One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.
France was infuriated by Charles de Gaulle's withdrawal from Algeria, and there were six known attempts to assassinate the general that failed. This novel dramatizes the seventh, mostly deadly attempt, involving a professional killer for hire who would be unknown to the French Police. His code name was Jackal, his price half a million dollars, and his demand total secrecy, even from his employers.
Step by painstaking step, we follow the Jackal in his meticulous planning, from the fashioning of a specially made rifle to the devising of his approach to the time and the place where the general is to meet the Jackal's bullet. The only obstacle in his path is a small, diffident, rumpled policeman, who happens to be considered by his boss the best detective in France: Deputy Commissaire Claude Lebel.
©1971 Frederick Forsyth; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A masterpiece tour de force of crisp, sharp, suspenseful writing." (Wall Street Journal)
"Compelling, utterly enthralling....Some of the tensest thriller writing I can remember reading." (Sunday Express, London)
I thought the story move very slowly, the characters were never developed to a point where I felt attached to any of them. This crazy intense cat and mouse part of the book that other people mentioned their reviews never got that intense. That part of the book did not even really start until three fourths of the way through it. I know I can get my money back but I wish I could have the time back I spent listening.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I am pretty certain I saw the original movie first before reading this Forsythe masterpiece back in the 70's. When I saw this was offered with Simon Prebble narration, i had to give it a try.
The Day of the Jackal is one of the best police procedurals ever written. I understand that most of us have both read it and seen the two film versions. So here iare a few reasons why I think you should give it another go.
- The assasin and the detectives are careful and exceptionally clever.
- Forsythe creates an ingenious plot of intrigue from the openining chapter.
- The political intrigue and pressure placed on the detectives creates remarkable tension in an already suspenseful story.
Very good story, mostly very good narration, but...
... if you are going to sing a national anthem - learn the tune! And for a book with so many French names and phrases, choose a narrator who can get close to an accurate pronunciation. And the few Danish phrases - I don't know what they were meant to be, it sounded like the Swedish chef from the Muppets.
Too many times the police came up with clues about the assassin but it didn't go into detail of how they got them. Halfway thru the book I started rooting for the assassin because of that.
I thoroughly enjoyed this classic suspense novel. The action was well-paced and the characters were fully developed. I enjoyed every twist and turn in the plot and found the book to be great, even though I had seen the movie version. The reader kept me enthralled and did a wonderful job voicing the characters. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good suspense novel.
Yes has more than the usual twists and turns so 2nd listen would be entertaining.
Rarely take the time to write a review so you know I loved this audio book!
Addicted to books, both print and audio-.
This is a solid thriller which proceeds rather slowly for about half the book, then picks up speed and hurtles toward the conclusion, leaving one somewhat breathless. The writing is excellent. I could have done with less detail (how the banks work, how the Jackal takes his coffee, the bureaucracy of French government). This slows the first half of the book, and I feel it could have been condensed. But the book is well worth sticking with; the way Forsyth handles the end is masterful, and Simon Prebble's narration is simply terrific.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This 1971 novel is set in 1963 France where the French outlaw group Organisation de l'armée secrète (OAS) hired an Englishman who used the name The Jackal to kill Charles de Gaulle. The suspense is intense.
PLOT: early 1960s plot to kill DE Gaulle.
After several "failed" plots to kill French President Charles De Gaulle...the OAS hire an unknown killer with the name of the "Jackal"......This is entertaining and is different than the movie plot. "Jackal" is skillful and knows every person in every country who can aid his plans for killing....from the gunsmith who can build him a special "gun" ....and he travels to Italy to get several new forged identity papers. AS he carefully plots his skills he is soon pursued by French Detective Lebel who soon has some clues to the hired killer from clues from a kidnapped OAS man. A blonde Englishman is soon being hunted in the UK and abroad. With clues to his "Alexander Duggan".Id........but the Jackal is already on to ID #2...and headed to France from Italy. this is fun and interesting complete with a sexy spy who come mistress of an old man close to De Gaulle to keep tabs on him. This is first rate and keeps you absorbed to the intrigue and very plausible crime. his excellent methods of truly getting close enough to kill is first rate........ I give this 5 STARS all for the way for excellent plot, reader and story that is entertaining even 50 years later.
so put up with bad French. poor attempts at accents. mispronunciations. and maybe you too can settle into the story which is great and try not to picture either movie version
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