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El Manifiesto Negro

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Rusia, 1999. La otrora gran superpotencia zozobra en un mar de hiperinflacion, caos economico y criminalidad. Las elecciones se aproximan y una sola voz carismatica resuena en todo el pais: lgor Koinarov, lider derechista, promete devolver la gloria a Rusia. Pero los dirigentes occidentales se ven conmocionados cuando llega a sus manos un documento secreto del cual se desp ...more
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Published May 1st 1998 by Plaza & Janes Editores, S.A. (first published October 1st 1996)
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Jun 16, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the spy genre
Shelves: spies, thriller, 2015
A destabilised Russia with an up and coming popular politician, the Icon from the title, who is bound to become the next ruler and willing to take Russia into the next century and clean up its internal mess and reshape it into a great country it was once.
Except for a small matter namely the man is mad as Hitler and his thoughts and ideas, full of ethnic cleansing are all written into an account called the Black manifesto. And by sheer accident it lands into the hands of a former soldier who clea
May 09, 2009 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Icon is one of my favorite novels by Frederick Forsyth because in this work he really makes easy to connect with the characters. Forsyth put many complicated characters in this book, and opened up the world post-Soviet Moscow. An excellent read that projects the settings so wonderfully described into the reader's mind. The dialogue does not fail the reader, and the plot is well developed and has a number of good surprises (which kept me on the edge of my seat). Forsyth also uses his previous exp ...more
Antonio Rosato
Nov 09, 2015 Antonio Rosato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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La prima volta che ho letto questo capolavoro della letteratura era l'estate del 1997 e Boris Eltsin era stato rieletto presidente della Russia da appena un anno; io comprai questo libro in edizione economica (era il periodo dei Miti Mondadori) senza conoscere la trama ma affidandomi solo al "peso letterario" del suo autore: Frederick Forsyth. Perciò, quando lessi le 450 pagine di "Icona", rimasi davvero sconvolto ma allo stesso tempo affascinato dalla storia quasi realistica in esso contenuta: ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in November 1999.

Frederick Forsyth always has interesting ideas, but his writing never does them justice. Icon is no exception to this rule. The idea - a new Hitler attempting to take power in the chaotic ruins of a Russia devastated by mega-inflation and uncontrollable organised crime - is excellent. The major problem is the narrative style. The story takes second place to exposition of the idea - the reader does not really need pages of description of ficti
Jun 22, 2010 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for spy novels and usually think that most good fiction in that genre died along with the Cold War. I will say, however, that this one was great. I took a little while to get through the first chapter but once I did I honestly couldn't put it down -- I stayed up until almost 3:00 a.m. one night to finish it because I just HAD to know what happened. It's kind of a "what would happen if ..." novel. When it was written in 1993, it actually was set to take place in the future (1999). Th ...more
We like FF for his original and plausible plots. When you read him the line between fiction and reality blurs, as he seamlessly blends the both. You know that this is imaginary work but still want to believe it. But the same can not be said about the Icon. The premise is so far fetched and the climax is so bizarre you feel like reading a fantasy book. (view spoiler) ...more
Midori Jimenez
Mar 18, 2010 Midori Jimenez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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simply one of the best! i simply CANNOT put this book down when i started reading it. the plot was simple - stop Igor Komarov from being the Russian President. and how the lead character did it was simply amazing! it was brilliantly thought of and it is no doubt one of my favorite books of all time!

Deepak Eshwar
Dec 12, 2013 Deepak Eshwar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Fredrick Forsyth's best till date. The details he gives is so abundant that after reading you feel like you really had a date with the KGB or the CIA + if you are really interested in espionage this book is mandatory. Hail FF!
Sep 03, 2007 Ira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aku cuman mo nambahin kalo buku ini bagussss banget.. trik trik spionasenya ok dah... FF emang jagonya
Arun Divakar
Too good to be true, don't we say this word about the really grand things we encounter at times ? A really hot lady/guy who for no reason strikes up a conversation with you and is willing to proceed further, a boss who suddenly supports you and gives a pay hike for no reason or maybe a new political leader who in a short time makes a tremendous impact on the masses. While any of these or for that matter any such overtly unbelievable incidents are going on, a small voice at the back of your mind ...more
Finitha Jose
Jul 25, 2012 Finitha Jose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrillers or detective novels are best when it comes to train journeys; especially if you are in an Express or Superfast which goes slower than a Passenger and is held down in different stations for reasons I know not what. It is on one such journey that I came upon this novel -- a random search in the library revealed the worn out book in the corner and it looked like a good one too for the three hour ride home.
I never got a chance to read any more of Forsyth, but thanks to this absorbing tal
Finished. I liked it. Review sometime to follow - or maybe not because it's been a hard couple of months following mum's passing.

