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Pohjois-Irlanti ei ole mikään rauhan tyyssija eikä Majuri Simon Vaughan lähden sinne lepolomaa viettämään. Asekauppiaan valepuvussa hän aikoo soluttautua IRA:n johtoportaan tuntumaan. Hänen tehtävänään on hankkia brittihallitukselle takaisin siltä kaapatut puolen miljoonan punnan kultaharkot. Vaughan on neuvokas ja kovaotteinen mies, mutta niin ovat myös hänen vastustajansa Pohjois-Irlanti ei ole mikään rauhan tyyssija eikä Majuri Simon Vaughan lähden sinne lepolomaa viettämään. Asekauppiaan valepuvussa hän aikoo soluttautua IRA:n johtoportaan tuntumaan. Hänen tehtävänään on hankkia brittihallitukselle takaisin siltä kaapatut puolen miljoonan punnan kultaharkot. Vaughan on neuvokas ja kovaotteinen mies, mutta niin ovat myös hänen vastustajansa. IRA:han kuuluu keinoja kaihtamattomia armottomia tappajia, jotka taistelevat myös keskenään. Vaughanin on mahdoton tietää kehen voi luottaa ja kehen ei...


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Pohjois-Irlanti ei ole mikään rauhan tyyssija eikä Majuri Simon Vaughan lähden sinne lepolomaa viettämään. Asekauppiaan valepuvussa hän aikoo soluttautua IRA:n johtoportaan tuntumaan. Hänen tehtävänään on hankkia brittihallitukselle takaisin siltä kaapatut puolen miljoonan punnan kultaharkot. Vaughan on neuvokas ja kovaotteinen mies, mutta niin ovat myös hänen vastustajansa Pohjois-Irlanti ei ole mikään rauhan tyyssija eikä Majuri Simon Vaughan lähden sinne lepolomaa viettämään. Asekauppiaan valepuvussa hän aikoo soluttautua IRA:n johtoportaan tuntumaan. Hänen tehtävänään on hankkia brittihallitukselle takaisin siltä kaapatut puolen miljoonan punnan kultaharkot. Vaughan on neuvokas ja kovaotteinen mies, mutta niin ovat myös hänen vastustajansa. IRA:han kuuluu keinoja kaihtamattomia armottomia tappajia, jotka taistelevat myös keskenään. Vaughanin on mahdoton tietää kehen voi luottaa ja kehen ei...

30 review for Veressä vihreät niityt

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    Splendid yarn! One of Higgins' first, I think, so not as formulaic. Splendid yarn! One of Higgins' first, I think, so not as formulaic.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    An awsome early Higgins. He was honing his skills and doing a wonderful job. The main character, Simon Vaughan, appears to be a prototype for Higgin's most famous character Sean Dillon. Vaughan is bribed into joining a British intelligance group by none other than Brigadier Harry Ferguson (Sean Dillon was lured in the same fashion by Brigadier Charles Ferguson). The story is fast paced and exciting. If you like Higgins you will really enjoy this one. An awsome early Higgins. He was honing his skills and doing a wonderful job. The main character, Simon Vaughan, appears to be a prototype for Higgin's most famous character Sean Dillon. Vaughan is bribed into joining a British intelligance group by none other than Brigadier Harry Ferguson (Sean Dillon was lured in the same fashion by Brigadier Charles Ferguson). The story is fast paced and exciting. If you like Higgins you will really enjoy this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    François

