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A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue. T he Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File-the books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it today. Combining meticulous research with crisp narratives and plots as current as the headlines, Forsyth shows us the world as it is in a waA chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue. T he Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File-the books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it today. Combining meticulous research with crisp narratives and plots as current as the headlines, Forsyth shows us the world as it is in a way that few have ever been able to equal.And the world as it is today is a very scary place.When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize- but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless . . .The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantánamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a twenty-five-year veteran of war zones around the world-a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before-pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs-pass off Martin as the trusted Khan.It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there.Filled with remarkable detail and compulsive drama, The Afghan is further proof that Forsyth is truly master of suspense....

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ISBN : 9780399153945
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Number of Pages : 343 Pages
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The Afghan Reviews

  • David J.
    2018-08-28 04:15

    You don't read Forsyth for the dialogue or the narrative style - you read him for twisty, page-turning plot and for know-how. This one, I have to admit, kept me turning the pages, but I found precious little new in the know-how. Forysth's dialogue is wooden at best. In this one, he handles dialogue by mostly omitting it altogether. When he does break his long, grey, heavy paragraphs for a line of dialogue, it's not wooden any more - it's like lead.Much the same goes for the narrative style. This is an adventure story that makes a thrilling sequence read like the legal column in a heavyweight broadsheet newspaper.It looks like one he was reluctantly arm-twisted by his publisher into writing - a book that he didn't want to bother with but which would make a bob or two for the publisher. Steal it if you must, but for pity's sake don't spend money on it.

  • Ed
    2018-08-21 05:22

    I have always felt Forsyth's "Day of the Jackal" was one of the best suspense/thrillers, I've ever read.How far the mighty have fallen. In what reads like a channeling of Tom Clancy, "The Afghan" goes on and on with details that have little or nothing to do with plot or character development.The actual "story" isn't bad but is dragged down by the constant insertion of irrelevancies and the over-reliance on stereotypical descriptions of both the terrorists and the good guys".To be fair, some of the information was interesting but very little was new. I admit I did finish the book but I was on a cross-country flight with two boring movies. I did want to find out what happened but the price was high. The ending is almost anti-climactic and not very believable. There is a huge hole in the plot that isn't noticeable until close to the end of the book. It's been a while since I've picked up a Forsyth "thriller". It will be a while before I do so again.

  • Varunsp
    2018-09-19 09:20

    The Afghan is my first book of Forsyth. The genre is thriller and I kinda enjoyed reading it.. Every little details are explained neatly throughout the novel.. The places which he explained projected in front of my eyes..

  • Anoop Pai B
    2018-09-12 08:15

    It cannot be that a piece from the master be anything short of a masterpiece?

  • Saurabh Sharma
    2018-08-21 08:26

    This was the first time I read a book by Frederick Forsyth and it was not the initiation I was looking forward to. The Afghan as a spy thriller simply does not live upto its genre. The story moves at a slow pace till the final act, when it speeds up somewhat, and the author frequently goes into background mode for each and every event, derailing the pace and development of the plot. 'The Afghan' is a story of a retired British Special Agent, Mike Martin, who is sent on an undercover mission to uncover a secret terrorist bombing mission, named Al-Isra. He disguises himself as a Taliban commander and wins the trust of the Al Qaida honchos. The story then moves on to how he is led on to a suicide mission that endangers the lives of the world's most powerful leaders and how the mission is foiled in the end. As I mentioned earlier, the book simply crawls for the most part making it difficult to read through till the end. This is a huge letdown in what is otherwise a well written and seemingly well researched work. There is a whole lot of information floating around about how the Secret services such as CIA work and how the Al Qiada operates its terrorist activities. However, all that sits too heavily on the story and the characters who suffer under the weight of historical details and other factual information. I would rate this book a 2/5 simply because of the above mentioned research and the final act. For those wanting a thrilling action packed story, this is simply not the right place.

