- Sean Dillon (Jack Higgins character)
Sean Dillon is a fictional Irish character who is the hero of certain
Jack Higginsnovels. He is described in the stories as a short man and fair-haired. An aspiring actorat the age of 19, Dillon takes up being an IRA member, seeking revenge after his father is killed in Belfastin the crossfire between the British and the IRA. He is a protégéof Liam Devlin.Fact|date=February 2007.
He is taught several things by Devlin, including the 'eerie dog-whistle'. An excellent gunman and a good
actor, he very soon earns the nickname "The Man of 1000 Faces" from the British, who dread him. He is noted for his part in the Downing Streetbomb blast, which fails to kill or injure anyone. His disapproval of the IRA's indiscriminate bombingsof innocent civilians prompts him to abandon the cause and offer himself out as a mercenary for hire, working indiscriminately for the PLOand the Israelis, the Red Brigade, and even the KGB. Although the British are desperate to catch him, he has never been to jail. For more than 20 years the elusive and resourceful Dillon—who shunned the publicity favored by other terrorists—slipped through the fingers of the authorities on every continent. Ironically, he is finally caught by the Serbswhile running medicine for children into Bosnia.
It is revealed that the shipment contained Stinger missiles without his knowledge, and he is sentenced to death. Dillon is plucked out of prison by
BrigadierCharles Ferguson of the elite British Security Service antiterrorist unit Group 4, who offers him a clean slate in exchange for his services.
Dillon — an expert pilot and
scuba diveras well as a master of disguiseand languages — subsequently becomes Ferguson's most effective agent, at one point even foiling an assassinationattempt upon the Prime Ministerand President of the United States. Dillon soon meets Ferguson's right-hand woman Hannah Bernstein, and is slightly romantically inclined towards her. He also befriends the US President's right-hand man, Blake Johnson, and famous London gangstersHarry Salter and his nephew Billy Salter.
Dillon's drink of choice is Non-vintage Krug Champagne, due to the grape mix, and his second drink of choice is Bushmills whiskey.
Sean Dillon appears in the following books:
*"Eye of the Storm" (1992)
*"On Dangerous Ground" (1994)
*"Angel of Death" (1995)
Drink with the Devil" (1996)
The President’s Daughter" (1997)
The White House Connection" (1999)
*"Day of Reckoning" (2000)
Edge of Danger" (2001)
Midnight Runner" (2002)
*"Bad Company" (2003)
*"Dark Justice" (2004)
Without Mercy" (2005)
The Killing Ground" (2007)
Rough Justice" (2008)
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