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The fourth protocol

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  19,081 ratings  ·  145 reviews
It is a time of political unrest in GreatBritain. And behind the Iron Curtain an insidious plotis being hatched, a plan so incendiary that eventhe KGB is ignorant of itsexistence--Aurora, the sinister brainchild of two of theworld's most dangerous men: the general secretaryof the Soviet Union and master spy KimPhilby.

The wheels are in motion, the pawnsare in place, and the
Broché, 528 pages
Published August 1st 1985 by Bantam Books (Mm) (first published 1984)
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Frederick Forsyth is one of my all time favorite novelists and my favorite of all "spy novelists". The Fourth Protocol is my favorite spy novel of all time. It definitely falls into the "Commando Spy" category but is far better written than most.

I love spy novels of most types and the Commando spy novels (of which I refer to the 007 novels as) are particular favorites of mine but I also like the more behind the curtains novels that LeCarre writes. This book of Forsyth's is a fantastic cross b
Simply fantastic - I had been recommended this book and finally got round to reading it and I wished I hadn't waited that long (Sorry Dan!). Frederick Forsyth has such a great style of writing with such attention to detail that you can visualise the scenes in your head and are almost there in the room with the characters. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Trust a master story teller to write an epic! I can't even begin to imagine the kind of research required for writing a novel like this. Immensely eventful. gripping and a complete page turner. This kind of a story and plot demands extreme craft over the topics like politics, international relations, covert operations and government administration. Something as simple as how to make a bomb stretches for 4-5 pages. May be called overtly descriptive, but somehow fits into this novel's style and ge ...more
Jim Puskas
This is Forsythe's most successful book about the Cold War. His research into the inner workings of the Soviet goverment was so astonishingly detailed and accurate that he came under the attention of the CIA! This book included several of the most intriguing and fully developed characters that Forsythe ever created. A terrific read which was regrettably made into a movie that managed to leave out all of the romance and subtlety of the book and dull the edges of the story. Forget about the film, ...more
Marc Maitland
Since I had seen the film countless times, I read the book with eager anticipation. The book is a FAR more finely-woven plot than could ever be accommodated within the space of a 90-minute film, and therefore FAR more satisfying. The wealth of detail offered by Mr. Forsyth is an educational experience, whether the sections and sub-sections of the secret services, or the S.A.S. Regiment, but best of all the pin-prick analysis of the 1980s' Labour Party is wonderful to behold. The involvement of t ...more
Love this stuff and Love Frederick Forsyth. Eons ago, when I lived in Poland and was starved for reading material, I picked up one of his books called "Icon". Cool Cold War spy stuff. Nothing too Tom Clancy, with way too much technical information. Nope, this book is just chock-a-block with...meetings! No lie, but seriously, it's really great. Mostly British MI5 and MI6 versus KGB intelligence. Counterintelligence. Detective work that spans the globe. Not a lot of shoot-em-ups. Just burn
Terry Wilkes
The grand daddy of nuclear thrillers, this book has been so influential its plot has formed the basis of everything from James Bond films (Octopussy is essentially a rewrite) through to 24 and on to hundreds of ebooks from wannabe thriller kings.
Forsyth's writing is less crisp here than in some of his other works (such as The Day of the Jackal or Where Eagles Dare) but still masterful.
Well worth a read; there's a reason this book has been copied so much.
Ben B
I have probably read this book cover-to-cover a dozen times, and have read selected chapters many more. The characters are well drawn, the story is well told, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of the most fun spy novels of all time.
Durgasankar Bussetti
Finally completed the book 3 years after buying it. A typical Forsyth style. But this is more inclined politically. A book that kept me awake to finish it off after many years....One shouldn't miss it, if u like forsyth style...
Helena Sheridan
Now this is my kind of genre. An intelligent read, that subtly and cleverly brought you unwittingly to its hidden surprises. An author that respects their reader.
Vicki Elia
In 1984, an unwitting thief sets off a chain of high-espionage between Great Britain and Russia. MI-5 Agent John Preston, a talented but shunned member of the service, finds conspiracy, double-twists and double-agents that could bring the world to it's knees. Built on the foundation of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and the long-term existence of the Cold War beyond the 1960's, the spy v. spy action is consuming, believable, and as fast as a run-away train. For some characters, the reader is n ...more
This is my first British-style spy thriller, and I have to say it stacks up pretty darned good next to the American equivalent. There are no Mary Sue characters, no great intuitive leaps of logic, no silly foolishness from the Bad Guys, and only a smidgeon of authorial politics coming into it. However, it does make me sad to see that every author of this sort of stuff that I've come across is Right Wing to some extent or another. I wonder what a Left Wing spy thriller would look like, and I wond ...more
Extremely engrossing. Meticulously researched. Spine-tickling twists. Gem of a story telling.
Ending could have been better.
4.5 out of 5 stars!
Instead of the usual comments on the story I am going to have a bit of a rant here.
Frederick Forsyth appears to consider females as irrelevant. As a female this really bugged me.
The few females that appear in the book, with the exception of the mention of Maggie Thatcher (but who doesn't actually appear as a character in the book), are in periphery roles such as wives of the main characters, and even then the appearance in the role of wife is brief and almost invisible. Even in one of the few mo
Said Al-Maskery
Well done! A very well thought and written novel. I enjoyed every page of it, but the ending was quick and expected.
Vadassery Thaiparambil Rakesh
I think the book could have been a bit shorter to make it a block buster, which even otherwise it is. But if it had not carried the name Forsyth, many would have quit during the first 100 pages. But the latter part is just superb and covering the minutest detail with twists and turns. The hallmark of a master story teller is evident very much during the ending stages.
Early in this book i thought it was looking like a weak effort. The story,characters,the the realistic writing style made it in the end a taut,gripping tale by a master of International espinage.

