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
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...more
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
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
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
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,...more
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
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.
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
The middle * to **
The end chapter 26-32 **
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
Excerpt From: Frederick Forsyth...more
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
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