A collection of five suspenseful gems by master storyteller Frederick Forsyth, best-selling author of The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File. Justice does not always come easily, and it comes in many guises. On the seedier side of London, a shopkeeper witnesses a brutal beating in The Veteran. In a better neighborhood, a famous London auction house is scammed in The Art of the Matter. And there's more. The other stories venture to a persecution in 16th century Sienna, a mid-flight drug smuggling heist, and the lone survivor of Custer's Last Stand. The voices of narrators Patrick MacNee, Bruce Boxleitner, and Christopher Casanove truly compliments the author's genius. Mixing together the elements of great suspense - revenge, mystery, murder and deception - this collection is Forsyth at his best.
©2001 Frederick Forsyth (P)2001, 2014 New Millennium Entertainment, Phoenix Books
"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)
"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)
Patrick Macnee is a good actor but his reading for Audible is unbearable. He puts pauses in the wrong place and emphasis on incorrect syllables. He adds extravagant emotional content where clearly none was intended. I will not buy another audible book with him as the reader. unfortunately the audible table of contents does not note where one story ends and another one begins. As a result there's no easy way to get through a story you don't like or a reader you don't like.
Really enjoyed this collection of shorter works by Forsyth. He proves once again why he's one of the great storytellers of our time.
The stories were drawn out and weak.
The narration - I thought someone was having a joke with those accents- artificial laboured
-the whole thing was terrible
"A great way to pass the time in the car"
Amusing and enjoyable stories with good twists in the tale and one would expect from Mr Forsyth. I also enjoyed the narration - all the 'actors' did a good job in telling the story without trying to be the performance as can be the case
Brilliant writing, as ever, by Forsyth but utterly ruined by Patrick McNee as narrator whose monotonal, dirge-like slurring guarantees a good night's sleep
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