  • Ramakrishnan M
    2018-08-24 06:40

    I am reading a Forsyth novel after long time. I felt very nostalgic (such fond memories from school and college days…) as I opened the pages of this thriller. Forsyth has always focused on FACTS, as a friend of mine used to say. You can always find very detailed, intricate details of missiles, military organizations, etc. in his novels. I have seen some debates on the accuracy of his research, though. In this book, I did notice some comments on Kerala that were not completely correct. I am not sure about the rest – however you have to admit that he knows how to spin an entertaining tale.The plot is around an ultra-secret Al-Qaeda plot, expected to be all the more devastating than 9/11. To dig the true details, a British SAS officer is sent deep under cover. Thanks to his experience in the Arab world and his dark skin, he is expected to pass as “The Afghan” deep inside the Al-Qaeda ranks.Forsyth maintains his style of providing loads of details – on Taliban, the Arab world, practices in SAS and CIA, etc. The story moves at a medium pace and the language is simple and generally “accessible”. Overall, the book is not a bad read. However, other Forsyth fans will strongly agree with me that this is not his best book. Towards the later half, especially, the storyline becomes too artificial and even abrupt at times. Those who have never read Forsyth may still enjoy it, but the old fans will feel a (wee) bit let-down.

  • John Grinstead
    2018-09-06 03:22

    I came to this not expecting to enjoy it - something I'm quite used to when reading things with a military theme or connection, where I have a tendency to cringe at the inaccurate references - but Forsyth lived up to his reputation of producing a well-researched story that entertains. Building on a number of contemporary themes, he manages to spin a good yarn, whilst including sufficient factual references to suspend the readers disbelief; the only thing that you might have difficulty with is the likelihood of the central character - Mike Martin - to pass himself of as a a Pashtun speaking Afghan in order to infiltrate the AQ network, notwithstanding his 25 years of service as a special forces soldier.The plot has sufficient twists and turns to maintain interest without being too predicatable. A book one could easily read in one sitting or equally pick up and put down over time.

  • Scott Holstad
    2018-08-30 02:37

    Unlike most reviewers I've encountered online, I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps it's because it's the first Forsyth I've read since Day of the Jackal, I don't know. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I really wasn't disappointed.The plot revolves around British and American intelligence agencies finding out about a super secret Al-Qaeda plot to do something bigger and worse than 9/11. The questions are what, when, and where? Several people are brought in to do something about it and only a few people in both governments know about it. Mike Martin is a retired British paratrooper colonel who has olive skin and grew up in Iraq before moving to Britain. He's recruited to become "the Afghan." The *real* Afghan is a Gitmo prisoner who was a Taliban commander and who's never been broken, and has been in solitary for five years. Martin is going to become this man. A fake trial is put together where it's announced the Taliban leader is being let go and is being handed over to the Afghan government. There, Martin, as the Afghan, "escapes" and makes his was to Pakistan, where he finds help in getting back with the Al-Qaeda forces to fight against the West. Now, the plot was tiresome at times in going over the back story leading up to this. We have to wade through pages of Martin learning Pushtan (he already speaks Arabic), of his learning the Koran, of his learning how to pray properly so he won't trip up and expose himself. The book drags here. And frankly, it drags most of the way through, as it's bogged down with detail. Now I like detail, so I actually appreciated it, for the most part, and I think this is what many reviewers had problems with. Still, it was cumbersome, so I've lowered my rating from five to four stars. Along the way, Martin is connected with Al-Qaeda, who interrogates him to ensure he's really who he claims to be, complete with a scar of his thigh that he had to have made by a CIA doctor. Hints at what the big surprise will be come halfway through the book, as we discover Al-Qaeda operatives researching shipping companies to find a large boat big enough to transport a lot of "goods" from Asia to America. It's pretty easy to guess it won't be a load of silks. But what will it be? When the authorities discover it's coming on a boat, but don't know what or where, they start scanning the ocean and boarding boats, first large, and then smaller. They are operating under the assumption that it's a tanker that's going to be sunk in a canal to demolish things economically by blocking shipping traffic for months. When they realize that's not going to be it, they move on to plan B. Now, I'm not going to give away the ending, but I will say it's somewhat anticlimactic. I thought with everything leading up to it, it'd be bigger, bolder, brighter, more extreme. Instead it was largely docile. Oh well. Really, not a bad book. I read it in less than a day, so it's a quick, easy read. If you can get over extreme detail, I certainly recommend it. I found it fairly compelling.

