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The Afghan | [Frederick Forsyth]

The Afghan

When British and US intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation, they're ready for action. But what can they do? They know nothing about the attack, so they plant The Afghan, a prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former commander of the Taliban.
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Publisher's Summary

When British and US intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation, they're ready for action. But what can they do? They know nothing about the attack, so they plant The Afghan, a prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former commander of the Taliban.

©2006 Frederick Forsyth; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Hayley London, London, United Kingdom 15/11/2007
    Hayley London, London, United Kingdom 15/11/2007 Member Since 2007
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    "Review of the Afghan"

    This book was fantastic in many ways. Fast paced, lots of details about the character's history and also the rise of the Taliban and Al Quieda. The narration was excellent and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. The only thing I found disappointing and why I decided to rate it 4 out of 5 stars was the ending. I just felt like after the effort the author had obviously gone to in his research in to the army, MI5 and terrorist groups the ending let the book down a lot. Don't let this discourage you though, it is overall a fabulous and thrilling read, just don't expect a huge climactic ending.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    John LondonUnited Kingdom 12/12/2008
    John LondonUnited Kingdom 12/12/2008
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    "Perfectlycool, London"

    As with all of Mr Forsyth's novels, it is very detailed and assuming (which I do) his research is accurate, informative. The problem is, too many trees and not enough wood for my liking. It kept me interested, but the ending is anticlimactic. The narrator is excellent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Brendan Hayes 26/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my thing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I've read several Forsyth's and enjoyed them all. But this one not. The attention to detail seemed to slow down the story and serve to try and impress the reader at the wonderful depth of research that FF put into the book. I know he's a good thriller writer, but no, this was too contrived for my liking, I'm afraid.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Unrealistic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ben edinburgh, United Kingdom 08/08/2011
    ben edinburgh, United Kingdom 08/08/2011
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    "Afghantastic"

    Whilst I consider Forsyth a guilty pleasure, no doubt my own pathetic snobbery this novel as with most of his others reels you in and makes you accept his world entirely from its smallest details to the larger world view it extends. An excellent example of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurence PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom 05/04/2011
    Laurence PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom 05/04/2011
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    "A masterly performance"

    Frederick Forsyth has taken great pains to ensure that his plot details are both convincing and based on fact. A magnificent construction and those that claim the ending was disappointing were clearly not in tune with the many hints that Mr Forsyth had given through this compelling narrative. Indeed not all the work of the special services is a boy's own adventure wreathed in success. Some men are lost failing to get very far and some are lost after the mission has been accomplished.
    The narration was excellent and the read most compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Brentford, Middlesex, United Kingdom 16/09/2010
    Ian Brentford, Middlesex, United Kingdom 16/09/2010
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    "not the best ending?"

    I still give this book 5 stars despite the lacklustre ending. A superbly narrated and an incredibly detailed book. No doubt the author knows his stuff however I found the ending to be a touch disappointing almost like a firework display when you anticipate the great big finale and it fizzles out. Nonetheless, this is a great book that the narrator brings to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Stockbridge, United Kingdom 19/03/2010
    Philip Stockbridge, United Kingdom 19/03/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "Absorbing, Brilliant and well informed."

    Frederick Forsyth is accepted as being one of the best, but he maintains his standard in this work. It's interesting, credible and well constructed. Worth every penny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • George Johnson
    Blackburn, Australia
    05/04/13
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    If you could sum up The Afghan in three words, what would they be?

    Totally believable account.


    What other book might you compare The Afghan to and why?

    The Fist of God. Because The Afghan is a follow on from it.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Brilliant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, except, I could not stop listening to it. I have read the book three times already.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read every one of Frederick Forsyth books at least three times each, and I still enjoy them immensely. What a brilliant entertainer. Thank you very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vico Morcote, Switzerland
    08/02/12
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    "Frederick Forsyth at his best."
    Where does The Afghan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a lover of these types of stories, I have found his book not just an entertaining story but also a very useful insight into some of the political background which has caused many of today's problems. This book ranks in my personal top 10 books ever.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rajesh
    Johanneburg, South Africa
    20/11/07
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    "Ordinary"

    This is an ordinary book. It becomes more ordinary when we compare it to The Day of the Jackal or The Odessa File. I felt the research on Afghanistan was incomplete. The story had rings of newspaper clipping based research to it. I do not think Mr. Frosyth is comfortable with history and characters from that part of the world. The plot is surprisingly mediocre. The characters are shallow.
    He should stick to writing books set in Europe and plots from that part of the world or use his African experience which would be terribly outdated by now to come up with a story from that part.
    Do not bother with this….I do not want you to form a bad opinion about this author. His next book will be better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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