    This novel is a stunning suspense thriller that captures the tensions during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, showing how splinter groups of the IRA competed rather than co-operated with one another, and illustrating the collateral damage in the tragic loss of civilian lives. This story is not so much about the scenes and locales as it is about the plot and characters. It is an action-packed page-turner, with interesting characters, including the witty yet deadly Major Simon Vaughan, the shrewd This novel is a stunning suspense thriller that captures the tensions during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, showing how splinter groups of the IRA competed rather than co-operated with one another, and illustrating the collateral damage in the tragic loss of civilian lives. This story is not so much about the scenes and locales as it is about the plot and characters. It is an action-packed page-turner, with interesting characters, including the witty yet deadly Major Simon Vaughan, the shrewd yet paternal Julius Meyer who continually listens to Al Bowlly records, the Harvard Medical School graduate Norah Murphy, the hard-nosed but soft-centred Michael Cork, the loyal and well-meaning idealist Binnie Gallagher, and the smiling yet psychopathic Frank Barry, whose eyes are observed to suddenly change colour upon being insulted in the penultimate scene at Spanish Head. I first read this novel as a 10-year-old and again recently, and I remember now 32 years later why I loved it so much back then. Its first-person narrative is terrific: there is just enough witty humour amid the perspicacious observations and insights of the protagonist. Apparently it is one of Harry Patterson’s personal favourites; if so, I can understand why. There are similarities between Jack Higgins novels which are always interesting: young Binnie has deep respect for Vaughan, as the naive but loyal Johnny Murphy has for Martin Fallon in ‘Cry of the Hunter’; Vaughan hides his Mauser in a hidden flap in the vessel’s wheelhouse, similar to Jack Savage’s trick in ‘Night Judgement at Sinos’; Cohan’s Select Bar, where Vaughan and Murphy first meet, is mentioned in ‘Night Judgement at Sinos’; Vaughan’s uncle, Michael Fitzgerald, is said to have left the cover of a school to meet a dusty death, similar to Savage’s father leaving the cover of his house to meet his fate in ‘Night Judgement at Sinos’; Meyer’s terrifying demise is redolent of that of Tewak, the loyal keeper of Rose Graham, who is tied to a chair and tortured to death in ‘Sad Wind from the Sea’. If you know of other similarities, please comment. Feel free to read my other reviews. © François

  4. 4 out of 5

    IAN SPEIGHT

    More Run of the mill fayre from Jack Higgins. Which is not to say this novel is bad. It's a very fast-paced tale. Which adequately shows why Jack Higgins was considered by many to be the master of the modern thriller. Maybe in my View in the 70s, When this book was published, he was, times change however & I doubt many would put Jack Higgins on such a lofty pedestal now. After surviving the war in Korea, Simon Vaughan decided the only loyalty he had was to the man in the mirror. For a while, the More Run of the mill fayre from Jack Higgins. Which is not to say this novel is bad. It's a very fast-paced tale. Which adequately shows why Jack Higgins was considered by many to be the master of the modern thriller. Maybe in my View in the 70s, When this book was published, he was, times change however & I doubt many would put Jack Higgins on such a lofty pedestal now. After surviving the