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.
I've been a fan of Forsyth for many years. The attention to detail that a few reviewers complained about is one of the things I love about Forsyth's books. Characters are well developed, the reader comes to understand the background, intentions, procedures, risks, possible outcomes, and so on. While reading Forsyth you won't think, "That's out of character" or "How could they possibly do that?" No plot holes. Yes, to enjoy Forsyth one must think and pay attention, bit it's always so worth it. I can't imagine a better narration than David Rintoul's.
Beautifully written, as always by Frederick Forsyth, as well as nail-bitingly exciting. What more can a reader ask?
Well done Frederick Forsyth. What we have come to expect a great plot, well drawn and believable characters , a long book but enrtertaining in it's entirety. Superb naration that compliments the book in every way
Ray is my husbands name. I am a middle aged woman from Michigan
Slow slow slow. I dont know who would enjoy this. I rarely dont finish a book and I just couldnt see devoting any more time to this one
I doubt it.
It wasnt the narrator that was the issue with this book
Just burn the book. This guy took an entire chapter to talk about the connnections and influence in teh British parliament. Soooo boring and could have set up the connections in about 10 pages - instead he devoted an entire chapter - talk about page filling. This is the kind of crap I would do in high school papers.
Dont waste your time.
Too thick on British procedural details near the middle, but brilliant otherwise. Pacing picked up considerably in the second half.
Full of conspiracies, political intrigue and tactics, that could make or break a situation. Enjoyed it, immensely!
"Usual imaginative Freddy Forsyth plot"
Good effort, well presented by David Rintoul. Typical pacy Forsyth plot, always well researched. Now a bit dated, especially Freddy's undisguised loathing for Lefties of the Deep Red Persuasion, which occasionally has hilarious nonsensical plot consequences (the Russians are doing it even though its terrible for everybody)
there is a later Gerald Seymour with very similar plot but cannot recall title.
how the "baddy" integrated himself in England
It could be happening now!
"Excellent espionage story, well presented"
This is a well written spy thriller, with a good protagonist, and an excellent story. As some other reviewers have mentioned, some of the extended political historical exposition grinds a little, but for the main, there is much to enjoy. It is more realistic than bond - there is no pantomime villain, for example, and has a certain immediacy, being centred in the UK. It is perhaps more accessible than le Carre, without that author's tendency somewhat to keep you guessing. UK readers won't regret it.
The character of John Preston. He wouldn't let go of an investigation; when one line of enquiry lead to a dead-end, he always found another by thinking laterally.
The trip to South Africa. I'd forgotten how very different things were in the 1980s.
Yes. The expression of the narrator was good and he matched the suspense of the story. Sometimes, too much. I was listening in the car and he kept dropping the volume of his voice for the exciting passages so I had to keep turning the volume up. Then he'd be louder again and I'd be deafened!
"Worth every minute"
I found this book captivating, all the way through I read the book many years ago listening to it was great. It was well read making you think that there were more that one narrator, Forsyth is a great writer the audio book brings his book to life. I would recommend this book to any body who enjoys action and adventure or thrillers, an excellent listen.
"Another Good Forsyth Book"
Another good Forsyth book. As one who easily gives up on books I found this book kept my attention to the very end. The characters were believable and the story had a good pace to it throughout. The narration was excellent and you were kept on your seat to the very end. I would recommend both author and narrator.
"The Fourth Protocol"
I liked the story but thought that the passages about the history and constitution of the British labour party were over long over complicated and unnecessarily tedious.
I thought that the book which was just a novel, should have concentrated on entertaining the reader/listener rather that giving a lecture on British politics.
"it was ok."
I enjoyed it but not as much as some of his other books. I think it maybe because with audio its harder to go back and recheck things to keep up with the plot (?) anyway, it was ok.
Well, it's right-wing propaganda but the story is engagingly told and even more engagingly read by the excellent David Rintoul, who's especially skilled at transmitting accents.
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