Jack Higgins Books

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Henry Patterson is a renowned author who is best known for his pen name, Jack Higgins. Higgins is one of the world’s best-selling authors who specializes in espionage and thriller novels. The author’s breakthrough novel was titled Eagle Has Landed, and it managed to sell more than 50 million copies. The novel, Eagle has Landed, was later on adapted into a film under the same name. Some of the noticeable works by Jack Higgins include, The Eagle Has Flown, Thunder Point, Flight of The Eagles and The Day of Reckoning. All of his novels have managed to sell more than 150 million copies and have also been translated into more than 50 languages. Higgins was born as Henry Patterson in Newcastle upon Tyne. However, a few months after he was born, his father decided to abandon Higgins and his mother and Higgins together with his mother were forced to return to Belfast, which was their hometown.

Order of Martin Fallon Series

1Cry of the Hunter (As: Harry Patterson) 1960Description / Buy
2A Prayer for the Dying 1973Description / Buy

Order of Paul Chavasse Series as Martin Fallon

1The Bormann Testament / The Testament of Caspar Schultz 1962Description / Buy
2Year of the Tiger 1963Description / Buy
3The Keys of Hell 1965Description / Buy
4Midnight Never Comes 1966Description / Buy
5Dark Side of the Street 1967Description / Buy
6A Fine Night for Dying 1979Description / Buy

Order of Nick Miller Series as Harry Patterson

1The Graveyard Shift 1965Description / Buy
2Brought in Dead 1967Description / Buy
3Hell is Always Today 1968Description / Buy

Order of Simon Vaughn Series as Martin Fallon

1The Savage Day 1972Description / Buy
2Day of Judgment 1979Description / Buy

Order of Liam Devlin Series

1The Eagle Has Landed 1975Description / Buy
2Touch the Devil 1982Description / Buy
3Confessional 1985Description / Buy
4The Eagle Has Flown 1991Description / Buy

Order of Dougal Munro and Jack Carter Series

1Night of the Fox 1986Description / Buy
2Cold Harbour 1990Description / Buy
3Flight of Eagles 1998Description / Buy

Order of Sean Dillon Series

1Eye of the Storm / Midnight Man 1992Description / Buy
2Thunder Point 1993Description / Buy
3On Dangerous Ground 1994Description / Buy
4Angel of Death 1995Description / Buy
5Drink with the Devil 1996Description / Buy
6The President's Daughter 1997Description / Buy
7The White House Connection 1998Description / Buy
8Day of Reckoning 2000Description / Buy
9Edge of Danger 2001Description / Buy
10Midnight Runner 2002Description / Buy
11Bad Company 2003Description / Buy
12Dark Justice 2004Description / Buy
13Without Mercy 2005Description / Buy
14The Killing Ground 2008Description / Buy
15Rough Justice 2008Description / Buy
16A Darker Place 2009Description / Buy
17The Wolf at the Door 2009Description / Buy
18The Judas Gate 2010Description / Buy
19A Devil is Waiting 2012Description / Buy
20The Death Trade 2013Description / Buy
21Rain on the Dead 2014Description / Buy
22The Midnight Bell 2016Description / Buy

Order of Chance Twins/Rich and Jade Series with Justin Richards

1Sure Fire 2007Description / Buy
2Death Run 2007Description / Buy
3Sharp Shot 2009Description / Buy
4First Strike 2009Description / Buy