  • Doug Clark
    2018-08-21 03:24

    I am a huge Forsyth fan, and as such, was eagerly anticipating the reading of The Afghan, Forsyth’s latest thriller. I did enjoy it, but…it just wasn’t as page-turning as many of Forsyth’s earlier works such as The Day of the Jackal or The Dogs of War. Forsyth has clearly done his homework on terrorism, modern technology and intelligence agencies. Unfortunately, the display of that research came at the detriment of the plot and the characters in the plot. In filling in the backstory of the Afghan and Mike Martin, who impersonates the Afghan, Forsyth seems to lose track of the importance of the action needed to carry forward the plot. And the plot is a good one. I wish there had been more to the actual storyline.In the end, I will recommend the novel, but with a note of caution. There is a lot of backstory and details to wade through before the plot really gets going. There are several separate threads going on also, much like Tom Clancy’s novels. If you are frustrated by multiple storylines, then this isn’t a book for you. However, if you’re interested in the history of modern Afghanistan, the rise of Islamic extremism and terrorism, and even the use of technology in terrorist organizations, along with the agencies that fight terrorism, this novel will fulfill that curiosity completely.

  • Anna
    2018-09-19 03:30

    I think this was the first Forsyth I've read (so far), and I enjoyed it. Definitely a manly style of writing, a bit ludlumesque, but different. The story was told a bit like a documentary, but the biggest difference to most other spy/suspense/thrillers I've read in ages was that there was no hot lady spy and no ladies to rescue. (I'm curious whether the other Forsyth books are like this - in this story any ladies to spy or to rescue would have fit like a pink glamour tracksuit in Afghanistan)This was a perfect read between too many cozy mysteries. And now I still crave for something stronger, perhaps a nice, old skool Ludlum next. Action is good.The British and US intelligence are searching details on an Al Qaeda operation when they find their perfect man, Mike Martin. A Brit by birth, but with perfect Arabic, and who even met the man they want him to infiltrate the AQ as, Izmat Khan. The real The Afghan, Izmat Khan, has been in Guantanamo for the past 5 years. It will take quite a bit of work to prepare Mike to know all the details about Pashtun, the people, habits, and language of The Afghan. After they have trained him, they need to switch him with Izmat, and then he'll still have to pass every test by any AQ or Afghan he'll see on mission... http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/8...

  • Ian Mapp
    2018-09-15 05:24

    Seduced by Tube Poster advertising.There is a great opening line in this books that sums up the literary content - it goes something along the lines "If he would have known that making the call would have killed him, he wouldnt have. But he didnt. So he did. And it did".I have visions of him sprawled out Little Britain syle on a chaise lounge dictating this rubbish!The story is OK as it goes, in a Tom Clancy boys own way. We have a british SAS man substituted for an Al Queda operative in the hope of thwarting an unknown major attack, which is cleverly not revealed until almost the end of the book.This raises the tension but we have some complete bollocks to get through first. First off, the fact that the two men have met in the afghan-russian war is coincidental enough and I will just about forgive this but how about this....The real afghan is being kept prisoner in a remote woodland shack in the rockies. He escapes (for no real plot reason, as he is killed just as he makes a call to Head Office just across the canadian border) but guess how he escapes? A war plan crashes, loses its engine, which lands and demolishes just enough of a hole in the wall for him to make good his escape.I had to write in the margin!And the plot - AQ have a tanker that they are going to blow up next to the G8 summit on the queen mary. In rather a downbeat ending - the sas man sacrifises himself for the sake of others.Not sure I will go for this sort of actioneer again. It was Ok but adds nothing to literature.

  • Efka
    2018-08-24 07:15

    Though all the book is rather moderately paced, it engages you from beginning till the very last page. It is a briliantly fulfilled story about an anti-terrorist spec op, preparation to it, infiltration and the result of the whole operation. What was most exciting and intriguing for me, is that this book is written not as a run-and-gun or a typical James Bond style novel, but more like a true event, as fiction intertwines with real facts, real locations, and, sadly, real casualties. Interestingly, while it certainly is not a book, which spreads any positive ideas about muslim fundamentalists, it definitely helps to understand, and sometimes even to feel pity, how most of them were pushed into hate and radicalism, or simply didn't had a chance to evade it. Even if you are not into political or/and millitary thrillers, be absolutely sure that this book is worth your time.

