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The Veteran | [Frederick Forsyth]

The Veteran

A miracle in war-torn Siena that begins with the persecution of a young nun in the turbulent days of the 16th century and culminates in the bitter German retreat from Italy; a drug-smuggling heist on an international flight where the knock are only one step ahead of the smugglers; a ruthless urban murder, where a brilliant QC decides to defend the killers, resulting in a startling act of justice....
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Publisher's Summary

Forsyth, The Master Storyteller, Presents Five Brilliantly Ingenious Tales of Murder, Justice, Intrigue and Revenge

A miracle in war-torn Siena that begins with the persecution of a young nun in the turbulent days of the 16th century and culminates in the bitter German retreat from Italy; a drug-smuggling heist on an international flight where the knock are only one step ahead of the smugglers; a ruthless urban murder, where a brilliant QC decides to defend the killers, resulting in a startling act of justice; an incandescent art scam at a famous London auction house, and a brilliantly plotted revenge that shatters the elegant world of Old Masters - each story is a remarkable tour de force.

And above all here is a brilliant novella, Whispering Wind, which begins with the single survivor of Custer's Last Stand at the battle of Little Big Horn. It follows the defense from rape and murder of a Cheyenne girl and a flight across the mountains and forests of the West, ending in a savage present-day manhunt in the wild lands of Montana. Whether his theme is international espionage, miraculous events in war-torn Italy, or a Customs drug bust, these stories all share Forsyth's trademark for compulsive storytelling, his clinical eye for authentic detail and an unnerving sense of suspense. Not since his New York Times best-selling story collection No Comebacks has he crafted such remarkable work. Five breathtaking tales from the greatest storyteller of them all.

©2001 Frederick Forsyth (P)2001 Phoenix Books

What the Critics Say

"The five stories in this book...deserve to be classics themselves. Combining sharp detail, fully realized characters, and clever last minute twists, these small gems are polished to perfection.... Forsyth has always been a masterful plotter, with a special affection for using elements that appear to come from out of left field but somehow work just perfectly. Fans of his novels will be utterly thrilled by this collection. Readers unfamiliar with his writings couldn't find a better introduction. Revenge, mystery, murder, deception - all the main themes of Forsyth's best novels are represented here in stories that showcase the author's ability to capture character and generate suspense in remarkably few words." (Booklist, starred review)

"A good read. What is surprising is the thematic and geographical range of these pieces, all narrated in a solid realist style with sharply observed detail and engrossing, sometimes surprising plots. Always suspenseful, the stories take us into disparate worlds." (Library Journal)

"Lucid, vivid and delightfully readable, Forsyth is a master word-spinner and a master of meticulous detail." (The Los Angeles Times)

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    Craig Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-28-14
    Craig Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    What disappointed you about The Veteran?

    I just discovered another problem with this download. Not only is the main item in the collection missing (the Whispering Wind complete novella), but the main short story (The Miracle) ends 2/3 of the way through. Abruptly. And the short story The Veteran begins in mid story. These two stories are broken up and transposed, with no warning. Audible should withdraw this item until they can get the order of the chapters right, and include all 5 items that are promised in the description. The novella is completely missing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Veteran?

    If Audible can get the download to work without having two of the stories jumbling up and intermingling out of order, it will be a good book. Frederick Forsyth is a master storyteller, and the narrators' performances are peerless.


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    "A very disappointing presentation of 'The Veteran'"

    The book contains four short stories and a novella. The MP3 download – despite what it says in the Publisher's Summary – only includes the four short stories.

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