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The Fourth Protocol | [Frederick Forsyth]

The Fourth Protocol

MI5 investigator John Preston, is the only man who can prevent an act of murderous devastation aimed at tumbling Britain into revolution.
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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

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    Calum Dundee, United Kingdom 02-07-11
    Calum Dundee, United Kingdom 02-07-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Good story, too much detail in some areas"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy Boston, MA, United States 02-27-11
    Tommy Boston, MA, United States 02-27-11 Member Since 2006
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    "As usual, Forsyth is Fantastic"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sydney, Australia 07-25-12
    Michael Sydney, Australia 07-25-12 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "This is good reading"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Protocol the most enjoyable?

    The devil is in the detail and Forsyth delivers with just the right amount of knowledge and fiction. A fun read, or listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the heads of departments either Russian or British are done so well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's many hours, but if I was on a long haul flight and could not sleep, this is the book to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ray LAKE ORION, MICHIGAN, United States 01-20-14
    ray LAKE ORION, MICHIGAN, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Never Finished it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frederick Forsyth again?

    I doubt it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Rintoul?

    It wasnt the narrator that was the issue with this book


    What character would you cut from The Fourth Protocol?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sasha DeFuniak Springs, FL, United States 10-19-13
    Sasha DeFuniak Springs, FL, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "1st book I've returned because I couldn't stand it"
    What would have made The Fourth Protocol better?

    Delete most of the detailed governmental info. I even skipped chapters to try to get into it, but just couldn't do it.


    Has The Fourth Protocol turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have other Forsyth books that I enjoyed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Spoke too rapidly


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fourth Protocol?

    All of the first 8 chapters I listened to. Couldn't take any more.


    Any additional comments?

    Out of over 1600 books in my library and my mother's library, this was the biggest waste of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Gaffney Matawan, New Jersey United States 03-05-13
    Joseph Gaffney Matawan, New Jersey United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Won't put you yo sleep."
    What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Protocol the most enjoyable?

    This is an intelligent story about intelligence. A classic.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot moved along nicely with no fluff to fill the pages.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 09-27-12
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Overall Very Good"

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 06-30-14
    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Cold War Thriller"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 06-14-14
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Russians plans plant an A Bomb in the UK~ 4 STARS"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous Oregon 03-16-14
    Anonymous Oregon 03-16-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Masterfully written and narrated!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    11/20/11
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gledders
    Chelmsford, UK
    1/12/11
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    "Fabulous"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    12/2/10
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    "Classic Forsyth"

    This is Forsyth at his best.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • C
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
    1/19/14
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    "Captivating"
    What did you like most about The Fourth Protocol?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Lisburn, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Excellent espionage story, well presented"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Enjoyable thriller"
    What did you like most about The Fourth Protocol?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fourth Protocol?

    The trip to South Africa. I'd forgotten how very different things were in the 1980s.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    CRAMLINGTON, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    CROYDON, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fred
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    10/21/12
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    "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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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