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The Unknown Soldier

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  200 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Intelligence agents hunt for the world's most lethal terrorist in this thrillingly suspenseful novel from a master of espionage fiction.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 17th 2005 by Overlook Hardcover (first published 2004)
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Edward Truitt
Lean, tense,but descriptive prose. I would have given this four or five stars if I were not so uneasy about using an Al Quaeda terrorist for a hero.
When the "F" word is used 5 times in the prolog it's not worth continuing.
The Unknown Soldier, my first Gerald Seymour book, really exceeded my exceptions. The characters are very finely crafted, and are used to enhance the plot in a suspenseful manner. The storyline switches perspectives from characters often, which I strongly prefer when reading thrillers, because I enjoy predicting how multiple perspectives will unexpectedly conclude. Especially in this novel due to the anti-hero's extreme devotion to journey across the Rub' al Khali for his "family"(Al Qaeda). Als ...more
Nick Johnson
I have always liked Gerald Seymour. He has stayed close to the top of the thriller game for some while now (close to 40 years in fact) and never delivers a bad book. In the middle of his career his characters sometimes seemed a little too similar; doomed hero with no friends, seeking one last chance at redemption etc..

These characters are, some extent, present here but altogether more nuanced than before and altogether more satisfying. We have the classic Seymour high tension, slow burn, build o
Stuart Chambers
Gerald Seymour has to be one of my favorite authors, but, I am sorry to say, The Unknown Soldier is flawed in so very many ways and nothing close to the authors best work. I was plodding along half way through and struggling to connect with the key characters which is unusual for me and the second half of the book faired no better. Sorry Gerald, I am reading 'Rat Run' now and its a way better book!!
Moh Hamdany
Too many characters and places which gets bit confusing at times, very enjoyable to read otherwise.
Annie Jones
This is a cleverly built up tale that steadily increases in pace. It is thought provoking and will stay in my memory for a long while. The desert itself is well described and a powerful part of the story. I liked this book very much. It surprised me.
Interesting and yet scary story. Close enough to today's truth to be, yet not. Or is it? Nice read following several story lines that converge towards the end. An end which will leave you........
Interesting but unsatisfying. It often felt like a chore to read, and I don't feel like it paid off.
Rod Zemke
Seymour is one of my favorite authors. He has a dept that most authors don't possess.
I found it a chore to read. Lucky I was reading another book.
Modern story about Al Qaeda terrorism. Quite good.
Lorraine Kehoe
One of the scariest books I have ever read.
Neil Munday
a very good read. DRONES V TERRORIST.
Jim Jewell
Interesting spy fiction.
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Gerald Seymour (born 25 November 1941 in Guildford, Surrey) is a British writer.

The son of two literary figures, he was educated at Kelly College at Tavistock in Devon and took a BA Hons degree in Modern History at University College London. Initially a journalist, he joined ITN in 1963, covering such topics as the Great Train Robbery, Vietnam, Ireland, the Munich Olympics massacre, Germany's Red
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