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Old Enemies (Harry Jones #4)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  104 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
In the Swiss Alps a teenage girl is thrown from a helicopter and her boyfriend is brutally abducted to Trieste, a city filled with undercurrents of past hatreds.

Ruari, son of Irish media owner J J Breslin, is in desperate danger, at the mercy of ruthless kidnappers making impossible demands. His terrified mother contacts the only person she knows can help her son: Harry J
ebook, 432 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published February 1st 2011)
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May 21, 2015 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young woman is tossed from a helicopter in Switzerland and her boyfriend is taken captive. The kidnappers reach out to the family from an undisclosed location, putting out a demand followed by a hefty ransom. While devastating, it has little to nothing to do with Harry Jones, or does it? The young captive, Ruari Breslin, has a mother with a scandalous history as it relates to Jones. He and Terri had a sordid affair that ended poorly and almost cost Harry his marriage. In true Harry Jones style ...more
Gerald Sinstadt
Jun 05, 2014 Gerald Sinstadt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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When Michael Dobbs is on ground he knows intimately - politics and the corridors of Westminster - there are few better. When he seeks to put Harry Jones up against, say, Jack Reacher, he is out of his class.

Old Enemies is a mess. The villains are stereotypes, the love interest is tiresomely repetitive. Even the politics are sub-standard: how long does the Prime Minister wait while Jones is travelling Europe and getting beaten up before deciding whether he wants to be Foreign Secretary?

And there
Toni Osborne
Mar 15, 2012 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 4, in the Harry Jones series

This is a story of international conspiracy where more than one life is at stake, an exhilarating race against time where the past will come back and decide the future.

It starts in the Swiss Alps, a teenage girl is thrown from a helicopter and her boyfriend is severely beaten and abducted to Trieste, a city filled with undercurrents of past hatreds. This is no ordinary kidnapping; it is about power rather than money.

The main plot centers on the kidnapping of a 1
Brenda Ho
Sep 27, 2013 Brenda Ho rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book would be my definition of a "heavy read".
Not many people use this term, I believe, but for me, it means a book which requires your full attention when reading. It's the complete opposite of light reading. This is not the type of book you read at the beach or by the pool, when you want to unwind and relax.

Also, I think this is the first thriller book I've read.
Or maybe one of the first, I can't quite remember.

Perhaps it's because I'm not accustomed to this type of genre, or because my
Laurence Bradbury
A very strange reading experience. The first half of this book is full of misery, self-pity and in places a dirge to read. At about page 200 I debated on whether to give up, but having never quit a book yet, I pushed on. I’m glad I did. Once the hero Harry Jones travels to Trieste the novel changes abruptly from soporific drudge to pacy thriller. It was almost like reading a book written by two authors. I can only surmise that Michael Dobbs was writing for cathartic reasons in the beginning, per ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good thriller, with an international setting and a good romance. Makes me want to visit the city of Trieste.
Feb 09, 2016 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The pages turn easily enough, but from a very early stage the whole plot is horribly predictable.
Oct 05, 2011 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always admired Michael Dobbs as an author, and this book is one of his best. It continues the story of Harry Jones, ex special forces and now politician as he's embroiled in a kidnap of the son of one of his former lovers. The story moves at a quick pace, taking the reader from the wintry London streets to the even colder backdrop of Trieste. Throw in some rotten Romanians, some horrific beatings, a grudge going back to Bloody Sunday and you've got a recipe for a crime thriller that's worth ...more
Brett Collins
May 29, 2014 Brett Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kept me on the edge of my seat.
Jan 12, 2014 Mikeh5972 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written story which never flags. Kept me engaged right to the end. Michael Dobbs maintains the suspense extremely well.
Jim Thornton
Another 'Harry Jones' book, and SO much better than the last one. Really enjoyed this one. Good storyline with plenty twists and intrigue. Go for it.
Ross Whamond
Harry Jones is dragged back into a world he had left behind.And a past he wanted to forget.

An enjoyable read and I look forward to the book.
Gail Wylde
Feb 25, 2013 Gail Wylde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Michael Dobbs and it certainly won't be my last! Very good read.
Dec 15, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting tale of love & a kidnapping.
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Really good
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Michael Dobbs was born on the same day, in the same hour as Prince Charles in 1948.

He is the son of nurseryman Eric and his wife Eileen Dobbs and was educated at Hertford Grammar School and Christ Church, Oxford University. After graduating in 1971 he moved to the United States.

In the USA he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, which he
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