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Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill, is a plan within a plan that, in its spine-chilling ingenuity, breaches the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a jigsaw of devastation. MI5 investigator John Preston, working against the most urgent of deadlines, leads an operation to prevent the act of murderous destruction aimed at tumbling Britain into revolution...

©1984 Frederick Forsyth (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 09-28-16

Realism!

Super impressed by the real world style of Forsyth! No lone ranger heroics in this book... Its like it might really have happened.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Forsyth is the best!!!

Started off slow but you are rewarded bountifully. The plot is masterfully crafted like none other can weave it. Looking forward to more books from Forsyth

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • J.
  • Moorhead, MN, United States
  • 06-30-14

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.<br/>

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Calum
  • Dundee, United Kingdom
  • 02-07-11

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Stay with the build up!!

This one takes a long time to get started and has some long foundation, once it gets going. Hold on!!

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  • Neil
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 09-27-12

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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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well worth a listen

My second Forsyth book following the day of the Jackal and I wasn't disappointed. The story is well written and well told by David Rintoul.

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  • Kirstine
  • 11-20-11

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.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-23-12

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Eddie
  • 01-19-14

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.

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  • 02-08-16

Great Story, well narrated.

Great Story, well narrated, different from the film but not in a bad way. Well worth a download

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Phil P.
  • 12-01-15

Watched the film as a child

What did you like most about The Fourth Protocol?

I watched the film back in the 1980's as I grew up in the area of MK where the 'domestic' scenes were filmed. Geographically I lived possibly under the run way of the air force base. Now an adult and can appreciate a good espionage film I decided to buy this and give it a go.<br/>What did I like? The well researched background and the similarities with that man Corben and the socialist manifesto ...

Who was your favorite character and why?

I am torn between Petrovsy and Preston. Both doing their job for their own cause be that the security of the UK or the spread of the soviet socialist ideal. I think Preston just nudges past the post on this one due to the human element of an absentee father.

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As I was mostly listening at work, not really :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jonathan
  • 12-01-13

Excellent espionage story, well presented

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 01-12-11

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.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Bundoodragon
  • 10-10-16

Brilliant!

A fascinating story, great writing and expertly narrated. I could not stop listening, highly recommended!

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 01-31-15

Compelling!

Full of conspiracies, political intrigue and tactics, that could make or break a situation. Enjoyed it, immensely!

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  • Helen
  • 12-01-13

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful