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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  3,202 ratings  ·  459 reviews
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.
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ware
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
Mark Hebwood
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
Cynthia
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
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
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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
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Paul
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
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Jonathan Tomes
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
Book Addict Shaun
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
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Qube
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
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Gordon Paisley
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
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Scott Holstad
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
Vijai
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
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Peter Wibaux
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
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Caroline
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
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Shubhra
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
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Gary Haynes
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
Eric Wright
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
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Jay
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
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Anna
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
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Jerry
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
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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Gerald
FANTASTIC!!! Review to follow soonest

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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
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Anoop Pai B
Sep 26, 2013 Anoop Pai B rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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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Wilhelm Weber
Fast, good clear diction - and straightforward. Perhaps it's just a bit too easy in the end - no serious setback. Sounds a bit too good to be true.
Sometimes too simple e.g. the red USA cap as marker in Somalia for the drones above. That's too much of a give-away for a mole. Don't know how he could have gotten away with that.
I like the way that it's the little troop of Rangers from Britain who do the final work, but that's probably a Forsyth thing bowing to the Queen or something.
The differenti
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Ronald Roseborough
This reads like a training guide on hunting down terrorists. It is a very detailed story of the hunt for the Preacher, a terrorist who broadcasts over the internet to recruit new followers. He instructs them on how to target people in the U.S. and Britain. These new converts are ideally people already in country, who can be convinced to attack their targets from within. One man, Col. "Kit" Carson is leading the fight against the Preacher, not only because he is the head of an anti-terrorist task ...more
 wade
I have actually never read Mr. Forsyth before and I can see why he is one of the top in his genre. The book is about a man known as the Preacher who is instigating acts of terrorism across the world and the quest to put him out of business. There is a secondary plot involving the hijacking of a boat off the coast of Africa. Before it is over the two plots become intertwined. The author here is better than most about explaining about weapons, government military agencies and terms without get a ...more
Jiří Valášek
Forsyth se vším dobrým i špatným, jen už se opakuje až příliš, takže způsob, jakým začne spojovat na první pohled nesouvisející události, prostě odhadnete, jestliže od něj máte přečteno všechno ostatní. Odsýpá to skvěle, ale poslední dvě strany s epilogem jsou zlo.
Robert Intriago
If you are a fan of this author you probably will like it. The book deals with the usual Muslim terrorists and has a lot of technical jargon through out. Somali pirates are added to spice the story. The book deals with a lot of technical matters in the area of clandestine tracking of Jihadists and their elimination by non-judicial means. The book is informative and reads more like a documentary rather than an action story. It is evident that the author did a lot of research but the book is nowhe ...more
S.M. Guariento
“The Kill List” is an up-to-the-moment thriller about the hunt for a radical Islamist preacher (known only as, um, The Preacher) whose online sermons have been inciting young Muslims to commit random acts of murder, in both the US and the UK. With the body count rising, the CIA put their best man on the case: an ex-Marine now codenamed The Tracker, with a Presidential blank cheque to take out the Preacher ASAP.

The Tracker faces a number of problems. First, nobody knows who the Preacher is. His
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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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