The Afghan

The Afghan A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue T he Day of the Jackal The Dogs of War The Odessa File the books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the inter

  • Title: The Afghan
  • Author: Frederick Forsyth
  • ISBN: 9780399153945
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue T he 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 waA chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue T he 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 Guant namo 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.

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    1. You don't read Forsyth for the dialogue or the narrative style - you read him for twisty, page-turning plot and for know-how. This one, I have to admit, kept me turning the pages, but I found precious little new in the know-how. Forysth's dialogue is wooden at best. In this one, he handles dialogue by mostly omitting it altogether. When he does break his long, grey, heavy paragraphs for a line of dialogue, it's not wooden any more - it's like lead.Much the same goes for the narrative style. This [...]

    2. I have always felt Forsyth's "Day of the Jackal" was one of the best suspense/thrillers, I've ever read.How far the mighty have fallen. In what reads like a channeling of Tom Clancy, "The Afghan" goes on and on with details that have little or nothing to do with plot or character development.The actual "story" isn't bad but is dragged down by the constant insertion of irrelevancies and the over-reliance on stereotypical descriptions of both the terrorists and the good guys".To be fair, some of t [...]

    3. The Afghan is my first book of Forsyth. The genre is thriller and I kinda enjoyed reading it Every little details are explained neatly throughout the novel The places which he explained projected in front of my eyes

    4. This was the first time I read a book by Frederick Forsyth and it was not the initiation I was looking forward to. The Afghan as a spy thriller simply does not live upto its genre. The story moves at a slow pace till the final act, when it speeds up somewhat, and the author frequently goes into background mode for each and every event, derailing the pace and development of the plot. 'The Afghan' is a story of a retired British Special Agent, Mike Martin, who is sent on an undercover mission to u [...]

    5. I am reading a Forsyth novel after long time. I felt very nostalgic (such fond memories from school and college days…) as I opened the pages of this thriller. Forsyth has always focused on FACTS, as a friend of mine used to say. You can always find very detailed, intricate details of missiles, military organizations, etc. in his novels. I have seen some debates on the accuracy of his research, though. In this book, I did notice some comments on Kerala that were not completely correct. I am not [...]

    6. I came to this not expecting to enjoy it - something I'm quite used to when reading things with a military theme or connection, where I have a tendency to cringe at the inaccurate references - but Forsyth lived up to his reputation of producing a well-researched story that entertains. Building on a number of contemporary themes, he manages to spin a good yarn, whilst including sufficient factual references to suspend the readers disbelief; the only thing that you might have difficulty with is th [...]

    7. Unlike most reviewers I've encountered online, I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps it's because it's the first Forsyth I've read since Day of the Jackal, I don't know. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I really wasn't disappointed.The plot revolves around British and American intelligence agencies finding out about a super secret Al-Qaeda plot to do something bigger and worse than 9/11. The questions are what, when, and where? Several people are brought in to do something about it and only [...]

    8. I am a huge Forsyth fan, and as such, was eagerly anticipating the reading of The Afghan, Forsyth’s latest thriller. I did enjoy it, but…it just wasn’t as page-turning as many of Forsyth’s earlier works such as The Day of the Jackal or The Dogs of War. Forsyth has clearly done his homework on terrorism, modern technology and intelligence agencies. Unfortunately, the display of that research came at the detriment of the plot and the characters in the plot. In filling in the backstory of t [...]

    9. I think this was the first Forsyth I've read (so far), and I enjoyed it. Definitely a manly style of writing, a bit ludlumesque, but different. The story was told a bit like a documentary, but the biggest difference to most other spy/suspense/thrillers I've read in ages was that there was no hot lady spy and no ladies to rescue. (I'm curious whether the other Forsyth books are like this - in this story any ladies to spy or to rescue would have fit like a pink glamour tracksuit in Afghanistan)Thi [...]

    10. Seduced by Tube Poster advertising.There is a great opening line in this books that sums up the literary content - it goes something along the lines "If he would have known that making the call would have killed him, he wouldnt have. But he didnt. So he did. And it did".I have visions of him sprawled out Little Britain syle on a chaise lounge dictating this rubbish!The story is OK as it goes, in a Tom Clancy boys own way. We have a british SAS man substituted for an Al Queda operative in the hop [...]

    11. Though all the book is rather moderately paced, it engages you from beginning till the very last page. It is a briliantly fulfilled story about an anti-terrorist spec op, preparation to it, infiltration and the result of the whole operation. What was most exciting and intriguing for me, is that this book is written not as a run-and-gun or a typical James Bond style novel, but more like a true event, as fiction intertwines with real facts, real locations, and, sadly, real casualties. Interestingl [...]

    12. There are some powerful story lines and action scenes. There is also a good deal of historical background which slows things down and adds what I thought was unnecessary complexity. Overall a good read.

    13. Reads With the Speed of FGFA !!! After reading 'The Fist Of God',Frederick Forsyth,for me, owns an image of giving a captivating fictional thriller, bolstered by the real details. And again in "The Afghan" , author had given the work that could only be expected from him. The Afghan is an all-guns-and-terror-plots fantasy set slap bang in several parts of the world. As expected, it adds a lethal dose of unreality with an authentic historical set up. What would happen, Forsyth wonders, if Al-Qaeda [...]

