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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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.
Too thick on British procedural details near the middle, but brilliant otherwise. Pacing picked up considerably in the second half.
"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 could not finish this book! Just could not keep up with the political jargon, you need to concentrate or you completely lose the plot! I might give it another go maybe on a holiday but not for me unfortunately.
A poor performance from start to finish. The the actor was wooden and it felt like he was reading from a menu
I have loved listening to this book .even the TVs has gone by the way side,mind you that is no loss.
"Best thriller I've listened to"
Amazing novel - although 3yrs old it was an excellent listen. If you want a thriller to listen - Freddie Forsyth is simply the master.
"Great Story, well narrated."
Great Story, well narrated, different from the film but not in a bad way. Well worth a download
"Watched the film as a child"
I watched the film back in the 1980's as I grew up in the area of MK where the 'domestic' scenes were filmed. Geographically I lived possibly under the run way of the air force base. Now an adult and can appreciate a good espionage film I decided to buy this and give it a go.
What did I like? The well researched background and the similarities with that man Corben and the socialist manifesto ...
I am torn between Petrovsy and Preston. Both doing their job for their own cause be that the security of the UK or the spread of the soviet socialist ideal. I think Preston just nudges past the post on this one due to the human element of an absentee father.
Easy to listen to.
As I was mostly listening at work, not really :)
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.
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