  • Lewis Weinstein
    2018-09-16 08:21

    There are some powerful story lines and action scenes. There is also a good deal of historical background which slows things down and adds what I thought was unnecessary complexity. Overall a good read.

  • Rahul Khatri
    2018-09-09 03:25

    Reads With the Speed of FGFA !!! After reading 'The Fist Of God',Frederick Forsyth,for me, owns an image of giving a captivating fictional thriller, bolstered by the real details. And again in "The Afghan" , author had given the work that could only be expected from him. The Afghan is an all-guns-and-terror-plots fantasy set slap bang in several parts of the world. As expected, it adds a lethal dose of unreality with an authentic historical set up. What would happen, Forsyth wonders, if Al-Qaeda plans another attack, more noxious than 9/11,on the west ? The Afghan, in other words, is an all manly thriller plot full of state-of-the-art communications, Special Forces Operation and the hidden but gloomy world of marine-terrorism.An attempt to make a western to infiltrate deep inside the Al-Qaeda to excavate the details about " Al-Isra " .After London bombing, a young Talib mistakenly used a stolen cell phone which is traced in Peshawar and raid reveals that the owner is the finance handler of Al-Qaeda.Encrypted letters in were retrieved from the laptop and on decryption, the western Intel agencies faced a serious security threat.And then the race against the time begun, in which an SAS veteran of war was made to infiltrate inside the Arab world. Mike Martin entered the shady world in disguise as an Afghan who was held in Guantanamo from past 5 years. In his early novel, Author achieved a well-deserved renown by introducing fierce documentary details into the unreal world of thriller. The Fist of God slid a meticulous SAS commando inside the Iraqi-occupied-Kuwait, and then infiltrated deep inside Saddam's Baghdad to provide fresh intel to the west.Along the ways, readers could pick up the interesting tips of how to live a life of rebel inside the enemy lines, how to make sure that the safe house had not been compromised (by leaving miniscule items on key entry points. ) . So I guess there's a new accolade : from now on the best thing will be frighteningly plausible.No one could blame Forsyth for ploughing so promising a furrow again.His overfondness for virile factual data puts a heavy load on an ordinary plot. Perhaps because he adores the glamour of tough soldiers lugging enormous packs across the desert, he shoulders too much. The novel wants to yomp, but the weight of technical detail keeps bringing it to its knees. At least a quarter of the book feels like a straightforward account of catching a quarry, and we end, with a sad end.Forsyth prefers to quote the manual. Characters communicate with a lethal & modified Hercules called Spectre which could take thermal imaging of a large amount of area from space. The typical paragraph goes : ' Linnett needed a guiding hand from heaven and it came just after midnight in the form of Lockheed Martin AC-130 Hercules gunship, circling at twenty thousand feet, above the cloud layer buut looking straight through it. The original Hercules transport plane has been gutted and her innards replaced with a cockpit-to-tail array of technology designed to locate, target and kill an opponent on the ground. It is seventy-two million dollars' worth of pure bad news.'The fact remains, Forsyth pulls the characters on the verge of non-fiction in an interesting way. For one thing, it's hard to see the nexus between real & unreal, the clandestine relation of Mike Martin & Izmat Khan.The made-up characters shares a limelight with the real life hero Mike Martin, SAS commando.

  • Graham
    2018-09-14 04:28

    This book contained some well researched an incredibly interesting material about Afghanistan and the recent military and religious history of the area. The concept of placing a Western aligned spy into al Qaeda was interesting, quite well thought out and presented.The current brutality, ignorance, greed and mindless stupidity of ISIS was an interesting backdrop while I read this book. The core of the book is that there is a significant al Qaeda attack planned. The governments of the UK and The USA work together to place a newly identified potential spy into the heart of al Qaeda. The man identified as the Afghan (the spy) is a recently retired SAS officer who grew up in the middle east, is a fluent speaker of Arabic and has a swarthy, olive complexion.There was one element of complete bullshit - the USAF jet falling out of the sky because a spanner just happened to be left inside the engine and just happened to jar loose causing the jet to crash in a remote area on top of the only hut in the snow locked mountains where the real Afghan happened to be held prisoner. The falling jet didn't kill the real Afghan but did break through his cell wall and kill some of his guards however he remained unscathed and then subsequently escaped.This was completely unnecessary as the main storyline of the book was nearing the climax and the event was so unlikely as to be ludicrous. Pushing that to one side, and the completely biased and patriotic fervor of the author, the book was enjoyable to read and I definitely felt glad it was recommended to me.