    14. This book contained some well researched an incredibly interesting material about Afghanistan and the recent military and religious history of the area. The concept of placing a Western aligned spy into al Qaeda was interesting, quite well thought out and presented.The current brutality, ignorance, greed and mindless stupidity of ISIS was an interesting backdrop while I read this book. The core of the book is that there is a significant al Qaeda attack planned. The governments of the UK and The [...]

    15. I wouldn't rank this in the same league as Forsyth's earlier, first-rate work (e.g The Dogs of War or Day of the Jackal) Still, below-average Frederick Forsyth is better than a lot of espionage thriller writers who are on form.The basic premise of this one is that British and American intelligence services have got wind of a plan for a terrorist attack. They do the near-impossible job of infiltrating an agent into al-Qaeda. For the mission, they choose a former SAS officer who is able to pass as [...]

    16. This is Forsyth all right. When I read Forsyth it's like I read a history book only better. Because then I knew it's not going to come out in any quiz or mid term I enjoy it even more.The story is more or less the same as the Fist of Godwith the same character. But you don't have to read Fist of God in order to understand the character or lose the story. This book provides quite a repetition so for me who have read the Fist of God's a bit boring. You know how Forsyth is with details.I agree with [...]

    17. The story within the book is fascinating and convoluted but Forsyth writes with very little dialogue and long narrative passages that cover vast portions of the story in short order. He gives interesting background and too much background for me. I found myself skipping areas where his narration told me much more than I needed to know to follow the story. If you read to know more about the amazing armaments carried on helicopters, ships and portable weapons, this may be a lot of fun. Michael Mar [...]

    18. I'm normally a fan of Forsyth (The Deceiver was one of the best books I ever read), but this fell short for me. Forsyth usually has a way of describing a character in painstaking detail without distracting from the main story, but he violates this principle in The Afghan. I knew way more than I needed to about each character and after several pages dedicated to their backgrounds, forgot where we were in the main story and where it was going. It's a compelling concept - a westerner infiltrating A [...]

    19. "Денят на Чакала", "Четвъртият протокол", "Кучетата на войната". Все произведения, които оформят сегашният изглед на жанра трилър. Не можете да очаквате от Форсайт страхотен език или интересни диалози, човек го чете заради неочакваните обрати и достоверността, която историит [...]

    20. I have read a Day of the Jackal and must say that "The Afghan" does not entirely live upto the expectation. Although that may sound too harsh, it was a good read. The plot remained as a mystery and the details kept me thinking over and over and how and when. The reference to Al-Isra actually made me intrigued. The book keeps good pace and the switch of events is seamless. Afghan also opens up a lot of questions, specially around those where unknown people have given away there lives to protect c [...]

    21. Forsyth disappoints.This has nothing on "Fist of God".The Afghan relies too much on coincidence and needless subplots that do little to help the flow.The final Al Asra that is hinted at is so ham handed so as not inspire any terror.Col. Mike Martin R.I.Pd with it, hopefully we'll bury the hackneyed snippet found 3 times in 2 novels"To every man upon this earth, death comes soon or lateAnd how can a man die better, than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his Gods [...]

    22. The writing talent of Forsyth is evident here but unfortunately he misses the mark with this novel. He is known for developing a storyline slowly but in this case the story moves just too slow. The first half of the book is spent on character development of the Afghan prisoner who plays no role in the actual terrorist plot. The reader gets a thorough history lesson on armed conflict in Afghanistan but again that is not relevant to what the novel is suppose to be about.

    23. A seemingly well researched story told in an impassionate way, this book could well pass as a report of facts, and so it surely is interesting to read. But only when the man hunt was going on, which was forseeable, did the story kind of catch me and some suspens built up. A question that remained after finishing the book: would an Englishman and an Afghan from the mountains have the same sorts of tooth fillings?

    24. It's a slow burn. The first act is not very far from a history lesson. The pace catches up in the later half of the second act. The author has clearly researched the topic at hand but at the cost of real character development of the protagonist. Was disappointed with the ending. Nevertheless, I give it a decent rating purely on the basis of its third act.

    25. Excellent book! If you like the thriller/espionage genre you will love this book. A real page turner.

    26. The Afghan By Frederick Forsyth Intrigue, tension and deep cover of the protagonist create a story told with no fluff. Reading this novel was like unwinding a ball of yarn trying to get to the end. It is told in a straightforward manner, but it is very informative of the protocol of different agencies in the US and Great Britain and how they work together. I learned a lot about the transfer of information and about the history of Afghanistan and Pakistan -yet in an interesting way that held my i [...]

    27. I have a habit of when at the library picking up books for the kids, I take a quick tour of the Adult Fiction or New shelves and grab something that sounds interesting and that I have not read. This was my latest, having not read a ton of "spy thrillers" but I was definitely entertained by the story. I appreciate Forsyth's interest in detailed background which helps make the story seem that much more lifelike, especially with a timely story that covers terrorism/Afghanistan/Gitmo. Another surpri [...]

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