An extraordinary cutting-edge suspense novel from the master of international intrigue and number-one New York Times best-selling author.
In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List.
Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA's top hunter of men. He has spent the last six years at his job. He knows nothing about his target's name, face, or location. He realizes his search will take him to places where few could survive. But the Preacher has made it personal now. The hunt is on.
©2013 Frederick Forsyth (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Just finished this... panting,... wait let me catch my breath. I felt like I was chasing the characters all the time. It just moved from one action scene to another at breakneck speed. I liked the plot. I liked the characters from what I got to know of them. I wish this author had taken the time to develope some of the characters and relationships in a deeper fashion. At times it seemed as if Mr Guidall himself was having a hard time keeping the thing from running off the track. All in all I think you will like the book if you just want a fast mover.
It's been a while since the last novel by Frederick Forsyth. This one makes it worth the wait. Likeable heroes, despicable villains, and a very plausible premise. No superhero stunts, just solid storytelling and clean action. I recommend this book highly. The only downside, and this is personal, is that the hero, Christopher Carson is known as Kit Carson. Not an auspicious state to associate a good guy with a murderer and bringer of war to the North American Indians.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
First of all let me say that I've read all but one or two of Forsyth's fictional works. Compared with all of his previous novels, I'd say this is one of the weaker ones. At times, I almost wondered if was reading an abridged version, as the character development seemed far less than most of Forsyth's other novels.
As is the case with all of his works, you learn a lot about the subject at hand, which in this case is terrorism.
The story in and of itself is not bad, but the twists and turns are not as surprising or clever as in other works like Day of the Jackal, The Fourth Protocol or Avenger. Nor is the story as well told.
I would also question whether George Guidall was the best choice as a narrator for this story. I think he is a very gifted narrator and have enjoyed numerous books that he has read, however this type of book doesn't really fit Guidall, in my opinion. I'm not sure if it's his age or his voice quality, but his voice and delivery doesn't really add to the suspense of the story. And I say this as one who very seldom quibbles with a narrator. Often times I'm puzzled by the number of people who don't like a narrator, but in this case, I just don't think George fits well.
All in all, if you are a fan of Forsyth and want to read all of his works, I'd go ahead and get a copy. If you are new to Forsyth, I'd skip this one (and The Dogs of War) and pick up one of his best novels, such as "The Day of the Jackal", "The Fourth Protocol", "Avenger", "The Veteran" or "The Cobra". He is really one of the best writers in this genre and one of my very favorite authors, I just don't think this is Forsyth at his best.
I have listened to and loved Avenger, The Afghan,and The Odessa File. The Kill LIst, while entertaining, is not Mr. Forsyth's best. The story starts out great and , like his other books, the suspense builds up and does hold your attention. The narrator did do a good job.
My biggest complaint is that with 30 minutes of listening to go, there were a lot of loose ends that needed to be tied up and this was done rather hastily.
Contrast this with Avenger which has a totally satisfying ending and you will see what this book lacks.
I read The Day Of The Jackal in the early 1970s and The Odessa File a couple of years later and I was amazed. I have not read Forsyth since then and last week a friend spoke about this book. Frederick Forsyth can still create a timely story and keep you sitting in your car to find out what will happen next. He is deserving of a "Driveway Moments" award for keeping you so riveted that you are reluctant to get out of the car. This is a great book for George Guidall because he gets to use his talents for voices of many nationalities.
This book kept up the Foresyth tradition of attention grabbing storytelling infused with factual inside information on special forces and defense capabilities. I was sad when it ended.
The story moves along crisply and has very measured action and suspense. Guidall does his usual masterful job with narration. At the end there are no loose strings and it wraps up in a very satisfying manner. Recommend highly.
Predictable and boring with a medium dose of detail which lends little to the tale. Unless you have a keen interest in Arabic names and places, it leaves little else as a saving grace.
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