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Frederick Forsyth returns, after seven years, with a sensational new action thriller
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 collected together 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.
Colin Dexter is a small-town lawyer whose life has been devastated by tragedy-his daughter was murdered by kidnappers and his wife committed suicide. He responded by dedicating himself to avenging crimes. An idealistic young man has recently been killed by a Serbian warlord, who then disappeared. Though Dexter has retired from his life as an "Avenger," he is hired to find the warlord and bring him back. Dexter was never a killer; he has always brought criminals to justice alive. A combat veteran and highly decorated "tunnel rat" in Vietnam, he may be over 50, but he is a triathlete and is in excellent shape for the mission. Forsyth's books are always compared to his first novel, The Day of the Jackal, and Avenger compares most favorably; gripping, complex, and exciting, this is a well-written and thrilling tale of evil and retribution. Readers may want to compare Forsyth's Colin Dexter to Tom Clancy's John Clark or Lee Child's Jack Reacher, but Dexter stands firmly on his own. Recommended for all fiction collections.-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Conger's coldly precise narration complements the riveting prologue to Forsyth's latest thriller, which describes the ghastly murder of a young aid worker in 1995 Bosnia; however, his impersonal approach isn't as effective during the exposition-laden first half. This plodding segment consists of an excessively detailed search for the killer, interspersed with lengthy segments describing protagonist Calvin Dexter's background, from his inception and eventual service in Vietnam to his public career as a New Jersey attorney with a sub-rosa practice as Avenger, an astonishingly capable righter of wrongs. Forsyth's considerable fan base may relish the hours devoted to the warm-up, but less patient listeners will be tempted to fast forward to the novel's second half, when Avenger is hired to find and capture Zoran Zilic, a Serbian criminal ensconced beyond the reach of free world law enforcement. Once Dexter locates Zilic's seemingly impenetrable lair, both author and reader quicken their pace. Grueling physical challenges, chilling escapes, a splendid final surprise and a plot development involving none other than Osama bin Laden compensate for the novel's less-than-thrilling early padding. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's/Dunne hardcover (Forecasts, July 28). (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"'Orchestrated into a steady ratcheting-up of tension that pays great dividends'" * Sunday Express * "'Forsyth's storytelling mastery goes from strength to strength. Don't imagine you know what's going to happen next. Forsyth delivers a brilliant finale and a twist that'll make your head spin'" * The Mirror * "'Highly readable and with that trademark of impressive detail'" * Mail on Sunday * "'This action-injected tale races from Vietnam to Bosnia to Washington and on to the jungles of Central America with a taut showdown and an ingenious twist at the end'" * Daily Mail *