MI5 investigator John Preston, is the only man who can prevent an act of murderous devastation aimed at tumbling Britain into revolution.
©1984 Frederick Forsyth (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
"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.
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.
This is Forsyth at his best.
"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 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.
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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