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On Dangerous Ground (Sean Dillon #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,979 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
As 1997 approaches, England's prime minister learns of a secret document signed by Mao Tse-tung that could delay the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong for an additional 100 years. The British hire former terrorist Sean Dillon to keep the document from coming to light, before parties in Hong Kong retrieve it and destroy the balance of world power.
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published (first published March 23rd 1994)
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Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I'm not a big Higgins fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Probably that's because it's a whole lot like reading a James Bond novel (of whom I am a big fan), just more contrived and a lot less literary than anything Ian Fleming ever wrote. Sean Dillon makes for a likable, ruthless hero, and this is the first time readers get to see him portrayed as a good guy. The book is a quick, easy read: it's sparsely detailed and dialog-heavy--as if it were written for people who don't usually like novel ...more
R.P. Morel
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: everything_else
Higgins's second best book after Drink With the Devil. (In my humble opinion) A must read for his fans.
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I'm a fan of Sean Dillon, who's rather a lot like James Bond – if James Bond had a history of working for the IRA and selling his services as a mercenary. He's my kind of anti-hero: a redeemed villain who's smart, competent, ruthless and charming, always a witty remark on his tongue.

Having said that, Higgins' style is very matter-of-fact and sparse even at the best of times, and in the third Dillion novel, the writing seems largely uninspired and occasionally rather sloppy. It doesn't help that
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i JUST LOVE fERGUSON...HE REALLY KNOWS HOW TO HANDLE SEAN.i LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT U-Boats and the bastard Hitler.really enlightning.higgins is good!
Lee-anne Mager
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, the beginning of many days with Jack higgins.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure about this one. The main story is good with a certain Bondesque style to it (you know, the swarve gentleman hero out to save the world thing) but I found some of the interplay between the characters a little offputting and not completely right for the time. Particularly the relationship between Dillon and Bernstein, I'm sure (at least I would hope) that a Chief Inspector wouldn't allow herself to be treated like some kind of lacky (I know I wouldn't!). That aside, I did also find th ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this more than expected. they use the element of old enemies that are friendly which I always think it's cool.
however these books always seem to be 75% of what happens in 10 pages while I feel like a lot of filler. Good though, I'll read another
Charlie Carrick
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dillon up to his usual tricks

Another cracking read
Jack Higgins punches them out with skill and verve. Always a good yarn, decent storyline and action packed.

James Goldie
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Start of a great friendship

The three main characters in these books with Sean Dillon build into an extraordinary team, thank you Jack Higgins. Forget James Bond, Sean is the man
Jack Higgins poses a most interesting premise in this novel that the British got Mao Zedong to sign a document – known as The Chungking Covenant – during World War II that the lease for Hong Kong would be extended for 100 years if he, i.e., Mao, ever came into power in China. This was in exchange for his being supplies with arms, ammunition, etc. The plane transporting the only remaining copy The Covenant to England crash lands in Scotland.

The action fast-forwards to early 1997, when the origin
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Sean Dillon series. As in the prior series entry, Thunder Point (1993), the plot revolves around a secret document that the British Government would prefer not come to light. In this case the Chungking Covenant signed by Chairman Mao in 1944 would extend Britain's lease in Hong Kong until 2097. This novel takes place in 1993 and Britain is preparing for an orderly transition of power in Hong Kong in 1997. The document would have severe international repercussions. A page turner with a ...more
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1944. Mao Tse tung signs a secret document that could delay the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong for an additional one hundred years. But all copies of the document disappear in a plane crash.1933. As Hong Kong prepares to be restored to China in 1997, England's Prime Minister learns of the existence of Mao Tse-tung's lost document. Former terrorist Sean Dillon is given direct orders to keep the document from coming to light-at all cost. One copy still exists, hidden in the wreckage of a plane on t ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sean-dillon
Another good Higgins book. There are several changes of setting, ranging from China to Sicily, through England and Scotland. The Mafia makes its appearance in the ranks of the bad guys and Chief Inspector Hannah Bernstein among the good, starting a bickering relationship with ex IRA terrorist Sean Dillon. When it comes to Dillon, we find him involved in all sorts of crazy activities, including speaking several foreign languages, diving, parachuting, and rallying, but also peacefully hunting and ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-thrillers
On Dangerous Ground was an okay book. It started out well, with good action and such, but then petered out for a while. The middle hundred pages or so don't really feel like they're going anywhere. It finally picks up at the end, and goes out with a fairly exciting finish. The protagonist, Sean Dillon, is an absurd character. He speaks several languages fluently, Is extremely quick with a gun, knows kung-fu, and is an expert diver. Oh, and don't forget that he's also a jazz pianist. And an actor ...more
Al Datum
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sean Dillon is a fun character to follow. He's an ex-terrorist turned government agent for the British Secret Service. Dillon is a charming Irishman who once aspired to be an actor, and still maintains his charm in his new profession.

