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Avenger

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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...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 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
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...more
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...more
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
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
Navaneeth Suresh
masterful ending...'The date was September 10,2001' loved it! must read
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...more
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.

All...more
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...more
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...more
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
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)

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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.
Ayodeji Majekodunmi
Avenger was my second of this author's titles. And I was not disappointed.

The novel's flow is non linear as a lot of reference is made to the past. This helped to sustain my interest as the unfolding details added to the suspense.

I particularly enjoyed Dexter's ability to constantly remain ahead of the challenges thrown his way.

A minor draw back while reading this were few repitions I recognized from another of the author's titles. At other instances, I also found detailed descriptions a bit dis...more
Faraz Beg
Forsyth being the splendid storyteller he is. Starts a story from the vietnam war and ends it on the verge of 9/11... That said, It's a nice demonstration of how western storytellers use contemporary events to smudge facts, thus creating a narrative supporting a particular school of thought... The Bosnian war account is fairly fair, the vietnam war is implicitly justified but most importantly, the doctrine of pre-emptive strike is emphatically vindicated... The narrative of the veteran British s...more
Jim Puskas
One of the best of Forsythe's later books, almost up to the impossible standard set by The Fourth Protocol. Forsythe's device of making characters encounter each other a second or third time after many years and in new contexts is here exploited to the max, with highly gratifying effect. Forsythe manages to intelligently, realistically portray brutal violence to suit the purpose of the story, without it dominating the story or becoming simply gratuitous and low-brow. This one is very much a stor...more
Shannon
First book of the year! I wanted to read more while away for the holidays, but this is what got done! This is a quick, easy, and fun read...perfect for wanting to turn your brain off for a little while. If you ever watched that old show The Equalizer, this book is very similar in content. There were very interesting historical references (mostly military) as well current event interwoven through the plot. Most interesting to me was the history of the "tunnel rats," a group of specially trained i...more
Leo
The author did some fine research on the tunnel rats, soldiers that went into the tunnels, during the Vietnam War. The main character was a tunnel rat that later studied and became an attorney. A young boy before going to college went to Bosnia to work as relief worker and was brutally murdered by a Serb warlord. The attorney, after training hard for a triathlon, became the avenger taking on contracts to bring people to justice. The author also did some well research on the Bosnia conflict and t...more
Shantanu Nanda
Worth my time. Keeps the suspence going till the end. It can also be termed as aa reading on contemporary history. Sometimes its difficult to catch the line between fiction and reality.
Sarah Macgregor
Forsythe's extensive research and attention to detail really make his books stand out from your average war/ political/ action novel.




Ralph Estes
Lone, former tunnel rat in Vietnam War, after Serbian killer, He's opposed by CIA. Pretty good throughout.
Anbamuthan
Avenger, as the name suggests is a novel on a man codenamed Avenger. It traces the character from the jungles of Vietnam, where he is part of an elite unit called as THE RATS to a South American country. The Rats are an elite tunnel clearing unit. They go with pistol and torch into the North vietnamese tunnels and clear them in hand to hand combat. The novel gives fantastic insight into the serbian conflict and immoral republics that harbour war criminals in return for blood money. The first tim...more
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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...more
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