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Eye of the Storm (Sean Dillon #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  12,204 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews

Former allies in the IRA, Sean Dillon and Martin Brosnan have chosen different paths. Now Dillon is a terrorist for hire, a master of disguise employed by Saddam Hussein. Brosnan is the one man who knows Dillon’s strengths and weaknesses…and brilliant mastery of espionage. Once friends, now enemies, they are playing the deadliest game of their careers. A game that culminat

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Published July 1st 1993 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published June 5th 1992)
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Christine Blachford
Very mixed feelings on this one. As an action/adventure thriller, it’s certainly intriguing enough to sustain interest throughout. It’s a unique style in which the protagonist is the bad guy, and whilst there is almost equal time given to those hunting him down, I think we’re supposed to root for the terrorist here. I suspect he becomes less bad in subsequent books, but here we’re talking about a guy that signs up to kill one or more leading figures in British Parliament in the late 80s/early 90 ...more
Jane Long
Not bad. Took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I enjoyed it. Think it's the first one I,ve read by him. Onto the next one now, Thunder Point.
R.P. Morel
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: everything_else
How the character Sean Dillon came to be.
Keith Wofsey
Had to put this one down. 30% into this book and nothing much is happening.
When I picked it back up it was a slow read up until 50% into the book.
The last 50% moved much better.
Mal Warwick
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Eye of the Storm, British thriller writer Jack Higgins reimagines the story behind the mortar attack on 10 Downing Street that took place in 1991 shortly after John Major succeeded Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister. The attack took place during the early days of the First Gulf War, when Baghdad was under attack from the air and a land invasion was imminently expected. The Provisional IRA engineered the attack, which mirrored its tactics in Northern Ireland. Instead, Higgins puts the blame o ...more
Martin Hill
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sean Dillon is a bad man. A very bad man. A former IRA gunman, Dillon now hires himself out as an assassin to any terrorist group or intelligence agency with enough money to meet his price. In this Jack Higgins' thriller, Eye of the Storm, the man meeting Dillon's price is Saddam Hussein, Iraq's embattled dictator besieged by an international Coalition of countries during 1991's Operation Desert Storm.

Hussein wants to lash out beyond his country's borders to show the Coalition he can strike at w
Danny M
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Higgins The story is very interesting. The story is written in typical Jack Higgins format. It is a novel about an IRA hit man Sean Dillion who goes public for hire. The story is very fast paced and easy to read. The book is one in a series featuring the villain Sean Dillion who becomes a very likeable character. The name of the books in the Sean Dillion series are listed below. It seems all the Jack Higgins novels follow a similar story line, and if you enjoy his writing style you will enj ...more
Travis Bird
Jun 04, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Having read The Eagle Has landed, and having my expectations high, I was amazed to discover that old Jack only had one book in him! This and several others among his efforts show a recycling of the same character types, story lines: I can't figure why he hasn't been denounced loudly for it. I read a few and came to believe I could write a Jack Higgins novel myself using his templates. Unlike Jack, I won't be so cruel. Don't bother reading anything he wrote apart from "Eagle".
Aseem Achintya
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
masterpiece. first Dillon book i read. i dont have a copy though. theres little i wouldnt do to get a library edition or even a hardback of this or its renamed version: Midnight Man.
Scott Turnbull
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the master Higgins, expect no less than quality.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
action adventure, the main character shows his true colours within the first few pages.
James Christensen
Clean, entertaining, not the same calibre as Clancy or Brown, but kept me reading.
Michael McArthur
Ok book. Easy read and a good twist at the end.
Victor Vilchiz
given that there are more Sean Dillon books you had to expect the ending... but yeah it sucks when they get away with it.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τρίτο βιβλίο του Τζακ Χίγκινς που διαβάζω, από τα πάρα πολλά που έχω στη βιβλιοθήκη μου. Πρόκειται για το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς με ήρωα τον Σον Ντίλον, έναν μικρόσωμο αλλά δυναμικό πολεμιστή του IRA που τώρα δουλεύει σαν επαγγελματίας δολοφόνος. Πρόκειται σαφώς για έναν αντιήρωα που δεν μπορείς να τον συμπαθήσεις ιδιαίτερα, αλλά ούτε και να τον αντιπαθήσεις πολύ.

Στο πρώτο βιβλίο, λοιπόν, βρισκόμαστε στο 1991, όπου ο πόλεμος του Κόλπου είναι ακόμα στις αρχές του, με τον Ντίλον να αναλαμβάνει μ
#1 in the Sean Dillon series. Brigadier Charles Ferguson heads Section 4, "the Prime Minister's private army". For many of the books in this series (at this writing, #21 Rain on the Dead (2014) is the latest), Sean Dillon is Ferguson's chief agent. But in the 1992 series debut, Ferguson is attempting to capture Dillon. On the eve of the Gulf War, the ex-IRA gunman has taken a contract from the Iraqis to make a political statement against Great Britain or America. A quick attempt against ex-PM Ma ...more
Angus Whittaker
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Sean Dillon (the protagonist of this series)is a really interesting, dynamic character. He appears to be relatively normal in personality - just a little, quiet man who likes tea - but he's really a hardened killer who has worked for just about every terrorist organization on the map. Despite his mercenary terrorism, Dillon is actually a likeable guy - but so is Brigadier Ferguson, Martin Brosnan, and the others who are trying to hunt Dillon down. This provides a very interesting dilemma for the ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A fast food book. Actually I read this book just because I get bored, and I want I light snack. And that's what I get. A light snack.

