When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they are primed for action -- but what can they do? They know. When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize--but to do what?. the afghan (pdf) by frederick forsyth (ebook). A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue. T he Day of the Jackal, The Dogs.
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Apr 17, Ian Mapp rated it did not like it. In an try and stave off catastrophe, the intelligence corporations will try and do what nobody has ever performed before-pass off a Westerner as an Arab between Arabs-pass off Martin because the depended on Khan. Unlike most reviewers I've encountered online, I really enjoyed this book. Towards the later half, especially, the storyline becomes too artificial and even abrupt at times. I think this was the first Forsyth I've read so far , and I enjoyed it. WordPress Themes by Web-Dorado.
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Oct 30, David J. Any writers circle wanting an illustration of how not to write a thriller. 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. Th 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 is an adventure story that makes a thrilling sequence read like the legal column in a heavyweight broadsheet newspaper. It looks like one he was reluctantly arm-twisted by his publisher into writing - a book that he didn't want to bother with but which would make a bob or two for the publisher.
Steal it if you must, but for pity's sake don't spend money on it. View 1 comment. Died in the wool Forsyth fans, Clancy fans, spy story fans. 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 the information was interesting but very little was new. I admit I did finish the book but I was on a cross-country flight with two boring movies. I did want to find out what happened but the price was high. The ending is almost anti-climactic and not very believable.
There is a huge hole in the plot that isn't noticeable until close to the end of the book. It's been a while since I've picked up a Forsyth "thriller". It will be a while before I do so again. View all 3 comments. 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..
View 2 comments. It cannot be that a piece from the master be anything short of a masterpiece? May 03, Ramakrishnan M rated it liked it. 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. You can always find very detailed, intricate details of missiles, military organizations, etc. 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 s I am reading a Forsyth novel after long time. I am not sure about the rest — however you have to admit that he knows how to spin an entertaining tale. To dig the true details, a British SAS officer is sent deep under cover. Overall, the book is not a bad read. However, other Forsyth fans will strongly agree with me that this is not his best book. Towards the later half, especially, the storyline becomes too artificial and even abrupt at times.
Those who have never read Forsyth may still enjoy it, but the old fans will feel a wee bit let-down. 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 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 the likelihood of the central character - Mike Martin - to pass himself of as a a Pashtun speaking Afghan in order to infiltrate the AQ network, notwithstanding his 25 years of service as a special forces soldier.
The plot has sufficient twists and turns to maintain interest without being too predicatable. A book one could easily read in one sitting or equally pick up and put down over time. Mar 30, Scott Holstad rated it really liked it.
Unlike most reviewers I've encountered online, I really enjoyed this book. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I really wasn't disappointed. The questions are what, when, and where? Several people are brought in to do something about it and only Unlike most reviewers I've encountered online, I really enjoyed this book.
Several people are brought in to do something about it and only a few people in both governments know about it. Mike Martin is a retired British paratrooper colonel who has olive skin and grew up in Iraq before moving to Britain. He's recruited to become "the Afghan. Martin is going to become this man.
A fake trial is put together where it's announced the Taliban leader is being let go and is being handed over to the Afghan government. There, Martin, as the Afghan, "escapes" and makes his was to Pakistan, where he finds help in getting back with the Al-Qaeda forces to fight against the West. Now, the plot was tiresome at times in going over the back story leading up to this. We have to wade through pages of Martin learning Pushtan he already speaks Arabic , of his learning the Koran, of his learning how to pray properly so he won't trip up and expose himself.
The book drags here. And frankly, it drags most of the way through, as it's bogged down with detail. Now I like detail, so I actually appreciated it, for the most part, and I think this is what many reviewers had problems with. Still, it was cumbersome, so I've lowered my rating from five to four stars. Along the way, Martin is connected with Al-Qaeda, who interrogates him to ensure he's really who he claims to be, complete with a scar of his thigh that he had to have made by a CIA doctor.
Hints at what the big surprise will be come halfway through the book, as we discover Al-Qaeda operatives researching shipping companies to find a large boat big enough to transport a lot of "goods" from Asia to America. It's pretty easy to guess it won't be a load of silks. But what will it be?
When the authorities discover it's coming on a boat, but don't know what or where, they start scanning the ocean and boarding boats, first large, and then smaller. They are operating under the assumption that it's a tanker that's going to be sunk in a canal to demolish things economically by blocking shipping traffic for months. When they realize that's not going to be it, they move on to plan B.
Now, I'm not going to give away the ending, but I will say it's somewhat anticlimactic. I thought with everything leading up to it, it'd be bigger, bolder, brighter, more extreme. Instead it was largely docile. Oh well. Really, not a bad book. I read it in less than a day, so it's a quick, easy read.
If you can get over extreme detail, I certainly recommend it. I found it fairly compelling. Apr 17, Ian Mapp rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 hope of thwarting an unknown major attack, which is cleverly not revealed until almost the end of the book.
This raises the tension but we have some complete bollocks to get through first. First off, the fact that the two men have met in the afghan-russian war is coincidental enough and I will just about forgive this but how about this The real afghan is being kept prisoner in a remote woodland shack in the rockies.
He escapes for no real plot reason, as he is killed just as he makes a call to Head Office just across the canadian border but guess how he escapes? A war plan crashes, loses its engine, which lands and demolishes just enough of a hole in the wall for him to make good his escape. I had to write in the margin! And the plot - AQ have a tanker that they are going to blow up next to the G8 summit on the queen mary.
In rather a downbeat ending - the sas man sacrifises himself for the sake of others. Not sure I will go for this sort of actioneer again.
It was Ok but adds nothing to literature. Nov 06, Doug Clark rated it liked it. 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 the Afghan and Mike Martin, who impersonates the Afghan, Forsyth seems to lose track of the importance of the action needed to carry forward the plot. And the plot is a good one. I wish there had been more to the actual storyline. In the end, I will recommend the novel, but with a note of caution. There is a lot of backstory and details to wade through before the plot really gets going.
Apr 09, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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 I think this was the first Forsyth I've read so far , and I enjoyed it. 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 This was a perfect read between too many cozy mysteries.
And now I still crave for something stronger, perhaps a nice, old skool Ludlum next. Action is good. It will take quite a bit of work to prepare Mike to know all the details about Pashtun, the people, habits, and language of The Afghan. After they have trained him, they need to switch him with Izmat, and then he'll still have to pass every test by any AQ or Afghan he'll see on mission People who are interested in middleast political situation; suspense lovers; pro-americans;.
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 Though all the book is rather moderately paced, it engages you from beginning till the very last page. Interestingly, while it certainly is not a book, which spreads any positive ideas about muslim fundamentalists, it definitely helps to understand, and sometimes even to feel pity, how most of them were pushed into hate and radicalism, or simply didn't had a chance to evade it.
May 24, Lewis Weinstein rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Oct 10, Dave Bones rated it it was ok. Freddies Al Qaeda wank fantasy. Quite readable.
Bit silly but good. 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.
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.
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