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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.
©2014 Steven Crossley (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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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
  • 12-12-08

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Well worth a listen

I’ve become a big fan of Frederick Forsyth and this book didn’t disappoint. One thought though: listen to the Fist of God first as that represents an earlier incarnation of a couple of the key characters in The Afghan.

Narration was excellent, by the way. Well worth a listen.

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Difficult to fathom out who's who

Having read several of Frederick Forsyth's before l reallly thought that I would enjoy this from the start but it was taxing to say the least. I found the story line brilliant but it was a mish mash of characters and situations that I found difficult to keep up with.

I nearly gave up on it several times and found myself having to rewind and listen again in hope that it would make sense. Too many characters to firmly nail down that I ended up finishing the book not making any real sense of chunks of it at all.

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the afghan

great book loved it splendid author love his work ready to read the next one

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very enjoyable book

big fan of this book heard it over and over intresting book an wasy lisioning book but a good lision

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Good but overlong

Not a bad story, like all of his books it's very intricate and winding but not as engaging or interesting as his others. Not bad though. Well read. If you want something g better try his earlier ones or icon or fist of god.

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end lacked punch!

enjoyed it, and in keeping with other great detailed reads, but just fizzled out!
still really worth listening to though......

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Good story

Good story with some past characters, believable plot with interesting background information on AQ etc

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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.

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  • George Johnson
  • 05-04-13

The Afghan

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.

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  • Mark
  • 08-02-12

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.

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Rajesh
  • 20-11-07

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