In some respects I felt like I was re-reading Tom Clancy's "Executive Orders". This is not the best novel I have read by Frederick Forsyth. I had troubles getting past how he portrays Obama in this one, maybe I think too much when reading fiction.
One interesting thought to ponder is what would happen if we were able to win the drug war?
I'm a Forsyth fan but I'm not sure what to say about this one. I don't know if it's the material or the narrator or both, but I'm not enjoying it. I'm 3 hours in and I don't care to finish.
Ninety percent of the story is set up to a sting without a twist, obstacle or complication. The characters are so slightly sketched that they are impossible for me to identify with. The narration is halting and poorly edited to the point of sometimes being incomprehensible. I'll be hesitant about getting a Penguin audiobook again because of the poor production.
Don't know if this was a failure of Forsyth or the reader. This was nothing more than background noise during my drive to and from work. Get the book from the library, read it, if it the story is the failure you've not wasted your money.
At 6Hrs and 19 min in part 1, Forsyth refers to the assault on Qal-i Janghi, and the killing of Johnnie Spann and says in was in 1991. Not so, that actually happened in Nov 2001. I don't see a fictional purpose to moving the time back ten years and expect it is a typo or a research error. Now if he had read the "Horse Soldiers" assiduously he would have known that.
The book was ok better than some books I've listened to but not Forsyth best, not even close. He earlier books are excelent if you haven't read/listened to them yet.
I was excited about hearing of another title from Forsyth. His books have always been great, except for The Cobra. The problem is with the narrator. He delivers a very dramatic presentation, which some like, others not. The issue is his delivery rythem. His oddly placed pauses, which were constant, were so disturbing that I concentrated more on his delivery than the story. I would hope Forsyth gave us another great tale, but I lost interest after 3 hours, feeling it just wasn't worth the effort. I would not recommend this offering.
The reading was boring and dry. It was if he were reading a report not a novel. Forsyth could have done much better. The premise was very intriguing and had my mind thinking of all the possibilities. In reality the book was without suspense or a thrill. Even the ending was dull and "matter of fact"