Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill, is a plan within a plan that, in its spine-chilling ingenuity, breaches the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a jigsaw of devastation. MI5 investigator John Preston, working against the most urgent of deadlines, leads an operation to prevent the act of murderous destruction aimed at tumbling Britain into revolution...
©1984 Frederick Forsyth (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Forsyth builds his story piece by piece gradually getting more and more interesting as the reader continues to become enthralled with the characters and the plot. The reader gradually discover what the diabolical plan is and then after you figure it out, you have no idea how they are going to stop it. Then, when you think you have it all sorted out, he throws you a little twist at the very end, which compliments his characters and leaves you with a clever smile on your face. I loved it, but I love almost all he does. Good stuff.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
The devil is in the detail and Forsyth delivers with just the right amount of knowledge and fiction. A fun read, or listen to.
All the heads of departments either Russian or British are done so well.
It's many hours, but if I was on a long haul flight and could not sleep, this is the book to listen to.
I listen to the ODESSA File and this one is even better. Can't wait to listen to The Day of The Jackal. David Rintoul is excellent in his performance and did the Scottish accents well.
Good story, but with a very slow start which goes into far too much detail about the political system in the UK, the flow of the story was lost as a result. There were a couple of times I nearly stopped listening. That said I'm glad I did not and listed to the end, it was enjoyable.
Started off slow but you are rewarded bountifully. The plot is masterfully crafted like none other can weave it. Looking forward to more books from Forsyth
This is an intelligent story about intelligence. A classic.
The plot moved along nicely with no fluff to fill the pages.
David Rintoui has a great voice and uses it well. This is the first book I heard him read but it won't be the last.
Delete most of the detailed governmental info. I even skipped chapters to try to get into it, but just couldn't do it.
No, I have other Forsyth books that I enjoyed.
Spoke too rapidly
All of the first 8 chapters I listened to. Couldn't take any more.
Out of over 1600 books in my library and my mother's library, this was the biggest waste of time.
I like Forsyth very much and found this to be very good. I preferred the Jackal and Odessa File more, but I was not disappointed
Super impressed by the real world style of Forsyth! No lone ranger heroics in this book... Its like it might really have happened.
Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. Great performance by David Rintoul. Will search other books he's narrated. The only minor criticism is that at times the book is a little too descriptive, much more so than in The Day of the Jackal. But still a highly recommended read.
Rogue elements in the Politburo seek to destabilize Great Britain and let the Americans take the blame. Forsyth is in top form here making the far-fetched come off as perfectly plausible. A great read.
"Meticulous details enhance an engrossing story"
This is Frederick Forsyth at the peak of his story-telling abilities. A complex story of intrigue in the Cold War period. Multi-stranded story-lines intricately woven together into a thriller made all the more believable by the author's painstaking attention to detail which he somehow makes interesting. David Rintoul narrates the book superbly well and manages all the Russian names trip off his tongue like a native. A great listen.
This is Forsyth at his best.
Having only ever seen the film with Pierce Brosnan and being new to Forsythe's books, I wasn't sure what to expect. But I was delighted. It is part Bond and part Le Carre. I am a huge fan of Tom Clancy and I have to wonder if this book wasn't his inspiration for Sum Of All Fears.
Thoroughly enjoyable, well narrated, a great listen.
Frederick Forsyth is fast becoming my favourite author and it is great to have David Rintoul narrating. It all makes for a great novel that I could not stop listening to until it was finished.
"Espionage in the Cold War era"
Although written over 25 years ago, Forsyth captures the atmpsphere of mistrust that pervaded the security services following the expulsion of Philby and Co. John Preston's dogged attention to detail is at its best when he uncovers the truth about the spy who has operated undiscovered in the South African foreign service for many tears.
"Excellent!! Listen & Enjoy!"
I loved this title. I knew and enjoyed the film, and thought I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed - David Rintoul's delivery is spot on, engages you and really brings the story to life. His range of accents is impressive and adds realism. Given that Forsyth is a byword for authenticity and accuracy the delivery by Rintoul is a perfect match. Listen & Enjoy!
"Engaging from the beginning."
Somewhat let down by the realisation that I'd seen the film some years ago and had an idea as to where the story was going. Nevertheless very enjoyable.
less "factual" blurb
not Frederick Forsyth!
I though he did an ok job
Hopelessly dated unremitting tedium. Not much of a story here I didn't think.
"The consummate spymaster"
An excellent and compelling, multi-layered yarn from the master of spy thrillers, well-narrated and with a satisfyingly complete pulling-together of loose threads in the final pages. My only quibble with Mr Forsyth is that his attention to factual detail can sometimes be a little over the top: my reading experience would have been equally rewarding for example without gaining as I did an encyclopaedic knowledge of the geography and road names of Chesterfield. But this is a mere quibble and overall I would recommend this book highly to those who enjoy Mr Forsyth's genre.
Not really my thing, but a well told if dated tale.
Narration was good and could be understood at X1.5 playback speed.
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