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An extraordinary cutting-edge suspense novel from the master of international intrigue and #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List.
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Mark Hebwood
Feb 26, 2016 Mark Hebwood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wonder why I keep reading this type of book. But I know the answer to this question: I like the idea of a well-written, gripping adventure yarn. A good story that leaves you breathless, with engaging characters, striking locations, edge-of-the-seat suspense. A book where you feel that you are "in good hands", where you can trust the expertise of its writer as a craftsman. If we were talking about food, I'd be looking for a burger, but delivered by the best burger bar you can think of, succulen ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Ware rated it it was amazing
When you begin your career writing Cold War thrillers like The Day Of The Jackal and post-war Nazi hunts like The Odessa File keeping up with the changing geo-politcal landscape over the past fifty years is a daunting task for even acknowledged masters of the genre. Somehow Frederick Forsyth has evolved with the times.The Nazi's are all dead or caught, the Iron Curtain rusted away but the heart of the political thriller-a global threat and a contemporary superman to oppose the threat-still beats ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Cynthia rated it liked it
I've enjoyed Forsyth's writing over the years and "The Kill List" is no exception. It's a high tech military tale about hunting down the bad guys...terrorists. It's strong on insider knowledge about the military, high tech espionage, and terrorist thinking. It's short on characterization which is the book's biggest weakness. Forsyth doesn't flesh out any of his protagonists. They all remain one dimensional but if you're looking for a fast moving, up to date political story look no further. I hav ...more
Ned Frederick
Aug 28, 2013 Ned Frederick rated it liked it
As a life-long fan, I am disappointed at the sloppiness of Forsyth's research. This kind of plot-driven, technical thriller relies heavily on attention to detail and "truthy" facts to establish the author's credibility as well as the authenticity of the story. Unfortunately, Forsyth revealed opposite tendencies in The Kill List.
As anyone with access to Google knows, Echelon is not a facial recognition database, and it certainly does not reside in an FBI facility. Also why would the President ne
Jan 14, 2016 George rated it really liked it
"Λίστα εκτελέσεων", εκδόσεις Bell.

Τέταρτο βιβλίο του Φρέντερικ Φορσάιθ που διαβάζω, μετά τα εξαιρετικά "Απόρρητος Φάκελος Οδέσσα" και "Το Τέταρτο Πρωτόκολλο" που διάβασα το καλοκαίρι του 2011 και το καταπληκτικό "Το Τσακάλι" που διάβασα το καλοκαίρι του 2014. Μπορεί να μην φτάνει σε ποιότητα τα τρία αυτά βιβλία, όμως πρόκειται για ένα άκρως χορταστικό και εθιστικό κατασκοπευτικό/πολεμικό θρίλερ, με το γνωστό και αγαπημένο αφηγηματικό στιλ του συγγραφέα.

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Abdin Zeinelabdin
With his latest novel, The Kill List, Frederick Forsyth has come full circle since writing the timeless book, The Day of the Jackal. He returned to the formula that has made him a classic political thriller writer, using his journalistic instincts to make them relevant and realistic.
The reader can draw upon similarities between his first novel, The Day of the Jackal, and his latest, The Kill List. Both books were influenced by real life events: the Jackal is hired to kill French President Charl
Oct 06, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Brilliance from The Master

Fredrick Forsythe is back with a brilliant thriller that is thoroughly up to date well researched and could be happening right now. Forsythe is master of the thriller genre and with the Kill List he shows his readers why he will long remain one of if not the best thriller writer in the English Language. This is a book is worth every penny and you will want to reread it. As always this book is a well researched well written book with nothing left to chance.

The tracker is
Jonathan Tomes
Aug 30, 2013 Jonathan Tomes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
The jacket blurb for Frederick Forsyth’s The Kill List says that the Los Angeles Times said of him, “Forsyth is Truly the world’s reigning master of suspense.” This book does nothing to refute that conclusion. Forty pages into it, I knew that it was a five-star book. In it, a Marine major assigned to find terrorists so that they can get up close and personal with a drone is assigned to find “The Preacher,” who specializes in internet sermons to radicalize young Muslims living abroad to carry out ...more
Rex Fuller
Apr 27, 2016 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it

It’s amazing an author who began writing contemporaneously about the attempt to assassinate Charles De Gaulle – long before such things as the internet and cell phones – now writes contemporaneously about hunting the jihadi who recruits Islamist murderers online and in social media and with the same absolute authenticity.

Forsyth accomplishes this with meticulous research including, in this instance, physically visiting Mogadishu at the height of its hellishness.

Disclaimer: you might not
Oct 01, 2013 Vijai rated it really liked it
Mr Forsyth's "The Fist of God" occupies a place of respect and reverence in my library and so do "The Devil's alternative" and "The day of the jackal" constantly reminding me of what writing is all about. My opinion on the master's latest.

