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Thunder Point (Sean Dillon #2)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,327 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Jack Higgins is the dean of world-class thriller writers. From The Eagle Has Landed to Eye of the Storm, his novels have entertained millions with their relentlessly paced mix of intrigue, suspense, and larger-than-life characters.
1945. Thunder Point opens at the Fuhrer Bunker in Berlin, the day before Adolf Hitler's suicide. The Fuhrer arranges for Reichsleiter Martin B
Published November 26th 1998 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published June 23rd 1993)
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M.A. McRae
I've read some great books by Jack Higgins, others that were quite reasonable, but not worth adding to my permanent library. This was the first time I've read one that was frankly poor. So OK, if you just read and never think about how likely it is, you might still like it, but really...

SPOILER ALERT: Our heroes know that the opposition are murderous, Dillon has already been run off the road and shot at, the nastiest one has dropped rotting fish bait over where they were diving in order to attra
#2 in the Sean Dillon series. Sean Dillon, the former IRA gunman, escaped from Brigadier Ferguson and his Group 4 after a mortar attack on No. 10 Downing Street, Eye of the Storm (1992). Now he has been captured and imprisoned in Serbia after flying in humanitarian medication. Ferguson makes a deal to have him released if he will offer his talents to Group 4 in a bid to recover Nazi documents from a newly found submarine in the Virgin Islands.

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Of all the Jack Higgins books I've read, this is by far my favorite. Action, suspense, and the best setting for any book--the Caribbean! Great dive scenes for anyone into diving.
i had this love-hate relationship with Sean Dillon...but he was pretty compassionate and totally good in this one.i love his black Irish humour!!
Ian Simpson
There's a lot wrong with this book: repetition of 'tremendous'; having the Virgin Islands ahead of London, time-wise, instead of the other way round; the stupid fool-hardiness of allegedly intelligent characters; an important character 'enjoying' a drink soon after a disastrous reverse; wooden dialogue... I could go on.
But did I enjoy it? Well, yes I did actually. It's what used to be called a 'ripping yarn'. Higgins is a first-class storyteller, and he will have made a fortune for his publisher
No, 2 in the Sean Dillon series has Brigadier Charles Ferguson arranging Dillon's release from prison and an impending firing squad in Yugoslavia to work for him in the recovery of Documents found in a sunken German Submarine in the Virgin Islands. The British want the Documents which contain among other things the names of high ranking British Nazi sympathizers. Others are after the papers as well and the usual fights and chases ensue. I have found Higgins' books to always be readable and I hav ...more
Ryan Quaranta
I just finished reading Thunder Point by Jack Higgins. It is book number 2 in the series about Sean Dillon. The book was an action packed book where there was a twist around every corner. It takes a turn when he is recruited by the British government.

