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“The Afghan” By Frederick Forsyth Sizzles With Excitement

March 6, 2009

In search of a fast-paced weekend read with international intrigue written by a much-respected writer?


It is clear that Frederick Forsyth is one of the most capable writers of the international thriller.  Using a craftsman style of writing, with detail and precision,  Forsyth weaves a tale of  terrorism and world events into a fast-paced and energetic read in “The Afghan”.   The setting is post 9/11, and though the book was published in 2006, there is no lack of timeliness and punch.

I very much enjoyed the weaving of recent history into the narrative, and the ability of Forsyth to write as if these events had just been reported on the radio.  That style of freshness and immediacy with writing is somehting  I much enjoy.

This was one of the books that has lasted on my ‘to read shelf’  for far too long.   I had saved this book by one of the masters of the genre for a time when I was really in need of an international epic type read.  “The Afghan” did not disappoint.

In Forsyth’s latest novel, British and American intelligence forces learn of an impending al-Qaeda terrorist strike. However, they don’t know exactly when or where the strike will take place. Their solution: to have one of their own officers infiltrate the terrorist group, posing as one of its own. It’s an inventive story, and Forsyth spins it eloquently and with enough nail-biting suspense to leave readers’ fingertips raw. One of the masters of the political thriller, Forsythwrites with a bare-bones, reportorial style that makes his stories feel as realistic as anything one might read in the daily newspaper. He set the standard for political thrillers with 1971’s Day of the Jackal, and, although he has myriad competitors today, no one else has managed to make the very flatness of the documentarian’s style an effective instrument for generating tension.

  1. June 1, 2009 7:18 AM

    I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while now. It’s been lying on the shelf for over a month.

  2. C.M.Calvert permalink
    April 5, 2009 3:35 AM

    ~This book , obviously well researched, but like other fiction makes a mistake in technical information. It is impossible for a wrench , or any other tool to fall into the intake of a jet engine while in flight . The only way this could happen is if someone actually threw the tool into the engine !!!!!!! From this point of view it took away some of the drama for me

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