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Avenger

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,010 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. But Dexter is no ordinary man.

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The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieve
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 30th 2003)
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K.D. Absolutely
100% escapist. If you are just looking for entertainment to while away time, this is a good book for you. Aside from that make-believe world, there is nothing else in here let’s say in terms of:
Relatability - what are the chances? I have an elder lawyer-brother who is a practicing lawyer and he also refuses to work in a law firm. He was still a young child when Vietnam War happened. He runs on a treadmill and has not competed in a triathlon. He has a lovely wife and two beautiful children. In sh
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Nenette
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Dan Pollock
Frederick Forsyth is, for my money, far and away the best thriller writer currently practicing the craft. Well, he is slowing down... His debut foreign intrigue thriller, DAY OF THE JACKAL, is considered by many as the perfect thriller. Dan Brown may have sold more books with his third suspense puzzle novel, but JACKAL continues to garner raves. Some folks read it yearly... And yet, I'm not sure that AVENGER isn't better. The masterful plot, with four or five separate threads, intertwines, and a ...more
Ed
Complex story about a missing/presumed dead, young American aid worker in war torn Bosnia. The young man's wealthy Canadian grandfather hires a detective to locate his missing grandson. The detective soon finds the boy's body brutally murdered by a sadistic, mass-murdering Serb paramilitary who disappears leaving no trace. The Canadian grandfather attempts to go through his US government connections and hits a stone wall. Unknown to other US agencies, one "lesser of two evils" CIA director knows ...more
Balaji Lakshmi Ramakrishnan
DEXTER'ed

Naming the review title after the protagonist, Calvin Dexter, born and brought up in New Jersey, is worth the flamboyancy!
Steve Edmond's, a Canadian war-hero and billionaire, grandson, a philanthropist in himself, gets killed in Banja Luka, Bosnia amid the Bosnian war by a Serb Zoran Zillic, a right hand of the late dictator Milosevic.
The Canadian hires, The Avenger - Calvin Dexter - a Vietnam war unsung hero(Tunnel Rat), a law practitioner in Pennington, to take down Zoran Zillic who h
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Amit Shetty
Very cleverly written.
Throughout the book, it can be easily mistaken to be a collection of short stories but which Forsyth has very cleverly combined together to create a story which can be easily comparable to The Day of the Jackal. However, the mystery that surrounded the Jackal with regard to his identity is never seen here in The Avenger, Cal Dexter.
One of the main plus points of this book is that it's short and sweet with a no nonsense approach, whether it be the Avenger's past or the inner
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Jeanne
Great audio CD! A bit confusing at times towards the beginning as the story goes from 1995 to 2001 to the 1960's to 1975 and back to 2001. Many intriguing threads come together to make for a great story. For me, when you have a novel with all this excitement the ending is huge and can make or break the story. The ending on this one--probably the last two to three sentences--make this novel all worth while! I don't give a 10 out of 10 (5 stars on Goodreads) very often, and right up to the end I w ...more
Nathan Hurst
A wonderfully pacey read that was enjoyable for a few reasons. Firstly the protagonist of the story was not 20 and just out of college. Cal Dexter was a great character to follow and to get to know, who could certainly hold his own in the vipers pit of the drugs world. Secondly, the story was detailed, complex and with plot twists and turns in all the right places. The ending was also just. Forsyth had guided you neatly through the story building you up to detest the villian, and when the final ...more
Stuart Langridge

SUMMARY:
Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. But Dexter is no ordinary man. ***The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves and is offered little hope--in the fog of that horrible time and place, the killer, too, has vanished.***Or so it w

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I just finished this four star novel and want to write a review before I become over-analytical. This was a fascinating tour through the wars following the breakup of Yugoslavia, the incredible experiences of Tunnel Rats in Vietnam and the final journey to a South American "banana republic" where the journey's goal is reached. Forsyth's use of the names of real public figures and the agencies they represent adds undeniable reality to his novel. Likewise, his insight into the struggles of the cou ...more
Πάνος Τουρλής
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Ξεκινωντας απο ενα απλο σχετικα στορυ (ενας απογοητευμενος συζυγος το σκαει με τα λεφτα της δουλειας του και καταφευγει σε ενα απομονωμενο εξοχικο στα Καμενα Βουρλα για να ξαναβρει τον εαυτο του) το βιβλιο σε φερνει αντιμετωπο με τα βαθυτερα εσωτερικα αισθηματα που μπορει να γεννηθουν σε εναν ανθρωπο. Απιστευτη πλοκη, απιστευτη γραφη, απιστευτα υποννοουμενα που σου δινουν την πραγματικη εικονα της κοινωνιας μεσα στον οποιο ζεις, μεγαλωνεις,
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Navaneeth Suresh
masterful ending...'The date was September 10,2001' loved it! must read
Wayland Smith
This book reads a bit like a decent action movie, or beginning of a tv series even. Calvin Dexter seems like a mild mannered attorney who trains for triathalons in his quiet New Jersey town. But he's living a double life as a mercenary who is very picky about what cases he takes on. He's putting the skills he learned in the military to good use.

