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...
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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.
PLOT: Elaborate Russian Plan to set off an A Bomb in Britain.
Russians are slowing shipping parts for an A Bomb into Britain. Their plan is detonate the device next to an American Air Base and let them cause a "Split' in Nato as part of the fall out of the detonation.
John Preston is part of MI5 and they come across a part of an A Bomb. They piece together a plot to "build" an A Bomb. This is a very good book is moves along and we like the Hero John Preston who is both methodical and intelligent. Added to the drama is the Philby Connection who is a British Traitor living in Russia. Very Good audio and the reader is excellent.
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.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Fourth Protocol was British author Forsyth's 6th espionage thriller. All of his spy novels are wonderful, so picking the best is impossible for me, but this novel is as good as any of Forsyth's work. As an ex-spy himself, Forsyth knows of that which he writes. He is still writing at age 78 with his latest being an autobiography titled The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue which was released 18 months ago. Scottish actor David Rintoul narrates the Fourth Protocol perfectly!
I very highly recommend all of Forsyth's spy novels.
Too thick on British procedural details near the middle, but brilliant otherwise. Pacing picked up considerably in the second half.
a gripping and intense spy thriller with an intricate plot. excellently narrated. I highly recommend this one.
"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.
"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.
"The Fourth Protocol - Very enjoyable"
The Fourth Protocol - Very enjoyable
This is my first Frederick Forsyth novel and apart from a very length explanation by philby to Russian leader regarding the Labour Party in uk this was an edge of the seat spy yarn.
Excellent narration by David Rintoul
I have loved listening to this book .even the TVs has gone by the way side,mind you that is no loss.
"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.
"A Real Thriller"
I loved this book, The Story keeps at a steady pace and really holds your attention. The narration is just right. The suspense is tight. I found myself holding my breath at times, wondering what was going to happen next. Wonderful.
This has to merit as one of Forsyth's best. Incredibly complex yet totally believable and huge credit to Rintoul for exceptional narration.
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