June 12

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Thunder Point by Jack Higgins

Thunder Point is a throwback to the era of Alistair Maclean and Hammond Innes, and is a great rollicking yarn. I really enjoyed this book and I think it was made better because I listened to it via audiobook and the narrator was a master at managing the various accents and dialects.

It is the second in the Sean Dillon series and I think the best. As time went on, this series tended to become rather tired, and in my view at least, Jack Higgins would have been better to quit after about the first half-dozen. However in this instalment, Sean Dillon plays an extremely likeable bad guy and the story is fresh and appealing.

The prologue is set in the dying days of World War 2 with many fleeing Germany for safer places. Just days before his death in the bunker, Hitler gives fellow Nazi, Martin Bormann, sensitive documents for safekeeping which if found will implicate British nobility as Nazi sympathisers. Bormann flees to South America, but in the course of doing so the documents are lost on a sunken u-boat in the Virgin Islands.

The book then flicks to 1992 and the discovery of the location of the u-boat. It is realised by British intelligence that the documents cannot be allowed to surface due to the shame they would inflict on Britain. Sean Dillon, ex IRA terrorist is under death sentence in Yugoslavia and is offered an escape route if he will assist the British. He comes under the command of the very British Brigadier General Charles Ferguson and together they undertake the hunt. However, other nefarious people have by now also become aware of the documents and so the race is on to get to them first.

With the quality of the story and its appealing descriptions of the Virgin Islands I can highly recommend this book as an entertaining and engrossing read.