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The Keys Of Hell (Paul Chavasse #3)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  313 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Super-spy Paul Chavasse - one of Jack Higgins's most extraordinary heroes - embarks on a mission to Albania, only to find himself at the centre of a deadly double-cross, fighting for his life.
Published March 1st 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1965)
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Jonathon Dabell
The Jack Higgins character Paul Chavasse appears in several novels and is essentially a James Bond-style action hero. In this one, he has various cut-throat adventures in eastern Italy and the swamplands of Albania while trying to help a beautiful agent in her quest to recover a priceless religious artefact, the Black Madonna.
The entire book is best summed up as fast-moving trash. Barely a word of it is believable or rooted in reality, but it's never so bad that you feel the urge to give up and...more
This is a sub-par work for Higgins, I think. Timing was quite confusing. On page 51, the main character, Paul, notes, "Three o'clock in the morning on the waterfront of any kind of port was one hell of a time to start thinking like that.". After rescuing a woman from a physical attack, learning her story, planning a trip into Albania to retrieve the Black Madonna from marshes, being kidnapped,escaping from kidnappers, and getting on a boat headed for the Albanian marshes,he dozes off for a littl...more
A good "shoot 'em up" book with lots of narrow escapes from dangerous situations.

Albanian proverb: "There are not Keys to Hell... the doors are open to all men"
Kim Mckiernan
The beginning dragged, but once the story unveiled it became enjoyable.
Not one of Higgins' best. It is a brief current situation wrapped around the main tale of remembered action set in Albania in 1965. A story of intrigue and betrayal. The characters are shallowly developed and the writing is weaker than his usual. Still, a pleasant way to spend a few evening hours.(Even if you read slowly, this one can't take you more than 2-3 hours to read.)
Mundane thriller. Sexist and routine stereotypes. The only thing I appreciated was the martial arts fights. While the descriptions of the secret moves were silly and amusing (the dreaded karate reverse punch indeed!)at least the expertise didn't come out of nowhere; Chavasse trains three times a week with a "little japanese master" (another dated stereotype!!!)
Jason Pym
Unlike the previous Higgins I read, A Game For Heroes, this one just feels false. Poor characterizaton, cringe-inducing dialogue, terrible plot. A real shame, I was looking forward to it.
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Typical good Jack Higgins novel.
Wawan Setiawan
A very simple plot. Not a very special one, unlike the other Jack Higgins' books.
The only reason I chose it was because it took place in Albania.
bought it out of desperation at the airport - waste of time
David Reynolds
Not his best, but moves along quite nicely.
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A quick read, full of action.
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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.

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