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The Devil's Alternative | [Frederick Forsyth]

The Devil's Alternative

When the entire Soviet Union wheat crop is destroyed by a devastating string of failures, the population faces starvation. The USA is quick to offer assistance. They devise a plan to trade vital food resources with the Russians in exchange for sensitive political information. But the Politburo has other ideas: the invasion of Western Europe to commandeer the food for them... As the paths of communication breakdown the president of the United States and leaders from around the world face an appalling choice: Should they allow the loss of thousands to save the lives of many more?
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Whichever option I choose, men are going to die.

When the entire Soviet Union wheat crop is destroyed by a devastating string of failures, the population faces starvation. The USA is quick to offer assistance. They devise a plan to trade vital food resources with the Russians in exchange for sensitive political information. But the Politburo has other ideas: the invasion of Western Europe to commandeer the food for them...

As the paths of communication breakdown the president of the United States and leaders from around the world face an appalling choice: Should they allow the loss of thousands to save the lives of many more? This is the Devil's Alternative and in this incomparable and gripping thriller the Cold War giants must fight a battle to the death.

©1979 Frederick Forsyth (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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    very good clarity , narrator is 1st class would not mind another book by him

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    Dundee, United Kingdom
    1/29/14
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    "A bit dated but still classic Forsyth"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil's Alternative to be better than the print version?

    It's probably on a par. It was easy to follow as an audio book - the characters were distinct from one another and there weren't so many that it confused.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Alternative?

    To be honest it was a bit formulaic and while I can remember key points, they would seem trivial, for instance the captain of the tanker receiving a visit from his wife was quite poignant but hardly a pivotal moment.


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    David Rintoul brought the characters to life by 'doing' their accents. I also thought he pronounced the various place names correctly and I liked that he had taken the effort to do that. The performance was the best part.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not at all. It was a good listen but not outstanding. Steady, innocuous stuff.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C.A.Heath
    Nottingham, England
    4/9/13
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    "First FF read for me but will certainly not be my"

    Excellent read. Great plot and descriptively captavating. This is my first FF but I will be picking up a second one day for sure

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    12/1/14
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    "Gripping thriller with renewed topicality"

    Published in 1979 this book is redolent with the suspicion and hostility between the Soviet Union and the West that prevailed at the time. I listened in the early 1990s (when audiobooks came on numerous tape cassettes) and recall thinking that although the book was exciting it was less convincing owing to the new rapprochement between the old adversaries. As many years had passed and I’d forgotten most of the story I thought I’d download the book and see how it played in the current climate of renewed tensions. It couldn’t be more topical as the story involves Ukrainian freedom fighters, the importance in saving face for Soviet leaders and tussles between hawks and doves on either side of the Atlantic.

    Apart from its renewed relevance to today’s world it remains a first class thriller. As with other books by the author, there is quite a bit of technical detail about, for example, guns, tankers, aircraft, the SAS that I would normally find boring but somehow in these books adds authenticity. Though largely a book about men wielding power and manipulating events the book, unlike, say, those by Wilbur Smith, avoids misogny and the few women characters are not clichés.

    David Rintoul narrates with perfect manly authority making the characters seem believable as they save the world from disaster.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    10/29/14
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    "Another cracking read from FF by DR..."
    Where does The Devil's Alternative rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3


    What other book might you compare The Devil's Alternative to, and why?

    Red storm rising by T Clancy. Similar theme.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Same High standard.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither but really enjoyed it


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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