Toll for the Brave Paperback
by Jack Higgins
From the first name in heart pounding thriller fiction.
Ellis Jackson woke up hugging a twelve-bore shotgun.
In the next room, his mistress and his best friend lay naked on the bed, their heads blown to pulp.
Back in England at last, Ellis Jackson had finally cracked.
Active combat, a Viet Cong prison camp and the callous treachery of his lover and interrogator, Madam Ny, had taken their toll.
Ellis Jackson was out of his mind. Or was he? Maybe it would all have been easier to take if he really had been mad
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 08/11/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007127252
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Review by TheoClarke
Reissue of a brisk, competent 1971 thriller (under his real name of Harry Patterson) featuring a martially expert hero brutalised in Vietnam fighting ruthless Chinese Maoist villains in Southern England. This is a slick transient read.
Review by Bridgey
Toll for the Brave - Jack Higgins **** ½ Ellis Jackson is a failed English soldier and considered a disgrace to his General Grandfather. With this in mind he joins the American army and goes to Vietnam.Whilst there he becomes captured and imprisoned along with the almost superhero status 'Black Max'.They manage to escape to freedom, but not before months of mental torture.A number of years later Ellis has settled down, has a steady girlfriend but is still haunted by nightmares of his past. One day, while taking the dog for a walk in the English countryside he is assaulted by 2 Viet cong. Convinced he is was right, but told by everyone he is losing his mind he sets out to find evidence. However, upon returning home he in knocked unconscious only to awaken to shotgun blasted remains of his partner and best friend.Has he really lost his mind, or is it an elaborate plan to make him think he has.........Another good story by Higgins, although once again a bit on the short side. Read it in practically one go, and loved it.