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ISBN13: 9780451221834
ISBN10: 0451221834
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A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue.

The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File — the books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it today. Combining meticulous research with crisp narratives and plots as current as the headlines, Forsyth shows us the world as it is in a way that few have ever been able to equal.

And the world as it is today is a very scary place.

When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize — but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless...

The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantánamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a twenty-five-year veteran of war zones around the world — a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before — pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs — pass off Martin as the trusted Khan.

It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there.

Filled with remarkable detail and compulsive drama, The Afghan is further proof that Forsyth is truly master of suspense.

Review:

"Set in the very near future, veteran Forsyth's latest isn't quite up to the level of The Day of the Jackal or his more recent Fist of God, but it's a cut above most other post-9/11 spy thrillers. The threat of a catastrophic assault on the West, discovered on a senior al-Qaeda member's computer, compels the leaders of the U.S. and the U.K. to attempt a desperate gambit — to substitute a seasoned British operative, Col. Mike Martin, for an Afghan Taliban commander being held prisoner at Guantnamo Bay and then arrange Martin's release into Afghan custody. Martin must maintain his cover under the closest scrutiny, even as the details of the planned outrage are kept beyond his reach. Despite the choice to have Porter Goss as CIA director at the end of 2006 and some nick-of-time Hollywood heroics, Forsyth convincingly conjures up the world of counterterrorism and offers an all-too plausible terrorist plot. 250,000 printing. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] tense story of technology vs. evil, the latter in this case a mind-numbing degree of fanaticism. Even though it starts slowly, it builds to an exciting climax that makes the read well worth it." Library Journal

Review:

"Gun-club porn — packed with stodgily accurate descriptions of weapons and acronymic slang. Hardly subtle, just bang-bang galore." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"When it comes to espionage, international intrigue, and suspense, Frederick Forsyth is a master." The Washington Post

Review:

"Frederick Forsyth shows his usual flair for realistic thriller scenarios....Forsyth can be professorial, but the mass of detail jells into a plot that's intricate, cunning, and scarily plausible. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"It's an inventive story, and Forsyth spins it eloquently and with enough nail-biting suspense to leave readers' fingertips raw....Forsyth writes with a bare-bones, reportorial style that makes his stories feel as realistic as anything one might read in the daily newspaper." Booklist

Synopsis:

The books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it. With The Afghan, the esteemed writer succeeds again, providing a chilling story of modern terrorism set against the backdrop of a very scary world.

Synopsis:

An extraordinary cutting-edge suspense novel from the master of international intrigue and #1 New York Times–bestselling 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 TOSAs top hunter of men.

He has spent the last six years at his job. He knows nothing about his targets 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.

Synopsis:

When British and American intelligence discover an al Qaeda operation in the works, they enlist undercover imposter Colonel Mike Martin to pass himself off as Taliban commander Izmat Khan. But nothing prepares Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter-or the terrible things he will find there.

About the Author

Frederick Forsyth is the author of fourteen novels and short story collections, from 1971's The Day of the Jackal to 2003's Avenger. A former pilot and print and television reporter, he has had five movies made from his works, and a television miniseries.

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manuzzle, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by manuzzle)
I am 61. A voracious reader since age 10, I find in the last few years I am unable to finish a book. I've essentially stopped reading. So I "read" The Afghan by listening to an unabridged audio recording of it (I never listen to abridged versions of books; the last time I did, I felt I was missing every other chapter).

The plot is compelling. Since I listen to books in my car while driving, I grieved each arrival at my destinations until I had finished this book. I found myself asking, "Is this a realistic representation about how things are working in the intelligence services post 9/11?"

Mr. Forsyth's characters are a bit on the one-dimensional side, but it is the story that drove me to race through the book, just to see what the outcome would be. There is no moral tone from the author, which makes the incidents he depicts that much more chilling.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451221834
Author:
Forsyth, Frederick
Publisher:
Signet Book
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Islamic fundamentalism
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Large Print:
Y
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 400 pages Signet Book - English 9780451221834 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in the very near future, veteran Forsyth's latest isn't quite up to the level of The Day of the Jackal or his more recent Fist of God, but it's a cut above most other post-9/11 spy thrillers. The threat of a catastrophic assault on the West, discovered on a senior al-Qaeda member's computer, compels the leaders of the U.S. and the U.K. to attempt a desperate gambit — to substitute a seasoned British operative, Col. Mike Martin, for an Afghan Taliban commander being held prisoner at Guantnamo Bay and then arrange Martin's release into Afghan custody. Martin must maintain his cover under the closest scrutiny, even as the details of the planned outrage are kept beyond his reach. Despite the choice to have Porter Goss as CIA director at the end of 2006 and some nick-of-time Hollywood heroics, Forsyth convincingly conjures up the world of counterterrorism and offers an all-too plausible terrorist plot. 250,000 printing. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] tense story of technology vs. evil, the latter in this case a mind-numbing degree of fanaticism. Even though it starts slowly, it builds to an exciting climax that makes the read well worth it."
"Review" by , "Gun-club porn — packed with stodgily accurate descriptions of weapons and acronymic slang. Hardly subtle, just bang-bang galore."
"Review" by , "When it comes to espionage, international intrigue, and suspense, Frederick Forsyth is a master."
"Review" by , "Frederick Forsyth shows his usual flair for realistic thriller scenarios....Forsyth can be professorial, but the mass of detail jells into a plot that's intricate, cunning, and scarily plausible. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "It's an inventive story, and Forsyth spins it eloquently and with enough nail-biting suspense to leave readers' fingertips raw....Forsyth writes with a bare-bones, reportorial style that makes his stories feel as realistic as anything one might read in the daily newspaper."
"Synopsis" by , The books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it. With The Afghan, the esteemed writer succeeds again, providing a chilling story of modern terrorism set against the backdrop of a very scary world.
"Synopsis" by ,
An extraordinary cutting-edge suspense novel from the master of international intrigue and #1 New York Times–bestselling 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 TOSAs top hunter of men.

He has spent the last six years at his job. He knows nothing about his targets 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.

"Synopsis" by ,
When British and American intelligence discover an al Qaeda operation in the works, they enlist undercover imposter Colonel Mike Martin to pass himself off as Taliban commander Izmat Khan. But nothing prepares Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter-or the terrible things he will find there.

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