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Confessional

Confessional

Written by Jack Higgins

Narrated by Michael Page


Confessional

Written by Jack Higgins

Narrated by Michael Page

ratings:
4.5/5 (11 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Jul 15, 2010
ISBN:
9781441843722
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Description

Mikhail Kelly's credentials were impeccable. Russian mother, Irish father hanged by the British. He could split an apple - or a head - across a large room with a handgun. And his special talent was acting. The KGB gave him the perfect part…assassin.
For more than twenty years Cuchulain has created chaos, fear and disorder in Ireland by hitting counter-productive targets on both sides of the border, making fools of British Intelligence and the IRA. But Cuchulain is a man whose time is nearly up. The one person who can identify him is the beautiful Tanya Voroninova, daughter of a KGB general. And the one person who can persuade her to defect is Liam Devlin, poet, scholar, IRA gunman retired.
Hunted by the combined forces of British Intelligence, the IRA and the KGB who now regard him as an expendable embarrassment, Cuchulain prepares to hit the most counter-productive target of all time…
Released:
Jul 15, 2010
ISBN:
9781441843722
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films.


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  • (4/5)
    This is one of the oldest Higgins novels I've read, but it is very good and quite true to the style and content I've come to expect from him. I recognized some of the names from later novels, so was kind of like reading a diary in places.Lots of bad guys doing some good things and bad things, lots of bad guys getting tapped. I was disappointed a couple of the bad guys didn't get roughed up more or simply eliminated, but heh, you can't have a everything -:)Quite entertaining. Had trouble setting it aside when I needed to.
  • (4/5)
    This is one of the oldest Higgins novels I've read, but it is very good and quite true to the style and content I've come to expect from him. I recognized some of the names from later novels, so was kind of like reading a diary in places.Lots of bad guys doing some good things and bad things, lots of bad guys getting tapped. I was disappointed a couple of the bad guys didn't get roughed up more or simply eliminated, but heh, you can't have a everything -:)Quite entertaining. Had trouble setting it aside when I needed to.
  • (4/5)
    It is very interesting to track an author as I've been doing. This work, from 1985, is very tightly woven. It is the work of good story teller, before he became famous, or at least famous as he has since become. The characters are quite developed, even the young policewoman, Susan Calder. Even though the ending seems inevitable, Higgins is able to hold interest but without the sort of tricks he uses later..
  • (3/5)
    I thought I would give Higgins another try. Several years ago I listened to part of a Sean Dillon novel and it must have been the reader. I quit half way through. This one is read by a different reader and perhaps it's the narration or simply a better story, but this one was riveting. The KGB has planted a mole/sleeper in Ireland. He was trained in a replica of a little Irish community located in the Ukraine (yes, it's dated, so what?). Kelly is charged with fomenting discard between the Irish and British in hopes of preventing any kind of peace accord. Brigadier Ferguson and Captain Fox discover a pattern of assassinations almost by accident and they enlist the support of the IRA and Provisional Army to locate the culprit.

    Lots of twists and turns, a very believable plot, if archaic and predictable. Solid page-turner.
  • (5/5)
    brilliant addition to the Liam Devlin series. Fast paced, easy to read.... the words just flow so smoothly. Loved it..... can't wait for my next Jack Higgins book. :)
  • (5/5)
    It's been quite a while since I've read a Jack Higgins book, though his were the first action/adventure, spy novels I ever read. Now I remember why I enjoyed them so much.I was slightly disoriented at the beginning of the book, when the setting changed from an Irish village to the Soviet Union. Turns out that was intentional, and the Irish village was a training camp for spies.One man from the training camp, a very talented actor, code name Cuchulain, has been living in Ireland for 20 years. His task: to foster unrest. To this end, he's been part of the IRA, but he also works for the other side--whichever will make the situation in Ireland worse.British Intelligence learns of this from a defector, and has to work in conjunction with the IRA and the only two people who can identify him: the defector and the foster daughter of a high-ranking Soviet official, a concert pianist who was just a child when Cuchulain killed her father.The story has several twists, as our heroes try one avenue after another to find and stop the elusive and deadly Cuchulain. By the end of the story, the Soviets are after him as well.Reading other reviews, I'm informed that this is part of Higgins's Liam Devlin series, something I'm sorry to say I wasn't aware of. I never read his books in anything like a logical order, or even deliberately, instead just picking up random books here and there when I found them. If I didn't have so much to read, I might consider trying to re-read them all in order.Regardless, Confessional is what a spy novel should be: exciting, edge-of-your-seat suspense and action, plenty of twists and turns, and characters and consequences you can care about. I did guess Cuchulain's cover identity fairly early on, but that was made up for by the intriguing and chilling premise of one man in the right place at the right time being able to cause so much havoc. I also need to add a bit of praise for Higgins's writing style. It's clean and transparent--that is, I can dive into the story without even noticing the words.I think I need to start keeping an eye out for Jack Higgins books again.
  • (4/5)
    A layered thriller in which a KGB sleeper agent, who has spent years ensuring that the Irish sectarian conflict never resolves, decides to undertake a suicidal assassination of the pope during his 1982 visit to the UK. There are repeated references to events of the Falklands War, which was under way at the time; the story is set immediately after the events of Exocet. The novel is littered with familiar Higgins characters including Brigadier Charles Ferguson and his Group Four anti-terrorist department, and Liam Devlin (an academic IRA member introduced in The Eagle Has Landed).