In this case, he's going up againt the corruption in Bosnia to find a missing person, with a wealthy client footing the bills. There's action, intrgiue,
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Heather
I will preface this by saying that my book club selected this and it is not a topic or style I would have chosen on my own, so I may be judging it by another genre's standards. That said, I found it jarring how frequently the omniscient narrator cut in explain the entire life story of each new character he mentioned. This was made worse by the fact that most of those back stories were filled with lectures on military history, a subject I don't find very interesting. In spite of all this, by the ...more
Talia
A relief worker in Bosnia is senselessly murdered by a local thug. Normal political channels fail to bring the criminal to justice, so is grandfather enlists the help of the Avenger to bring this man back to the U.S. to pay for his crimes. It took a while for me to get used to the format of this book which was hard when I started it listening to the audiobook. But once I had the hardcover copy, I realized that the book started with the murder and then each chapter told the stories of the differe ...more
Joe O'c
Excellent; former military man takes up role of Avenger; chasing down criminals to bring to justice, this one a Serb who killed an American boy in Bosnia; the US govt tries to foil the plot for its own reasons.
Cheryl
Fast paced international conspiracy thriller set in contemporary times. A good read with lots of incidental information about the missions conducted by the "tunnel rats" in Vietnam.
Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review

Please be patient through the first several chapters while Forsyth builds the story. Avenger is a rich historical recounting of aspects of the Viet Nam War, and how it molded those who served there. The protagonist, Cal Dexter, is a man on a mission to avenge many wrongs, and takes on a case of a young man who went missing during the Bosnian conflict. After carefully paying attention to every detail of excellence in this story, I was drop-dead surprised the ending.

You'll put down
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Tim
Outstanding!
Jerry
Brilliant novel mixing fact and fiction, stunning suspense !

It's a pity Forsyth is barely known to most readers beyond his first and famous "Day of the Jackal". Some fourteen novels later, we find our author can be invariably counted upon for suspenseful stories, exciting action, and often ironic outcomes. Before "Avenger", his just prior book of five novellas, the "Veteran", exemplifies his knack for good story-telling and twisty endings, becoming one of our personal favorites of the year.

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Quillracer
I have never read Forsyth but know of him primarily from hearing about The Day of the Jackal, so when a friend loaned me this book, I was interested in seeing just how great a writer he was.

Avenger opened with a three paragraph stage-setting prolog that didn’t even fill a quarter of a page. This is a good way to start a thriller.

Chapter 1 introduced the main character over eight pages and ended with the event that draws him into action. Again, this was good because the reader wants to know a bit
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Annemieke
The beginning *
The middle * to **
The end chapter 26-32 **
Overal *

I didn't like this book as much as i thought i would while reading the blurb.

- There are so many names written in the book and each name goes with a kind of a history lecture.
- Sometimes i was really off the story because of all the chatter about history and happenings that often don't matter for the story, even later on in the book these things don't really make you feel they were important.
- My history book at highschool was
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William Clay
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Badrinarayanan
I wonder if Avenger was ever made into a movie? I know that a few of the author's books such as The Negotiator and The Day of the Jackal were made into movies. Avenger and Cobra is such an entertaining combination its like the perfect chutney to that crispy samosa. After Avenger, make sure you get to Cobra just as you should get The Afghan to follow up The Fist of God. Edge of seat every moment.
Greer Andjanetta
Some writers seem to work hard at constructing complicated, intricate plots, full of exotic scenes, glamorous references and fancy language. The resulting story often falls flat and provokes no reader enthusiasm. Fortunately there are writers such as Frederick Forsythe who can create an instantly engaging story simply by the quality of the writing. This is such a story. It ends up as a 'feel-good' story about an individual who takes it upon himself to bring to justice a Serbian mass murderer who ...more
Adrian Middleton
The thing that impresses me most about Frederick Forsyth is the sheer depth of his research that goes into his stories. He offers a fantastic level of detail and authenticity that I've yet to see matched in other novels. It's just as much fun to learn about his characters backgrounds and skillsets, just as much as following the action itself.
Miguel Gutierrez
me he dado cuenta que el genero de espias me agrada mucho mas cuando la historia es en epoca de la guerra fria o antes. en historias mas actuales: siento el patritismo mas evidente, los heroes casi como dioses en sus habilidades y los villanos simplemente malos sin muchas capas grises.
aun asi aun disfruto una buena historia de frederick forsyth pero siento que ya he leido sus mejores novelas.
Pat
Another book I bought for my partner's kindle and read because I was still out of books. After just reading The Kill List by the same author this felt like it came from the same cookie cutter. The book's format was therefore entirely predictable and not very engaging. Forsythe's earlier book are much more memorable. Even my partner is over it now.
Janus
“Steve Edmond looked down at their four hands on the white cloth. Old men’s hands, cord-veined, sausage-fingered, liver-spotted. Hands that had thrown a Hurricane fighter straight down into a formation of Dornier bombers; hands that had emptied an M-1 carbine into a trattoria full of SS-men outside Bolzano; hands that had fought fights, caressed women, held first-borns, signed cheques, created fortunes, altered politics, changed the world. Once.” (Chapter 13, p158)

Excerpt From: Frederick Forsyth
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Pete
This is another novel where Frederick Forsyth's incredible talent as a storyteller is on display. As usual, he patiently builds a strong foundation of interesting circumstances and weaves them into a engaging story that draws the reader in like a moth to a flame. The authors' attention to research and detail results in his fictional works being so plausible, that you sometimes wonder if they are complete fiction at times.
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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.

The son of a furrier, Forsyth was born in Ashford, Kent. He
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