story seemed a vehicle for episodes of violence in which the good guys looked a lot like the bad guys and nothing seems to be accomplished except for a bunch of questionable characters killing people.
Jul 28, 2015 Richa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 19, 2016 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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