This book gives away part of the plot twists of one of Forsyth's other books "The Avenger". I bought both and just by chance read the other first. Then when I started to read this book a few days later, I was a little shocked at how much was given away for no other reason than introducing the relationship between two characters. I think the characters themselves are both very interesting so I understand why Forsyth wanted to put them together in another book.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Forsyth brings in a retired spy, Paul Devereaux, to run the government secret war on cocaine. He brings in Cal Dexter who appeared in "The Avenger" by Forsyth. The war is global using all types of assets. The story moves right along with lots of action and suspense. The only annoying thing to me was the repetition of information such as about the plane used in the attacks on the cocaine ships and planes. The story makes a nice change of pace. Jonathan Davis did an okay job narrating the story.You will never be disappointed with a Frederick Forsyth book.
I couldn't stop listening. It kept my attention, and was very exciting. Now looking for more by this author.
I like a book where I live the action. This one tells you the action in a detached, matter of fact way. There is no climax, because there is no action. Even the twist at the end was not told in a way to engage the listener. It is a good premise, I just wish it were a better book.
It is hard to know what is believable and what is not. "Facts" that are obviously wrong distract from what otherwise might be a good book. The head of the DEA is not and never has never been the "Director". He is the Administrator. The Administrator would never be invited to the White House without the AG. In fact, the current Administrator is a very accomplished and highly regarded woman who rose through the ranks. Moreover, one gets a little surprised that the thinly veiled black President whose wife's name is Michelle gins up a major offensive against cocaine. One may need to be reminded that Mr. Obama admitted using cocaine in his memoir. Indeed he is the first American President to admit using cocaine.
There is no Puerto Rican delegation to the US. Puerto Rico is part of the US.
Fred writes as if the kilo cocaine bust of Leticia Suarez is a state or local arrest when indeed, US Customs made the arrest and her case is from the moment of the arrest a Federal arrest. The vocabulary is also frequently off. He talks about losing drugs to the "flow" as if that is law enforcement actions. That has never been in the argot of the men and women who work around the world to interdict drugs.
While the rather fanciful tale is interesting, these factual misstatements makes me wonder where else the author cut corners.
A lot of imagination went into this book and Fosyth is a fine writer. He also gives you an extraordinary window into the world of cocaine production and distribution. Still, the characters don't really hold up and there are plot holes that are too big to be reasonably set aside. Read it if you love his work, otherwise, there's better stuff out there on Audible.
I do not understand the criticism of the narrator. I enjoyed listening to him..The details of the process and the plot kept my interest throughout.
I have a question for the American people, and for all the people of the world, as a matter of fact: What is the most important thing to a politician? His country's best interests, or his election or re-election? Is there anyone reading this who doubts the answer?
Apparently, Mr. Forsyth agrees with us. He is a superb story teller and does himself proud with this one, though the narration does irritate at times, but this is the fault of the audio producers and not the author. I listen to good stories several times over, and I'm already looking forward to hearing this one again. It is well worth the money, though I'd prefer a happier, though less realistic, ending. But then, we'd have to kill all the politicians to get it!