• The Midnight Bell

  • Sean Dillon Series, Book 22
  • By: Jack Higgins
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The new Sean Dillon novel, a knife-edge story of terrorism and revenge, by "the dean of intrigue novelists" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

"The bell tolls at midnight as death requires it."

In Washington, D.C., on a night full of rain, a woman is struck down and killed by a hit-and-run driver. But she is not just any woman - she is the assistant to the head of the secret White House department known only as the Basement. And she had secrets of her own.

In the Virgin Islands, former president Jake Cazalet receives a warning. He is recuperating on a diving trip after successfully helping Sean Dillon and the rest of the "Prime Minister's private army" defeat an Al Qaeda operation in London. But though AQ may be weakened and facing competition from other terrorist upstarts, it is far from dead - and it intends to prove it.

Soon the ripples from these two events will spread and overlap, not only in Washington but around the world. Everyone involved will find themselves in the most desperate battle of their lives - and the midnight bell will toll.

©2016 Jack Higgins. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, Inc. All rights reserved.

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A reunion of old friends

If you are a long standing reader of the Sean Dillon series, this book was merely a light visit to the characters we have come to know over the years. Kind of like a visit to family at the holidays - enjoyable but not of any depth. The plot construction was noticeably devoid of the depth we have come to appreciate. If you are considering visiting the team at Holland Park please start with a previous volume.

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terrible addition to the series

Can't truly explain how bad this book was. Very disappointing addition to the series. Nothing happens! Characters endlessly repeat their back stories. Skip this one.

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Disappointing Sequel

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

After listening to all of the other books in the series, this one is very disappointing. The plot nor characters are very well developed, with the writer just seeming to go through the motions by moving quickly from one scene to the next and repeating the same phrases throughout.

Would you recommend The Midnight Bell to your friends? Why or why not?

No, worst book in the series.

What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great accents in an attempt to make this book sound better than it is.

Did The Midnight Bell inspire you to do anything?

To no longer read any more books in this series.

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where do we go from here?

I have enjoyed nearly all of the Jack Higgins books, And now that he is gone I wonder if someone will take take the time to continue the Sean Dillon series.
In Audible's chapter 9 Sean is talking to Kate Munroe, a free freelance writer. He says, speaking of the Holkamd Park crew, "You can write a book about it Kate."
What a great place for someone to take off and continue the Sean Dillon Series.
I wish I had the Knowledge of Ireland and the troubles, I would take on the challenge myself.
Jack Higgins had a great career.
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nothing like his older books

the book was nothing like it's older books...too much violence too much language for my taste personally

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Just fair

Good narrator. This is one of his weakest books in the series. Weak plot and too many flashbacks to previous books.

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Not up to snuff

It appears Jack is reaching the bottom of the barrel. This was an okay book, but the weakest SD I have read.

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Predictable

Most of Higgins books still have quite a bit of action , but are starting to become so predictable. Still good overall.

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Great to have Sean Dillon back!

It seems like it’s been a while between books but as a Sean Dillon fan, this book does not disappoint!
Love the narrator!

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Everything has gotten so formulaic

A game I now play when a new character is introduced is live or die? villian, her or or bystander? This is nothing like Thunder Point.

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