Deception, blackmail, murder, revenge - these are themes of stories that move from London to the coast of Spain, from Mauritius to Dublin. Whether his subject is assassination by stealth, gun-smuggling or the cruel confidence trick Forsyth is never less than compulsive.
Here are eight stories with the Forsyth touch - a brilliant and original collection by an incomparable craftsman of suspense.
©1972 Frederick Forsyth (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
The original book has 10 stories but here we only get 8. It should really be classed as an abridged book. The two that are missing are "There are no Snakes in Ireland" and "Duty". The former is often cited as the highlight of the book as it won a Edgar Allan Poe Award for best short story and it's really disappointing that it's missing. Why would you omit two of the stories, one of which is supposedly the highlight?
The 8 stories you do get are generally either set in Ireland or are based around a middle/upper class stiff upper lip British businessman/gentry. The latter gets a little bit wearing. The stories themselves are fine with a twist at the end although in a number you could see the twist coming.
Narration is okay although once or twice you could hear the ruffle of pages and it wasn't always obvious when one story ended and the next started.
Not essential Forsyth but any means, more for the completest (although you'll have to track down a paper copy to read the two missing stories!).
"No Comebacks By Frederick Forsyth"
Normally I do not like short stories, however this book is a collection of short stories that go from good to incredible. The Emperor and The Careful Man are stories that make life worth living no matter how rough life is going.
"Some excellent stories"
Some excellent stories. However, this should really come into the Abridged section as having read the original physical book there are at 2 stories missing from the original book, There Are No Snakes in Ireland is one (in my opinion the best from the original book) and Duty. If these were included it would get 5 stars from me.
A couple of stories missing from the audiobook, unexpected from Audible, wasted 1 credit for the month !!
Narrated brilliantly however, no complaints on the author or narrator.
"Not all of the stories in the book are here."
Where was the story-There Are No Snakes in Ireland? It is in my copy of the book but was not on the audio.
"A great short story collection"
I enjoy a good short story and find very few great collections. Here is a great one, with excellent plots and twists. All the tales are good and a couple stand out. 'A Careful Man' and 'The Emperor' are memorable.
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