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A Darker Place

A Darker Place

Written by Jack Higgins

Narrated by Michael Page


A Darker Place

Written by Jack Higgins

Narrated by Michael Page

ratings:
4/5 (6 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Jan 27, 2009
ISBN:
9781423376149
Format:
Audiobook

Description

A famous Russian writer and ex-paratrooper named Alexander Kurbsky has gotten fed up with the Putin government, and decides he wants to "disappear" into the West. He is under no illusions, however, about how the news will be greeted at home, having seen too many of his countrymen die mysteriously at the hands of the thuggish Russian security services, so he makes elaborate plans with Charles Ferguson, Sean Dillon, and the rest of the group known informally as the "Prime Minister's private army" for his escape and concealment.

It's a real coup for the West except for one thing: Kurbsky is still working for the Russians. The plan is to infiltrate British and American intelligence at the highest levels, and he has his own motivations for doing the most effective job possible. He does not care what he has to do or where he has to go…or whom he has to kill.

Filled with suspense, driven by characters of complexity and passion, A Darker Place once again proves that, in the words of the Associated Press, "When it comes to thriller writers, one name stands well above the crowd-Jack Higgins."

Released:
Jan 27, 2009
ISBN:
9781423376149
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Jack Higgins is the New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty thrillers that have sold over 250 million copies worldwide, including The Eagle Has Landed and The Wolf at the Door. Before beginning his writing career, Higgins served in the British Army along the East German border. He lives in the Channel Islands.

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  • (4/5)
    A Darker Place is considered to be a Sean Dillon novel, although he’s barely in the novel and does very little. Taking center stage in the novel is Alexander Kurbsky, a famed Russian novelist who was a former paratrooper in the Soviet and Russian armies. He defects from Russia with the help of Dillon’s team, except it’s all a setup by Vladimir Putin to crack the Prime Minister’s private army.Even though Dillon is largely irrelevant in the novel, there was a lot to like. Among them are the flow of the narration and ease of the writing style. It was a nice, clean read. Alexander Kurbsky is a compelling character. The plot was strong as the novel took on many twists and turns. Kurbsky is ostensibly the villain but he had enough valor and honor that there was always doubt when reading it that he would stay the villain, and ultimately the real villains were the Russians pulling the strings behind the scenes. I didn’t care much for the crazed Afghan that appears at the end of the novel and becomes a pivotal character even though he is introduced so late. By and large this novel worked for me and I would recommend it.Carl Alves – author of Battle of the Soul
  • (4/5)
    Higgins can still keep me reading far into the night. Dillon, one of the main characters from earlier books, actually had only a small role in this one. Hopefully Alexander Kurbsky and his friend, Bounine, will appear in future books as part of the PM's 'private army'.
  • (3/5)
    Slight better than the last instalment of the Sean Dillon saga but still nothing like Higgins earlier works.Overall, an average choice for something to fill in your time if you've got no better options.
  • (4/5)
    Sean Dillon did not kill anybody in this book. In fact, he was on holiday almost the entire time. Two new characters were introduced, both disenchanted Russian soldiers. It is not clear how big a part they will play in future works by this author. The story introduced a rather interesting plot line and it maintained the mystery for about three-quarters of the book and I liked it a lot. the background for the two new characters was painstakingly done with satisfying results. It seems that Higgins has traded bodies for story-line development.
  • (3/5)
    The sixteenth episode in this series is as entertaining and exciting as its predecessors. The series may have become formulaic but it is a formula that works for me. The cutting between the story locations, flashbacks, and protagonists generates an energetic sense of pace.
  • (3/5)
    A Darker Place is vintage Jack Higgins: renowned Russian writer and war hero Alexander Kurbsky decides to ‘vanish’ into the west so Sean Dillon and the group known as ‘The Prime Minister’s Private Army’ are called in to assist and protect him. The Iron Curtain may be down but Russia dislikes high placed defectors and tends to discourage them, fatally. However, all is not as it seems…Kurbsky is actually a lethally efficient spy, strategically positioned to win Western trust at the highest levels. Fortunately Sean, as usual, is on hand to save the day yet again in a series of derring-do adventures. Boys Own fun.