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The Day of the Jackal | [Frederick Forsyth]

The Day of the Jackal

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    jordan pizarro 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    Literally a page turner. This book was riveting, and was not how I expected it to be. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good thriller.

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    "A Classic Thriller/Police Procedural."

    Frederick Forsyth is a masterful writer. This is as much a police procedural as a thriller. It never bores or flags in its pace. To listen to this is to understand why it was the perfect subject for a movie (twice) with its straightforward story. The only mystery is how he hid the rifle and the only twist is one of identity and yet the plot engrosses totally.

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    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 03-10-15
    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really glad I never saw the movie!"

    Thrilling up to the last sentence, and I'm glad I never saw the movie to spoil the ending! Now I'm wondering if the Jackal was British or not!

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    Davin 03-09-15
    Davin 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    I got this book not knowing what to expect, and it did not disappoint. The entire time I was listening, I was envisioning a modern day take on the story in the style of the imitation gameand other successful periodpieces. I have not seen the movie, but this book is highly recommended. It is the perfect bookto scratch a thrilling espionage itch

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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 03-09-15
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    I have read almost all of Forsyth, and felt compelled to go back and listen to the beginning again. I was not disappointed. One becomes attached to both the protagonist and antagonist and feels their admiration for each other as they draw inevitably closer. The writing and reading of it are tight and well done. It remains one of my favorite spy novels, and a classic.

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    Jacob Bucy 03-04-15
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    Interesting story but to much back and forth between the jackel and police. I had to concentrate way to hard to keep the story straight.

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    L. R. Schuler MD United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    I really enjoyed this novel. the narrator was very good and made the story come to life. I think the story took a little bit to get going, but towards the end, I didn't want to stop listening!

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    Starts out a little slowly, but the last half of the book is fantastic. I need six more words apparently.

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    Sarah Arkadelphia, Argentina 01-20-15
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    Suspense Perfection! Could not put it down and hated for it to end. More twists and turns than the road to Hana.

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    Aaron 01-05-15
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    good story ... very well read . I would definitely recommend it . well done

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