What I liked:

One, the juicy tidbits we all know are real and true stuff. The pathfinders, the specific drone attacks which took some specific bad guys out among many others were a treat to a fan like me.

Two, that small episode of what the tracker does in a ce
Book Addict Shaun
Aug 12, 2013 Book Addict Shaun rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2013
This is my first Frederick Forsyth book and maybe it won't be my last as whilst I did enjoy this book I am led to believe that his earlier work is far superior so I am interested to check his earlier work out. The Kill List follows the Tracker (Kit Carson) as he tries to hunt down the Preacher who is radicalizing young Muslims to carry out assassinations around the world. The Preacher makes it personal to Kit meaning he will stop at nothing to hunt down this person.

The book felt quite short. Th
Oct 13, 2013 Qube rated it really liked it
A great read despite the flaws.

A typical Forsyth - pacy, extraordinarily confident, well researched. I'm delighted that the master is still at his craft. A great read that I finished in two sittings. Difficult to put down. Highly recommended. Not as good as Day of the Jackal or Odessa File.

The flaws are a matter of detail, and primarily about the lack of appreciation of the Middle-eastern mindset. 1. That an online preacher with no intermediary could wield such enormous influence is not credible
Gordon Paisley
Jul 11, 2013 Gordon Paisley rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book with the expectation I would provide an honest review.

Frederick Forsyth is back!

I have been a fan of Frederick Forsyth for years. I first read him in the late 1980s and have read all his novels. While I enjoyed The Afghan, I felt that perhaps Mr. Forsyth had started to fade in The Cobra. It felt too formulaic and without the slower detail that allowed suspense to build. The climax, while interesting, took a quick political detour that spil
Oct 01, 2013 Shubhra rated it it was ok
For a Frederick Forsyth novel, this has been a disappointing read...

What started out to be a very promising premise, ended on a 'clean' damp squib, with no major revelations, turning points, empathy, memorable quotes, points of reflection or hair-raising, edge-of-seat action.

When you consider master works like Icon, The Fourth Protocol and Fist of God, this book is almost forgettable. Who can forget the spymaster Nigel Irvine, the maverick Jason Monk of Icon, the tenacious John Preston of Fourth
Scott Bell
Feb 07, 2015 Scott Bell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish this. Forsyth's style is too detached, too distant. After about 2/3rds of the book, I realized I didn't care what happened to the main character. There was no emotional attachment to any of his actions.

Forsyth spends way too much time detailing a simple progression through the day and not nearly enough on developing depth.
Brian Poole
Jan 26, 2016 Brian Poole rated it really liked it
The Kill List, from spy fiction maestro Frederick Forsyth, is a highly relevant tale tackling modern terrorism.

Taking a page from the real world, The Kill List featured a charismatic terrorist (dubbed “The Preacher”) taking to the internet to radicalize followers around the world and inspire them to acts of Islamic Jihadism. Several high profile murders made The Preacher a high level target in the US and UK. His chief pursuer was an American operative from a secretive anti-terrorism agency, code
Scott Holstad
Aug 21, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it liked it
After reading The Afghan and rereading The Day of the Jackal, I was really looking forward to The Kill List. But I was a little bit underwhelmed, I'm sorry to say. Don't get me wrong -- it was a decent book. It just wasn't the page turner the other ones were. It's about a Muslim radical called the Preacher who preaches a gospel of hate and jihad on the Internet, causing Muslims in the US and Britain to assassinate various individuals in those countries. On the case comes The Tracker, a former Ma ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Jay rated it it was ok
The Kill List had the potential to be quite a good book. A Marine named the Tracker uses covert operations to identify, find, and kill terrorists on the President's kill list. It would actually make a pretty entertaining series if done properly.

Unfortunately I don't feel this book was. It was mostly description. How people looked, how places looked, descriptions of past events, etcetera. There was very little character development which made it hard to connect with the characters you're reading
Peter Wibaux
Aug 27, 2013 Peter Wibaux rated it really liked it
Over the years, I've read practically every book Forsyth has written. I'm a fan. I liked this book much more than Cobra, and I think over the past fifteen years the author is at his best when the focus is on the Mid-East.

There are guy books and gal books, and some that please both. This is definitely a guy book, and in fact women very rarely feature in it, except in some kind of 'filler' role.

