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Firefox (Mitchell Gant #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  4,544 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
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THE MACHINE: The Soviet Mig-31, codenamed Firefox. A thought-controlled, terrifyingly lethal warplane capable of ruling the Western skies.

THE MAN: His name is Gant, an obsessed renegade American pilot. His Control: Kenneth Aubrey of Great Britain. His plan: infiltrate the shadowy worldwide KGB network an

Published January 1st 1982 by Sphere (first published 1977)
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Aug 14, 2011 Christian rated it it was amazing
I remember my birthday in 1982 for 2 main reasons - as a 14 year old I was dismayed to find out that I would have to wait until Christmas to see E.T. - and that the much anticipated 'Firefox' premiere missed my birthday by a month. Then my Father pulled out a surprise present - and encouraged me to take it up the garden to open on my own (usually an indication of it being something my mother would disapprove of). There -
In the dappled sunlight under the willow tree -
I unwrapped Craig Thomas' Fir
Michael Finocchiaro
I was a kid when I read this book and am giving it 4 stars because being a young naïve child of the Cold War, it was exciting and certainly showed us putting on over on the "bad guys". Those to young to remember need to recall this was in the bad old USSR days before Gorby and Glasnost - the time of the show The Americans. I suppose if I reread it now, it would sink into ignominy like the other books I read as a young reactionary WASP growing up in the slowing latinified Miami of the TV show Mia ...more
May 19, 2009 Naja rated it really liked it
Craig Thomas is only scantly mentioned when people talk about the techno-thriller genre, but he definitely should be mentioned along side the likes of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy. Firefox is written in a very particular, almost staccato, style that can be a little hard to follow at first, but it has a way of instilling you with a sense of the frustration the characters are feeling. Well worth a read if you enjoy Cold War era thrillers.
James Norris
The terrifying true story behind a popular web browser.
Michael R.
Aug 18, 2011 Michael R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It must have been the cover that sold me on this book, because it wasn't my usual cup of tea. I was still an Agatha Christie mystery reader for the most part, back then.

But I loved this book. Back when the US was still in the Cold War with the USSR, the idea that Russia had an aircraft so far superior to anything we had or could possibly conceive of, and could blast any plane we had out of the sky... was a scary and realistic thought.

The idea to sneak a pilot into the Russia base, and steal the
Apr 29, 2013 Olethros rated it liked it
-En su estilo y en su tiempo, una pequeña joya. Aunque ha llovido desde entonces.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción (aunque sea por poco).

Lo que nos cuenta. Cuando la URSS desarrolla un cazabombardero invisible al radar, que supera Match 5 y que tiene un sistema de armamento guiado por impulsos neuronales, los servicios de inteligencia occidentales más potentes son conscientes del desequilibrio de fuerzas que supone el nuevo avión y trazan un plan para hacerse con uno de los dos prototipos existentes, i
Bret Kinghorn
May 17, 2017 Bret Kinghorn rated it really liked it
Having seen the movie prior I had some idea about the story line. of course, the movie, while definitely enjoyable, didn't do the book full justice. The character of Gant seemed to be quite flat in the film, while here you felt his emotions more. His troubled past seemed to play a larger role and gave you and insight into how he ticked.
The technical aspect were well done. they were detailed, but not too detailed to the point where a person would be out of their element and become lost or bored
May 10, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Ah this takes me back to my youth (yes I know back in the days when the world was black and white and sepia and scratchy down the edges) but seriously this book has a lot of history with me - back in the early days of my reading I was still exploring what I could read and what I enjoyed reading. - Now my father used to have the Readers Digest condensed editions and I remember flicking through them. They used to have colour pictures in them to entice readers to them and I remember stumbling acros ...more
Oct 04, 2007 Barry rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Probably
This book followed the movie closely, but filled in some gaps that the movie really didn't explain. One of the advantages of a book over a movie is that you often get a better understanding of what is going on. When a movie is filmed the director is concentrating more on the action or the drama and less on what brought the characters to think and act as they do. This gives a book more depth and scope while remaining marketable.
The drawbacks of this story are that it was one of the last movies (t
-En su estilo y en su tiempo, una pequeña joya. Aunque ha llovido desde entonces.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción (aunque sea por poco).

Lo que nos cuenta. Cuando la URSS desarrolla un cazabombardero invisible al radar, que supera Match 5 y que tiene un sistema de armamento guiado por impulsos neuronales, los servicios de inteligencia occidentales más potentes son conscientes del desequilibrio de fuerzas que supone el nuevo avión y trazan un plan para hacerse con uno de los dos prototipos existentes, i
Almustafa Couch
The Cold War did do two good things: one of them was, the advances in adaptive technology, for instance, Wheelchairs and a good background for authors. This is a primary example of the later the later, and a really fun read. With the protagonists being engaged in the subterfuge that leads to the stealing of the MiG 31, with fictional thought control technologies. The action sequences, especially late in the book are not to be dismissed and the final crescendo in the book is exciting, even though ...more
Andy Moss
Dec 16, 2014 Andy Moss rated it it was ok
10p from a second hand shop ! Donna Tartt mentioned she was reading one of his books when she was on tour (to a somewhat confused silence).

