During those fateful weeks before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, a fragment of radio intercept had referred to Qubth-ut-Allah, a devastating secret weapon that could rain death and destruction on the Allied forces. Despite Allied scepticism, Major Mike Martin, an SAS man who can pass as an Arab, is sent into Kuwait to assess Iraqi strength and help the resistance.
What he discovers there takes him into the heart of Baghdad, where he is to 'run' the Iraqi spy known as Jericho, the sleeper who might be prepared to provide vital information for money. It is a highly dangerous operation, the results of which cause the Allies to delay their ground assault for four days - while Martin parachutes into the Iraqi mountains on the most hazardous mission of his life: to find and destory Qubth-ut-Allah - the Fist of God.
©2011 Frederick Forsyth (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
I read this as I had heard of Mr Forsyth before and my downloading this came as a result of 2 things, I had reached my maximum credit overspill and I had read all of the books by Mr Ryan and Mr McNab. I. Saw the running time of this and thought, why not, it had good reviews.
What I found was nothing short of a masterpiece, well written, explains all details as far as Military tech goes, humorous (...an umbrella that sends messages...!) and several plots that overlap and culminate in a final one that I doubt any reader would have predicted. What is totally amazing is the fiction that is so deftly aligned with fact, you cannot tell which is which. The running time, whilst long, kept you hooked the whole time. Whilst the books of Mr McNab and Mr Ryan are action packed, this was too, but involved a master of a plot, to which the 2 SAS men deployed plots that were very easy to follow, having said that, it is easy to see that Mr F seems to have had a distinct influence on these two writers and having not read Any FF books before, can see where. Mk 1 human eyeball etc.
I am now going to read The Afghan and I hope that it is as good as this, if anyone reading this can recommend another FF book, I would be very grateful.
Quite simply, having read some great books by AM and CR, such as The Watchman, Tenth Man Down and pretty much all of McNabs (except perhaps Aggressor and Deep Black) this could well be the best book I have read.
The narrators don't get said much in reviews and I thought him very stuffy to begin, but as the story went on, he emerged as a fantastic compliment to this great book. Witty, where he needed to be, and serious where required. When you begin, you wouldn't think that this narrator could be capable of making you laugh out loud but he does, several times.
Listen out for the part where the Soviet neighbour is "questioned" and where the MIMI question the Soviet's handyman. Brilliant.
The Frederick Forsyth mixture-as-before, served ice-cold, well-garnished and brimming over. Contains complete detailed instructions for refuelling a Boeing F-15 Eagle in-flight, seducing a prim Viennese spinster in order to burgle her employer, teaching college students to blow up an Iraqi patrol with semtex, keeping your boss happy when it's Saddam Hussein, separating uranium isotopes without anyone finding out, torturing someone to death in a well-equipped interrogation centre, contacting a top-level mole in Baghdad, searching a Middle Eastern mountain range for a concealed WMD, and pronouncing "Allah" with a convincing Arab accent. Obsessively authentic on all these essential skills, with the possible exception of the last.
As usual, Mr Forsyth's research is extremely good and he builds a credible set of circumstances round a fascinating story. The clues are there to give you some idea of which characters are responsible, but you have to listen hard and follow the action; thank goodness you can rewind! I'm no expert, but he portrays what it may have been like serving a tyrant. Worth every penny for a great story. Slightly less impressed by the narration, so all the stars are for the author.
I read the book originally and loved it. I bought the audiobook about a year ago and have just finished listening to it again for the second time. I normally have a low boredom threshold but this story has excellent pace and clever plot making this a real page turner (or whatever the audio equivalent is). I found the narration excellent although some of the pauses especially at the beginning and end of chapters had me looking to see if I had hit pause by mistake, but this didn't detract from my enjoyment of it. Overall, this is an outstanding Audiobook.
This should be a school text. Well written, excellent story and a frightening insight to the depths men will go to and the heights others achieve.
I found this Forsyth harder to follow than others and was surprised by how sexually graphic some parts were, overall not as enjoyable as others but still decent
"Reader's halting style detracts..."
The narrators has a pleasant voice but his halting style continually detracts from the content or loses the point.
A good book that perhaps should have been great. In my view its length counted against it. Forsyth simply doesn't write bad books or even mediocre ones; this is simply to detailed but unquestionably worth a listen
"One of his best"
Absolutely! I also have the abridged version (on CD) and thought that was good but the 'full' version is even better. Gripping to the end.
Frederick Forsyth gives so much detail and it really makes the story interesting and gripping.
It's hard to single out one scene because they all interweave to create the whole picture.
How and why Iraq lost the Gulf War.
The narrator was just perfect too. His voice, his understanding of what he was reading and the emphasis on certain parts of the book made this a pleasure to listen to.
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