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The Kill List Hardcover – August 20, 2013
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You don't read Forsyth novels for lush description or depth of the character development. Basically, you read them for plot. Forsyth is a pro at laying out exciting but credible high action narratives, based on the most recent of events and thus exceedingly relevant. He's an info wonk who knows and can explicate, without excess verbiage, the details that lend credence to his sometimes exceedingly complicated stories: in this current one, the technology of modern long distance spying, the ins and outs of politics (national and international), what to do if you forced to negotiate with Somali pirates, how to carry off a successful high risk "black op" while keeping it well below the radar screen.
Forsyth is a bare bones, no nonsense kind of writer who tells you only as much about his protagonists as you need in order to understand what they're doing and why they did it. He's not all that interested in local color but a fair amount of it still appears in his novels any way because his plots move across colorful and often dangerous terrains.
Kill List is about the hunt for an Arab terrorist, named the "Preacher," who has been inciting young Muslims in the United States and Britain to commit random individual acts of terrorism.Read more ›
In this novel we meet the 'Tracker', a soldier who specializes in finding murderers and terrorists. He works for a secret branch in the US. He is given an order to find and eliminate the 'Preacher', a Jidahist who is so fluent and mesmerizing that his followers become killers. We go from the US to Somalia, to Israel, London and many places in-between. All the time we are fastened to our seats, we never know what will occur next. However, the story is methodical as is Forsyth's wont. Good and evil and only the good survive. Side stories give us a glimpse into the lives of those we meet, but the main goal is to get the'Preacher'. We find out how and why this man, the 'Preacher' was born,and what made him a killer. Each page is filled with so much information and detail,you must keep alert. This is a real spy/thriller novel, and one to be considered one of Forsyth's best.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 08-10-13
"Kill List' is nowhere near as good as "Jackal," but it is a solid book. The story moves precisely along, with very few action sequences, but lots of behind the scenes manipulations. Sometimes it reads like a chess match and because of this the book isn't very exciting. As a matter of fact, it's kind of dull. I tolerated the dullness because the book was only 330 pages long, but if it went on much longer I would've skimmed. None of the characters has much, if any, personality. The ending is kind of a letdown as well...
It's a good thriller for someone with a heart condition that shouldn't be exacerbated.
In THE KILL LIST, we follow The Tracker aka Colonel Christopher "Kit" Carson as he organizes a highly secret search to find and kill a person known as The Preacher. This individual has placed on the internet videos of himself encouraging the faithful to kill one important person in their community then die themselves. His perfect English motivates multiple young Arabs to commit murder in the US and Great Britain. In an effort to silence him, The Tracker utilizes everything at his disposal in an effort to find this elusive criminal and terminate him. What he has to utilize is considerable including the CIA and multiple special ops including those of Britain and Israel. In a very matter of fact way, Frederick Forsyth describes how the mission progresses in tedious tradecraft detail.
There is so much technical detail in this `novel' that the reader might feel more like they are reading a covert ops journal. There is virtually no character development or sympathetic characters of any kind. There is little suspense as we are left to little doubt as to the final outcome of this tedious overwrought `novel'. Read a nonfiction work if you are interested in the technique of tracking terrorists. Avoid this one.
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Maybe not Forsyth's best but very good never-the-less. Remarkably creative development of the story. Very topical.Published 7 days ago by David W. Schlendorf
Forsyth delivers another fast paced and interesting story. It involves current events and is centered around a believable main character.Published 26 days ago by Douglas Gould
I started reading this book as a work of fiction but as the plot unfolds I am realizing that this is the current model of Terrorism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacob Matthew
Great read so appropriate considering the world today. Always enjoy Forsyth and his story telling. Looking forward to his next bookPublished 2 months ago by Derek A. Jackson
One Hell of a Story. Talk about a timely novel, ie crazy Muslim terrorist on the web motivating lone wolf young men to do kill in Britain and the US, and the good guys going to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A Southern Reader
I love the way the author mixes real information in fiction and keeps you captivated throughout. Not as great as his earlier works but still worth a read. Finished it in 2 days.Published 2 months ago by Adi