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Bad Company

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Higgins has definitely done much better!

  • Feb 23, 2010
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In the waning hours of World War II in Europe, Hitler is holed up in his bunker with Eva Braun contemplating his own personal ultimate solution. Just before committing suicide, he entrusts his diary to a young aide for safekeeping and provides him with the financial means to leave Germany and hide himself and the diary until the right time comes to resurrect it. The diary, which contains details of a meeting between Roosevelt and Hitler and their efforts to negotiate a truce in order to combine their efforts against the Soviet Union, might now be used as a political weapon against the current president of the United States. Sean Dillon, former IRA terrorist and current bad boy consultant to British Military Intelligence is looking to recover the diary and to make sure that doesn't happen.

Jack Higgins is a fine author. Goodness knows he's got nothing to prove and he's more than good enough to prepare a plot, dialogue and action that ensure the pages of "Bad Company" fly by quickly enough. But, frankly, it just never lives up to its potential as a thriller; it isn't even close to the quality of many of his previous novels such as "Thunderpoint" or "The Eagle Has Landed"; and, frankly, it's eminently forgettable once the final page is turned.

Good beach or airplane reading but weak fare indeed compared to what it could have been if Higgins and this plot had fulfilled their potential.

Recommended with suitably modified expectations.

Paul Weiss

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