war in Korea, Simon Vaughan decided the only loyalty he had was to the man in the mirror. For a while, the high-risk job of arms dealing seemed to be just the life for him. Too bad the Greek authorities didn’t see it that way when they tossed him in prison. But now he’s gotten a reprieve from an unlikely source: the British Army. And if he wants out, he’s going to have to play their game. It seems that the Irish Republican Army has made off with a half-million dollars in gold bullion. The Brits want it back. And their best bet is to send someone tough, resourceful, and completely expendable—which is Vaughan to the letter. Venturing into the bloody underground of a violent rebellion, Vaughan must navigate a deadly maze of friends, foes, and those in between, if he’s going to get the gold, get the bad guys, and get out in one piece . . . I don't know if you'd say this story seems dated now? It's certainly not the Belfast I know & love, But this was the 1970s & things were a lot different then, Jack Higgins captures the atmosphere of the time brilliantly, & the story is good. My only grumble would be there seems very little difference in Mr.Higgins main characters in his Books. Sean Dillon, Liam Devlin & in this novel Simon Vaughn could almost be the same person.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Jack Higgins is like reading comfort food. It is well written, action packed with a variety of interesting characters. This is one of a series (do I detect a pattern in some of my reading?) with Simon Vaughan as the main character. This is set during “The Troubles” in Northern Island. Simon was busted as an arms trafficker in Greece and now the British army has recruited him to act as an arms trafficker for the IRA. His mission is to recover stolen gold bullion that the IRA is using to finance it Jack Higgins is like reading comfort food. It is well written, action packed with a variety of interesting characters. This is one of a series (do I detect a pattern in some of my reading?) with Simon Vaughan as the main character. This is set during “The Troubles” in Northern Island. Simon was busted as an arms trafficker in Greece and now the British army has recruited him to act as an arms trafficker for the IRA. His mission is to recover stolen gold bullion that the IRA is using to finance its terrorism operations. This will not be a simple matter. The IRA is highly factional and Simon is caught between two factions. Both hold an interest in the bullion and both will ruthlessly kill to get it. The story is set in Belfast and outlying areas in Northern Ireland. The story is a bit dated given that troubles have subsided in recent years but it is still an interesting read. This is not a long book, nor is it a literary masterpiece. It is just a damn good story from a damn good storyteller.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    I’m reading the older Jack Higgins books and this book is pretty good. It style is very similar to the later Dillon novels, including a Brigadier named Ferguson. This book finds Simon Vaughn, rogue and arms dealer going into Northern Ireland to try and recover a shipment of gold hijacked by the IRA. Good back and forth in a typical Higgins plot.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    I have read several of higgins books over the years; some were very good, some weak but this one was a very entertaining read; well written, great ending & a good story about troubles in ireland with the IRA & the british; maybe the best higgins book i have read so if you like higgins, i recomend this one for your reading pleasure

