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The Judas Gate (Sean Dillon #18)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,020 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Treachery has a price in the mesmerizing new thriller from the New York Times-bestselling writer.

A disturbing tape has made its way to British intelligence, and from them to the new President of the United States: battlefield chatter from an ambush in Afghanistan, in which twelve U.S. Army Rangers and a British medical team died. Most of the Taliban voices are Afghan, b
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published September 2nd 2010)
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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
Apr 30, 2011 Greg rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
R Bartel
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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Paul Pessolano
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
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.
Huw Rhys
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
Endre Barath
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
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.
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
This is the type of story that fills my need to know, it also had enough brutal action scenes to make even the greatest armchair adrenaline junkie like me happy!

Not your run of the mill suspenseful intrigue but rather a thriller that will catch you unawares time and again just when you think you have a pretty good grasp of what is going to happen next.
Harvey Burgess
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
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
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Leo rates the book 2 stars and feels this is a very poor novel that stars Sean Dillon, one of his favorite characters. He hopes it is a one-off glitch.
Jan 24, 2011 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Although the plot of the story and its characters have not been worked out to their full potential, the idea behind the story of professional soldiers left to mend themselves after extensive training and real combat experiences is very important. One of the greatest moment I found in this book is when one of the character points out that when we betray the people that are very close to us, we also betray ourselves.
J.m. Herriott
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.
Carol Ann
A good Sean Dillon adventure. Brings together the historic conflict between the British and Irish together with the threats of modern terrorism. The villain takes center stage in the story line.
Tim Reynolds
I really like these stories, but I always find it funny that the characters, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, etc. like to drink champagne and speak proper Queen's English.
#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
John Gilchrist
who is the british soldier who is working wuthbthe takiban in afghanistan. noble with heroic mother. they find him and deal eith him. justin
Cardboard characters who drink a lot, plenty of going to and fro but very little espionage or thrilling action, MI5 operatives easily hoodwinked numerous times. Oh, and hokey dialog ol' son.
Bernard A.
This is a fairly slow moving thriller. A good story bogged down by way too many characters with similar names and way too much IRA history Too bad. It could have been a really great read
Judy Evenson
It is what it is. No surprises, a predictable plot with flat characters. Left me wanting a whole lot more than I got
Lots of action, but somewhat predictable. I also hate the "bad" guys references...trite and hackneyed.
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