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)
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The Afghan is Forsyth in top form. His attention to details not only informs but makes the plot even more cohesive and thus rewarding to follow. I have been reading JF since Day of the Jackal, and this book rates as high as any of his superior early works. He seems to be getting better, his research is impeccalbe, and the narrator is superbly low key, letting the story carry the plot and not inventing any unecessary drama.
Pretty good, but not up to Forsyth's usual standards. The first 2/3 of the book is typical FredFor... a detailed and intelligent set-up of the story, establishing interesting characters and drawing from major world events. However, the end of the book is disappointing. This includes a completely implausible coincidence (the plane crash)that detracts from the credibility of the author without adding much to the story. Most significantly, the ending fizzles and lacks the depth of the first half of the book. Overall, it seemed that either the publisher rushed the completiong of the book or the author lost interest in the story. Having said all of this, I would still buy the audiobook again as I think Forsyth on a bad day is better than most authors on a good one.
I gave this book only one star because it is a very predictable, drawn out story with no dialogue to speak of. The plot centers on the mystery cargo of the terrorist vessel and the behind the scenes plotting of Al Quaeda, but after listening for a few hours you get tired of waiting for the climax--which is anything but exciting. No vintage Forsythe here, just a dreadfully dull story that could have been been developed in a fraction of the time required to finish the book. Buyer beware!
In doing his research, the author found some interesting facts, and felt compelled to use each and every one of them in the novel. This made some subplots quite contrived, and seemingly unnecessary to move the story forward. The narrator was good, and did his best to keep a somewhat mundane storyline interesting. Somewhat entertaining, but not really worth the listen.
Maybe this book needs to be read, rather than "read to me". I had to restart 3 times because I stopped listening. I stopped listening because - well - it was just plain boring. Written/read in the past tense, I never could become intetrested in the story - if there was one. Because I'm willing to give every book a chance, I listened for 4 hours - but then - I cut my losses. You should cut yours by not putting any money into it to begin with. I gave it a 1 star rating because the method of rating doesn't allow for less.
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A poor piece of bilge from Forsyth, who can do much better. The characters are somewhat two-dimensional and never fully developed. The freedomhatingterrorists' motives are never fully explained. They just hate America and everything it stands for. Too Fox News for my liking.
Well narrated, though.
Hopelessly addicted to Audio Books! I started listening as a distraction to the aggravation of driving, now I listen all the time :)
This is the worst audio book I have ever listened to. The story is boring and the reader is atrocious. The reader makes an unbearable story TOTALLY unbearable - what a monotone and lackluster reading! I feel robbed on this one!
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