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.
"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.
Strong story and seems to be actually happening now
Up to date with present world events.
"Intriguing storyline if a bit predicable"
First audiobook purchased through Audible. As it stands a good purchase.
The most memorable part was when it became personal to the main character.
The narration seemed a little tedious. More work was needed on the welsh accent which really didn't work.
I got through this audiobook in two sittings. I imagine this would be quite a page turner in print format
The epilogue double played on my version. And if I'm completely honest, seemed a bit rushed. Almost as though the author got bored.
"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.
yes with the proviso that it is written with the american market in vue
Tom Clancy Locked on
His accent is one long drone and soporific
I would prefer that British writers write in English
If you had not told me this was Frederick Forsyth, I would never have guessed. It's just not very polished.
I was not expecting quality literature but this odd, disjointed ramble through the chase for a terrorist is a hard slog, I would have stopped listening but I really had nothing else to listen to in the car.
If the story is wooden, the narration is hilariously bad. The Welsh accent at the end is more Bangalore than Barry but was so funny I might recommend that you persevere for the comedy value if you manage to slog through the first half.
Unquestionably the worst audio-book I've ever listened to.
Frederick Forsyth always delivers. Once again this is one that I will listen to again. John Chancer's narration was eqal to the story. Excellent. If you have not heard this one, then I recommend that you do.
An excellent story, well narrated and apart from an over-detailed account of the operation at the end, it was time well spent.
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