The story is about a hit man, ex IRA enforcer, Sean Dillon. After disassociating with IRA, he became a hired gun, for anyone who can afford him. The background of the story is the First Gulf War, during Bush Senior administration. He was hire by Saddam Hussein regime to make a big hit, big enough to startle the West.

The story is quick-paced, you can read it without
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Aprendo questo libro la prima cosa che dovrebbe salire agli occhi del lettore dovrebbe essere una nube di fumo.

Non ho mai visto così tanti personaggi (tutti e dico tutti) accendersi una sigaretta prima o poi nel libro, alle volte due nella stessa pagina. Se non fosse un thriller (?) bisognerebbe credere che se non fossero le palottole ad uccidere qua e la qualche comparsa ci penserebbe il fumo di sigaretta, non che io sia di principio contrario al fumo, ma un'esagerazione è un'esagerazione.

A p
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my Jack Higgins book and I found it very entertaining, for a spy thriller - and guess what, it didn't require special effects - I wish Hollywood would take note. Adults can be entertained using their minds and imagination. In this story, Sean Dillion, a man of 1000 faces, is paid handsomely to murder someone high in the British government. His attempt to carry out the dastardly deed on the Prime Minister fails so he goes after the British War Cabinet-that's right, the entire cabinet. Thi ...more
I'm not one for reading back to back books of the same author, but having enjoyed 'The Eagle has Landed' so much (my first Higgins novel) I went straight into the first of the anti-hero Sean Dillon series, Eye of the Storm. It turned out to be an inspired decision. The story was well scripted and based around a factual mortar attack on 10 Downing St, the British Prime Minister's residence. I was unsure about the main character, Dillon, being an ex-IRA terrorist and all round 'bad guy' and althou ...more
David S.
Decided to start another series while on vacation.

Higgins (an author I've never read before) has a brilliant hero, or anti-hero if you will, in Sean Dillion. I couldn't imagine having the same respect for this character back in 1991, when the first gulf war was full on. I would have wanted this little Irish potato head tarred and feathered, after being quartered!

But, 20 plus years later, things have quieted down and readers are more inclined to see the anti-hero's POV much more clearly.

This is
This is not an overly exciting thriller, but I did find it decent enough. It was a rather quick read. It's a bit dated in some regards, but it was written in the early 90s, so I can't really fault it for that. It was less of an issue than say, The Bourne Identity which really shows its age. I'm going to give the next book a try and see how Sean Dillion is in the role of (reluctant?) good-guy. I did find this series interesting for the fact that in that he starts as a terrorist and mercenary (not ...more
the book that i read is about history of the mortar attack on number te downing street when the war cabinet was meeting st ten a.m on thursday,7feb191...dillion ,the main character of the story killed was hit and run incident i think...i am not sure about the end what dillion wanted to do was a success.

the story by jack higgins was not that good.most of his story was about killing his story ,i think is more for adult to read and nt for teenagers to read.this is because i need to
patrycja polczyk
Feb 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Phil Deschler
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Phil by: Self
The first in a series of books about Sean Dillon. Dillon is a ghost. No one knows what he looks like & there are no picture,of him, he is an actor who can change his appearance without make up. He worked for the IRA and then broke away & works for himself. He is a killer for hire who loves money but loves killing more. He is a stone cold killer with no emotions or feelings (what good would they do), he kills for money, kills any one who betrays him, old friends where the relationship is ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much the same review for the whole series.

Book 1 (which I didn't like as much as the rest of the series) the main character is a bad guy. After that, he becomes a...well... He is working for the good guys at any rate.

I would term this series as 'bubble gum fiction'. It is action hero stuff with very little realism. For example, their opsec (operational security) is terrible to the point of people may as well say "Well, this is suppose to be top secret but I did have this same conversation
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting storyline.
At first it seemed as if it was another international intrigue/thriller book, but it sadly lacked sophistication of detail and plausibility.

The main character is likeable, but his actions do not fit with his reputation. He chooses poor partners, he practices very poor, almost non-existent planning, tells more people than necessary about his plans, and doesn't even check for tails? He is a rank amateur who chooses a very implausible (almost laughable) method for his main ope
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Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
One of the only series I've ever read hit-or-miss and out of order, and I'm going back to the beginning to read (in order, this time) the ones that I've missed. This was a solid debut, but once again a pretty lame (and completely avoidable) plot move on Higgins's part tarnished the resolution for me. Since I've read more recent titles in the series, I knew that a certain protagonist survived, but I didn't know until now how/why he survived, and the reason was/is ... lame. But it was a fun read, ...more
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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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