My favorite part was when Sean Dillon was released out of prison by the British government to help them with a mission. It is my favorite part because in the first book they are hunting him down. In this book they need his help.
I really enjoyed reading this. You’ll probably like it if you’re looking for a fast paced, easy reading, with some mystery and action as well as a tropical setting and a bit of historical background. I personally loved the whole Bormann/U-Boat thing as I find WWII quite fascinating. It was also nice to read about Dillon getting to work with Ferguson and Bob Carney, three very different men somehow ending up being a well assembled and enjoyable team.
James Murphy
A much better read than the previous Sean Dillon novel, "Eye of the Storm." While Dillon may have a skill set better suited to crime and terrorism, he puts it to good use in this story of potentially damaging Nazi documents and the efforts to keep these documents from falling into the wrong hands. A good fast-paced read for a rainy weekend.
Mark Pare
Truly a disappointment. The storyline is very predictable, the characters cliches, holes in the logic of characters that is just absurd. For professionals they make too many mistakes. Ferguson is useless in the field. This is harsh criticism but the book just is not worth reading and i have enjoyed many higgins books. This and east of desolation are ones you can skip.
Doug Dams
I wondered how you make a remorseless IRA killer into a hero. In this book I found out how. Sean Dillon is rescued from a Yugoslavian firing squad by the head of a British intelligence unit called group 4. He's been recruited to help recover nazi documents from a sunken U-boat in the Caribean and of course stop a nazi group from recovering them. The documents expose the pro-nazi sympathies of famous Britians and Americans. The book is a good read. Lots of action and fast paced, plus there's the ...more
Chris Bridson
It's okay. It's fairly well-written and it's a fast read. Things get kind of silly towards the end with vulnerable, important characters walking around unprotected. Then they fail to act further on the monumental documents they recovered. Overall, you're not missing much.
This, the second in the Sean Dillon series, contains plenty of likable characters and a fun plot, and the settings--both above and beneath the water--are a treat. The only downside is that there are once again just too many eye-rolling (as in massively dumb) decisions being made by the characters, and almost all of the plot developments served by those dumb decisions could have been achieved without making the characters appear to be so dense. Still, a fun read, and I admit that I'm hooked. Dill ...more
Raman Nv
Being a Higgins first timer I really loved this book. It's action packed and the language is very easy. I find the easiness in language as a very good quality in a book, since I am yet to master advanced English.
This is the first Jack Higgins book that I have read – Sherryl brought it home from the Jr. High Library to read over the holidays. Most of the thrillers that I have read have either been techno-thrillers such as Rollins’ Sigma Force and Golemon’s Event Group; or Dan Brown type novels such as Berry’s Amber Room & Templar Legacy or Neville's The Eight. This was just a good old mercenary/spy novel. I enjoyed the writing and action and appreciated that there were no risqué scenes (I guess most ...more
A friend gave me this and I did not hold out very high hopes for it, but I found it more interesting and compelling than I had expected. The main characters were fairly rounded and their relationships explored to some extent, whilst retaining its main thrust of action thriller. It did not rely on surprise or being unable to anticipate the events but yet managed by pace and skillful writing to carry one along with the story.
OK the intelligence agents show little intelligence, but I suspect this
Christopher Vale
I read this in the Virgin Islands which is where the story takes place. That was really cool. Good and fast paced. You won't be bored that's for sure.
Kevin Hammond
After having read this 18 years ago, I downloaded the audiobook to my iPhone from my local library for a 12-hour road trip. The narrator, Christian Rodska, makes the story come alive with his incredible ability to switch voices, accents and dialects effortlessly. In this the second of a nineteen book series, Sean Dillon, a former IRA gunman is 'persuaded' to work for the British government taking on the task of rescuing highly sensitive documents from a recently discovered WWII U-Boat, and at gr ...more
Anne Thorpe
I love the Sean Dillon series. This one is a worthy addition to the series if you are a fan. If the series isn't to your taste, then you will hate it. Suffice to say I tore thru the book in two days...I really enjoy the books!
Brilliant loved it. It finished the background as to how Sean Dillon ended up working for Brigadier Ferguson. They are a really good combination together. Loads of fun and easy to read I really enjoyed that.
Full of intrigue; fictional accounting of the survival of Bormann, Hitlers's second in command who was given free passage out of Germany as World War II ended. It was a fictional accounting of whether he made it to South American as has alway remain a mystery.

Interesting perspective on a very Historial time.

I learned that many English and American politcians and corporations sided with Hitler in his quest to convert the world to his view point.

Jack Higgins writes many good books mostly dealing
Interesting, like the characters portrayal. Good mystery and action
Richard Miller
Jack and Stuart Woods can write without flowery prose.
This was my third Higgins novel on the trot, but the worst. It was ok, very well written, but holes in the plot you could drive a container ship through. The main character, Sean Dillon, an ex-IRA baddie in the previous novel suddenly ends up working for a special team, sanctioned by the UK Prime Minister. Once you get your head round this quantum change in sides, he then becomes a hero that everybody loves (except the bad guys). I am a big fan of Higgins, but he has written better.
First of the "final" version of author's Sean Dillon character. The books are fairly only (1990s) so may be difficult to find at local library. The characters and plots are somewhat James Bond type story based and often a bit unbelievable. However, I've found them to be a nice, easy, and quick diversion from some of the more realistic books even though I often smile at how outlandish the scenarios occasionally are. IWouldn't want to read too many in a row.
Guenther Sagan
Too many holes in the plot.
Full of intrege; fictional accounting of the survival of Bormann, Hitlers's second in command who was given free passage out of Germany as World War II ended. It was a fictional accounting of whether he made it to South American as has alway remain a mystery.

Interesting perspective on a very Historial time.

I learned that many English and American politcians sided with Hitler in his quest to convert the world to his view point.
Perhaps you've met terrorist Sean Dillon if you've read some of Higgins' other books. In this story his nemesis Brigadier Charles Ferguson, high up in British intelligence, actually recruits Dillon to help him find documents hidden in a sunken German U boat in the Virgin Islands. The characters are well differentiated and one soon gets caught up in the race between the good guys and the bad guys to capture the documents.

This was an excellent premise. A good Higgins novel.
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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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