I enjoyed it mostly because it was a very believable look in the world of spooks.
Having read the Dogs of War, I think this book rates a little below that one. Don't think the Fourth Protocol is bad, I just didn't like it as much as other works by Forsyth. As usual, an incredible amount of detail on various agencies, roads, and weapons is added in, and has the impression of being realisitc, even if it is not. Hopefully this is not a spoiler, but what sort of annoyed me was that, as advertised on the cover, the book was about an attempted Soviet coup in the United Kingdom, how ...more
Steve Cunningham
Came to the book via the Commodore 64 game. The first politically-based book I ever read. Game changer, no more dragons for me after this. I was in.
Vijayamanikandan R
Frederick Forsyth at his best. It was an amazing read. It brought back the chilling Soviet maneuvers that were aimed at shadowing their downfall.
one of the best from Frederick Forsyth!
towards the end, he just runs a high-adrenaline film in front of your eyes...
A terrific book. The film, starring Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan (as the bad guy) is fantastic as well.
Amith Raravi
Forsyth's legendary research can be seen in all its glory.. His best in my opinion..
Nick Moore
Quite the page turner, love the 1980s setting and lots of cleverness.

ticked all my boxes for cold war espionage fiction. an excellent read.
Rupesh Goenka
A descriptive well written British Spy thriller.. Absolutely Super Fantastic!!
Sloane Berrent
Master spy book author. Learned so much about history while reading this.
Scott Holstad
This is one of the best spy/thriller books I've ever read. I tend to love most Forsyth books, although they can get bogged down in detail at times, and this one didn't disappoint. It's about British spy John Preston and his search for a Russian spy intent upon bringing down the British Empire circa early 80s. This operation is so secretive, even the KGB doesn't know about it. It's spy vs spy at its best and while there's practically no gun play in the book, it's a real page turner. It's fascinat ...more
Hakim Ladha
One of the best books of Frederick Forsyth I have read till date.
Awesome again Forsyth! Lots of suspense when I read this one as well!
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Frederick Forsyth, CBE (born 25 August 1938) is an English author and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, and recently The Cobra and The Kill List.

The son of a furrier, he was born in Ashford, Kent, educ
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