Thursday, April 14, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: NIGHT JUDGEMENT AT SINOS!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: NIGHT JUDGEMENT AT SINOS!

JACK HIGGINS

This 1970 outing from high adventure master Jack Higgins is a gem, filled with all the action, world weary heroes, impossible odds, and ratcheting suspense that make Higgins a delight.

NIGHT JUDGEMENT AT SINOS

The island of Sinos. Strategically positioned between Greece and Turkey, this small Mediterranean isle is a relic of the past – an old Turkish stronghold fortified by the Nazis during World War II. Now it has become a prison for political offenders from the Greek mainland.

A fortress of grim solitude and secrets, Sinos is the last place anyone would voluntarily enter, but deep sea diver Jack Savage has little choice. After losing his boat in a suspicious explosion, Savage is approached by shipping magnate Dimitri Aleko. The multi-millionaire has taken an extreme interest in Savage's background as a Royal Marine Commando and his expertise in underwater sabotage.

Aleko also has a job for Savage: masterminding the ultimate breakout – for on the prison island of Sinos, one man holds the fate of thousands in his hands.

And Jack Savage is the key to unlocking that fate.

Night Judgement At Sinos is middle career Higgins, when his storytelling powers were approaching their zenith while still maintaining the stylistic starkness of a hungry writer knowing he’s headed for the top of the heap.

If you’ve never read Higgins before, Night Judgement At Sinos (despite the clunky title) is a good place to start . . .

4 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Higgins was at the top of his game when he wrote this one. Great stuff!

George said...

Bill is right, NIGHT JUDGEMENT AT SINOS! is one of Higgins' best. He was publishing plenty of great thrillers at that time.

Richard R. said...

Paul, your post seems aimed straight at me. I've not read any Higgins and this does sound intriguing (no pun).

Yvette said...

I've read some Higgins and enjoyed them very much. I think I'll like this one. Thanks for the tip.