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dick Dubay

    Great action and adventure As always the action, in Jack Higgins books, start fast and stay fast all the way to the end. The characters are interesting and are well developed. The plot is not new, but the pace of the action, and a few twist help to keep you entertained right to the end. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys action and adventure stories.

  9. 5 out of 5

    DR Robert S. Rhodes

    Another Higgins IRA spellbinder Great plot with never ending action from beginning to end with plots with in plots and great ever changing characters

  10. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Riccio

    Another masterpiece Smooth! Each story stands alone, captivating. This is another fast paced example, a must read for all Higgins fans! You be the judge.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steven Freeman

    Easy reading story about fighting the IRA. The storyline is now very dated, but it takes you back to the early 1970s.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I've forgotten how very brutal Higgins's writing can be. I've forgotten how very brutal Higgins's writing can be.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karunakaran N.

    The Savage Day.. Jack Higgins... Not the best of his... Slow read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Interesting

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike Gower

    Higgins kept me wondering what new twist would make it harder for Vaughan to complete his mission without getting killed. Higgins really seems to like rain as a part of his stories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gary Mallon

    Good book A good read very much in the Higgins style. Not among my favorites so I only gave it four stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Ah the first book I read that was not geared toward teens. That was 14 years ago. I was 14 at the time. Being a boy who loved action films and with an Irish heritage as well as a fan of Tom Clancy's "Patriot Games," this pulp-looking book featuring an unknown male wearing a ski mask and sunglasses did appeal to me. Wondering if the book was still good after all these years piqued my curiosity. The book is still good, but not necessarily great. It is indeed a thriller. And being that my mindset an Ah the first book I read that was not geared toward teens. That was 14 years ago. I was 14 at the time. Being a boy who loved action films and with an Irish heritage as well as a fan of Tom Clancy's "Patriot Games," this pulp-looking book featuring an unknown male wearing a ski mask and sunglasses did appeal to me. Wondering if the book was still good after all these years piqued my curiosity. The book is still good, but not necessarily great. It is indeed a thriller. And being that my mindset and worldview has definitely changed in the 14 years since I read this book, I do see it as more or less of a "time-passing" book. However, it is an enjoyable one. The characters are interesting, the philosophies are also quite dualistic in nature, and the story itself does have some really great twists and turns. This book was written 40 years ago, when the Troubles in Ireland were almost in full-force. The British not too well looked upon, the Irish fighting for a cause. Either way, blood was shed. Higgins has kind of adapted this motif to most of his stories following this one (mind you, I haven't read a Higgins book since "The White House Connection"), especially when a certain Sean Dillon is involved. However, Higgins (who has over 40 books published) has recycled plots from his 1970s novels and just changes names and locations, which is why I stopped reading him in the first place. This one does offer a taste of originality as it was put out around the time of his World War II classic "The Eagle Has Landed." The main protagonist is Simon Vaughan, a former British soldier who fought valiantly in Korea, and then garnered a reputation as a vicious soldier in the Middle East and Africa. After his moment of glory, Vaughan goes from respected a Major to top notch gunrunner, until he is shot down over Greece and left to rot in a Greek prison for the rest of his life. He is visited by the Brigadier Harry Ferguson (soon renamed Charles in subsequent novels if my memory serves correctly) who offers him a deal: he will be set free if he aids the British Army in taking down a splinter faction of the IRA led by renegade idealist Frank Barry. The IRA doesn't want him. The British Army wants him gone. And Vaughan is the best man for the job. Being that Vaughan is half-Irish, he holds some sway in dealing with potential areas deemed too dangerous for a Brit. Going back into his job as a gun runner, he meets up with Norah Murphy, an Irish-American revolutionary who is niece to one of the IRA's top leaders who has stolen a shipload of British gold and buried it at sea, and Binnie Gallagher, a young IRA enforcer who has romantic views on the struggle for Ireland's independence. Believing the legends to be without flaw, Binnie is one of the more interesting characters in the book. Willing to kill, but never murder without reason, he fights for his cause, he kills only evil men attempting to rain chaos on the people he is trying to liberate. Vaughan goes undercover to infiltrate Murphy's organization in an attempt to retrieve the stolen gold, but unforseen circumstances lure Barry into the limelight, and Vaughan will come face to face with him as well as the Small Man, Norah Murphy's uncle. The plot is kinda vague until you get into a few chapters. At times you do wonder what exactly Vaughan is doing. Sometimes he is just sitting there sipping Jameson and making snide remarks about Irish idealism. Other times he is seriously contemplating the moral ambiguities of the Troubles, arguing with Murphy and Gallagher on their own points. Sometimes these discussions are quite fascinating, like Higgins is attempting to deliver his standpoint on the subject, other times they fall flat but seem necessary to further the plot. There does seem to be a larger favor with the British in this novel, and depending on your own understanding of what happened in Ulster in the 70s, some might not share Higgins's particular view. But keeping in mind that this is a fiction, and an action-oriented fiction at that, it should not be taken seriously. Despite my original 4-star review (given at age 14). I would maybe drop it down to a 3. However, the memories I have associated with my first "real book" (once again, a 14-year-old's perspective) still gets this book a recommendation from me. If you can find it, read it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Book collector