Order of Jack Higgins Standalone Novels

1Sad Wind from the Sea ( As: Harry Patterson) 1959Description / Buy
2The Thousand Faces of Night ( As: Harry Patterson) 1961Description / Buy
3Hell Is Too Crowded ( As: Harry Patterson) 1962Description / Buy
4Comes the Dark Stranger ( As: Harry Patterson) 1962Description / Buy
5Seven Pillars to Hell / Sheba ( As: Hugh Marlowe) 1963Description / Buy
6Pay the Devil ( As: Harry Patterson) 1963Description / Buy
7The Dark Side of the Island ( As: Harry Patterson) 1963Description / Buy
8A Phoenix in the Blood ( As: Harry Patterson) 1964Description / Buy
9Wrath of the Lion ( As: Harry Patterson) 1964Description / Buy
10Passage by Night ( As: Hugh Marlowe) 1964Description / Buy
11Thunder at Noon / Dillinger ( As: Harry Patterson) 1964Description / Buy
12The Iron Tiger ( As: Harry Patterson) 1966Description / Buy
13A Candle for the Dead / The Violent Enemy ( As: Hugh Marlowe) 1966Description / Buy
14East of Desolation 1968Description / Buy
15In the Hour Before Midnight / The Sicilian Heritage 1969Description / Buy
16A Game for Heroes ( As: James Graham) 1970Description / Buy
17Night Judgement at Sinos 1970Description / Buy
18The Wrath of God ( As: James Graham) 1971Description / Buy
19The Last Place God Made 1971Description / Buy
20Toll for the Brave ( As: Harry Patterson) 1971Description / Buy
21The Khufra Run ( As: James Graham) 1972Description / Buy
22The Run to Morning / Bloody Passage ( As: James Graham) 1974Description / Buy
23Storm Warning 1976Description / Buy
24The Valhalla Exchange 1976Description / Buy
25To Catch a King ( As: Harry Patterson) 1979Description / Buy
26Solo / The Cretan Lover 1980Description / Buy
27Luciano's Luck 1981Description / Buy
28Exocet 1983Description / Buy
29A Season in Hell 1988Description / Buy
30Memoirs of a Dance-Hall Romeo 1989Description / Buy

Jack Higgins Anthologies

1 Great Irish Tales of Horror1995Description / Buy
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The author Henry Patterson was born in the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the north-east of England on July 27th 1929. However, shortly after his birth, due to his father leaving the family, Patteron’s mother relocated the family to the Shankhill Road area of Belfast in Northern Ireland to live with with his grandmother and great-grandfather. After several years in Northern Ireland, Patterson’s mother remarried, and the family again relocated, this time to Leeds, in Yorkshire.

After an average time in school, Patterson joined the British Army, serving in the Royal Horse Guards Regiment for two years. While serving in the Army, Patterson realised that he had far more potential than he was showing during his schooling, and went to the London School of Economics to study Sociology, gaining a third, then going on to gain a teaching qualification, after which he became a lecturer at Allerton Grange Secondary School in Leeds.

During his time as a teacher, Patterson began writing novels, and he gained considerable success in a short period of time. Patterson would use many pen names during this time, as well as his own name, including Hugh Marlowe, James Graham and Martin Fallon. He was prolific writing under these names, releasing several books a year, during which time he perfected his writing style that he has become known for in the world of espionage thrillers

His first five books were written under his own name, Sad Wind from the Sea, which was published in 1959, Cry of the Hunter, which was published in 1960, The Thousand Faces of Night, which was published in 1961, Comes the Dark Stranger, which was published in 1962, and then Hell is Too Crowded, which was also published in 1962.

Also in 1962, Patterson wrote his first book under the name Martin Fallon, and it was also the first to feature the iconic character of Paul Chavasse. Patterson would continue to write the Paul Chavasse series under the name Martin Fallon, writing six books in total.

In 1964, Patterson wrote Passage by Night, the first book he published under the pen name of Hugh Marlowe, the name coming from a character he created for The Thousand Faces of Night, his third book.

It wasn’t until 1966 that the first book was published under the name Jack Higgins, which was called The Iron Tiger. He also continued to write under his other pen names, but Jack Higgins was gaining more traction, and more and more books were being published under that name, as well as James Graham.

In the 1970s, Higgins wrote the iconic book The Eagle has Landed, which really cemented his position as one of Britain’s top fiction writers. There would be a couple of books published under Patterson’s own name, as well as Martin Fallon, but in 1980, Jack Higgins became the only name Patterson would use, due to the success of the ’70s. The Sean Dillon series of books would become the most prolific of Higgins’ characters, with Eye of the Storm, the first book in the Sean Dillon series, published in 1992.

