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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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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.

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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.

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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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Entertaining and great detailed fun !

Entertaining and great detailed fun, the narrator constantly keeps your attention and interest. Driving and listening to this story was addictive.

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Worth persevering

Technical and very detailed in parts. I learned a lot about Afghan fighters and fundamentalists. Felt bogged down in parts but finally a believable and exciting ending resulted

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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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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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Fizzled Out!

Detailed and, in part, informative but I found myself feeling we were being bogged down with too much detail and it was difficult to keep track of the various characters whilst attempting to follow the various complex strands of the storyline. I kept having to re listen to sections. The finale was a long time coming and just seemed to fizzle out! The most annoying part for me was the very poor pronunciation of the various Scottish place names - the narrator surely could have done his research and at least tried say the place names correctly. Otherwise, he was good. All in all though - not the best book I have listened to.

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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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  • Robert H. Dey
  • 15-09-21

Good read but confusing when simultaneously reading and listening the book.

Steven Crossley’s narration is excellent.

While Forsyth’s is not his best work, the book delivers a relatable account why we are currently facing the time bomb that is Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

What I found annoying was when reading the physical book while listening to Steven Crossley narrate. Why do chapters breaks in the Audible version not correlate to the actual book? It made locating the same sentence/ page in one version difficult to finding the same point in the other version. Frustrating!!

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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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  • 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.

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