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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  942 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Argentina has set in motion an invasion of the Falkland Islands, and the British fleet is poised to meet and repulse the attack. The wild card is the Exocet -- the enemy, close to acquiring the deadly French missile, will soon be capable of smashing British defenses -- and throwing the global balance of power into chaos.
Paperback, Third Edition, 286 pages
Published July 2nd 1984 by Signet Books (first published January 1st 1983)
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Zeke Chase
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Rating: 3.2 /10

The Falklands War is an interesting case of war roulette. Britain vs. Argentina. Next up: Australia vs. Guatemala; then: Nigeria vs. Laos. Here, Jack Higgins has written a spy thriller surrounding the Falklands War a year after the war's conclusion. The novel surrounds not the war itself, but the Soviet-Argentine plot to buy black market exocet missiles which could be used to bring down a British aircraft carrier and potentially turn the tide of the war.

In the Foreword of the nove
Jerald Tracy
Mar 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Wow, this was pretty bad, even by genre standards. I was curious about it because it came out less than a year after the Falklands War - looks like it was typed up for a quick buck and even at 260 pages it feels heavily padded. My favorite passage: an Egyptian-piloted Nigerian MiG pursuing a C-47 Dakota at a thunderstorm! I read this so you don't have to.
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ingredients: The Task Force, British Intelligence, the Argentinian fighters, the KGB and the man who could get the Exocet. Result: An explosive, brilliant thriller, I thoroughly enjoyed some years ago.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sept 2018. Another early "stand alone" Higgins. Once again, I like his protagonists and his "bad guys".
David Lucero
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jack Higgins does it again in this modern thriller set during the Falklands War between Great Britain and Argentina.

British military learns Argentina plans on purchasing the highly effective French-made 'Exocet' missiles capable of taking out an entire warship with a single hit. Tony Villiers is a top MI6 agent selected personally by the British top military brass to prevent this exchange from happening. They team him with Gabrielle Legrand, a beautiful woman once romantically connected with Vil
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't follow this story well as to who was on which side of the war.
Parts of the book were okay but all in all, I didn't care for it much.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jack-higgins
Different to the Sean Dillon series, but features the enimitable Charles Ferguson (brigadier) anyway.

Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, military, thriller
Thriller - Two British agents must prevent a devastating weapon from falling into enemy hands In the hotly contested Falkland Islands, an underground struggle rages between Argentinean agents seeking to buy black-market Exocet missiles and the British officials who will do anything to stop them. British intelligence dispatches two operatives to prevent the spread of the state-of-the-art weapons, and the odds are stacked against them. Tony Villiers and Gabrielle Legrand must overcome their compli ...more
Chris Rhodovi
sadly this ebook had a lot of editor mistakes (more then usual). such as spelling words incorrectly, names, and leaving off letters. it is a shame really, as a dislexic person with a great deal of issues with spelling, to see and catch these mistakes. i love Jack's books he really deserves better.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mi6, military
It has some interesting aspects about the British vs. Argentina over the Falkland islands. In the story the French were going to supply some exocet rockets to Argentina. As the British foil this up there is an interesting love affair in the story.
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: higgins-jack
Sep 02, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Martin Gafner
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
(langer Einstieg, gut)
Rick Parsons
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good story, but as Jack Higgins sometime does, a portion of the story is copied from another of his.
I just don't know which is the original and which is the copy.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it though in prefer the Sean Dillon books.
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Just okay.
Chuck Bradley
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Thought it drug a little for Higgins.
Roger Stephen Clark
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed a story that centred around the short war that happened in recent history and which the world watched on televison.
Dec 28, 2015 added it
I enjoyed it. I liked the ending. Higgins has a way of making me like the anti-hero.
Kiko Fábregas
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
nota: 5

Distraida novela de espionaje y ciencia ficción. Guerra entre las maldivas y Argentina
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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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