This series (at least as far into as I've read) is closer to Ian Fleming's James Bond than Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp. There is much more finesse, much more spycraft, and less of the military style covert operation. Still, it works quite well and makes for a fun after
Doug Dams
Another book in the Sean Dillon series. The action and plot are fast paced as Fergusons team is sent to recover a lost document signed by Mao Tse-tung allowing British rule over Hong Kong for an extra hundred years. The Mafia is also after the document. As both sides search for clues to its whereabouts Sean encounters plenty of dangers and chances to kill or be killed. Higgins is very good at these type of books and the story moves along nicely. It was easy reading and enjoyable. I'll continue t ...more
Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-2005, donated
Another adventure featuring Sean Dillion, the former IRA terrorist who now works for the British government on covert missions. Cheeky dialog, quick moving story. Revolves around the possibility that a document exists that was signed between Mao Tze Tung and Britain, that if the British aided the Chinese in their fight against Japan, and if Mao came to power, then he would extend the British lease on Hong Kong for 100 years. For various reasons, different groups do not want this document to come ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sean Dillon series by Jack Higgins is really a lot of fun in audiobook form. I read the first book in the series and it was good, but the reader really adds something so that it's more fun to listen to. Dillon has now joined the "Prime Minister's Secret Army". In this adventure an American with a beautiful stepdaughter and Mafia connections rents an estate on Loch Dugh in Scotland in search of a document. General Ferguson and his crew try to get the document before he can. There are surprise ...more
This is the third in the Sean Dillon series and the books get better as you start to warm to the main character. He is now on the 'goodies' side but still capable of violent, ruthless action as and when needed. The book covers plenty of worldwide locations, sub plots and is easily and quickly read with no fancy words just top rate writing. Higgins should have invented James Bond, not Ian Fleming. He would have been like the character Daniel Craig plays now, hard edged and ruthless when necessary ...more
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
As with past entries in the series, convenient (for the author and plot) and implausible decisions made by various characters keep this from rising far above average. But it's still a fun read, and I've come to enjoy my time with Sean Dillon and company as long as I don't ask too many questions along the way. For example, one spoiler-ish question could be: would the "boss of all bosses" of the Italian Mafia really only have three guys (and one of them an old caretaker) guarding him at his villa?
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have gone back to Higgins for some summer reading. Always fascinated by the Prime Ministers privated army lead by Sean Dillion. Actually this was a re read. Intersting story regarding the transfer of Hong Kong from the British to the Chinese.with involvement of Mountbatten Mao the Mafia among others. As always Higgins manges to inject his own passions (deep sea diving flying) into the story. Dillion is a great character a gentleman yet a cold blooded killer when required. A good read.
James Murphy
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fast-paced page-turner from Jack Higgins featuring reformed terrorist Sean Dillon. This time around, the talented Mr. Dillon is called in to help recover a document known as the Chungking Covenant, a document that could affect the future of Hong Kong. Elements of the Mafia get wind of the document's existence and soon the race is on to track it down... A fun read for a rainy day.
Raoul Jerome
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it. This is one of the earlier ones in this series and I think perhaps it's better than the more recent ones. Dillon is at the top of his form and Hanna does her thing well. Ferguson gets in trouble and Dillon gets him out. Neat premise for the plot with this ancient document, lost for eons, involving China, and of course being located by Dillon. Try it--you'll like it.
Graham Houle
Aug 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This Author was simple and I thought the reading level to be that of 7th or 8th grade. The story was interesting if not predictable and I do not think I will be reading any of Mr. Higgins works for a while. This was another book I picked up in Thailand, the amount of spy novels in countries populated by ex patriots is INCREDIBLE!!!
Alexey Marshall
it had a good story but can be over the top a times i enjoyed the start a she was a spy
and there weird but effective plot to kill the president

1 a book that started in a war
2 it looked intresting
3 it had good concepts
4 it felt long
5 that plots are plots
6 a book abought the IRA
7 "we delay them with a divergan like a truck that will explode"
Phil Deschler
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Phil by: Self
Dillon & Fergusonat at their best. Now the addition of Hannah Berernstein. Excellent story line. Dillon's a great chacater deadly with a great sense of humor. Always ready for trouble. This time he has out done the Mafia and a crazy young girl.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Despite being written in 1994, the plot and the characterisations are firmly stuck in the 50's with the misogynism of that period in full flow. One of the principal characters, Sean Dillon, would make Dirk Pitt look like a 5 stone weakling. I a glad I borrowed this from a library!

Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice twisty turny. I supposeit was written by an English author for an English audience b/c one scene set in New York still called an emergency room a casualty ward...kinda weird but not a deal breaker. All in all, a good read. Gonna save it for my dad.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable action thriller page turner. I enjoyed this one more than the first two, simple plot, small twist at the end / betrayal near the end. Not quite sure what the title has to do with the story.
While I did like this one, the hunt for a WWII era document plot is getting kind of old.

I liked the little bit that Dillon dabbled in eastern mysticism. It was pretty neat. granted, he never really used it, but what do I expect for 3 weeks of training.
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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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