As well as being a prolific writer of novels, many of Higgins’ books have been made into films, including The Eagle Has Landed, which starred Donald Sutherland, and A Prayer for the Dying, which starred Mickey Rourke.

Due to the fact that Patterson was raised in the middle of the political and religious violence in Belfast, he was able to read when he was only three years old. During nighttime, Patterson would crouch underneath a window and read books using the street light. It did not take long before his mother remarried once again and they ended up relocating to Leeds. While residing at Leeds, Patterson attended the Grammar School for Boys. Patterson proved to be an exceedingly unique student, and he ended up leaving the Grammar Scholl with several formal qualifications. In the year 1947, Patterson began serving under the National Service. Patterson served twice, first under the East Yorkshire Regiment while the second time with the Royal Horse Guards as a commissioned Officer.

While serving in the military, Patterson discovered that he had extraordinary sharp shooting skills. In the year 1959, Patterson began penning down novels. One of his pen names was James Graham. Due to the sudden popularity of his works, Jack Higgins could afford to take some time away from teaching. I t did not take long before he became a full-time writer. Jack Higgins earliest novels which were either written using his real names or using his pseudonyms of Martin Fallon, Hugh Marlowe, and James Graham were basically thrillers which featured cynical and hardened heroes, dangerous locales and ruthless heroes. Between the year 1959 and the year 1974, Patterson published a total of thirty-five novels which followed his writing routine. Some of his earliest outstanding works include The Savage Day, A Game for Heroes and East of Desolation, which was published in the year 1968.

During the late 1960’s Patterson began using his pen name, Jack Higgins. While studying at the London-School of Economics, Patterson met one Amy Hewett. It did not take long before the two got married after he received a 210-dollar advance on his very first novel. The advance happened to be the biggest wedding present that the couple received. Patterson and Amy were blessed with four children Sarah who was born in the year 1960, Ruth who was born in the year 1962, Sean who was born in the year 1965 and Hannah who was born in the year 1974.

Jack Higgins Awards

Jack Higgins is yet to receive any major literary award.

Jack Higgins Books into Movies

Some of the books by Jack Higgins have been adapted for screenplay include Thunder Point, On Dangerous Ground, Midnight Man and Night of the Fox.

Best Jack Higgins Books

Eye of the Storm: One of the best books by Jack Higgins is Eye of the Storm. In Eye of the Storm, the author introduces the reader to Sean Dillon who is an exceedingly bad man. Sean Dillon is a former IRA gunman, and now, he is hired as an assassin for any intelligence agency or terrorist group that would be able to meet his price tag. In this thriller, the man who has met Dillon’s asking price is Saddam Hussein, who happens to be Iraqi’s dictator. Hussein is more than determined to show both his allies and enemies that he can strike at any time in any country.

Dillon’s main task is to attack the Britain’s war cabinet, during the cabinet’s daily briefing. However, the British Intelligence is aware that Dillon would be conducting the attack. The only problem is the Sean Dillon is a ghost. There are no existing photos of him, and furthermore, no one knows how he looks like. With that said, this is a well-written thriller that will keep you hooked.

Jack Higgins FAQs

Q: What nationality is the author Jack Higgins?

A: Jack Higgins is a British author, born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Q: What is Jack Higgins’ first book?

A: The first book published under the name Jack Higgins was The Iron Tiger. However, the author Harry Patterson, who writes under the name Jack Higgins, had his first novel published in 1959, which was called Sad Wind from the Sea.

Q: What is the real name of Jack Higgins?

A: Jack Higgins is the pen name of the author Harry Patterson.

When Does The Next Jack Higgins book come out?

Jack Higgins doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Midnight Bell and was released on December, 27th 2016. It is the newest book in the Sean Dillon Series.


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