The Kill List: a top-secret catalogue of names held at the highest level of the US government. On it, those men and women who would threaten the world's security. And at the top of it, The Preacher, a radical Islamic cleric whose sermons inspire his followers to kill high-profile Western targets in the name of God.
As the bodies begin to pile up in America, Great Britain and across Europe, the message goes out: discover this man's identity, locate him and take him out. Tasked with what seems like an impossible job is an ex-US marine who has risen through the ranks to become one of America's most effective intelligence chiefs.
Now known only as The Tracker, he must gather what scant evidence there is, collate it and unmask The Preacher if he is to prevent the next spate of violent deaths. Aided only by a brilliant teenaged hacker, he must throw out the bait and see whether his deadly target can be drawn from his lair...
©2013 Frederick Forsyth (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
I have read all of Forsyths' books and can't remember having read one that I haven't enjoyed except this one. Where does one start?
Plot; Frankly I felt there wasn't one, rather the book miandered all over the place, an over use of synamims interrupted the flow of the book, (why not use descriptive titles)
Characters: I thought these were badly drawn, in all, very shallow, to good to be true.
Quite obviously I didn't like this book at all, quality not in the same street as The Fist of God, Icon, or The Forth Protocol
Would I buy another Forsyth book? of coarse. I will regard this (book) as an aberation
Frederick Forsyth used to be a first class thriller writer, up there with Len Deighton, certainly and Jean Le Carre, possibly. This is complete rubbish. First it is quite derivative....for example the hidden terrorist genre was handled well in the recent book I Am A Pilgrim and has been used by Tom Clancy and others. Here there is nothing new to offer, the plot is obvious and derivative and the characters are completely two dimensional and the reader doesent give a damn about any of them. And if that wasn't enough, the reader is terrible, he inserts pauses in the wrong parts of sentences and his foreign accents are a joke. One to avoid.
"Generic, superficial, uninteresting"
The characters have no personality at all; they are all cookie-cutter stereotypes with no development and virtually no motives for their actions.
I was hoping for some kind of twist to make things interesting - but no.
He over-dramatizes, and his accents are god-awful.
There isn't a single interesting or compelling character in the entire book - rather than cutting any, the author needs give us at least one memorable personality.
It's just a long list of event - he did this, then that, then this thing happened, so he did that - no suspense, no drama, no humour, and utterly predictable.
"Bristling terrorism thriller"
Forsyth brings us a fast paced and well researched thriller that feels extremely pertinent due to recent events. I got through this in just two sittings, it worked really well as an audiobook and felt very visual, I’ve no doubt will be a on the big screen soon. Great narration too.
"Good story but the narration hurt my English ears"
The story is enough to keep you listening, a modern day Frederick Forsyth which I found easier to listen to than some of his other books as there where less characters to remember
The American narrator cannot do any British accent and it was a terrible distraction. One character is Welsh, althout you would never know. It is a shame that a professional narrator cannot handle accents, it is what brings the book alive
All Frederick's books are very long, a big plus, this book took me quite a while to listen to, I restarted it four times; all Frederick Forsyth books build a scene before they get into the story and you have to concentrate, especially with an audiobook
"Don't wast your time and money"
So difficult to listen to I struggled to get past the first chapter and then decided not to give up the ghost, life is to short and even if I was somewhere with no other entertainment board to tears I would not choose to listen to another second of this.
Anyone whose voice is engaging, the narrator of this audiobook make listening very difficult.
"Forsyth produces yet another outstanding story"
This audio-book, like all of the others that I have listened to by Forsythe, is outstanding. So well researched and with a plot that captures the imagination.
I really enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in this genre.
Very well read by the narrator.
"Not one of his bset"
Detailed but predictable
The Tracker, at least we had a some detail on his character.
Unfortunately John Chancer cannot do accents, especially any from the UK, especially Welsh and what he thinks is upper class english.
In listening to over 100 Audible books this is the first time I have been disappointed with the reader.
"The Kill litht"
I'm giving this an overall two because like most Frederick Forsyth novels the actual story is very good and well researched, so for that I have given it a four. I would seriously suggest buying the book or e book as the narration is appalling. His range of accents for a trained actor is mystifying, he makes a Welsh hostage negotiator sound like an Indian shopkeeper who was brought up in Jamaica and his British soldiers make Dick Van Dykes infamous cockney accent sound very real. Add this to the lithp he reads with and everything that ends in an S sound like hissss, plusses sound like pluthesssss, it was a real chore getting to the end of the book with this narrator.
Another book I could not put down. The British Special Forces Op was nailbiting.
"A decent story spoilt by an appalling performance"
John Chancer really must be kept away from British accents. That said, his attempt at a welsh accent is hilarious
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