The kidnapping of a young man on a country road in Oxfordshire is but the first brutal step in a ruthless plan to force the President of the United States out of office. If it succeeds, he will be psychologically and emotionally destroyed. Only one man can stop it - Quinn, the world's foremost Negotiator, who must bargain for the life of an innocent man, unaware that ransom was never the kidnapper's real objective...
The Negotiator unfolds with the spellbinding excitement, unceasing surprise and riveting detail that are the hallmarks of Frederick Forsyth, the master storyteller.
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It's an auditory equivalent of a Liam
Neeson fast moving thriller. Lose yourself in the action, the equivative backdrops and the likeable hero.
Hmmmm...... What to say?
Good solid thriller, well researched, mostly credible. Ideal sun-lounger/driving to work/walking the dog material. Forsyth is sometimes a little pompous but never dull.
The accents. Mr. Pacey has a good voice for audiobooks and yet the accents (especially the Americans) tend to wander off-piste somewhat. Whitehouse staff apparently talk like 1920's Gangsters or Appalachian hillbillies; Females suffer even more. I would prefer a book that was read as neutrally as possible, rather than acted.
The most interesting was the background plot. The whole kidnapping story however was plodding, too long and tedious.
Good character enhancement
The book's ok, but not one of Frederick Forsyth's best efforts
I had never read or listened to a FF novel before the Negotiator so didn't really know what to expect, so this really surpassed my expectations. I find that a lot of modern novels are too graphic or violent with excessive bad language, this story manages to keep all of these elements to an acceptable level. Narrator also excellent.
Most of the author’s books I’ve read/listened to have been engrossing and the voluminous descriptive stuff has added to the authenticity of the story. However, in this book the narrative dragged in places and the details sometimes felt like padding. It’s a complicated story, particularly at the beginning, but it does come hurriedly together towards the end. The best part is the middle third as the negotiator and kidnappers play cat and mouse with tension mounting until the kidnap ends. The remaining third of the book, involving the negotiator tracking down the kidnappers, is too long-drawn out and somewhat repetitive.
Steven Pacey is a good narrator but I have a preference for David Rintoul reading this author's books.
leaves you with a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye. ..and unlike his usual books. ...a smile on your face
I was gripped by this book and kept listening into the small hours as well as the journey to work. Excellent characterisation brought vividly to life by possibly the best narrator of audio books.
"More "novely" than some of his other books"
Excellent writing as always from Forsyth. Detailed descriptions of real world politics and spycraft as background to a believable fiction. I think this was written to please more of a US audience, with an American lone wolf protagonist and a more standard fiction formula than Jackal and some other earlier work. Still we'll worth the listen! Oh and all the other books I've heard have been read by David Rintoul who is a master actor. At first the recording quality and new actor put me off, but after a while he grew on me, and his range of completely different character voices is amazing!
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