  • Jim
    2018-08-31 09:25

    I wouldn't rank this in the same league as Forsyth's earlier, first-rate work (e.g., The Dogs of War or Day of the Jackal) Still, below-average Frederick Forsyth is better than a lot of espionage thriller writers who are on form.The basic premise of this one is that British and American intelligence services have got wind of a plan for a terrorist attack. They do the near-impossible job of infiltrating an agent into al-Qaeda. For the mission, they choose a former SAS officer who is able to pass as an Afghan (hence the title). A lot of this book is spent in explaining things - the nature of intelligence work, the war in Afghanistan, the structure and operations of terrorist groups. Frederick Forsyth has long had a reputation as a man who does his research. It's all interesting, and Forsyth does this in a far more readable fashion than, say, Tom Clancy; however, it does get to be a bit much at times. I wished he'd spent more time on the central character.I was also left a little dissatisfied with the books climax. Without giving it away, I thought it was a bit rushed at the end.Overall, it was an entertaining read, which isn't a bad thing.

  • Lany
    2018-09-02 01:20

    This is Forsyth all right. When I read Forsyth it's like I read a history book only better. Because then I knew it's not going to come out in any quiz or mid term...so I enjoy it even more.The story is more or less the same as the Fist of God...with the same character. But you don't have to read Fist of God in order to understand the character or lose the story. This book provides quite a repetition so for me who have read the Fist of God...it's a bit boring. You know how Forsyth is with details.I agree with some opinions that said he discussed too much of background story or history that may not even be too related with the story itself. It's Forsyth...but this time it's just too much.Still it's predictable just like Fist of God. It's just too bad that Forsyth has to terminate Mike Martin. That I wasn't expecting. He usually goes with happy ending...I mean this has a happy ending but the hero just died. I kinda like Mike Martin. I wanna see him finish that barn up on the hill.

  • Tim Merriman
    2018-09-03 01:44

    The story within the book is fascinating and convoluted but Forsyth writes with very little dialogue and long narrative passages that cover vast portions of the story in short order. He gives interesting background and too much background for me. I found myself skipping areas where his narration told me much more than I needed to know to follow the story. If you read to know more about the amazing armaments carried on helicopters, ships and portable weapons, this may be a lot of fun. Michael Martin, the main character, is intriguing but drawn in a very limited fashion. Knowing his thoughts and challenges deep inside Al Quaeda would have been great. I can imagine that Forsyth has a specific following of people who like this kind of adventure. It seemed long on technology and trivia and short on character and plot development to me.

  • Kelly Crigger
    2018-08-20 09:41

    I'm normally a fan of Forsyth (The Deceiver was one of the best books I ever read), but this fell short for me. Forsyth usually has a way of describing a character in painstaking detail without distracting from the main story, but he violates this principle in The Afghan. I knew way more than I needed to about each character and after several pages dedicated to their backgrounds, forgot where we were in the main story and where it was going. It's a compelling concept - a westerner infiltrating Al Qaeda - but the flashbacks and sidetracks made it hard to follow along and overall disappointing.

  • Florian Pekazh
    2018-08-20 07:14

    "Денят на Чакала", "Четвъртият протокол", "Кучетата на войната". Все произведения, които оформят сегашният изглед на жанра трилър. Не можете да очаквате от Форсайт страхотен език или интересни диалози, човек го чете заради неочакваните обрати и достоверността, която историите му излъчват. Точно това ще получите и от "Афганеца".Главният герой в историята на Форсайт е пенсиониран таен агент на име Майк Мартин, който бива изпратен под прикритие да разкрие таен терористичен план. За целта той минава през различни премеждия с едничката надежда да успее да спечели доверието на водачите на Ал-Кайда.Още: http://pekazh.com/afganeca-frederik-f...

  • Sameer
    2018-08-31 04:26

    I have read a Day of the Jackal and must say that "The Afghan" does not entirely live upto the expectation. Although that may sound too harsh, it was a good read. The plot remained as a mystery and the details kept me thinking over and over and how and when. The reference to Al-Isra actually made me intrigued. The book keeps good pace and the switch of events is seamless. Afghan also opens up a lot of questions, specially around those where unknown people have given away there lives to protect countries and states against ac of terrorism.