It's a shame I am reading this at the moment because I won't remember a thing about it, being currently consumed with thoughts that won't turn off and boundless grief. Icon covers an interesting period of modern Russian history. sigh. Looks like it's one I will have to come back to sometime.

The west Indies fish make their 2nd appearance around page 168 many years lat
S.M. Guariento
A patchily readable yarn set in a lightly-fictionalised pre-Millennial Russia, where intrepid undercover CIA agent Jason Monk must nobble the election campaign of a hugely-popular nationalist politician with a secret “Black Manifesto” fusing all the best bits from Stalin, Hitler and Ivan the Terrible.

It’s with a weary sigh the reader opens this book, only to be greeted by a FOUR-PAGE dramatis personae listing enough similar-sounding names and job titles to make Gabriel Garcia Marquez grow pale.
Udara Liyanage
Oct 28, 2015 Udara Liyanage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find “ICON” as another masterpiece novel of Frederick Forsyth. I have read “The Day of the Jackal” book before I read this. Both “ICON” and the “Day of the Jackal” were recommended by a friend of mine. Thank to his recommendation I started to collect all the Forsyth’s novels. The common characteristic of forsyths’ books is they are enormously descriptive. Despite the descriptive writing style, all of his books attempt to offer something fresh to readers. After reading this political thriller I ...more
Carl Alves
In Icon, Russian fascist Igor Komarov is cruising to an apparent victory in the Russian presidential elections. At Komarov’s party headquarters, an elderly janitor finds a secret document that is a blueprint detailing Komarov’s plans to bring Russia back to being a dictatorship, military expansion, and ethnic cleansing. While the British and American governments are reluctant to do anything to stop Komarov, former British secret service chief Sir Nigel Irvine begins a covert operation, using for ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Wayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, exciting story of international intrigue. Frederick Forsyth mixes historical figures and events with fictional ones to spin this yarn of Russia following the end of Glasnost. Major figures are an ambitious Nazi-like Russian and his henchman vs. an elderly British spymaster and his 'pupil'. Forsyth's description of Moscow and its environs allows the reader to experience the grandeur of this capital city.
This is a story with a lot of detail. Fortunately, Forsyth gives the reader a 4
Karthik Vivekanandhan
Apr 07, 2014 Karthik Vivekanandhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I came across this book by accident,was not sure if it was too old to be any good because the story happens in 1999 Russia.It had been a very long time since I read The Day of the Jackal and i remember enjoying it then,so decided to give this a try.

The author has done a lot of research on Russia and espionage,once you have read through the first chapter,this becomes really interesting.This is a gripping spy novel with lots of flashbacks, and the part I start to get bored with all the American wr
Nov 15, 2015 PJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
I picked this off the library shelf because I was looking for "Day of the Jackal". I was looking for that book because I had read an interesting review of Forsyth's autobiography. Funny how we sometimes select what we are to read. At any rate, this was a perfectly enjoyable, engaging read for my most recent vacation. It has also prompted me to find out more about the actual facts during the time the CIA was so encumbered with bureaucracy and cronyism that Aldrich Ames was able to function as a t ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Icona, in originale "Icon", uscito nel 1996, è un libro di Frederick Forsyth che è uno scrittore britannico, noto come autore di spy-story come "Il giorno dello sciacallo", "I mastini della guerra", "Dossier Odessa", "Il pugno di Dio" e "Il quarto protocollo".