Probably better known as a film - the second book was a result of the film rather than book sales. Efficient thriller although it is now showing its age (there is only one computer in Russia and a lot of squabbling over who is going to use it). The main character is the best pilot out there, and if you forget it don’t worry, it will be mentioned again and aga
Feb 24, 2011 Germancho rated it it was ok
Daaamn, this is the first book that I read in english, back when I was 13 or 14. It was so hard to move from page to page back then! Anyway it's your regular crappy Cold-War-paranoia fueled adventure story about a spy stealing a new super MiG fighter plane THAT CAN READ THOUGHTS. That's right. There's also a movie about it with Clint Eastwood... I think I saw the ending on TV once. I don't think it was particularly good either.
Oct 01, 2009 Raleighhunter rated it liked it
Great story, easy to read. You get caught in the story and read quickly. The characters are hard for Americans to understand, assuming they are real to begin with. We don't have average guys willing to die to help an espionage mission may or may not be able to go forward. But the story goes quickly so you can easily follow the hero American save the day, despite his faults.
Kate Millin
Jun 21, 2014 Kate Millin rated it really liked it
This is an adventure story that is very much based in the time when Russia was a communist country. It is an old fashioned spy/ espionage story and moves really quickly. The hero, Gant, is not a very sympathetic character - but his skill as a pilot is amazing. The ways in which the characters interact with each other is interesting - I do wonder how much of this still goes on now.
Oct 01, 2015 Maurya rated it liked it
The traumatized war veteran called upon to defend his country has been done many times before (and better). The novel gets a decent rating because it takes the action movie route - it realizes there isn't much of a story so turns itself into a page turner with chases, escapes and of course dogfights with the help of the eponymous fighter aircraft. Quite enjoyable and forgettable.
Sep 10, 2011 Leon rated it really liked it
Actually saw the movie first before I got to the chance to read the book. I have it 4 out of 5 stars because for me the aerial dogfight is not much and the focus is more on the character stealing the MiG-31
John Cook
May 11, 2013 John Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults only.
Recommended to John by: The movie.
This was a fast paced, suspenseful, action/espionage story. The language may not be for the young, but the characters are well developed and sympathetic. You want Gant to succeed in his mission. You hurt when some of those he comes in contact with give their lives for this mission.
Oct 06, 2013 Tanvir rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was okay. I have always liked spy thrillers set in the cold war context. And, this book was no surprise. Although, for some reason, expected to enjoy it much more than I actually did. Remember the Clint Eastwood movie that I watched when I was in school in the eighties.
Trish Boese
2* It might have been just me, not in the mood for this style of book. I didn't find the main character Gant to be at all inspiring, likable, or sympathetic. The pace of action finally picked up about half way through the book.
Kamas Kirian
I read this back in the early '80's, just before Andropov was named leader of USSR, so it was kinda interesting seeing his name in the novel. I remember the novel being kind of slow moving at times and the setting painted as a very bleak place to live. But, I do remember enjoying it.
David Shepherd
Jul 16, 2009 David Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thriller. Good story. Nicely paced. You can feel the missiles chasing you! The ending was a surprise, but remedied in the sequel.
Aug 22, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful fiction about an American jet pilot sent to USSR to steal a new Soviet war plane. I also saw the movie 3 or 4 times.
Rob Roy
Aug 18, 2009 Rob Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
The book that named a browser.
Don Gubler
Aug 08, 2014 Don Gubler rated it really liked it
Great adventure thriller.
Roberto Castellanos
Jun 03, 2011 Roberto Castellanos rated it really liked it
Shelves: acción
Explica los puntos negros de la película y profundiza mucho más en los personajes y sus motivaciones. La película lo sigue fielmente. Lo leí en 3 o 4 días.
Gary Ross-Jordan
Jul 04, 2015 Gary Ross-Jordan rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable with some great KGB moments. A good yarn!
Mar 22, 2013 Ken rated it it was amazing
first English novel read some 30+ yrs ago

probably explains the 5 star rating:-)
Edmond Stevens
Apr 16, 2011 Edmond Stevens rated it it was ok
Dec 17, 2009 Yetunde rated it it was amazing
this and firefox-down opened my eyes to the world of espionage..thanks to my dad
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David Craig Owen Thomas was a Welsh author of thrillers, most notably the Mitchell Gant series.

The son of the Western Mail rugby union writer, JBG Thomas, Craig was educated at Cardiff High School. He graduated from University College, Cardiff in 1967, obtaining his M.A. after completing a thesis on Thomas Hardy. Thomas became an English Teacher, working in various grammar schools in the West Midl
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