The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File: the books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it today. Combining meticulous research with crisp narratives and plots as current as the headlines, Forsyth shows us the world as it is in a way that few have ever been able to equal.
And the world as it is today is a very scary place.
When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?
The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a 25-year-old veteran of war zones around the world; a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before, pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs, and pass off Martin as the trusted Khan.
It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there.
Filled with remarkable detail and compulsive drama, The Afghan is further proof that Forsyth is truly master of suspense.
©2006 Frederick Forsyth; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A cut above...other post-9/11 spy thrillers." (Publishers Weekly)
"When it comes to espionage, international intrigue, and suspense, Frederick Forsyth is a master." (The Washington Post)
I don't agree with the criticism of the reader - I found him to be very good, allowing me to hear the story without always being aware of the voice. He does quite well with the accents, too. The story is complicated, but kept my interest the whole time. Definitely worth the credit!!
Definitely a must read. The author appears to have done extensive research and brings all of the cities of Pakistan and Afghanistan to life. I was not able to put it down until it was finished. I found myself sitting in the car waiting to turn off the motor so that I would not be kept in suspense. Unfortunately, as soon as one suspense drama was completed, another started, so, as I said, I couldn't put it down
Forsyths 'The Day of the Jackal' is one of my all time favorites so I had high hopes for 'The Afghan', but was diappointed. In fact half way through it almost became my first ever abandoned Audible selevtion, but I perservered to the end. The first half is very heavy on passive voice back story. The second half picks up somewhat, but not enough. There is one big hole in the plot and the finale is a rather abrupt anti climax.
The narrators voice is very clear throughout, but rather boring.
Very enjoyable from start to finish. Very interesting storyline, and a surprising ending. Not your typical terrorist story. Three believable and enjoyable to listen to.
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Mr. Forsyth is usually a very good listen. However there were many parts of the book that just seemed to cause me to drift off to other thoughts. Then I would have to backup and listen to the same part over again.
The narrator had something to do with tediousness of the story --- he seemed to "plod" along with little enthusiasm.
The character of the original afghan man,simple strong and motivated.
Well this reminds me of syriana.
It takes one to know one.
This book is brilliant and a smart read.A very nice way to increase brain size
Cannot answer this as I've not read the book.
The story/characters is fiction but very applicable to today's Middle East relationships and wound around a plot that reveals significant research. The history/environment of the plot is factual. The complexities and characters are interwoven in such a way to be entertaining without being tedious.
His vocal characterizations made listening so much easier to follow the plot. Great job.
The most moving portion was the ending; fast moving, unanticipated, and tradition made informative.
Highly recommend to anyone interested in international relations, or Middle East history, or international intelligence.
Wow, this guy is the best. He does his homework, his characters are well developed, and his stories are outstanding. I read/listen to everything he does and they are all fantastic.
I will have to agree that this is not Forsyth's best effort. Although I very much enjoy a book that lays the background for the plot I felt that he went just a bit too far and it bordered on boring. If you can make it through part one things will pick up. It ended up being a difficult listen for me. It took me much longer to get through The Afghan at just over 10 hrs than it did to get the 40+ hr "The Company" by Robert Littell. Save this one for a credit that you need to burn and have nothing else that captures your attention.
The Afghan is not Forsyth's best novel, but it is far better than any political thriller since the Cold War. The narration is fine and this is an overall good listen. More than once, I remained in my parked car until a convenient break in the action. If there is a better measure for an audiobook than that, I'd like to hear of it.
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