La trama si svolge nella Russia del 1999, dove le elezioni sono vicine e Igor Komarov, leader delle destre, si presenta come l'unico capace di ridare grandezza al suo paese, un'icona umana per il popolo russo: ma un documento rubato dalla s
Scott Holstad
Dec 18, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book by Forsyth. It was epic in scale. And he pulled it off masterfully. The first half of the book is plot set up, which is typical of the author. He's really into details and logistics, so this part of his books often bores some readers. But not me. I like finding out about all of the details that go into an operation. The second half of the book was action packed and I had a hard time putting the book down.

The plot revolves around post-Soviet Russia circa 1999. It's falling apart,
Oct 16, 2010 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another "too old to be current and too new to be vintage/classic" book, found on the hallway communal bookshelf, but interesting, as I'd never read Frederick Forsyth. He seems to do a lot of research, a la Michael Crichton, but here, instead of technology and science, the emphasis is more on politics and espionage. Forsyth perhaps came of age (or was of age) during the excesses of the cold war, and there is a definite cloud of that hanging over the story, even though it's set in post-Glasnost Ru ...more
May 29, 2010 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Juan Nieto Cano
Sep 27, 2013 Juan Nieto Cano rated it it was amazing
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Me ha encantado. Superenganchado desde el principio. Un libro que tiene todos los elementos que a mí me gustan y algunos forman parte de la novela negra: suspense, intriga, acción, espionaje, y una trama y malvado plan político perfectamente detallado, tanto el como llevarlo a cabo y el como destruirlo. El protagonista, Jason Monk, a parte de ser todo un héroe, llega a fascinar no sólo por su carisma e inteligencia, si no por como se desenvuelve en cualquier situación, sobre todo en las adversas ...more
Diah Didi
Aug 30, 2011 Diah Didi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
One of the best novel I've ever read, in my opinion. Though I found it is hard and pretty boring to follow at the first time, Frederick Forsyth makes it so great that the story is getting more and more interesting, so I keep on reading it couple of times.
Since it tells us about spy and politic, all the characters created are full with heroism, cunning, betrayal and intrigue.
Jason Monk, together with Sir Nigel Irvine, as the main characters, presents the ideal type of secret service agent. Brill
Razvan Banciu
Dec 28, 2015 Razvan Banciu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A two-books novel; the first one is more like a documentary: sharp, accurate, mixing with many historical and espionage facts and persons. the second one is more fictious, so it's more readable, although is not the more valuable. the plot is ok, so are the characters, there are some twists in the final, but the so called " Battle for Moscow" it's a little bit too awkward to my taste. so, an enjoyable book, even it has not the sparkles from "The day of the Jackal".
Sailen Dutta
Apr 23, 2013 Sailen Dutta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cold War has, without a doubt, given the world one good thing: Spy Thrillers. And coming from a master story teller like Forsyth, you can expect something exceptional. 'Icon' doesn't disappoint. The story takes place in two parts- Cold War era and post Cold War era. Jason Monk, the protagonist, was a runner of spies in Soviet Russia and he was one of the most successful agents of the CIA in recruiting high ranking Soviet officials to spy against their own country. Post Cold War, his skills a ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Ishmael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has a very slow start, in fact I did not feel fully engaged until after page 100. But once I got past this milestone I was deeply immersed. The story picked up speed after that. The books title did not immerse until around the middle and then the second part was deeply captivating. An entertaining book following the bitter relationship that Jason Monk experienced with the spy community, and his resolve to do one last mission before disappearing into the deep waters of the Caribbean. Th ...more
Kavitha Seetharaman

This is what I could say after reading the book. Another Forsyth magic!

Book is just great as always. Though the first few pages are dragging, it takes a pace which makes us travel with the book to the old Russia and the agents. The plot description is so live that u can visualize it with every minute detailing.

A good entertainer and a page turner!
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had started reading this under the mistaken assumption of what it was about and instead gained a lot of information on the Russian state of affairs post 1991, and certainly enjoyed it. As for the other one I thought it was, that is still lost, in that I remember the story completely but have no idea who the author or what the title is, pity!
Terri D
Aug 07, 2015 Terri D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would've given this a 5 if it had been easier to get into. Found the jumping around in part one confusing but it was essential to set the scene. All those Russian names, oh my gosh ... again, had me confused with who was who for ages.
Forsyth is an amazing writer. His research must be humungous. Brilliant read.
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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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