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3.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 5 3.26 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Higgins Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sean Dillon Series Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781441893529
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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.” Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shirin | 2/11/2014

    " It was ok, a page turner but hardly any substance. The so called 'Legend's i.e. Dillon and company are actually the side dish and did not really do much for the story. I bought a whole bunch of Jack Higgins after reading the Confessional, but this one did not lived up to my expectation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 2/9/2014

    " Fine. Typical Higgins. I enjoyed it and liked having a new character besides the same old Sean Dillon story. Read this one after the one that comes after. Audio book. Listened to it while running. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 2/2/2014

    " Excellent book...rivetting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilu | 1/30/2014

    " not bad all the action in the last half of the book. lots of back story must read more from this author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 1/23/2014

    " Very predictable...I wanted more Dillion. What can I say, I love his character! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 1/20/2014

    " I have read a lot of Jack Higgins books but this isn't one of his better ones in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mathew | 1/14/2014

    " Once again Jack Higgins brings you the bad guys with the heart of gold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl Kranich | 12/1/2013

    " Sean Dillon only has a minor role in this one, but it's as thrilling as any of the Dillon stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 10/25/2013

    " Alexander Kurbsky, a famous Russian soldier and author, has arranged to defect. His defection places him right inside England's famous group of spies. Is his defection real or will be betray Lord Ferguson, Major Roper and Sean Dillon? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gavin Coles | 10/8/2013

    " A good solid read from Jack Higgins featuring the team know as the 'Prime Minister's private army'. However the book focuses not on the leading members of the team, Sean Dillon and Charles Ferguson but on the more peripheral cohorts and their back history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/19/2013

    " Ok but not in the same league as some of his earlier books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 8/9/2013

    " Typical Jack Higgins...decent dialog and action....I wonder where Higgins is going with this storyline?...Dillion and his gang are minor characters and the story is carried by Roper and a Soviet defector...last book introduced MP Henry Miller and I wondered where to, as well "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 8/2/2013

    " Overall it was a pretty good book. Although in this case it was written more from the point of view of the Russian instead of from the English/American point of view. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 4/24/2013

    " Not a huge fan of spy novels. It was ok, a little contrived in places. Predictable and mindlessly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 4/21/2013

    " I really like Jack Higgins and I really like the Sean Dillon series. But I only gave this one three stars. To me, it felt like it was the same plot and characters as the last book, but only the names were changed. This one just didn't "do it" for me. Sorry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kameron | 4/12/2013

    " I do love Jack Higgins' books. Very much pop lit, but I still enjoy them! I like the characters, and the mysteries and espionage always keep me going. This is the latest in the series of Higgins' Sean Dillon line, so if you start here you'll likely be a bit lost with the backstory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Onur | 2/26/2013

    " I didn't know that book belongs to a serie till now but still had no problems with following it. I really love Higgins style. I will try to find other books and start from the first book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Em | 1/10/2013

    " Some characters not believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 12/25/2012

    " I was a bit disappointed in this book. I didn't feel it was up to some of his other books. Not enough action! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 10/28/2012

    " I found this a tedious novel more suited to the 1960's & 70's. I do grant that Higgins is a good writer but this espionage and spy stuff is not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 10/13/2012

    " I haven't read a Jack Higgins in awhile so I found this espionage a good, fun summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/6/2012

    " Another great Higgins Novel that kept me on my toes until the last page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/23/2012

    " involved plot that i had trouble getting into. did not finish the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Good | 2/15/2012

    " I remember reading a Jack Higgins novel when I was younger and really liking it, but what I've read since then has only been lukewarm -- not nearly suspenseful enough. Generally good kernel of a plot but not the best execution I think. Meh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 11/21/2011

    " Probably the worst Sean Dillon adventure - except for a few physical appearances he never did anything. Shouldn't even be called a Sean Dillon adventure. I think it's time to put this series in hiatus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Wells | 10/24/2011

    " Another good read from Higgins, Dillon collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 10/10/2011

    " Typical Jack Higgins, quick punches of dialog and action. Sometimes reads like stage instructions. In this story Dillion and his gang are minor characters and the story is carried by Roper and a Soviet defector. If you want complicated dialog and long descriptive paragraphs this is not your book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quixxote | 7/13/2011

    " more of the same from Jack. Quick and easy fun little read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deena | 4/10/2011

    " Jack Higgins is the king of the espionage novel. He never disappoints. Strong characters and a story line that keeps you guessing. One of my favorites authors for this genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 3/31/2011

    " I remember reading a Jack Higgins novel when I was younger and really liking it, but what I've read since then has only been lukewarm -- not nearly suspenseful enough. Generally good kernel of a plot but not the best execution I think. Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/18/2011

    " I've read many of these and they don't get any less violent. I like them anyway, but if you've never read them, you might try reading some of the early Sean Dillon ones - the ones with the Eagle in the title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/7/2010

    " Interesting, pretty decent plot line and fairly good writing. It's definitely a good airplane book- a few hours of diversion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 9/17/2010

    " Fine. Typical Higgins. I enjoyed it and liked having a new character besides the same old Sean Dillon story. Read this one after the one that comes after. Audio book. Listened to it while running. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 6/7/2010

    " Not a huge fan of spy novels. It was ok, a little contrived in places. Predictable and mindlessly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 5/9/2010

    " This was a very good story about American and Russian spies etc... Most of the activity was in the London England area. Fascinating characters that you would love to see in future novels.

    J. Robert Ewbank, author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gavin | 4/1/2010

    " A good solid read from Jack Higgins featuring the team know as the 'Prime Minister's private army'. However the book focuses not on the leading members of the team, Sean Dillon and Charles Ferguson but on the more peripheral cohorts and their back history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/26/2010

    " Another great Higgins Novel that kept me on my toes until the last page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 11/26/2009

    " I have read a lot of Jack Higgins books but this isn't one of his better ones in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 7/12/2009

    " I haven't read a Jack Higgins in awhile so I found this espionage a good, fun summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mathew | 7/6/2009

    " Once again Jack Higgins brings you the bad guys with the heart of gold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/29/2009

    " involved plot that i had trouble getting into. did not finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 5/18/2009

    " I was a bit disappointed in this book. I didn't feel it was up to some of his other books. Not enough action! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kameron | 4/23/2009

    " I do love Jack Higgins' books. Very much pop lit, but I still enjoy them! I like the characters, and the mysteries and espionage always keep me going. This is the latest in the series of Higgins' Sean Dillon line, so if you start here you'll likely be a bit lost with the backstory. "

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About the Author
Author Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins is among the world’s most popular authors. Since the publication of The Eagle Has Landed, every novel he has written has become an international bestseller, including Day of Reckoning. He has had simultaneous #1 bestsellers in hardcover and paperback and has been published in thirty-eight languages worldwide. Many of his books have been made into successful movies, among them To Catch a King and The Valhalla Exchange.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.