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)
For those who are looking for a "classic" style thriller, this is one of the best of the genre. If you haven't heard this one, or are thinking about trying something from this style of mystery thriller, this is at the top of the class. Yes, the action takes place in the 1960's, but the story, characters, procedures, and tension are timeless.
Every step in the story keeps us interested. It is actually told as two parallel stories - one from the perspective of the cat; one from that of the mouse. Every step of the way, you are kept wondering, "How will he be able to do that?" The story-telling does not disappoint or lag anywhere.
This story deserves all of the fame is has gotten. (Look it up!) And Simon Prebble's reading is perfect, as always.
Great, great book, but Mr. Forsythe puts so much detail into every line that it is difficult to follow the book and watch the road at the same time! I found myself backtracking over and over again to re-listen to what had just been read. The story is great, but all its detail calls for much more attention tha one can give while also paying attention to the road.
Being born in France at the time this novel is supposed to take place, I found the story doubly fascinating, not only for the suspense, but also for the depiction of a country that was still much closer to the 19th century than to the 21st, so different in every regard from what it has since become.
It is just a pity that the narrator does such a terrible job of pronouncing french names, they are barely recognizable...
This is second Forsyth book I have read(listened), prior one Odessa File.
They were both intriguing and kept me interested and in anticipation in every chapter. This is set in the early 60's with the technology of the day without the super technology of current similar spy, or lone wolf novels. Forsyth lets the character carry to story. The author made me dislike the assassin and root for his capture or elimination. Both the author and narrator take you back to europe at that time. I have listen to this narrator before and he does very well with the characters
someone who knows French? or whatever country that was.
It was too difficult to follow...when there are foreign sounding names and places, those are hard to remember. In print, you can go back and review easily, on audible...not possible. I gave up....had no idea what was happening.
I wanted to like it, but just couldn't get involved when I already knew what was going to happen. A bit dated for current thrillers, though very well written.
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