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A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue
Frederick Forsyth is the author of ten bestselling novels- The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fourth Protocol, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon and Avenger.His other works include The Biafra Story, The Shepherd; two short story collections, No Comebacks and The Veteran; and a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom of Manhattan. He has also compiled an anthology of flying tales, Great Flying Stories, which includes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Roald Dahl, Len Deighton and H.G. Wells.He lives in Hertfordshire, England.
Someone has to infiltrate al Qaeda-if not Taliban commander Izmat Khan, longtime prisoner at the notorious Guant namo Bay prison, then Col. Mike Martin, who will pretend that he's "the Afghan." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Forsyth writes as if preparing for the movie or television miniseries he knows will surely follow. His multiple focus in terms of characters and settings makes for thrilling cinema and engrossing reading, but in an audio version, a global smattering of Afghani, Arabic, Pakistani, British, Indonesian and other names can cause a bout of verbal vertigo. Wise listeners will replay the first CD or at least part of it. Once the characters, ships and locales are in place, the narrative is much easier to follow, despite Forsyth's love of minutiae. Powell plods through the novel with all the enthusiasm of a distracted Oxbridge tutor. His presentation is careful and eloquent but ultimately dull. He doesn't understand the nuances of most accents, including those of the Americans, all of whom have gruff voices. Powell does best with his performance of Colonel Mike Martin, the reluctant hero of this tale. The action, when it comes, is too little and too late to hold one's attention on audio. Powell's lethargic pace inflates this particular flaw in Forsyth's novel. It would be better to read the print version or wait for the film. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, June 5). (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Forsyth's storytelling mastery goes from strength to strength. Don't ever imagine that you know what's going to happen next" * Mirror * "Forsyth on top form...the master storyteller has lost none of his touch" * Daily Mail * "Vintage Forsyth...Back doing what he does best" * Sunday Times * "Highly readable and with that trademark of impressive detail" * Mail on Sunday * "Exciting, frightening, instructive." * Literary Review *