  • Sriram
    2018-09-01 04:25

    Forsyth disappoints.This has nothing on "Fist of God".The Afghan relies too much on coincidence and needless subplots that do little to help the flow.The final Al Asra that is hinted at is so ham handed so as not inspire any terror.Col. Mike Martin R.I.P.and with it, hopefully we'll bury the hackneyed snippet found 3 times in 2 novels"To every man upon this earth, death comes soon or lateAnd how can a man die better, than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his Gods"

  • Pete
    2018-09-18 03:40

    The writing talent of Forsyth is evident here but unfortunately he misses the mark with this novel. He is known for developing a storyline slowly but in this case the story moves just too slow. The first half of the book is spent on character development of the Afghan prisoner who plays no role in the actual terrorist plot. The reader gets a thorough history lesson on armed conflict in Afghanistan but again that is not relevant to what the novel is suppose to be about.

  • Forn
    2018-09-07 05:19

    A seemingly well researched story told in an impassionate way, this book could well pass as a report of facts, and so it surely is interesting to read. But only when the man hunt was going on, which was forseeable, did the story kind of catch me and some suspens built up. A question that remained after finishing the book: would an Englishman and an Afghan from the mountains have the same sorts of tooth fillings?

  • Antara Sarkar
    2018-09-13 04:27

    It's a slow burn. The first act is not very far from a history lesson. The pace catches up in the later half of the second act. The author has clearly researched the topic at hand but at the cost of real character development of the protagonist. Was disappointed with the ending. Nevertheless, I give it a decent rating purely on the basis of its third act.

  • Arijit Chatterjee
    2018-08-25 09:31

    a great narrative ... well designed plot and characters ...

  • Dave Bones
    2018-08-25 04:23

    Freddies Al Qaeda wank fantasy. Quite readable. Bit silly but good.

  • Alan Vecchio
    2018-08-30 08:20

    Excellent book! If you like the thriller/espionage genre you will love this book. A real page turner.

  • Flor
    2018-08-25 02:26

    The Afghan By Frederick Forsyth Intrigue, tension and deep cover of the protagonist create a story told with no fluff. Reading this novel was like unwinding a ball of yarn trying to get to the end. It is told in a straightforward manner, but it is very informative of the protocol of different agencies in the US and Great Britain and how they work together. I learned a lot about the transfer of information and about the history of Afghanistan and Pakistan -yet in an interesting way that held my interest. Although this was written in 2006, it doesn’t seem to matter, so many of the events and their possibilities still exist in our contemporary political situation.Forsyth is so matter of fact that the story moves quite rapidly. A retired career British soldier is put in as the deep cover personage of another man to try to discover the intentions of Al Qaida. Sounds impossible, but the spy agencies make it possible. This was my favorite part – just how they filled in the blanks of language, and personal history so there was no doubt that he was who they thought he was -an escaped Afghan from Gitmo.I’ve recently read that the author uses the net for much of his research and his personal experiences and coupled with his imagination, I can better understand his creativity. Now that he is much older (born in 1938) and retired from espionage, he must rely more on digital devices for his research, therefore I am anxious to read both an earlier and latter novel to compare them. Does a “Mike” still exist in our world today? A person who can slip in between two cultures because they have grown up in such a way, a person with enormous expertise in military action, a person who is such a soldier they can calculate the actions of others accurately to immobilize them. Finally, a person who never looks back and is totally dedicated to their mission to save our Western way of life. I hope so!

  • Malakeo
    2018-08-24 06:37

    I have a habit of when at the library picking up books for the kids, I take a quick tour of the Adult Fiction or New shelves and grab something that sounds interesting and that I have not read. This was my latest, having not read a ton of "spy thrillers" but I was definitely entertained by the story. I appreciate Forsyth's interest in detailed background which helps make the story seem that much more lifelike, especially with a timely story that covers terrorism/Afghanistan/Gitmo. Another surprise was the addition of locations in my state which were accurate. Unfortuantely (spoiler alert) there is an event near the end of the story that is so ridiculous and improbably that it takes away that which was gained by the military/spook details. But all in all a good escape...a beach read for sure.