It's a classic Forsyth saga, if you excuse the pun, with a binary world of right and wrong, strong men w
Aug 06, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it
As a good reads, first reads winner I read: The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth

This topical entry by Forsyth ticks most of the boxes in the thriller genre. It leads off with the existence of both conservative and liberal America’s anathema—an enemies list, subject to a death sentence without trial by an unnamed Chief Executive. There are good and evil doers, each with numerous flaws. The hero is a US Marine Lieutenant Colonel, the Tracker, who uses a series of different identities, seems to have
Aymen Ben cheikh
Dec 07, 2015 Aymen Ben cheikh rated it it was ok
This is the first time i post a review about a book i haven't finish yet. This book really makes me upset, it has everything to be great: An interesting story, history, knowledge about Islam, Knowledge about terrorism and the differences between it and the religion itself is clear. You feel that the author made a lot of research for this book. BUT, my problem with this book is that i didn't knew the characters, i mean you see when they re born what thwy studied where they went what they did, but ...more
Gary Haynes
Jan 01, 2014 Gary Haynes rated it really liked it
Ok this wasn't the best political thriller from Mr Forsyth that I've read, but it was still topical and full of suspense. The master has a real eye for detail, although the action wasn't state-of-the-art. He conjures up a credible tale of intrigue and conspiracy and executes it with his usual seemingly effortless flair. There is a reason why most of the greats in the genre point to him as being the reason they began to write: he's classy and unique. It's not a fast-paced outing, but you don't re ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Venky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliocase
The Master of his genre is back again and how! In this taut-nerved, spine tingling page turner, Frederick Forsyth enthralls us all (yet again) with a thrilling piece of original story telling. A spate of suicide killings targeting eminent personalities both in the USA and the UK leads intelligence agencies to an elusive but dangerous terrorist who is known simply as "The Preacher". The title is a euphemism for the radical sermons dripping with hate delivered online from an undisclosed location w ...more
Eric Wright
Apr 09, 2014 Eric Wright rated it really liked it
In the TOSA, one of the key operatives of another alphabet soup US anti-terrorist organization is an operative named The Tracker. His task is to eliminate key Al Qaeda operatives on the agency's kill list.

The curent target is a frighteningly successful extremist, Muslim preacher who inspires individual converts to kill high value targets. This Preac her specaks in perfect English that radiates charisma and hatred for the west. He has succeeded in inspiring 7 or eight westerners to convert and k
Aug 16, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
I won an ARC of this book from Goodreads.

I like Forsyth's style; very manly and masculine writing. Imagine a bit of Ludlum with a lot of adventure spirit from Cussler, Marines, and a lot of testosterone in a bit of documentary style writing. Action. Interesting characters, and everyone has some good stories behind them, helping them drive the story forward. Just perfect for the manly reads on a holiday or when you want to feel like you were on a holiday.
In The Kill List, we follow The Tracker wh
Sep 09, 2013 Jerry rated it really liked it
Forsyth has long been one of our favorites – his suspenseful thrillers and often twisty endings invariably please. Moreover, several of his recent books reflect trouble spots in contemporary history: Afghanistan, Yemen, and herein – Jihadist inspired terrorists based in Somalia. The “Kill List” reflects that the “Preacher”, some otherwise unknown English-fluent Jihadist, is broadcasting internet sermons advocating that Muslims turn Jihadist, and take out just one public servant or VIP in either ...more
b00k r3vi3ws
Aug 10, 2014 b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its after a long time that I picked up a book by this author. The last I read was The Odessa File some 2 years back. I had almost forgotten what a fantastic author he is!

The Kill List is about just what the title suggests – a list of people who are tracked and assassinated. This time it’s an imam who has been placed on the list. ‘The Preacher’ has made it his target to send out a message to the radical section of the society and carry out assassinations of people at high places and importance. I
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The Kill List is a terrific story of an ultra-secret list of the most notorious terrorists who are ear-marked at the highest level of the U.S. government for assassination.

The central character of the story is a very dedicated third generation U.S. Marine. Second Lieutenant Christopher “Kit” Carson completes Officer Candidate School, an Infantry Officer Course, Ranger School, and training at the Air/Ground Combat Center just
Anoop Pai B
Sep 26, 2013 Anoop Pai B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anoop by: Anirban
Shelves: 4-to-5-stars
The title of Master is aptly given to Frederick Forsyth. He deserves as it and he has earned it, BIG TIME.
Kill List is the latest weapon in the arsenal of The Master and a destructive one as well. The book is an explosion, right from the first page till the very end. There is not a single dud moment in this book (nor in any other of his works that I have read till date). And this is the biggest strength of Frederick Forsyth. His signature is the vast amount of research and the abundance of info
Parthasarathy Ramanujam
At the outset let me make it clear that I am a Frederick Forsyth fan, so its quite difficult for me to be objective in any review of the author! So what might seem quite normal to others, might impress me a lot, while at the same time I could get terribly disappointed with the book, where others see a good story!

*****SPOILER ALERT*************

Going by these standards, the latest book by the master is way below the mark! I was long waiting the master to write something about UBL's death and the f
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Frederick Forsyth, CBE 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, educated at Tonbridge Scho
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