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The Cobra | [Frederick Forsyth]

The Cobra

What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.
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Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary cutting-edge thriller from the New York Times-bestselling grandmaster of international suspense.

Meticulous research, crisp narratives, plots as current as today's headlines - Frederick Forsyth has helped define the international thriller as we know it. And now he does it again.

What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.

The war is on-though who the ultimate winner will be, no one can tell...

©2010 Frederick Forsyth (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 08-27-10
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 08-27-10 Member Since 2014

    Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.

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    "Another Good Read by Forsyth"

    Reading through the other reviews, I do share a number of opinions with other reviewers. Here's my take:

    1. Another great Forsyth story. A little slow to start, but once it gets going, it's a nice ride.

    2. Don't get the criticisms of the reader. Other than a few mispronounced words, he was fine.

    3. While I would agree that it's not Forsyth's best, it is certainly not his worst. It was an enjoyable read, and based on how well Forsyth usually researches his topics, it is likely you'll learn something about the drug smuggling problem in the process of reading. To me, Forsyth's mediocre books are better than other authors' best offerings, so it was worth my time and money.

    4. I liked the fact that he used characters from a previous book. I may be wrong, but I don't remember this in previous Forsyth books, and it was a nice touch.

    5. I do agree that the ending seemed a bit rushed and while probably realistic, I also would have preferred (as another reviewer stated) a "happier, but less realistic ending".

    All said - don't shy away from this one. If this is your first venture into Forsyth's novels, I'd recommend you read "The Day of the Jackal" or "Avenger" first.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan lilburn, GA, United States 08-22-10
    Brendan lilburn, GA, United States 08-22-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Hmmm, not his best"

    I've read just about everything Frederick Forsyth has done. He has become rather predictable down the years. Nowadays, he spends a little too much time praising the extraordinary skills of the military. I'm sure they are, but they are not gods and the occasional flub would be better for the fiction.

    His druggies are very bad, as no doubt they are, but I suspect they would not fall over quite so fast in real life as Freddie makes 'em go down.

    As usual, his work requires a close listen, there is the usual attention to detail and that is something I do like. I suspect his sources were rather better in the past than they are nowadays.

    The split-strike ending is downright peculiar, and while he does usually wrap a surprise up, I just got the feeling that this ending was rather constructed to fit his usual patterns.

    The readers pronunciation of some Scottish terms was off here and there, but it was a perfectly competent read. Just not Freddie's best.


    brendan

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Schmeisser Eagan, MN United States 10-06-10
    John Schmeisser Eagan, MN United States 10-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I was bored"

    Gotta tell you, this was more like listening to a disertation of the history of the cocaine trade than anything else. No real character development. Quite honestly, I got bored very quickly and didn't even finish the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lozano Chattanooga, TN, United States 09-05-10
    Lozano Chattanooga, TN, United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2005
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    "sort of possible"

    well... all the things related in the book are feasible but there are two things that are disappointing... one the translations from English to Spanish (and back) were POOR to say the least with the use of modisms that are clearly Puerto Rican.
    Second... the end was so bad that messed up the entire book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Saint Cloud, FL, United States 08-24-10
    Andrew Saint Cloud, FL, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Poor 2nd half"

    Build up to midpoint of the novel was good. 2nd half was disappointing. It felt like Fred finished to please his editor as the plot got to a point where it had no where to go.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tedd United States 08-24-10
    Tedd United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The Cobra"

    On the whole, a worthwhile listen -- if nothing else, for the painstakingly researched insights into the problem and the international eresponse thereto. The plot is engaging, though Forsyth, in true Brit style, occasionally gets bogged down in the details. A little like reading a Greek history at times. Narration was solid, though transitions from section to section were often botched, leaving the listener needing a beat to find their place. If you'd prefer not to read a general description of the ending, stop reading this. Do be prepared to scratch your head a little and simply enjoy the rest of the story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier 09-27-14
    Xavier 09-27-14 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!"

    Very contemporary theme of stopping the flow of cocaine from S. America to the United States and Europe. The plot was fascinating starting with a history synopsis of how the cocaine drug system operates. Next, exciting characters were developed together with an action packed story to defeat it. I listened to this book twice and I'm sure in the future I will enjoy it many more times. Frederick Forsyth is one of my favorites.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 04-04-11
    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 04-04-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Not for Me"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Potts Alberta Canada 10-31-10
    Joseph Potts Alberta Canada 10-31-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting premise"

    I liked the premise and the narrator. The ending was very weak and rather poorly thought out.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 08-23-10
    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2013

    Nearly 1200 titles.

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    "I've read more interesting phone books"

    No so great. Basic premise absurd. Davis does a nice job reading, however. Not Brick, but very good.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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