    Jack Higgins is one of my favourite writers. Straightforward stories, good characters and plenty of action have entertained me since I started reading his work at the age of twelve. I've enjoyed all of his books. His writing is always good and his plots fun. One thing I liked was that in his wartime stories the German's were not portrayed as stereotypical villains but as real people with many German characters being the heroes of those books. There are too many books to do individual reviews so Jack Higgins is one of my favourite writers. Straightforward stories, good characters and plenty of action have entertained me since I started reading his work at the age of twelve. I've enjoyed all of his books. His writing is always good and his plots fun. One thing I liked was that in his wartime stories the German's were not portrayed as stereotypical villains but as real people with many German characters being the heroes of those books. There are too many books to do individual reviews so this is an overview of Higgins. One thing to note is Higgins wrote under several pseudonyms throughout his career. Many years later his back catalogue was reprinted under the Higgins name. Now the various books written under different names were unlikely to be read by the same people so Higgins uses plots from one book written as one author in another written under a different name. One book for instance is compiled from two others into a new book. All three published under different names. It's only when they are published under a single name this reuse becomes noticeable. Personally I don't mind. I like his books and he's perfectly entitled to reuse elements. The final series he wrote/writes is the Sean Dillon series. This series sees a lot of familiar scenes and plot points cropping up. In fact it's fair to say he essentially wrote the same novel for the last 20 odd years! I did find he seemed to be reinvigorated at one point by co-writing a short series of teen novels and then by introducing some new characters into the Dillon series, but the plot beats remained the same. Again I don't mind. Higgins is in his 90's now and the Dillon series became more familiar with the books that were written in his seventies and eighties. I know other authors of that age who write to a formula so I don't criticise him for it as I still enjoy the books. I've enjoyed so many of his books over the years. They are just good, solid entertainment and never fail to cheer me up.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This is a well written if improbable thriller set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. In the early 1970s, disgraced former Army officer Simon Vaughn is sprung by British Intelligence from a Greek prison where he is serving time for gun-running. However in exchange he has to help them retrieve a shipment of gold stolen by a particularly vicious group of dissident Republicans. Needless to say, nothing goes quite according to plan. The action never lets up and there are a decent number of twis This is a well written if improbable thriller set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. In the early 1970s, disgraced former Army officer Simon Vaughn is sprung by British Intelligence from a Greek prison where he is serving time for gun-running. However in exchange he has to help them retrieve a shipment of gold stolen by a particularly vicious group of dissident Republicans. Needless to say, nothing goes quite according to plan. The action never lets up and there are a decent number of twists and turns in the plot. The dialogue is decent, the characterization is brief but effective and there is a refreshing tone of irreverent humor running through the whole story. Fans of the author won't be disappointed and overall this is a good escapist fun.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Simon Vaughn knows what it's like to fight a dirty war, he's had first-hand experience in Korea. Now he languishes in a Greek jail. When it comes to firearms and gun-running nobody does it better, but those days are behind him, until the British army proposes a deal. His freedom for his help against the IRA in Belfast. He doesn't have a choice, if he wants his freedom back he'll have to conquer a new battleground. The woman he is working with is actually on the side of the rebels, a splinter grou Simon Vaughn knows what it's like to fight a dirty war, he's had first-hand experience in Korea. Now he languishes in a Greek jail. When it comes to firearms and gun-running nobody does it better, but those days are behind him, until the British army proposes a deal. His freedom for his help against the IRA in Belfast. He doesn't have a choice, if he wants his freedom back he'll have to conquer a new battleground. The woman he is working with is actually on the side of the rebels, a splinter group from the IRA.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    This is one of my favorite Jack Higgins novels. While he became best known for "The Eagle has Landed," (based on an actual Nazi plot to assissnate British Prime Minister Winston Churchill), HIggins had been writing adventure novels for years before, and even since then he has stayed in the field of action-adventure novels rather than historical novels. But this is one of my favorites. This is one of my favorite Jack Higgins novels. While he became best known for "The Eagle has Landed," (based on an actual Nazi plot to assissnate British Prime Minister Winston Churchill), HIggins had been writing adventure novels for years before, and even since then he has stayed in the field of action-adventure novels rather than historical novels. But this is one of my favorites.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Randy Grossman

    It was a little slow getting into it from the beginning, but it was like a snowball rolling downhill with momentum. As it progressed it became more thrilling and suspenseful and finished with a rousing conclusion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mack E. Owen II

    Good book to read anytime. Good book, with a different ending than led to expect. The author used the same basic theme for the main character as he did in another book. However, it worked as well with this story as it did with the other book. I highly recommend Mr. Higgins

  24. 4 out of 5

    Philip Burnett

    One of my guilty pleasures. I've read it 4+ times. One of my guilty pleasures. I've read it 4+ times.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark Fallon

    A reprint from the 1970s, about the IRA and the Troubles. Classic Higgins.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Gentry

    a great novel that i zoomed through, the plot is great but nothing entirely special.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gary Glynn

    Thoroughly enjoyed it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    David K

    Higgins at his best. Fast paced, great story, non stop page turner.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Simon Vaughn is an interesting character. Would like to have seen Jack Higgins do more novels with his character.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arun Rao

    A bit too much IRA stuff. I had to research the background and history before I could really understand and appreciate the comments and mentality of the characters

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